auto mode on La Free drops when downshifting on hills?


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Pacific Northwest and Piedmont Triad
Now that I'm riding longer steeper hills on my La Free, I've noticed that when I downshift while riding up, auto mode seems to drop out for a long enough time to put some strain on my knee - the bike becomes difficult to pedal for a minute or so until auto mode "recovers".

Had anyone else experienced this?

I'm wondering if the sudden change in cadence/torque caused by the downshift (yes, I am letting up on pedaling while shifting, as recommended) "confuses" the motor momentarily?

I've switched from using auto on hills to putting it in PAS 4 or 5, either of which seems to handle the downshifting much better... Is that the permanent solution?