I've been researching ebikes for over a year but have been unable to make up my mind on which bike to purchase. This morning I went to the Civi office/warehouse in Ontario as they offer the opportunity to test ride their bikes.
Tony and Ray showed me the various models, but for my needs the Rebel 1.0 seemed the most appropriate as I wanted a foldable bike, yet capable of taking on some trails.
I rode their demo Rebel around the parking lot which doesn't give you an opportunity to test the hill climbing capability. I was a little worried about the adequacy of the 500w motor but decided to take a chance and buy the bike.
When I came home, I unloaded the shipping carton and assembled the bike. I was told it would take 15 minutes, but I had it built in about 10. After charging the battery, I took it for a spin on our golf range trails which are super steep in some places. I was very impressed with the power of the motor and the ease of tackling the steep hills with minimal pedaling. I've been riding bicycles all my life, but at 70 years of age, I simply can no longer handle hills. I was so amazed at the great performance of this bike. I really regret that I did not purchase this long ago.