First ride with the Archon X1 upgrade!

TomD

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I don't have experience with BBSHD but first love was a BBS01 and when I started riding bikes with torque sensing motors I did miss some aspects of the cadence sensing especially at higher speed where I just wanted to maintain speed at a given cadence and not necessarily have it fall off if I wanted to ease up on the pedals. To me the new controller feels like a hybrid of cadence and torque sensing combining the best of both. The 2300 watt version feels like it's dialed in pretty good for Eco PAS 1 and 2 in terms of smoothness It's hard to say whether the lower watt versions will feel as smooth until I get the programming cable. I can't really see myself using higher PAS and think that as long as the smoothness is still there I would go with the 1000 watt version. I was thinking I wasn't getting much exercise but the funny thing is my legs have been pretty sore the last few days after riding.I think the ebike adage applies that you don't necessarily get less exercise with more power you just go farther.

In terms of the efficiency it is really hard for me to gauge as I never really used to monitor voltage. I am wondering if maybe I was being sandbagged on range by the battery percent indicator on the stock controller. I would get range anxiety when the stock controller would dramatically drop the battery percentage but now that I'm monitoring voltage I'm realizing that there can be a lot of voltage sag and perhaps my range improvement was partially due to the stock controller sandbagging the battery percent with voltage sag. I wish I had been monitoring voltage so that I could provide a better perspective on this. But others seem to be coming to similar conclusion that range is marerially improved.

I honestly cannot imagine going back to the stock controller. It's just so nice not having to fight the annoying oscillation in power which may not be so obvious until you actually upgrade to something that doesn't have it and then it's like you can't believe what you were missing in terms of smooth and consistent delivery of power.
 

TomD

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More fun today. Was too lazy to bust my ass pedaling up the steep 700' hill so put it in PAS 3 and rode it up in next to highest gear at close to 20 mph.