I don't think you can beat the value of this eBike.
I purchased this directly from E-Glide and picked it up at the shop in Santa Monica. I have now had it for about 4 weeks and have put over 100 miles on it.
I am very impressed. My commute is 2.5 miles each way. Kind of on a whim, I did some web surfing about electric bicycles. Many of them are in the $3000 range. I saw the E-Glide ad for about $1,000. That price was low enough for me to say, sure, lets get one and try it. A week later, I went down to pick up the bike.
I think the reason the bike is so much less expensive than competitors is that it is simpler. The single speed is genius. Because the motor is used with pedal assist, I do not see any reason to need gearing. The gearing seems like a nice feature, but it adds complexity that can break, needs much more maintenance and increases the price. Bottom line, no need to shift gears with an electric motor attached.
I upgraded the tires to the ones recommended to be least likely to get a flat, Marathon. I also upgraded the seat to the more comfortable gel seat. Even though I have not ridden a bike in quite some time, the seat has been very comfortable and I have not had any discomfort. I also added a rear rack.
On a flat surface with full throttle, no pedaling, it goes about 22 MPH. I live up a steep hill. I need to pedal assist to go up it. My guess is you will only need to pedal assist if the slope is more than a 3% grade. For my purposes, the 350 watt motor is more than adequate. I do not mind pedal assisting on the hill.
Battery life. It is advertised to have a 20 mile range. My commute is only 5 miles round trip. I have gone 2 nights without a charge and it still worked fine after 15 miles. No apparent drop off on power to the wheel to me. I usually charge every night any way since I do not want to think about when to charge. However, there is a battery indicator with 4 lights to give you an idea about how much charge you have left.
The brakes are ok. I think they are sufficient, but when I do go down my steep hill, I keep it under 30 MPH because I do not think they are strong enough to make me comfortable stopping quickly above that speed. Disc brakes would be nicer but I'm sure they would make the bike more expensive. If these bikes sell as well as I suspect they will due to the great combination of usability, reliability for being single speed, and cost, then perhaps the manufacturer will decided to add some pricier models that would include things like disc brakes.