After reading all of this thread, I am grateful to have a great LBS and I am more than satisfied with my Vado SL 5.0 EQ coming in soon.
There is a single exception I would make to my earlier statement. Most of geared hub-motors work with constant assistance per PAS level. Meaning, after you have got at speed, such a bike can roll with constant speed for hours. That enabled me to make my first metric centuries on e-bike (that was my hub-drive one). I would say a modern and light-weight hub motor as used in many road e-bikes is justified. Still, I think mid-motor is far better in most of situations.I have to agree with this. Not only do I dislike the weight distribution but it feels herky jerky to me when I'm riding.
You have excellent taste in ebikes. I'm a first time owner of one and also have the Vado SL 5 EQ. I have made similar adjustments adding Specialized Hemisphere Armadillo Reflect tires (very similar tread pattern), Suntour NCX seat post and Shimano PD XT pedals. I'm still looking for a seat to accommodate my 63 yr old bony ass 175 lb. body but the stock seat is not killing me too much. I'm about a month and 375 miles into this ride and not a single glitch. My blood pressure is down too so it's all good. Continue to share your experiences. I'm always interested in how to accessorize my ride. Ride safe.
What a change in your stable!
From R-M chargers to Haibike to Terns to finally Trek and Specialized!
the last two are perhaps the most agile of them all.
My experience, too. I'm not ready for the SL yet though.Yes, my tastes started to swing to lighter weight and even less power. The latter maybe because I got into better riding shape over time and wanted to do more on my own - or at least have the option to do more of the work and not have as much weight penalty. And I started to convince myself that for a city commuter I didn't need the weight penalties of suspension.
How did you get all of that data into the tables? Any automated procedure or pick and prune?Since there is another thread about Vado SL range, I put some range observations into a table. I don't list elevation since I'm a flatlander:
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Removing the two observations where I burned only 1 and 3 WH, practically using the bike without power, the average support level to range (inverse relationship) looks like this:
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