Having not been on a bike for over two years for various reasons and moved to a new house where the access on two roads is 1:5, I was persuaded by my better half to purchase an electric bike. After much web browsing i contacted 50 Cycles and was called directly by James who was very helpful and made it clear that I should test ride a bike before purchase. So off to Bristol, where i spent a good 90 minutes pestering Anthony with questions, all of which he patiently responded to, and road testing two bikes the Pro Connect and Integrale.
After taking both out on the same route around Bristol and then having another go on the Pro Connect i decided on this . Why? Well for me it had the more comfortable riding position, otherwise there was little difference between them (the Integrale seemed to have a little more power). Delivery within couple of days, a read of the manual (important) and some basic, simple adjustments and i was ready for try out on the rural hills.
So performance - most of the time i have used it in sport mode and 10th gear and happily cruise along at 15mph with what seems the minimal of effort. But what about the hills? Well first spin ended with about 0.75 mile climb with a mixture of 1:5 and 1:7 - using power mode i was mainly in 5th gear but down to 3rd on the steepest section. Second spin different hill about 0.8 miles with some 1:5 but mainly 1:7 -1:10 again power mode but this time never lower than 5th gear. On both hills I did not need to get out of the saddle...i was more than pleased and somewhat surprised that it could be this good.
I have also taken it on some very muddy farm tracks - somewhat slippy but what bike would not be in such conditions, so no concerns here. The ride with well-designed handles is incredibly comfortable. I just need to focus on how fast is safe on a 1:5 going downhill as the bike reaches 20mph with no effort! Only minor gripe is Altura panniers would not fit, so will be trying Ortlieb.
I cannot wait to get out on it again, it is that much fun. Add to this Anthony in the Bristol shop is still patiently answering my questions. Oh, yes, for what it is worth i am in my late fifties and reasonably (but not cycling) fit.