I just returned the trek verve+ because it wasnt enough help on the hills I live in the Catskills and want a bike for commuting about 15-20miles on our hilly roads. Im not in shape ... thinking i could use some throttle to help? My brother has a bike shop in Italy and he told me to get a bosch battery and hydraulic brakes. But after the trek not cutting it for me I wonder if he really knows enough about e-bikes. hmmm I am 5 feet tall so need a step through. the trek verve felt great. I am so sad it didnt work out. I was hoping I was doing something wrong and I could keep it. oh well. Also, if anyone has a bike shop they like in the area I would be so appreciative. Thank you!!