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How Does Gearing Change An E-Bike's Ability To Climb

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Published on Jul 15, 2018

E-Bikes come with a vast array of gearing so you'd be forgiven for thinking that you'd be able to get up any climb, no matter how steep. But that's not always true.... Steve experiments with a variety of different gear combinations on his e-bike to see how they compare on steep climbs.

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A Bosch motor has easily converted front chainring to best tailor your gearing to the type of terrain and riding that you do. Level terrain and more fire-road climbs might mean that you should consider a larger front chainring, whilst steep and technical climbs might be made easier with a tiny gear.
If you do swap to a smaller gear you'll get a longer battery life out of your motor because you'll be able to ride uphill in eco or normal mode rather than turbo.
Additionally for extra steep ramps you might be surprised that lowering your saddle and altering your normal technique could allow you that extra grip and balance you need to overcome the gradient.

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