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ralf-hauser ralf-hauser's article
Oct 21, 2020 at 7:40
Oct 21, 2020
Review: Shimano's STEPS EP8 Motor is Great, But Not Perfect
@ChazzMichaelMichaels In case you're concerned about my ability to ride and test bikes, or e-bikes, I invite you to come on a ride with me to make up your mind.
ralf-hauser ralf-hauser's article
Oct 21, 2020 at 7:38
Oct 21, 2020
Review: Shimano's STEPS EP8 Motor is Great, But Not Perfect
Would "every time you push the on switch" have been more understandable? Then we'll fix that for you.
Jun 2, 2020 at 12:05
Jun 2, 2020
Hi Ralf, I found your article on the eMTB systems really interesting. I'm only a little heavier than you so it was great to see the range tests by someone closer to my weight. I know you couldn't test the Shimano motor on the test loop but based on your experience, how much climbing would you expect to get out of the E8000 with a 540wh battery using a normal mix of modes. I know there's lots of variables but your estimate would be really helpful. Thanks
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ralf-hauser ralf-hauser's article
May 26, 2020 at 6:55
May 26, 2020
The 4 Best 2020 eMTB Motor Systems Reviewed - Bosch vs Brose vs Shimano vs Fazua Ridden & Rated
@TDMAN: No worries, I'm used to people being surprised. My weight-to-strength ratio is probably not the average, so questions are understandable. All good.
ralf-hauser ralf-hauser's article
May 26, 2020 at 1:56
May 26, 2020
The 4 Best 2020 eMTB Motor Systems Reviewed - Bosch vs Brose vs Shimano vs Fazua Ridden & Rated
@fssphotography: If you read the article, it's mentioned more than once that Fazua is not really going up against the other three in this review. It's clearly mentioned that Specialized is not just using different software but a different motherboard as well. Regarding Shimano, that's exactly the point. It was in the first few months with dealing with Shimano. Here's the official remedy solution from Shimano: "With your foot off the pedal, press the battery power button and turn on the power again. If the situation does not improve, contact the place of purchase." Ever tried to remove the battery from a 2019 Bergamont bike? So I think it's relevant for the end consumer to mention that this error can be a bit more pain in the ass than just hitting the on/off switch. I agree that magazine testing is flawed. Every tester out there is opinionated and rides at a different level. Still, we're trying to help make choices from the product that's out there, based on our experience with many different products out there over the years, with all the limitations that we're facing. It was also mentioned, that some of the comparisons aren't scientifically accurate. Personally, by the way, I couldn't care less about Google …
ralf-hauser ralf-hauser's article
May 26, 2020 at 1:40
May 26, 2020
The 4 Best 2020 eMTB Motor Systems Reviewed - Bosch vs Brose vs Shimano vs Fazua Ridden & Rated
@guylovesbike: I'd like to test that as well. So hopefully it comes our way one day.
ralf-hauser ralf-hauser's article
May 26, 2020 at 1:38
May 26, 2020
The 4 Best 2020 eMTB Motor Systems Reviewed - Bosch vs Brose vs Shimano vs Fazua Ridden & Rated
@TDMAN: I'm 42 at a height of 168cm. It's a genetic thing, my brother looks the same. I consider myself lucky. Unfortunately, it's hard to say how much higher the percentage is going to be. I was riding with an 85kg rider at a launch on the same bikes and he was using between 30 to 35% more than I was, depending on the terrain of that day. So I'd assume it would be within that range.
ralf-hauser ralf-hauser's article
May 26, 2020 at 1:35
May 26, 2020
The 4 Best 2020 eMTB Motor Systems Reviewed - Bosch vs Brose vs Shimano vs Fazua Ridden & Rated
@listeryu: And that's why it's also listed as a pro. There are different views out there in this world and I respect most of them. It depends on what you are looking for.
ralf-hauser ralf-hauser's article
May 25, 2020 at 9:21
May 25, 2020
The 4 Best 2020 eMTB Motor Systems Reviewed - Bosch vs Brose vs Shimano vs Fazua Ridden & Rated
@Oettam20: As I mentioned in the article, those results are not scientific by any means. Components, rider weight, bike weight, system weight, torque, outside temperature and a bunch of other things do matter. So I agree with you, but we'd be looking at an insane amount of work to create a level playing field and in a best-case-scenario, need two exact bikes with the same motor for the lighter and heavier rider to ride next to each other on the test lap to get comparable results between those two. I agree it would be interesting to have exact test results like that, but I'm afraid we just don't have the resources and time to make that happen.
May 18, 2020 at 6:53
May 18, 2020
Hey Ralf, I just read the kenevo review. It is very comprehensive and rich in technical details. I found it very useful. Thanks!
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