Wasn't PCMag recently invited to one of those promo events held by a prominent manufacturer of mid-drives?
Yeah, I know... I shouldn't connect those dots. But I can't help it...
Anyway, I hope the e-bike crowd funding thing will live on and mature a bit. There probably needs to be more accountability for people to take it seriously. I'm not really a prime candidate as a buyer, but this technology should be available to all. The more e-bikers, the better.
Ebikes may be easier than the items in the article. One can hope. There's a rather odd ebike over there now, with 4 lead acid batteries, claiming a 35 mph speed. I'll make you all hunt it down, if interested. It was on Kickstarter and I believe it failed.
@George S. Dont know if you have seen this yet ill repost it here - Federal regulators are going after people who raise money online through crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and GoFundMe but don't follow through on their promises. http://www.startribune.com