Major props for simply committing to changing all of those tires with inserts! If only a wheel maker would offer up several of the same wheel sets to make the whole process more seamless. My hands would be roached from just changing all of those tires!
I'm a current SB130 owner and I was really hoping for a full update on the SB100. I love the geo and ride of the SB130 but honestly don't need that much bike most of the time. I'm getting into longer rides and want a lighter machine. This seems like a half measure in order to sell a bunch of the SB100 bones that Yeti couldn't move.
Nice work and thanks for sharing the frustrations. This could be me. I'm curious - Did you give any feedback to Yeti about the experience you had with their tool and if so, what was their response? SB130 owner here who will definitely not be tackling this job myself.
I see battery technology changing, that could be one form of obsolescence. But the more likely scenario is that manufacturers will use this as an opportunity for planned obsolescence like they do with hub spacing, for example.
What I believe to be a legitimate critique of e-bikes is the issue of recycling/disposal. These things are being built fast and evolving fast. Will there be backwards compatible batteries? I kinda doubt it. I feel like the manufacturer should bear some responsibility when it comes to recycling or decommissioning the bike, when that time comes. As more and more battery powered convenience crap floods the market (Lime scooters for example) I see more and more batteries going to the landfill.