OK, time for a major reset from recent lessons learned.
I just bought the new Kona Electric Ute. It’s not yet in their catalog, but the Ute product manager – very helpful fellow named Mark – reached out after finding this blog and made the offer. The bikes arrived at their warehouse end of April and in my local bike shop today. He sent me this snapshot.
Going to swap out all my customizations from the 2010 model to the 2011 model and sell off the non-electric Ute, which is a great bike in its own right.
Finally, I can see a positive end to this journey to build a car replacement bicycle capable of hauling some serious loads up serious hills.