A few weeks ago I threw down my credit card on the least expensive Haibike I could get my hands on, the Hard Seven SM. I had not previously ridden a Yamaha powered bike and really liked the Bosch powered bikes I had ridden. I liked the Yamaha concept after watching Court's review and a Wisconsin retailer had a heck of a year end clearance sale going on, so , I'm in. For a base model, there is a lot to like. The minimalist control pad is very easy to use and see even in direct sunlight. The brakes are great, the components work fine. On Court's review, the chain guide rubbed the chain in certain gears, mine did the same. Removing the guide and shaving the inner mounting surface of the guide .025" solved the issue effectively moving the guide inboard just enough to clear the chain in the lowest gears. I purchased the 55cm (xl) frame but still needed to raise the bars approximately 4" to gain that nice upright (old man) riding position, ahh, that's better. The control pad on this model does not keep track of total miles ridden, only current speed and estimated range, so I added a Planet Bike Protégé 9 wired bike computer. I've had a bunch of these over the years and they're bullet proof, they also have the temperature. The stock saddle had to go. It was a stylish vinyl over concrete board, so a nice Selle Royal comfort saddle felt much better. Ergon GP3 grips, mirror, topeak beam rack, bell, Night rider light and Crank Bros 50/50 pedals completed the package. I'm rolling down the trail for less then $2k ! I think I did real good on this one.