REI is having a remarkable sale on their Generation ebikes, with the 1.1 for $800 and the 1.2 for $1000. Both have a Bafang 350W hub drive, with the same 80 Nm torque, and Tektro hydraulic brakes. The lower model has a front suspension fork, whereas the higher has a front cargo rack. The only other difference I see is that the 1.2 has a higher battery, 672 watt hours vs 417 on the 1.2, with an estimated increase in 10 miles in range. Both models have also been upgraded to a 48T front ring, after many complaints about the previous 42T ring. They look like the Rad Runner bikes, which now cost more, have cheaper components, and weight over 20 lbs more (the REI bikes are 54 lbs), although Rad has 750W motors. To me it's a no-brainer to get a quality ebike for under $1000 with REI assembly, warranty and service, and I think the higher model is worth an extra $200 for a larger battery. The rear rack with 20" wheels also looks too short and small to carry most panniers, so I like the idea of a front rack on the 1.2 for cargo. My city is plagued by bike thieves, too, so at that price point I would feel less pain if it was stolen.