How To Use Eco Power Mode | E- Bike Power Modes Explained

How To Use Eco Power Mode | E- Bike Power Modes Explained


– Now there are many many
occasions when its great to use Eco on your E-bike,
and I’m gonna outline a few of them. (intro musics plays) First up, if you’re in no particular rush and you’re on a big
day out you can use Eco but at a much slower pace. Second up, if you want to really
get a really good workout, use that Eco mode to really push yourself. Now its really good to
use a heart rate monitor or indeed on the new Turbo
Leveraged Specialized there’s a built in power meter. And finally, of course, when
you ride in big fine roads like this, its really all too easy to hit the 25 kilometers
an hour restriction, so Eco mode in this instance
is absolutely perfect. Now while we’re talking
about Eco mode on E-bikes, remember the level of support
varies from brand to brand. For example you can argue
that Eco mode on the Yamaha is marginally slower than
what it is on the Specialized. However, there’s gonna
be different impacts on the range of your
battery on these bikes and the fact that a Yamaha
bike can actually start quite quicker on a hill
climb due to engagement. However, there’s other
things involved as well such as the software. You can fine tune and vary the level of support on your E-bike,
particularly the Specialized ones and the Shimano ones, you
can get more or less support in Eco mode. And as I mentioned, that’s
gonna have a different effect on the battery range. Don’t forget to mix
fitness or rider weights, is a really good time to be
using Eco mode on your E-bike. So your less fit or
heavier friend can ride in Trail or Turbo, whereas
you simply grind away in Eco. But its those big days
out, those long rides of six to eight hours which is where Eco really comes into its own. So you can get the most
out of your battery. Now most of us fly economy flight, but we all like to get
more fuel out of our cars, more bang for your buck, so should we be using Eco mode on our E-bikes far more often? Well the simple answer is, yes we should. Now the main reason for
this is that our perception of speed and support is really affected by the higher power modes. Things such as Trail and Turbo
really mess with our senses. For example, if you stick
your bike into Trail or Turbo, then drop it down into Eco, it feels incredibly dull and slow. However, switch your motor
off and then crank it into Eco and you won’t believe the
change in your ability to climb. Let me just go and show you how. Now I’ve got a non E-bike. I’m gonna be riding this uphill compared to the Specialized Levo, and that’s gonna be in Eco mode. (music plays) Its locked out and its
in its easiest gear. Very quickly I’m out the
saddle and really grinding on these peddles to get up
this quite intense hill. (exhales sharply) Okay next up is the Specialized
Levo and its in Eco mode. Can I reemphasize that, Eco
mode on this intense climb. Again my heart rate is much lower. I’ve even got a super tacky
downhill tow on this bike and the experience is just so much better. And even in Eco mode, remember,
if you do want to climb with a similar intensity
and get the same workout as a non E-bike, all you do is push harder and just go for it. (upbeat music plays) If you’re still not convinced
that Eco mode is strong enough particularly on hill climbs
then quickly remind yourself by switching the motor and
battery off on your E-bike and try that hill climb again, because you’ll soon find
that its pretty hard work. But you know what, not too
dissimilar to a non E-bike. There you go, Eco mode
then is a great mode. Its versatile, and
remember that you can still go up really steep hills in Eco mode, you just go up them a little bit slower. In general Eco mode seems to be that mode that more experienced E-bikers use or in fact people are far fitter to get a good workout on their E-bike. There’s more E-bike mode videos coming. There’s one on Turbo coming up very soon. In the meantime if you want to check out Chris’ big day out where
he does about 100k, check it out down there. E-bikes versus gravel bikes, comes into, you know, is the 25k too slow? Check that out down there. Give us thumbs up, let us know
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