Second: I've had the Alpha and Delta versions of Covid. The Delta came with an added bonus of Pneumonia, and I was so exhausted by 5.00pm every day that I frequently had to go to bed (It's probably Long Covid). I'm NOT giving into it, so I bought the Eleglide M1-Plus to get some decent exercise, as walking every day doesn't help much.
At the time of writing, I've used the bike every day for nearly 50 days now. My weight is down 4Kgs, and I don't get nearly as tired anymore.
OK, so that's the background preamble, so here is my personal review and star ratings.
5-STARS. Packaging; ease of assembly; Build quality; After-sales service; 21 good gears; Value-for-money.
4-STARS. Battery. The first battery had a problem, but Eleglide were excellent in trying to solve it. I bought a spare battery for £180, which isn't a bad deal and means that I have one ready-charged to just slip onto the bike.
3-STARS. Comfort. That seat!! Ouch!! I replaced it with a seat more commensurate with the ample proportions of my derriere (thank you Raleigh). Handlebars don't have adjustment, so I replaced the stem with one that does. Rear suspension:- There ain't any!! I overcame this by fitting an aftermarket hydraulically damped seat post (see ample derriere!). Nice. In fairness, I knew that I would have to fit a lot of aftermarket gear to suit my aged body, so there's a lot of customisation and personalisation on my machine.
One thing that I have to state is that the Eleglide ticked many more boxes than the more expensive alternatives, and you have to weigh up the competition's offerings and see if the compromises are acceptable.
2-STARS. That manual! About as much use as a concrete lifebelt. There's a throttle that comes with the bike, but it's not fitted (WHY NOT??). I had to go online and shortcut a YouTube video showing how it's fitted, and where Eleglide had HIDDEN the connector! (inside the frame tube!).
1-STAR. Again, it's about the manual, but this time it's the setup of the S-866 computer. The manual that comes with it has hardly any meaningful data. Yes, it shows how to set parameters, but doesn't explain what a lot of the parameters are for! YouTube video download time again!
On the road, the bike is a joy. 5 power levels are available. When I first started riding it, I had to use the top level (5), which is maximum assist. In order to get fitter, I now set the assist to medium level (3), and use the gearing to compensate for any over-exertion or cartilages popping out. Exercise (walking) recently has been a chore, but I now look forward to getting out on the bike so much that I get up early to enjoy the ride.
The battery seems to last forever. I try to cover 10 miles per day, and I've hardly ever seen the power level drop by more than 1 bar. Speed is OK. It's set to 15mph, which is the limit on UK roads.
Off-road riding is fine too, but I've added some adhesive carbon-fibre tape to frame parts that are exposed to gravel-rash.
In summary, and taking everything into consideration, this bike has to be one of my best ever purchases. I love it to bits, and I love the improvement in my overall health. I get lots of comments about electric bikes not having any meaningful value in terms of fitness: well, my fitness levels are now steadily improving, and that's down to the bike. I've customised it to suit me now, and I have loaded some "before and after" pics for your perusal. It cost £850, and with all the customisation and spares, I'm up to £1200, which is a LOT better than I could have expected at that price-point, and that includes a spare battery, brake pads and a Cadence sensor.