The wife and I took a couple of 2019 Specialized Vado's out for a test run today. She was on the 3 and I was on a 5. We swithched bikes mid way. Beautiful bikes. Strange thing was that we both liked the 3 better. Mostly because it was a more comfortable ride with the front suspension. The Vado 5 is a thousand dollars more and has a straight front end with no suspension. I was worried that the 250 watt motor wouldn't haul my 210 lb butt up a hill but as others have mentioned, Watts aren't everything. We shot right up the steepest hill in town as if it wasn't even there. I was impressed. On the straights I was a little less impressed. In the Eco mode, because it was such a hulking bike (48 LBS), the effort required was about the same as riding my standard road bike (18 LBS). It was fun in Sport and Turbo modes though. It has three modes, Eco, Sport and Turbo. I was told that the Vado 3 would do 25 mph and the Vado 5, 28 mph. Riding the Vado 3, anything over about 21 mph seemed to require a lot of effort on my part. There didn't seem to be any motor assist beyond about 20 mph in any gear or mode. It was just a test ride so maybe I didn't have it set up properly but I was in the top gear and Turbo. Over all I was very impressed with the bike. Very clean lines and features that a life long cyclist could apreciate. I just have to decide if the expense is worth it to me. I love riding my road bike, I'll never get rid of it and will still use it for exercise and the thrill of self propelled speed. The question is, will I use an electric bike enough to justify the $3,200? I still need to test ride a couple other bikes and let this one settle in before I can make a decision. This site had been a great help. Thank you all! The journy continues.