: I made 189 km (117.5 mi) over last weekend on my two different Specialized e-bikes (older Vado 5.0 and a 2020 Vado SL 4.0 EQ), and I plan riding more
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You did not say anything about your physical shape (can you for example pedal a traditional bike?), where you live (flat, hilly, montane?), where you want to ride (pavement, gravel, off-road?) the purpose for which you want to use the e-bike (commute, adventure, recreation, fitness?) and distances you think you could ride (30 or rather 60 miles?) Therefore let me give you a general answer.
All e-bikes you mentioned are of so called "full power, mid-drive, commute" type. Any of them is rather heavy, yet all they shine on the pavement. You could ride on gravel, and occasionally on easy off-road trails. Neither of these e-bikes would have an issue to climb reasonable hills. You could expect practical cruising speed over 20 mph but only up to 25 mph (unless you ride with strong tailwind or downhill). And, each
of these four e-bikes has got a cheap coil-loaded suspension fork (it is typical for that class, unfortunately -- you typically cannot replace the fork with a better one). Now, let us concentrate on the details:
- Cannondale, Trek, and Gazelle are Bosch E-Bikes, using the legacy system (none of them is the latest Bosch Smart System)
- Each of these three e-bikes is equipped with depressingly small 500 Wh battery. It is a laugh nowadays (yes, you could probably buy a second expensive battery for some of them if you can get it, and be prepared for high expense).
- Each of these e-bikes has it corners cut to come down to attractive price. It is the Purion display (a joke!), it is lower end drivetrain, it is cheaper brakes or low power charger (2A) for some of these models.
- If anything goes wrong, part of issues is being solved by Cannondale or Trek or Gazelle LBS but the motor/electronics issues are handled by Bosch E-Bike representative (if I'm wrong, let other users correct me)
Meanwhile the 2022 Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0:
- The latest (highly praised) Mastermind system
- 710 Wh battery (41% more capable!)
- 4 A charger
- 11-speed drivetrain
- Full LEV (e-bike) ANT+ integration with GPS bike computers, smartphones, sports wearables...
- Single point of warranty handling, service and repairs (your Specialized LBS)
- Specialized e-bikes can now be ordered online but they will be delivered and handled by your Specialized LBS.
Yes, the Specialized 2.0 motor used with Vado 4.0 is 70 Nm vs 85 Nm for the Bosch Performance Speed motors. If you live in a very hilly area, you can easily replace the chainring to compensate the difference. ($5,000 buys you a 90 Nm 2.2 motor with Vado 5.0, or the ultimate model).
Now, I have been asking for your physical fitness. $3,750-4,000 buys you the Specialized Vado SL 4.0 (non-equipped or equipped). If you still could pedal a traditional bike, the SL is a lightweight e-bike (see my avatar) that can be pedalled even without the assistance. The low weight comes from a twice as less powerful motor compared to the full power e-bikes, and a smaller battery. It might be an interesting alternative for you if you need fitness workout & recreation. The point is all the "big" e-bikes mentioned here feel like giving you Superman powers, and as much natural they feel, they still somewhat feel like light motorcycles
Very good for the commute, less good for recreation and fitness. Now, a little bit of statistics:
I also used to own a Giant full suspension e-MTB (2,288 km), and a hub-drive motor generic e-bike (3,923 km). I keep these two Specialized e-bikes now.