Recently retired , asthmatic, my road/touring bike has hardly been out of the garage for the past 5 years as I just didn’t seem to be getting any benefit from the exercise. I used to do a fair bit of touring with panniers etc and just enjoyed going out for a run on the summer nights after work. Recently bought a Crossfire-e from Halfords in the January sale, only risked £960 on it in case it wasn’t for me. Loved the bike but encountered technical problems and other limitations so I got a refund and am willing to spend up to about £2.3k on something better quality with crank motor. I appreciate that bikes will drop in value and the advice is often to get a cheaper bike and replace it after a couple of years, but the cost is not a huge issue for me. I’m looking for something with the ‘road bike’ appearance of the Crossfire, with 700c wheels or similar and disc brakes. I don’t like the noise and friction of mountain bike tyres and don’t do much off-road stuff. So far, been looking at Cube Cross, Ridgeback Cyclone and Kalkhoff Voyager/Endeavour. Swaying towards the Ridgeback because of the lower weight (never did learn the weight of the Crossfire but it felt bloody heavy lifting it). I imagine 3-4kg on an e-bike is significant, not so much for cycling but for transporting it by car. Also like the look of the Crossfuse but it seems very heavy and there are very few reviews to see whether it suffers from cut outs like the Crossfire.