See post 14 about the drag of the BBSHD power off.BBSHD? Not sure what this stands for?
Most of our customers are older and retirees. I get my exercise walking and doing cardio at home. In my case, it's a 15-year-old top-rated treadmill. My bicycles let me ride like my road bike buddies.Posters on the site are passionate about people not getting any cardio exercise on their bikes.
It sounds to me like the Verve 3 with the 50 Nm Active plus motor is very well suited to your basic needs. You could spend more on the Allant and it would give you more hill climbing power and a front suspension but the Active plus is very capable of climbing any hills , it just will not climb them as fast as the CX motor. The trail riding that you want to do may require wider tires and a front suspension fork and a Thudbuster or some seatpost suspension though, depending on the conditions, and then the Verve will not suffice and the Allant would be preferable. When you get an Ebike you find that your trip range is extended and you may find you want to explore off the beaten path more. Even though I have wider knobby tires an air shock fork and a Thudbuster , I often find myself standing on the pedals over sections of trail like in this pic. Comfort is key.Thank you AlanDB. That is helpful information. I will check out the Gazelle Arroyo. Like you, I will not be using it for commuting but rather for recreational riding and when we get past this Covid19 I will resume riding my bike to the grocery store and other close by errands. I had seen some comments on this EBR site that describes some Class 1 ebikes has having anemic motors and wondered if my weight would keep that kind of ebike from being much assist. On the other hand I cannot imagine a real need for me to go faster than 20 mph other than downhill. The Verve+3 seems to be maybe a step up from my Townie but my LBS that is closest to me has suggested the lowstep Allant+7 which has a little more torque, 50 NM vs 75NM. I don’t know how much difference that 25 NM torque would make.
Trek Allant 7+ is a bosch Performance CS motor. www.electricbikereview.com/trek/allant-plus-7/ Which as I said in post 14, probably drags like a boat anchor power off. You Retired & Riding were in the shop with one, did you ride it power off?You could spend more on the Allant and it would give you more hill climbing power and a front suspension but the Active plus is very capable of climbing any hills , it just will not climb them as fast as the CX motor.
My bike has the Gen 2 Performance CX motor and it is as you described , that is to say it is a pain to ride with the assist off. I have read that the new Performance / CX gen 4 motors do not offer any notable resistance when turned off nor do the Verves with the Active /Active Plus. I agree wholeheartedly indoor training is boring. It sure looks like we will have a world of boredom for a while.Trek Allant 7+ is a bosch Performance CS motor. www.electricbikereview.com/trek/allant-plus-7/ Which as I said in post 14, probably drags like a boat anchor power off. You Retired & Riding were in the shop with one, did you ride it power off?
The whole ebike world wants you to visit your cardiologist 4x yearly and take your heart medicine. My cardiologist said there was nothing wrong with my heart except it runs too fast when I am taking electrocardiograms- which is because I am mad about the waste of money. I'm not in this shape because I have ever been a super athelete. I'm okay because I ride 20-70 miles per week mostly with the power off. I have an exercycle indoors which is BORING. Going to go ride it now for 30 minutes because I only rode 3 miles today, no 8 mile store run that I really needed.