ah ok - will take a look into that!The things that we called "mountain bikes" when we were younger have evolved into full suspension beasts which have no creature comforts for riding around the city. A new category called "gravel bikes" has appeared in the space they left behind, and they are basically the mountain bikes of our youth. There is an emerging category for ebikes of full suspension mountain bikes with features like fenders, racks and lights added back in. You mention Powerfly. In that series the "equipped" models are the "SUV style".
That's really not big for an ebike to drag up the hill, especially a mid-drive. If you want to get scientific, look at the torque of the motor (it's always listed). Trek seems to use the same Bosch CX 85Nm motor even in lower skus, while Specialized ramps the torque with the trim level. Then look at the ratio of the front chainring to the biggest ring on the back. You mention an Allant 7s and an FS4. Same motor torque, but because the FS4 has a granny gear, it's got about 60% more torque at the back wheel. On the other hand, the Allant 7s has about 25% more speed at the top end if you're pedaling like crazy.
I've not really ridden bikes for about 20 years until last week and it was quite depressing how unfit I have become. I used to be able to most hills fine back then but now after injuries and my fitness has gone (for now) i'm seriously struggling and it's just not fun. So I just need something for now that can help me get up hills without making me want to throw up or have to get off and walk the remainder of the hill - which is what I currently do now.
To be honest all I want to do is just get a bit fitter, cycle around town and basic roads and minor off-road - nothing major at first. I definitely don't want a road bike because of my back and I've never got on with them. I'm not going to be going crazy down some mountain trail (at least not for a long time!) either. I just need something to easily get me uphills without much too much effort and that I can get fixed locally if something goes wrong. Which seems to be Trek or maybe Specialized or Marin.
Powerfly FS 4 seems great but is maybe a bit overkill for what i will be using it for?
Allant+ 7s if it can get me uphill ok?
I've just seen the Vado 4.0 and seems quite nice might be good for what I want?
There's no specialized bikes in stock near me so might travel an hour away to try one. Trek is near me and in stock so might try those too.