I have the same sentiment, and have been hoping for the day to come. But judging by the current 2020 line-up, light-weight and reasonable price point doesn't exist in the same sentence. Maybe it might happen one day, but at my age I won't be holding my breath.Great points everyone. I think weight always mattered to me on all levels mentioned in the thread. The lighter the better; all the way for me!!
My ultimate F/S eMTB would be in the low 30 lb range with or without the battery attached. Hope we make it there soon at a reasonable price point.
I have two full suspension eMTBs:
A retrofitted trail bike with a Bafang BBS01 conversion kit: 21.39 kg (47 lbs)
and a Giant Trance E+ 3Pro : 24.6 kg (54 lbs)
My main concern about weight pertains to the effect it has on handling.
I've been riding the Bafang for nearly two years (before my wife snatched it off me for herself)! It's agile on narrow technical single track sections.
My hesitation about getting the Trance E+ (7 pounds heavier) is that it might be cumbersome and sluggish when things get real tight and technical. I was pleasantly surprised that the added weight didn't seem to matter that much at all - BUT I did have to make some changes (the tyres most especially). As far as handling is concerned, I would say getting an eMTB with the right frame size would have a greater influence rather than weight.
The Bafang has XC short-travel DNA, while the Trance E+ has DH long-travel DNA... so they do shine in their own way. But I've tuned them so they are more versatile - with handling characteristics that crossover a bit more. AND, they are both very very capable of getting my wife and I to the nearest local cafe!
Lifting them in and out of our mini-van (front wheel off) has to be a two person affair, so the weight of either bike isn't an issue for us.
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