True. Though my bank balance is not looking healthy for any ebike right now. With this first version of the MGU I do think if I had to commute to say Exeter, my nearest city, 24 miles away then I would be seriously looking at one of these. And that's where this will sell well. For emtbs and the complicated infrastructure of suspension, swapping parts in and out and general tinkering that mountain bikers love to do, I'm not sure how the MGU will go down. Think that's where having it on a well known mass market brand will be needed to really take off. But lets see.I was saying Vado SL was an e-bike for a healthy person and the battery charge was too small for my needs. Today the total nominal capacity of all SL batteries I own is 960 Wh. Did I prove my points of the past? I was saying Vado SL was not for me but was saying that e-bike had its market.
Also, I'm not winning races. I'm completing them. Not races but a single race. Not 500k but 250 km. With 74 km ridden on a Vado 6.0, otherwise I would have no time to recharge all SL batteries.
There is an old joke about Soviet Russia:
– Reportedly, they give away cars in Leningrad?
– First of all, it is not Leningrad but Moscow. Secondly, it is not cars but bicycles. Thirdly, they do not give them away. They steal them.
People here are so enthusiastic about Pinion MGU. When any of you buys a MGU e-bike, I will ask for experiences. Before, it is all marketing.
If I won the lottery I'd be over at Eurobike like a shot, trying out this MGU and the new Bosch SX and all the funky and odd bikes you get at trade fairs like this!
Your Vado SL long rides are an inspiration Stefan! You may not have officially won that Gravel race but we all know you were just going easy on them!
plus as Ravi pointed out Brose have a prototype MGU at Eurobike too. Among others. I would guess SRAM & Shimano are keeping an eye on all this. Maybe 2018 was the trigger and there are a number of developments underway since then.Stefan, we're not getting carried away.
I've been hoping for this since 2018 , I even delayed buying my first emtb ( the giant pwx) , because I'd seen a zerode with pinion drive, and I knew an engineer working with another company that produced gearboxes for ebikes.....I almost gave up a couple of years back , so I bought the levo sl ,
At the time, it was looking like the mainstream were chasing either whatevers or weight. But I've kept watching, and the ONLY reason I'd not recently upgraded my levo sl is because I'd heard rumours this was close.
So I'm keeping my old levo sl, watching for the next 6/12 months, and waiting for achance to try a few out on the trail. I firmly believe in the future of an integrated motor / gearbox - dump the derailleur . ESPECIALY for emtb's - every pinion / zerode rider I meet raves about the bike - not just the reliable gearbox, but how much better the rear end rides. Removing 600 - 900 gms of unsprung weight - that's worth $thousands. Add in extra reliability AND the ability to change gears without spinning cranks - these are a no brainer .
I don't expect them to be mainstream for a few years, but I hope there is a reasonably sorted option by next year