Electric bikes have had promise, but none have really broken through the barriers keeping them from unseating a significant percentage of liquid fuels bikes. Electric bikes have their problems, not the least of which is an energy source that is not constant until it hits reserve. Liquid fuels are king in this regard, for energy density and consistent power output. And with a liquid-fuel bike you buy fuel. You don't buy batteries. You don 't have to charge liquid fuels. You don't have to buy replacement or the latest-greatest batteries - though I'm sure that could be fun. There will be a time when electric bikes vie for prominence in the market. Certain factors will come together such that top local riders and even world competitors will have to think hard about which way to go. It is possible we may be getting close to that point - or be there - in a bike that is coming out in 2016. I've known about it quite a while, but I could not talk about it until Dale Malasec made it public (he will be the importer). The bike is a new adult model from Mecatecno of Spain. Yes, those folks who gave us the colorful Dragonfly trials bike with Cagiva engine and strut wheels back in the `80s. The bike will sport top suspension components. It will be unique in that the motor will spin up a flywheel and have a GasGas-type clutch so you can meter out power to the ground same as you now do with a fuel burner. Instead of the usual whiskey throttle nature of direct-drive electric bikes, the rider will be able to ride three ways, 'throttle' only, directly hooked up. Using little 'throttle' with deft use of clutch for tight stuff, and balls-out spinning up the flywheel (which I have been told creates a unique banshee-like noise) and dumping the clutch to surmount the huge stuff. The bike is reported to be significantly lighter than the fuel burners, depending on which batteries you use, which of course affects range. Imagine a 110-pound trials bike (with the 1-hour battery). Even with the bigger battery pack it will be lighter than any fuel burner today, or so it has been said. Batteries and range will still be an issue, especially if one does a lot of motor spinning up and clutch dumping, which results in some electrical energy shunted to heat. But as we all know batteries are getting better and that won't stop. How a rider manages the energy will be key. Good for one full loop? Extras stashed in a backpack, taken pack taken off to ride sections? Batteries stashed around the loop or perhaps at a 'fuel stop' on longer loops? We shall see. For most events in my region, just getting around one loop and swapping out back at the truck makes the bike valid. Solar panel recharge? Again, we shall see. I plan to get one of these as soon as I can, to test and maybe be involved in a technical and rider-based article on it. This upcoming bike could have the potential to change things, really. Or It may disappoint. I wish to find out as one of my biggest objections to electric bikes has been lack of a flywheel and clutch.