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A $17,000 eBike?! Where Can I Sign Up?! All of a Sudden My 38-Mile Commute to Work Can Be Done on a Bicycle?! HOLY $#!+


July 2019

Specialized just came out with a road eBike.  The S-Works version runs $13,500, but get this; it’s pedal assist up to 28.5-mph.  And it comes in under 30 pounds.  It’s three settings are controlled by an app you run on your smartphone.  Disc brakes, carbon everything, and it looks an awful lot like a Tarmac… except at the down tube (where the battery is stored) and the bottom bracket shell (where the gears are stored).  There’s a more reasonable version that’s a little heavier, but still delivers the same power that runs for $9,000.

The bells and whistles version, limited to a 250 model run, goes for a whopping $17,000.

Still, the system is good for 80 miles (120 with the extender battery).

Let that sink in.

In my case, if I can average 25-mph, my 38 mile commute can be done in less than two-hours (1h:35m to be exact)… and I get a fantastic morning and afternoon workout in without having to mess around after work.  In other words, I would actually gain about 50 minutes in the afternoon by riding my bike home.  Think of the gas money one could save whilst maintaining fantastic health.

Oh, it’s an exciting time to be alive, my friends.


  1. unironedman says:

    What demographic are these aimed at, exactly? I mean, well… yeah, who? Sort of reminds me of Harrison Ford’s apocryphal quote: “George, you can type this shit, but you sure as hell can’t say it…”

    You can build this bike.

    But who’s going to ride it?

    • bgddyjim says:

      I’d never buy the S-Works Special Edition bike, but I’d think about the lower model(s), especially the $9000 option… Think about it, the ride is way too hard and long to do on a regular basis, on a regular bike, but you bounce that 19-mph average to 25 on an eBike? Well, now that’s accessible. New tech is ALWAYS mega-expensive, and Specialized put a lot into this bike. Most other options kick out an unimpressive pedal assist to 15.5-mph. This is a bike is a pretty big deal.

      • unironedman says:

        Certainly as tech improves and sales increase, prices come down. I guess you’d have to see if the figures stack up. Who’s ever done the ‘official’ figures from the manufacturers in terms of miles per gallon?

        I dunno. I quite like separating out work from pleasure, but then I do have the luxury (not always a luxury!) of working from home. Plus Irish weather is a bugger, and the commute into Dublin from here is the Road to Hell. I know a few do it (it’s about 11 miles to the city centre from here), but it scares the bejaysus out of me.

        That sort of cash I would rather spend on a hybrid car, and let my bike do what bikes do best. And try and keep those high-end legs you refer to on the T shirt (the one I was wearing yesterday, as it happens!).

  2. You have a 38 mile commute? Crikey! Well done.

  3. Sue Slaght says:

    That sounds fabulous! Technology is a beautiful thing.

  4. My brother just bought a n ebike for his commute and loves it.

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