- Jun 15, 2018
- Shifting - Change gears more often. Don’t just jump for the power button first. Get your gearing right first. It’s still a bicycle principally propelled by human effort after all.
- Settings - Use your motor’s "intelligent" mode eg. Bosch’s eMTB mode or grab your smartphone, fire up your e-bike motor manufacturer's app and have a look at what your motor is set up like. Simply turn down the power-level of a couple of power levels, or go for one of the presets. It’s also well worth keeping on top of your ebike’s firmware by making sure you have the latest version for it.
- Cadence - The biggest problem with some e-bikers is their addiction to low cadence (sub-60 rpm). Not only does it drain power quicker (and cause the rider to complain about not getting the claimed mileage) it also eats drive trains quicker too. To keep the motor delivering peak power, you’ll need to spin rather than grind. Aim between 70 to 90 rpm. Keep twirling the cranks and you’ll maximise assistance.
- Proper bike setup - Suspension: Baggy bouncy suspension will eat your efforts. We’d recommend running higher pressures in your suspension fork and shock compared to a regular suspension bike to take account of an e-bike’s extra mass. Around 15 per cent front and 20-25 per cent rear seems to work well. Tyres: To avoid squirming sidewalls and frequent punctures go for higher pressures (as much as 30 per cent extra) and heavy-duty tyres.
- Battery - Keep your battery fully charged whenever possible. Lithium batteries, like any battery, will obviously get the most range when they are completely topped off at 100% charge. You aren’t going to go as far on half a tank, so to speak.
Any other suggestions?