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Derestricted speeds are the least damaging per mile. Makes motors cover more miles.


Well-known member
Sep 27, 2021
East Bay CA
Motors die from:
1. Water
2. Water
3. Water
4. Heat
5. Pedal strikes
6. torque spikes from suspension articulation and sudden changes of speed.

At slow speeds big rear cogs have significantly more pedal kickback and higher torque variations over rocks.
Also at slow speeds air cooling is basically non existence.

At high speeds the motor and battery both have better cooling and almost no torque spikes from the small cogs in the back. Plus pedal strikes are less common in areas where speeds are over 20mph.

Total motor output and RPM is the same regardless of speed.

Climbing super steep rocky terrain is most damaging use case other than water.

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