Thanks for your info…most appreciated!My wife’s Como 3.5 seems underpowered at 50 nm, even for her, especially with the igh. My Vado 4.0 (70 nm, US$4.0k) is fine for me, even on steep hills. The Vado 5.0 (90 nm) seemed like overkill at US$ 5.0k with all the gizmos added. The zen platform looks interesting. Are you able to test ride or is this outfit purely online?
That Vado 5 is $8000.00 Canadian and that Zen Samurai Premium model is $8900.00 Canadian. Unfortunately, that Zen is on-line only. I have emailed Ravi (one of the company owners I have read) about that serious issue. That is, without test riding that Zen ebike, I find it very hard to justify spending close to $10,000 on a bike.
At least the Specialized Vado 5 has local dealers…but try find that Vado 5 IGH XL frame size anywhere! I know I could test ride a Specialized ebike with similar components.
I will post further when and if I receive info from Ravi (Zen) about test ride possibilities.