E-bikes; perhaps the most controversial, or at least most talked-about, topic in modern mountain biking. What implications does the inclusion of an electric motor have? Are they even relevant, or are they the dawning of a new day? Olly Wilkins is perhaps one of Britain's most influential bike riders. He rides with the style that we all wish we rode with. He's a dirt jumper at heart, but a trail bike blaster by trade. If there's a corner, on any trail on Earth, Olly will get around it faster and with more style than anyone. His thoughts on the e-bike debate are not only illuminating, but important as well.Before you first rode an e-bike, what were your preconceptions of them? I must admit, I had a few. The thought of mixing battery power with a bike scared me. Even electric gears had bothered me previously. I felt it somehow took away from the purity of our sport. The ‘man and mountain’ feel to simple cog grinding was being tainted. Beyond that, I'd imagined they would only improve the elements of riding which I didn’t really care about. I thought it would simply make riding uphills and flats ‘easier’ and was basically cheating. I never thought I would have such pure ‘MTB’ style experiences onboard them. Don’t get me wrong, I’m by no means saying that these are a replacement to MTB for myself. Some things never change and that includes my love for mountain bikes, plain and simple. I would be lying, however, if I said I didn’t enjoy e-MTBs a great deal though. I would also be lying if I said I hadn’t disproved nearly all of my preconceptions about them.