I ride and build mountain bikes. I can't believe an e-bike at $500, and wouldn't have use for one, but if they get people outside, riding, enjoying and seeing new things I'm all for it.
Skerfan, I'm past my prime, and I still build and ride RIGID! The sponsored guys I ride with get to ride the nice stuff like you have. I get to build/ride the bikes that make them all ask what it is! I ride some singlespeed (NOT fixie) w/ a non-Gates (rubber co) belt drive that I sourced from Asia, but most of the time I ride 1 by 9 on my Ti. My fatbike is 1x10. I also have rigged 3-speed. All but the fatbike are 29ers (even if 26 fatties end up being 29ish). For $500, I'd almost be tempted just for the frame and the components if they were decent. It would make for a good spare bike for guests when we ride snow. Besides, "Bike people" know that the number of bikes you have is n+1 (where n=need). I've heard of the Sea Otter Classic, and understand it's a festival, but I don't know much about it. We have the Dirty Kanza 200. I have friends that have finished it, and I have ridden the 50 mi course, but I'd never try the whole thing, as I don't EVER want to be on a seat that long even if I love to ride. If you're a marathoner/gravel grinder that likes to ride in HOT heat, come on out. At least look it up, like I'm going to the SOC.
Davhamm makes a good point that this bike isn't a $2500 bike for $500, but that it's a $500 bike...also as Ahnuld says it has opened the world to new folks that might not have done it if not for the price. As for dipping a toe in, I'd say that it would work better for an e-bike, than for a "real" bike, because I'd think that the difference between a "base" ebike and a heavily upgraded one wouldn't be that noticeable. Maybe? I hope what the company is planning for a car works for them, and I hope it helps move the industry forward.
I have to say that it's pretty cool that I'm on a forum for a car that I've lusted after discussing BIKES! I honestly thought that buying a Sky might help wean me from my bike addiction. Thanks everyone for reminding me that I can't escape - even on here.
This Sky's not perfect, but it's perfect...for me