HOW FAR CAN I RIDE WITH MY E-MTB?
So what is the range of your electric bike and how far can your ebike go, this is a question many people ask and there are lots of variables to find the answer.
Here are the most important factors to consider when trying to maximise the range of your electric bike.
Weight, temperature, assist mode and terrain.
System weight can make a big difference to the range of your bike, the heavier you are or the more equipment you pack with you the larger the effect on the assisted range of your e-bike.
The charts below shows that a 60 kg rider can get upto 19% further under the same conditions that a 110 kg rider.
Temperature can have a big effect on the range of your ebike, however its not the outside temperature that causes the reduction on range but the starting temperature of the battery, before the ride try and ensure the battery is not too cold.
To increase your ride range when its cold, store and charge your ebike inside, the aim is for the battery to not be too cold at the start of your ride, once you start your ride the battery will heat up quickly even if its cold outside. So a warm battery at the start of the ride will mean more range than if it was cold when you started
In this test one rider rode the same course on Eco, Trail and Boost (Shimano Steps E8000), so how far can the rider go?
Rider Weight: 70kg
Bike: Focus Sam2 6.9
ECO MODE ALMOST DOUBLES THE REACH OF BOOST MODE
In the field test, our athlete rode nearly twice the distance than in Boost mode. But he sacrificed more than 4 km/h of average speed.
USE A SMART MIX OF ALL MODES
Boost is the most fun – but use a smart mix of all modes to make the fun last longer.
In this test one rider rode the same course. First test run is going down the gravel road and up the single trail. For the second test run we change the direction and go down the trail and up the gravel road. Each test ride is run in Boost mode (highest support). Does it make any difference in reach on which terrain you ride?
Apparently, in our field test there is no big difference in distance between the two runs. You expect the trail to consume more due to its surface. But it is even the other way around. Up the gravel and down the trail consumed a bit more battery capacity. Why? It is not only the terrain you are riding on, it is also your riding style that influences the reach. Riding up and down a challenging trail requires body work. If you go up a trail, your body works much more than going up a gravel road. That means more work for you, but less work for your engine. If you go down the gravel road you freewheel much more than down the trail. There you keep pushing and pedaling which also consumes battery capacity.
In Sumary: HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OUT OF YOUR E-MTB RIDE
Lower your system weight.
Store and charge your e-bike inside in warm conditions.
Use a smart mix of all modes and turn the power off if you can, such as on the flats or when going downhill.
Ride more trails up or down.
- Go out and explore a new trail.