I hadn’t ridden a bike in years (since my back surgery) and I wanted to get back into cycling for fun and exercise. The back problems left me with reduced feeling in my feet and ankles, so my old unpowered Diamondback Sorrento just was not cutting it for me. I did a lot of reading and watching Youtube videos and came to the conclusion that this bike was right for me. I wanted a belt, 26/27” tires, a class one powertrain (750w/20mph/no throttle) because the state I live in only recognizes class one as street legal for a “bicycle”. I also just wanted pedal assist for hills—not a motorcycle-esque throttle. And no scary-fast class three and beyond speeds. Discretion (a bike that looks and sounds like a plain old bicycle) was also on my short list of features. More than one speed yet no manual shifting (the CVT rear hub)… etc. etc. Since I used to ride a Ducati until the back surgery, I appreciate the motorcycle company DNA influencing it. Hah.
When I got on for the test ride, I hadn’t been on a bike since the surgery (over two years), and something seemed off. The handlebars were shaking in my hands. I kept going and the shaking stopped. I thought maybe it was the handlebar or bike geometry. I concluded it was me, when after about five minutes of riding it became steady and a pure joy to feel the bike kick in and assist my pedaling. Like they say, once you’ve ridden a bike, you never forget. So I bought it. I got a very nice Black Friday price .
I only rode it a few miles when I got it home since it was only about 25% charged. I know this is going to help me built my lower-body strength and coordination back up. Plus I know it will be scads of fun. Hills won’t deter me from riding anymore. As an older guy (late sixties) I appreciate the extra oomph. Cheers.