I'm a bit late to the party here. An interesting read for sure. E-bike use is normalizing. I'm not ready for one yet, but I might be in the future. I'm e-bike curious I guess.
I've only ridden one, in Rostrevor, Northern Ireland, a couple of years ago. It was an older bike, and I found the 1/2 pedal stroke of delay somewhat confounding for technical climbs. I know the new models are more responsive, so they'd be interesting to try. But then my son and I had to ride some double track and I could push him up it at 15mph without him whining about the climbs. That would be worth it alone.
A few other observations - I was in England last year and went into a bike shop in Horsham. They had no human powered mountain bikes at all. None. The shop employee said interest had dried up and all they sold were e-bikes. People there self shuttle, so it makes sense. Europe is already headed firmly in the direction of e-bikes. Maybe expensive fuel makes a difference?
And the recent BC Bike Show, for those that attended and can validate my observations, seemed to be 95% e-bikes and gravel bikes with nothing in between. Does that portend the market direction? Is the tide of acceptance changing?
I think in my peer group, we won't see any e-bikes until one of us bites the bullet and the dam breaks (sorry for the mixed metaphors).