>Let's face it. Bikes need some new technology besides weight shavings and hipster wood paneling.
We all want new super-duper energy dense batteries for our phones, cars and power tools, so when Tesla, Dyson, Samsung or whoever mass produces them, electric bikes will benefit.
Weight savings, suspension and vibration control have been the areas that have evolved the most over the last thirty years. Adding a motor changes things
Round in these hilly parts, there are quite a few electric bikes in the pub car park. The result is that the bikes are no longer designed with weight savings as the main focus - instead, panniers or pillion seats are incorporated into the frame- making the bicycle more suitable for day to day ('nip to the shops') use than perhaps a traditional racer or mountain bike would be.