How To Make Your E-Bike More Efficient | Get More Battery Life

How To Make Your E-Bike More Efficient | Get More Battery Life


– A key part of e-bike
riding is battery management. We want that extra miles per charge so today we’re going to
be giving you a few tips how to get that extra
mileage from your battery. (dramatic electronic music) (upbeat music) Some motor manufacturers such
as Shimano and Specialized have an app that connects
the bike via Bluetooth. Now within this app you can adjust all the power to the motor. You can adjust things such as
how hard the motor accelerates from that initial pedal stroke, so how hard the bike is
going to surge forward. You can slide that slider down and it’s going to give you more miles ’cause the motor’s isn’t
going to work as hard. And within each power mode, you can adjust how much assistance the
bike’s going to give you too by the simple means of
just sliding that slider back down towards the minus. It’s just going to mean
you’re going to have to work a little bit harder but the
motor’s going to work less and in return, it’s going to
save you on battery power. (upbeat music) On some climbs, you might
find yourself switching up on your power mode. You might be riding a climb in trail and you can see you’re hitting boost mode to get up the hill. Now something you might
want to consider changing on your e-bike is the gearing on there. Now a really cost-effective
way of doing this is actually just to decrease the size of the front chain ring. Now on stock they usually
come around 34 or 36 but they’re available from
increments from about 32, 32 tooth, all the way up. Putting a smaller chain ring
on the front of the bike, it’s just going to mean
you’re going to be able to keep that cadence up on the bike and keep that assistance going, saving you from shifting up
into those higher-power modes and those higher-power modes,
as we’ve talked about already, they eat a load of battery. So think about the gearing
on your e-bike, too, it makes a massive difference. (upbeat music) Tires make a massive difference when it comes to getting
the maximum mileage out of your battery. Now stock, a lot of
e-bikes come with big, fat, kind of downhill orientated tires. Now if you’re simply riding fire road or cross-country trails type of riding, then you’re going to have
too much tire on that bike. It’s going to be kind of more aimed at this downhill, free-riding
sort of focused riding. Now if you swap that tire out for something a little bit more skinnier, a bit more lightweight
and a bit faster-rolling, it’s going to reap massive
benefits to your battery. So just make sure that tire is fit for the type of riding you do. (upbeat music) A lot of battery power is
wasted in your riding style, particularly if you’re a
stop-start kind of rider. I mean, if you’re coming into a corner, you’re slowing the bike down and then the motor’s got to accelerate you out of that corner to provide the speed and the flow out of there, you really need to think about how you’re approaching the trail. So just come into that
corner a little bit slower and allow the momentum to
carry you through those turns. It’s also worth keeping your head up and anticipating the
trail as it comes to you. Think about your gear choice,
think about your line, and also keep an eye
out for those features that are going to give you free speed. (upbeat music) Bad bike maintenance can also take a big chunk of your battery life. Now some key offenders are
going to be dragging brakes, you really need to make sure
those brakes are centered and not rubbing at all. So give them a quick spin,
they should be totally silent. Another key offender is the drive chain. If you got a dry and
unlubed chain on there, it’s going to create a lot
of drag in the drive chain. Also tire choice and tire pressure is a massive thing as well, so just make sure those tires are inflated to the correct pressure to
the trail you’re riding. Also badly setup suspension can lead to the bike skipping around and wheel spinning, losing traction, therefore eating a load
out of the battery. So okay, I really hope
you’ve enjoyed today’s video on getting those extra
miles from your battery. It does make a massive
difference on those bigger rides. But if you guys have got any tips on how you get the most
miles out of your battery, drop some in the comments box below. If you want to stick around,
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