I could go into a long dissertation on the bike’s electric system, and the fact the bicycle is in the repair center for three weeks now, just three months after purchase, but that is not my real complaint.
The Torker 400 hybrid electric bike I bought for my wife so she could ride with me (she has bad knees) has the drive in the front hub. Unlike front drive cars which are supposed to be easier to control for novices, a front drive bike is a real monster when you hit loose stone or gravel. My wife has put this thing down three times now when hitting a patch of loose gravel that you encounter on a typical rail trail bike path. It is hard enough to control an un-driven front wheel in this situation (I have an old separated shoulder injury to prove this), but add a bit of torque to the situation and you have a real monster for a novice cyclist to handle. The driven wheel on a bike belongs in the rear.
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