In general the bike is great fun. However, I live in a city that is quite hilly with hills as steep as 15-18%. The "normal" eBikes everyone has here (MTB with 24 gears and a Bosch motor) are rushing by when I am on one of the steep hills. I had test rides in areas that are far up on the hills (where the richer people live) but they don't buy the Cowboy because it is very hard to get up there with a Cowboy. The KTM or Cube is a lot easier. Having that said, I love the feeling on the Cowboy and I love cruising through the city with it. However, to get up to the mountain I am using my cheap old MTB eBike with a Bafang motor because it is so much easier to get up there. For my city you would at least 2 gears.