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Range anxiety: how to get the most from your e-bike battery

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Dave Atkinson

Dave lives at the top of a big hill and his office is at the bottom, so he's all in favour of a helping hand. Plus, e-bikes are fun! He's the editor of ebiketips and one of the founders of EBT's road cycling sister site, He used to work on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike back in the day, and he's a former mountain bike bog snorkelling World Champion. Really.


4 years 10 months ago

Luckily, with modern e-bikes, range is not much of a concern.  We have a Shimano E-8000 with the 504 Kwh battery on our big, heavy cargo bike and never come close to running low on battery.  

The only time we had to ride with no e-assist, is when the bike went dark after a crash during a firmware update using a smartphone.  Had to ride unpowered to the LBS.  Thankfully, the Shimnao e-assist system does not cause much drag when riding with no power.