The golden days of free rides may be over, but the two-year long rivalry is survived by bike sharing–analogies drawn between the transportation wars that recently ended and the bike-sharing battle now going at full-throttle, are abundant.

While Mobike’s CEO Wang Xiaofeng comes straight from Uber’s Shanghai office, one of the chief backers of OFO is Didi, who sees Ofo as the missing piece to last leg of the journey.

Nevertheless, unlike ride sharing, where the contest is mostly over software UX and market strategy, hardware technology is a critical piece of criteria to win users over.

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Based in Beijing, April Ma writes on tech trends and covers startups that may (or may not) be the next BATs. Reach her at April.ma@technode.com or Mafangjing (Wechat).