Wife's bike arrived a few days ago, earlier than expected. I think it's great. Got it assembled fairly easily with help from posts here. Aventon must be sending so many bikes out the door that they have no time to bring their written instructions current or update their assembly video from 18 months ago! Fortunately they have now completed more of the assembly for you. Hydraulic brakes helped sell us on this bike--the surest stopping power out there. I'm still trying to decide if the initial power surge is a feature or a bug. You need a riding strategy for this bike. I come from the world of road bikes, and plan to continue riding mine. I also ride a motorcycle, so I'm used to two-wheel fun. The Pace 500 seems like a hybrid of both worlds. It does not give the pure bike experience, you're not going to "become one" with this bike. Being a savvy manager of its power is vital, like on a motorcycle. Tips for starting that I have seen here include setting pedal assist to 0, covering the brakes and being sure you have geared down all the way. I understand concern about the quick take off, but I think it's fun. Not sure why Aventon opted for the severely swept back cruiser style handlebars, this is a bike where you need to sit up and pay attention. I think mountain bike bars would be a good replacement. The Pace 500 has a lot of oomph and quite good specs for the price. I'm happy with the purchase. If my wife's reaction is different I will post. I'm going to suggest she put a picnic basket on the rear rack and ride it across town to a park. I will follow on my road bike, if I can keep up.