Safe to climb big hills on a Turbo?

ROJA

Active Member
This might be a dumb question, but I wanted to make sure I wouldn't hurt anything if I tried to climb some big hills as fast as possible on my Turbo. Am I right in thinking the motor has sufficient protections built in to avoid overheating, etc.? This won't be my regular commute, but I thought it might be fun to try some big local hills that I normal do on my road bike.

There is also a local "racing" series that includes a regular guy who does it on an ebike: http://lowkeyhillclimbs.com/2016/
 

bazzapage

Active Member
We might bleat and whinge a bit on these forums because we can and we care, but essentially it's a quality piece of kit that isn't going to die before it's time.
 

eagamer80

Active Member
Overheating the motor will depend on many factors: the external temperature, your weight, running mode (turbo or Eco), wind speed, the amount of force you apply when pedaling and the time the engine has to work taking into account all these factors altogether. In the user manual clearly states that going uphill on a very warm environment may cause overheating the engine and this will automatically stop working.
 

ROJA

Active Member
Thanks to the interesting comments from Douglas, I realized that you can check the motor temp using the display panel. Does anyone know if there is a "safe" range or if this is something I should be monitoring while I ride? Seems like more of a diagnostic tool given that it's in the "setup" section, plus I believe that the sophisticated Specialized software should adjust power automatically to protect the engine if needed.

For one data point, when I left on my commute yesterday, it was about 70-75F outside, motor temp started at 80F and got to about 136F after a hard section at high speed (but flat). I imagine that's well within the normal operating range, but just curious if anyone knows more about this.
 

Allan47.7339

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It will warn you if it gets too hot and I think it will either shut down or go to "no power" mode. I had it happen once riding a couple of long hills on a hot day in the mid 90'sF. I just had to wait in the shade for a few minutes until it cooled off.