The extraordinary growth in sales of electric bikes in Europe and Asia and elsewhere has not been matched in Australia. This may partly be explained by cultural and social differences in Australia compared to other societies, including a rigidly held belief in the superiority of fully motorised transport. There is also a potpourri of factors including a peculiarly Australian belief that use of electric propulsion is a form of “cheating”. That of course is nonsense. At St Kilda Cycles we have been wary of promoting electric bikes which are not from a known manufacturer. We have people bringing in electric bikes which are not properly supported. with spares etc. There is more that can go wrong with the electric bike given that it has a battery , engine and crank drive motors. Giant have a range of e-bikes of which two are now available in Australia. These bikes are fully supported and I have been riding one for the past week. Great fun and I really just want one!