Looking for advice on buying an e-bike.
The area I plan to use the bike has short steep hills that are +20% grade in some spots (10-60 meters long).
I'd like to be able to carry a complete weight of 200lbs (150lb rider / 50lb cargo on racks or trailer).
Often times it'll be just me and no cargo.
I'm quite happy to provide partial power via pedaling and would actually prefer this.
As a comparison I can ascend the same hills on a regular 24 speed bike in the lowest gear but it's unpleasant and I have no interest in attempting extra cargo.
I like the idea of European Kalkhoffs and BH Emotions mid-drives but the motors are only 250-300 W - could they even do this?
I can get local hub driven e-bikes with 500W motors but from what I've read hubs aren't up to the task (have they gotten better?).
Test driving is kinda hard since hills like this don't exist near the bike retailers.
I'd prefer not to go the DIY (EcoSpeed/Cyclone) route but if that's my only option then so be it.
Any advice appreciated.