2 eMTB Lessons Learned| Ride 10 | bbshd DB hook

Above is why I always ride cheap derailleurs. And why I am buying a second speed sensor.

A week ago while gaming with my buddies I told them I can’t figure out exactly what this bike is good at. Yes, it’s fast. Yes, it climbs hills faster than I can with leg power and with little physical exertion. But it was hard for me to say the overall enjoyment level beat regular pedal mtbs. Also I preferred pedal assist much more.
Well on ride 10 that changed. Here’s how…

1) I adjusted the thumb throttle so that wide open was in a natural position for my thumb

Before this ride I realized that when the throttle was wide open my thumb was just below the level of the bar which was very unnatural. When installing I did not think much about ergonomics and how to position the throttle. It matters.

This pic off “Full Throttle” shows how not to set it up…


This pic shows where your thumb should be at “Full Throttle”…

2) Ride it like a “2 stroke”

…well I guess how I used to ride two strokes 😀 which isn’t well LOL. What I mean by that is the power is crazy high on a rigid rear triangle, bbshd mtb that is geared 36:32. 36 Leccy front sprocket to 32 tooth rear. Just like power to weight ratio on a 2 stroke dirt bike. Yes, I know 2 strokes have a non-linear power delivery and power band and and electric has flat power curve. But honestly the bbshd power delivery is a bit unpredictable with stock programming from Luna Cycle (and maybe all bbshd?). When you “roll on” the throttle there is a delay in power delivery. Kind of like the unpredictable power of a 2 stroke dirtbike. How do you adjust for that? …point and shoot with full throttle!!!

Just after the apex of a turn look where you want to go and go full throttle and be ready for it. Get off the seat. Elbows out. Weigh the pedals right. Good riding position. No riding like it’s a couch which is how I tend to mountain bike in the Midwest on flat terrain. Let the bike do its thing underneath you. Let it buck and wheelie and loose traction. Be ready to tap the brake as needed to get things under control.

I had so much fun riding it aggressively. And yes I plan on crashing soon riding it like this but I’m ok with that.

I’m sure there are ways to change programming to get a more predictable power delivery which I’ll look into but for now it’s grip and rip 😉

All that said this is not a dirtbike. It does not deliver dirt shoveling power. It’s not a two stroke at all. But it is also not a mountain bike anymore. Or is it? Man I still can’t wrap my mind around this thing and I think that is part of why I love it.

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