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Old 05-04-21, 02:31 PM
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Stupid e-bike questions

My wife just got a Cannondale Synapse Neo 1 Electric Bike (2020 closeout deal at REI). The assembly at REI was not confidence-inspiring, so I thought I would ask my stupid questions here. (I have no prior e-bike experience). The lack of manuals rivals Apple computer.

So here are a couple of questions that have emerged during the first 72 hours of ownership:

1. Can I safely put a Shimano 11-speed quick-link in the chain? (It is spec-ed at 105, whose chains don't have that by default).
2. Can I lube the chain as with a standard bike? My preference is to use wax, but if that is problematic, I can do something else.
3. Is it bad to re-charge the battery when it is above 50%?
4. For climbing hills, the pedal assist appears to reward the rider for climbing in a higher gear. Will this damage the motor? (We are talking 7 to 15% grade, average 10%, over a couple of miles).
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