Another newbie question...


New Member
Hello everyone,

I am ready to purchase my first ebike and wanted to ask for advice on what the best "bang for the buck" ebike would be? I am 91kg, in the Army and stationed in Germany. My commute would be both on paved and dirt bike trails, with rolling hills, to and from work with a 1 way trip of 17km.

I am looking for a high quality, speed pedelec commuter that would hold up well off pavement and one that includes a city kit with a good lighting system. I am currently looking at the Specialized Vado Expert (comes out in July here in Stuttgart and I think it is the same as the Vado 5.0) and also a "used (10km)" 2016 Specialized Turbo S. They are both priced the same but the Turbo S does not have the city kit so that would be extra (if I can find a store online that will ship to an APO, AE address). Also, I'm not sure if a mid drive or hub drive would be best since both motors offered by Specialized have been praised for their performance!

I am open to any suggestions, or brands, so I spend my money wisely and can get a long lasting, quality machine.

Thanks in advance for your help,

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New Member
My advice would be to check out the bike shops, ride as many different bikes as you can.
Check out the ones you like on ebr. When you have a short list see if you can rent or get an extended test ride.
There are lots of good machines available.
Good luck in your search