Should be working wrote:This bike is so FUN. My neighbor tried it out, and his verdict was also "Fun!" I rode home from work on Friday and over the weekend tried out Claremont, a relentlessly long, steep (8-18% grade) hill. It was all great, a nice workout but totally doable. Honestly it feels like the bike can read my mind, it seems to 'know' exactly how fast I want to go and how much assist to give me. It's almost weird that way--when I go from a full stop to a quick start at a light, even in Eco mode, it just starts going as soon as I tap the pedal. My legs feel worked and not overworked, my hip feels like nothing, it's wonderful.
I have been reading a lot of the threads here and have been considering the same hill climbing sort of problem, so this thread was of particular interest. I am a regular cyclist and used to ride the East Bay hills several days a week so I'm very familiar with Claremont, Grizzly Peak, Skyline, Old Tunnel Road etc. Any electric bike that will take you comfortably up Claremont is doing very well indeed. That is a hard long hill. However the most important thing, that a lot of the more technically minded posters missed, is that for reasons of fit or position or whatever, you can actually ride this bike without hip pain
. The second most important thing is that you like the bike. It does not matter how much money you save if the bike sits around, the only valuable bike is the one that you ride. The other thing that keeps getting forgotten in the thread is that you are not going to be your own mechanic. I love working on bikes, but you don't, so a turn key solution is going to be better for you.
Based on what you have said about the Focus Jarifa Speed already "the riding experience is delightful ... feels like just riding a bike ... this is just what I was looking for. It just lightly blows me along, even in highest assist on my steep grades"
, you should just get it and go riding without looking back or counting the pennies.