spinning vs grinding for battery life

appalachian ape

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So for a hub motor Ebike; has anyone ever tested to see you get better battery life out of spinning faster in a lower gear or grinding a bit on a higher gear.
just wondering.
 

Nealh

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I don't think it matters, what does matter is riding above the set cut off speed so no battery power is drawn. I think what matters is that which your knees tell you when it comes to riding technique.
 
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flecc

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So for a hub motor Ebike; has anyone ever tested to see you get better battery life out of spinning faster in a lower gear or grinding a bit on a higher gear.
just wondering.
I agree with Neal, no difference to battery life.

Spinning faster with a higher cadence will ensure your knee joints have a longer life with greatly reduced risk of arthritis or needing a knee joint replacement, though these cycling risks are greatly reduced with motor assistance.
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appalachian ape

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I agree with Neal, no difference to battery life.

Spinning faster with a higher cadence will ensure your knee joints have a longer life with greatly reduced risk of arthritis or needing a knee joint replacement, though these cycling risks are greatly reduced with motor assistance.
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lucky me I am well past the point of bad knees! I am glad the bike helps them feel better
 
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Blox

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So for a hub motor Ebike; has anyone ever tested to see you get better battery life out of spinning faster in a lower gear or grinding a bit on a higher gear.
just wondering.
On mine, it knows how much you are adding to the mix. You can see on the battery capacity display, the more work you do the longer the range.
conventionally I have a cadence that I would try to maintain, on my conversion I use a higher gear and always look to have some resistance, I’m not just along for the ride!
 
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