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bigbasin

New Member
I'm in the early stages of kicking the tires on an electric mountain bike. Not for extreme technical trails, but for hilly, wooded, rolling hills, some climbs riding.

I've gone through a couple of the reviews on the emountain bikes, but the reviewer is not taking them out to ride on any kind of hills or off road biking, thus, making the reviews not very useful.

Now, I understand there is a ton of differences in riding trails, but some of the things that should be tested include how well does the bike climb with and without petal assist, how well does it survive muddy trails, post ride maintenance etc

If there are any Clydesdales hitting the trails on an emountain bike, I hope you would share your experience. Thx
 

Ravi Kempaiah

Well-Known Member
I'm in the early stages of kicking the tires on an electric mountain bike. Not for extreme technical trails, but for hilly, wooded, rolling hills, some climbs riding.

I've gone through a couple of the reviews on the emountain bikes, but the reviewer is not taking them out to ride on any kind of hills or off road biking, thus, making the reviews not very useful.

Now, I understand there is a ton of differences in riding trails, but some of the things that should be tested include how well does the bike climb with and without petal assist, how well does it survive muddy trails, post ride maintenance etc

If there are any Clydesdales hitting the trails on an emountain bike, I hope you would share your experience. Thx


Review with actual fire trail riding demonstration.

 

DashRiprock

Active Member
When I hear this guy go on and on (up to about 1:40) about how the Bosch system requires you to be in the right gear, look ahead intently and the lack of power for failing to do so...I really appreciate not only the TranzX mid-drive where I haven't noticed this as much (remember, I'm a newb) but the throttle assist while in any gear which may negate a bit of this depending on the situation (which is OK with me).
I'm not a stare at the road/stare at the dirt/go as fast as possible rider (scenery is my thing) which is why I traded handlebars for a steering wheel/advanced suspension (engine driven off road) in 2003 with the Yamaha Rhino.
 
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Ravi Kempaiah

Well-Known Member
When I hear this guy go on and on (up to about 1:40) about how the Bosch system requires you to be in the right gear, look ahead intently and the lack of power for failing to do so...I really appreciate not only the TranzX mid-drive where I haven't noticed this as much (remember, I'm a newb) but the throttle assist while in any gear which may negate a bit of this depending on the situation (which is OK with me).
I'm not a stare at the road/stare at the dirt/go as fast as possible rider (scenery is my thing) which is why I traded handlebars for a steering wheel/advanced suspension (engine driven off road) in 2003 with the Yamaha Rhino.


Dash,
I took a long test drive on Haibike FS RX MTB (with Bosch drive) at Lenny's shop couple of weeks back.
FS RX is a very nice bike and the motor cut off exactly at 20mph. It was not easy to get it up to 27mph. If you add a delimiting dongle, battery consumption will take a hit. Unfortunate that it comes with speed limitations, otherwise, very nice bike.

I really enjoyed riding the peak (more than dash) for that reason. It is light, fast and comes with better shocks and brakes.
Also, having a throttle is very useful to get off the blocks.

Being in the right gear is very important for any mid drive system.
 

DashRiprock

Active Member
I wish that I could speak intelligently on the Bosch, Yamaha, Opti or any other system than the TranzX that I'm used to. My ignorance I suppose lies in the joy I experience from the (throttle anytime) Peak full time boost system. Perhaps I need some correcting on this and I understand the difference in 'grip' when using the throttle...but frankly I have rarely payed attention to what gear I am in...due to the throttle constantly being my ace in the hole.
In other words, that gear might not have been the best...but it was 'close' (with the throttle)...and I'm not constantly assessing terrain/obsessing over gears like the guy in the video (that gear might be just fine for the next 'crisis').
 
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DashRiprock

Active Member
...my not understanding the joys of constantly assessing terrain/shifting gears in order to properly operate and get the most out of any drive probably stems from my switch from geared to cvt type drive systems and the knee-jerk 'throttle out' mentality that followed. High powered CVT (throttle only) driven off-road machines were a God send back in the 90's...and I've never looked back.