Ever since the beginning of the Storm\Ivars Sondors Electric Bike Campaign there has been a not-so-subtle change on my favorite forum endless-sphere.com, and the change has not been for the better. What used to be a civil discussion platform for people wanting support or to connect with other ebike builders has degenerated into what appears to be just another bad episode of Jerry Springer. Storm\Ivars Sondors has arrived to the ebike scene and sold 7000 promises for a $499\$599 electric fatbike in a few short weeks and the ebike world got turned upside-down.
The factions have divided into two sides, those who think Storm\Ivars is legit and those who think he is a conman. As near as I can tell no one else is welcome in the middle. Those two sides seem to feel that their point of view is the only point of view to be had and both sides refuse to listen to the other. There have been constant insults and negativity hurled from one side to the other which leaves the impartial reader to watch and wonder exactly what the hell is going on.
The forum I’ve been lurking on for the last 8 months was a place where it seemed like anyone was welcome, regardless of their personal views on ebikes. It felt like a place where I was welcome to ask my stupid questions and not be made to feel like a noob. I had a great regard for many of the people on the forums as well as the moderators. It was a place of positive energy where people just wanted to get online to ‘share their stoke’ about ebikes and it felt like everyone was working in the same direction to bring ebiking to the masses.
The rest of the world doesn’t care about what is going on in this thread. They aren’t listening, and frankly it has gotten so hard to read the thread I’ve stopped following it. I’ve gotten so much negative energy from both sides during this campaign that I’m left wondering if Storm\Ivars has unwittingly managed to permanently divide the DIY builder crowd and create tension where there was none before.
If we pull together as a community and decide to support the people who have pledged to the campaign with whatever support they need, that would seem to be the best course of action. Petty rivalry and negativity can only serve to keep us from achieving our goals of promoting ebikes for the masses.
Whether Storm\Ivars and Jon are con-men only time will tell. They have collected the $3.5 million dollars and are well on the way to collecting another $1.5 million more in a week. Whether there are 7000 noobs with ebikes in a few months or whether there are 7000 people who have lost $694\794 in a scam, our course of action remains the same.
Promoting ebike usage in the world and helping those in need.
And hope for the best.