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March 2, 2023, 7:22 p.m. -  Ray Freeman

I had been riding commuter e-bike systems for almost 20 years and was e-MTB curious, but was concerned about the spend. In 2020, I almost quit mountain biking due to chronic knee and back pain and landed on a Spec Turbo Levo SL Comp. This bike was a revelation (especially after a few upgrades: drivetrain, brakes). Fast forward to the summer of 2022 and I found my pain issues had all but disappeared after many assisted rides. I was so stoked, I got a Spec Enduro to round out my riding experiences. I now ride the Enduro about 80-90% of the time, and save the SL for quick solo outings or when I'm feeling my near 60 years. Awesome to have the luxury of choice between these two rides. Yes, new versions and technologies are emerging (some to be avoided), but I am glad I didn't wait for the 'perfect' e-bike to be doesn't exist yet and probably never will. Getting an e-MTB healed me an allowed me to enjoy regular MTB riding again. I also find that riders here on Vancouver Island barely bat an eye to anyone else on an e-mtb. Anyone on any type of bike can be a jerk...or courteous.

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