Going on 67 and have had my Trek Allant+7 (mid-drive) since last May. Bought for exercise and light touring. No throttle desired or needed yet. Ride mostly paved but have done my share of crushed limestone, dirt and light gravel trails and the Allant handles them all well. I ride frequently with no power or Eco mode on flat or slight inclines and would guess I’m in the 8-16 mph at that point. Personally, I can get my exercise AND enjoy the scenery going fairly quickly. My workout rides are generally quite hilly and, while I wouldn’t say I’m “fixated” about any specific speed, I can easily go as fast as 30 downhill with no pedaling. Hydraulic disc brakes are fantastic. I hit the perfect bike for me the first time with my Trek and love it after 1000 miles!Everyone seems to be fixated on 20mph or 28mph rides that get you from point A to point B fast. I am not looking for peppy. My main ride is gravel/paved trails where I want to look around and enjoy the scenery. I'm guessing I would like to move at 6-10mph. Can you slow down an Ebike to smoothly go at lower speeds with or without pedal assist? If so, what are your recommendations and are mid motor drives better than hub drives for this?
If you haven’t been riding for a while, get a few test rides if possible. You might be surprised at what you like/dislike. Depending on the assist/gearing you can ride almost as slow as you want, I guess.