Don’t get this bike or the delite if you want to carry it 3 flights of stairs everyday or else you’ll hate your life. The Vado SL is a much better choice for that situation. And of course Specialized is a Bay Area company so you can find support for it anywhere not just the new wheel.
they were able to update the software in the end and you don’t really need a bulls expert there so long as you know the exact bike you want they can help you. For all the Bosch tech this forum is probably a better place to ask questions But of course the BC is fine for any pure bicycle related stuff that’s not Bosch related. The bike is still fun but it hasn’t become any more nimble. I have no problem taking it over any potholes on the SF streets so in that regard the full suspension is great but the Vado SL is a pretty cool bike and with a suspension seatpost and the future shock might suit your needs better
Thank you, hkat, for getting back to me. An extra 20 lbs doesn't sound like a lot more, but it suppose it's more than 50% more weight than a 35 lb bike. It's been a while since I've done any lifting, I'm seriously detrained, and I certainly don't want to hate my life. I'm still curious about the Bulls, but I'll proceed with caution.
Part of my challenge is that I'm not sure if what I'll really use is a nice analog bike with a little extra help (the Vado SL) that's great for exercise and fun on roads and bike paths, or a more sturdy e-bike with all the bells and whistles that I'll use in place of a car for everywhere I'd want to go (a bike like this one). It'd be a shame to have some stairs make that decision for me. But you're coming from a place of experience.
Glad to hear that BC is working better for you. I'll give them a visit to check this bike out, just because it looks like so much fun. But I think you're right, I'll probably discover that the Vado SL is a better fit.
Thanks, again. Keep us posted on your adventures with the Bulls.