In defense of James insane struggle with this wonderful vehicle these last 6 years. A massively and wonderfully modified Organic Transit elf, not a 180 lb payload, But A 850 lb payload before I get in it. Because of... its weight, and internal rolling resistance, Tires heavily fortified against puncture, an internally geared motor with massive internal turnover resistance, it provides 30 times less feedback to the cyclist than a traditional vehicle. I wouldn't change a thing with today's technology unless someone points me to some breakthrough. We can climb anything that's paved and I love being in the mountains, it feeds me. It is a fabulous platform for my work, a true miracle. But it is insanely difficult to learn how to effectively move. I was called a world-class skier, I was a more than competent College swimmer, college skier, High School Runner, cross country runner, etc. And 6 years into it I think I'm just beginning to figure this thing out. The only sport I can compare it to in terms of difficulty is becoming a world-class golfer and this is much more difficult.