vfr400 made the case for hub drives. Let me make the case for mid drives.OK, I'm going to make a purchase over the next week or so. Before I go any further, I've leaned toward a Mid Drive system, but I'd like to hear about the pro's and con's of a rear hub drive. The lower prices suggest that maybe they have become a little obsolete, but I'm an absolute novice so any guidance will be appreciated.
1. there is not much difference in reliability and maintenance cost between the two types.
2. there are less variables in installing a mid drive compared to a hub drive. If you can remove the bottom bracket, then you are half way there with a mid drive.
3. the quality of a 48V TSDZ2 with or without throttle is difficult to match. It is lightweight, very quiet, has a wide torque range especially at low speed, best weight distribution and natural ride feel.