Oh, well... I guess if the New Wave, like Sondors and Eric Hicks, the CF funders, continue on the trend line of the past year, these guys will be less and less relevant.
Sondors smashed the margin structure of the industry. Eric and Luna Cycle smashed the proprietary ebike battery pack model and reduced it to a commodity business. Many independent vendors now have a Luna model for their batteries.
Karl Gesslein is the only guy with some journalistic standards. I'm not saying promotion sites are not positive, but they don't provide much depth. Karl does. What I know about motors and battery construction is from Karl and Electricbike.com.
The top two? I respect DiCostanzo. He knows the industry from the bike shop point of view. He knows what sells, how to sell, and many people like his bikes. But he doesn't drift from the model, and it's losing ground. Pizzi? He was the guy who gave us the 3 Classes, skewed to PAS bikes. There was no outside input on that. It seems to play to Accell's strengths, coming out of Europe. He's a clever tactician but honestly, DIY bikes blow his bikes, the Currie bikes, out of the water.
Here in California they have started using radar guns on congested mountain bike trails and giving out tickets to anyone on a bike (electric or not) going over 15 mphOn the enforcement, I’m sure it’s coming. In eight months they will require any manufacturer or distributor in California (also Utah, where I live) to put a label on every bike. It will show the top speed, maximum watts, and Class of bike. This is all they need to discourage a retailer from selling outside the bounds of the law.