I have been researching electric bikes for some time now. This website has been a valuable resource. However, since I can't really put my hands on these bikes (no local dealers) and I'm new to electric bikes, I would appreciate some advice from those with more experience. First, I am in Florida. I will be riding on dirt/gravel roads and trails as well as wood bridges, which can be wet and slippery, instead of narrow, steep mountain bike trails. Second, I have a wife and a son; he is 17 years old. Therefore, my purchase will be multiplied by three, which makes an expensive purchase three times more expensive. My son is a big young man; 6’, 230 lbs. He doesn’t ride much on his current, non-electric bike because he finds the seat uncomfortable. My priorities are comfort, quality, distance and price. I would appreciate the benefit of any thoughts on how to make the ride of whatever we buy more comfortable. I've bought the larger, gel seats/saddles for our current non-electric bikes, but those didn't seam to help much. What about the ThudBuster? Other thoughts? As far as e-bikes, I have looked at a number of different brands. While even it is a stretch for my pocket book, it looks like the 48V Volton Alation 500 may be the best deal for the money. It does not have a great warranty so I would appreciate any thoughts on the quality of this bike. The Currie IZIP E3 Zuma would cost me about $700 more (multiplied by three bikes). Is it better and, if so, is it $700 better? The NEO Xtrem would cost me about $1,200 more (again, multiplied by the three bikes I need to order). Is it a better bike and, if so, is it $1,200 better? What about the Smart E-bike? By way of research, it seems to provide incredible distances on a single charge and an excellent warranty but (1) I don't know how it is to pedal without a chain, and (2) whether it is even available for purchase and delivery in the U.S. It is probably out of my price range at any rate, but if it lasts a lot longer than a regular e-bike, then perhaps it is worth the investment over the long haul. I would very much appreciate any thoughts you may have on the type/brand e-bikes I should purchase as well as any thoughts on the best vendor from whom to purchase the e-bike. Many thanks!