So I finally had a chance today to take the Rize X for a ride through the back trails and a local ski hill. All I can say is WOW. The ability to go anywhere with the Fat Tires combined with the effortless acceleration was awesome. I never thought I would be biking straight up a snow-covered ski hill, but I did and it was a snap. I played with the throttle to get a feel for it and the acceleration is quite gradual and doesn't sneak up on you. The bigger size and weight of the bike takes some getting used to after my many years on an older mountain bike. Once you get going though, it is a very natural feeling.
For my wife, we had some struggles getting her comfortable with the Rize Leisure bike so far. She is 5 foot 2 and is intimidated, so I think she has to get over her initial fear of the thing and just get riding on it to get accustomed. We brought it inside and I tilted her seat forward and lowered it further so we will go out and try again tomorrow.
I am actually very interested to compare the difference between the Rize X Torque pedal-assist vs the Leisure's Cadence pedal-assist. I wonder if I will find it noticeable.
Anyway, the X needed to be cleaned off as it was well covered in mud after my adventures today... always a good sign! Cheers, everyone!
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I'm really interested knowing if you find a difference between cadence and torque sensing, my girlfriend is waiting that leisure comes back in torque before ordering and we wonder if it is worth the extra 300$! Let us know when you'll have tried it if you can