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Old 01-17-20, 09:10 AM
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Originally Posted by chas58 View Post
OMB Barrett - finally coming over to the dark side?
You're looking for a "torque sensing" rather than cadence sensing system. Are you looking to build a bike, or are you looking for something off the shelf.

Personally I just use a throttle because I like the precision of them (and I run low power). Since you are an acomplished biker, you might be happy with a low power assist for hills where it is basically an on/off system. The trick with ebikes is that they get heavy quickly - which has to be ballanced out with the hill climbing advantages...
I'm ready to use an electric assist road bike on those days when I want to ride for an hour or two but when I'd like to avoid suffering on the hills. I expect that these rides will supplement my usual rides on my regular road bikes. I've avoided "active recovery" rides in the past since every hill is usually a peak effort.

I'm looking at two models: The Orbea Gain D30 which is an aluminum frame model with a Ebikemotion low power cadence sensing motor, this bike is about 30 lbs. I'm also looking at the Yamaha Urban Rush which is a mid-drive torque sensing drive system with more power, this bike weighs about 40 lbs. I'm investigating a test ride of each.
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