An essential question to answer in your search for the perfect eBike is what motor system to us. We get a lot of questions about this - it is daunting to sort out the technical details. Electric bicycles have evolved to the point where any of the latest mid-drive designs from the big three won't disappoint.
Brose's high quality mid drives are increasingly popular with a quiet internal belt and 90nm of torque. The power delivery is the most "natural" feeling of the big 3. Brose only makes motors, so manufacturers get to customize batteries (for frame integrated batteries) and bluetooth integrations that Bosch does not offer.
Common on eBikes ver 1.0, geared hub motors are light & cheap, but lack the power of modern mid drives, and are usually capable of only 15mph max. In our experience, front hub drive bikes are like training wheels for a more modern mid drive motor that will retain its value for many years to come.
Answers to questions like - why is Pedal Assist better than Throttle? Mid-drive better than Hub Drive? Torque sensor vs Cadence sensor?
Popular on eBikes ver 2.X, direct drive motors are powerful, heavy and about 30% less efficient than mid drives. These designs are showing their age, better to choose a more modern mid drive motor that will retain its value for many years to come.In our experience, direct drive rear hub bikes are kind of like a "gateway drug".
It is hard to choose a poorly on a motor these days if you stick with the latest mid drives from the big three - Bosch, Brose and Shimano. The most important thing for your experience might not be the most raw power - smoother riding, longer range motors got up the steep hill just fine, just a little slower - and they probably would have gone way further after the hill. With the same battery, the hare will usually win the hill, but the turtle always finishes the race.
eBike terminology can be like a new language. Some of it just doesn't make sense, like how can all the motors possibly be rated at exactly the same watts - does that mean they are all just as fast? Motor power is usually in "nominal" watts - but this does not tell the whole story. What about Torque? Amps, volts, watts, direct drive - it's enough to give you a headache. Can't someone just tell me which is the best or has the most horsepower? If you are confused, that's a sign you are might be starting to understand.