I think the answer to that, and whether or not the bike will have sufficient power to keep you satisfied, may come from your experience level. To a newby, you have no performance expectations to compare the new bike to. You may feel the City has plenty of power. I came from a more powerful bike and bought the City thinking I would be OK with it. That was my mistake. I wasn't. It's not that the City is a bad bike, because I don't believe that at all. I just had to get the level of performance from it up to meet MY standards/expectations.I see, that was one of my concerns with the Rad City Step Thru is it's motor ,that it will only be efficient at speed, with minimal stops. The thing is I'm not sure how often traffic is stop and go in the valley. So how often is to often?
Bottom line, you're the only one that can answer your question. My point was regarding some caution when considering a direct drive hub for a drive system.