That's more or less what the Evelo Atlas designer says in a review by Court at EBR. They, as the manufacturer can make changes but not the end user.
The Current ships as a class 1 -20mph max but the owner can easily change that with the controller to class 3. I never paid attention whether or not it could be set back to class 1?
If by 'the owner' you mean the company selling the bike, yes...but M600s can not be 'end user' switched without a CANBUS programmer or the BESST tool, at least without an almost-nonexistent-except-for-Luna-LudiV2-controller/custom controller on the motor (not the display, actual controller inside the motor). They're meant to be set only by the 'dealer' without jumping through hoops (e.g. buying the BESST tool and a Bafang login (or a hack to scripts, but not 'typical user friendly.')
I am the OP and I have not quite made a final decision. However, I have just returned from looking, again, at the Gazelle C380+ and a bunch of other bikes at the LBS (the other bikes were used to demonstrate various differences) and I learned a great deal. Those bikes with full suspension - geeze!!! And I had thought the camo painted hunting bikes with 2 hub motors were odd.
Yeah lol, there are some interesting bikes out there, although a large number of them are near-clones minus some component selection changes as well (smaller brands re-branding fairly standard components including e.g. frames, etc.).
Full suspension is great, IMO, but not needed for flat riding, and light trails, etc.
I'm sure the dual hub powered bikes would be interesting to ride, but not for me. YMMV.
That's one downside - seeing updates for US market bikes (i.e. moving the speed limit upwards) is somewhat slow and longer cycle time than some other changes, but it's good to see more and more brands doing it, even if in most cases it's the same motor and bike, just with the restriction removed/increased values.@TrevorB said Consider adding dropper post to whatever bike you buy. I now know exactly what it is and how it works.
Surprising how time flies while talking with (actually, mostly listening, which might surprise anyone who has read my long posts) the very enthusiastic salesman/buyer, Logan. He filled me in on a bunch of things, including all sorts of inside scoop kind of info. He said he has ordered and they "should" have a new model Gazelle with belt drive, IGH, class 3 in stock in by the middle of February.
I have already forgotten the name but I got the impression it will be a new model of the Ultimate C380+ with the next gen (4?) Bosch "stuff".