I’ve recently completed a 2,000km e-bike road test. I want to share with you what I learned.


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The ‘2,000km Teardown’ is the name we’ve given to the short film we’ve created about the 2,000km road test of the PAPERBOY® (an e-bike) which I conducted in the British winter of 2020-21.

To put that in context, 2,000km is roughly the distance between our base (Lichfield in central England) and Rome in Italy, or between New York and Miami.

In the film we’ll,
  • explain what caused a co-founder of veteran video game company to decide to offer an e-bike
  • describe how the PAPERBOY® was selected
  • introduce you to Dave Neale, an e-bike designer and builder and co-creator of the PAPERBOY
  • discuss what we learned about the PAPERBOY® during the 2,000km road test
  • reveal how what we learned is being used by the manufacturer to improve the e-bike, that’s already in production, to ensure that the PAPERBOY® delivers
The ‘2,000km Teardown’ will be published on the day the Indiegogo campaign for the PAPERBOY® goes live. You can get a sneak peak at the campaign, which is not yet live, here: https://www.indiegogo.com/project/preview/8f3b4a31#

If you have a question about the PAPERBOY® and would like it to be answered in the short film then please post it here or write to us at paperboy@elite-systems.co.uk


My name’s Steve Wilcox.

In 1984 I co-founded Elite Systems, the UK’s oldest continually operating developer / publisher of computer and video games.

In 1986 Elite published the home computer versions of Paperboy, a coin-operated game from American arcade game legends Atari.

The home computer game versions of Paperboy topped the UK game charts for a then record breaking three months.