Steel vs Al alloy for ebikes?

dv8zen

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Why not use steel for the frame? Anyone interested in seeing 4130 cro-mo steel framed ebikes, for the possible increased durability/reliability and characteristic steel ride quality? Something FS (ex. Starling Murmur), or at least higher end than say the Sondors original?
 

fos'l

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I'm an advocate of steel and two of my DIY bikes are steel hardtails. However, doubt there will be any higher-end steel OEM bikes.
 

EricTheDood

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The obsoletion rate of e-bikes is going to be more rapid than regular MTBs. Long term durability of the frame is less of a concern, IMHO.

I see e-MTB headed in the direction of light weight, low power, and small batteries. The 27-28 pound, high-end, carbon enduro bike, fitted with a 125 watt motor and 125Wh battery should weigh in at under 35 lbs.
 
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