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How to Ride an E-Bike Uphill | Electric Bike Basics


Hey guys, Dustin here, CEO of Sixthreezero. Today I'm going to show you how to ride an electric bike uphill. Stick around.

Today I'm going to show you how to ride an electric bike uphill, but before I do, hit subscribe, stay in touch with us here at Sixthreezero, be in the know about all the new content we're putting out, and also weekly, monthly giveaways for bikes, e-bikes, and accessories. It's a lot of fun, hit subscribe. So how to ride an electric bike uphill? I have my Sixthreezero Body Ease Men's 500 Watt electric bike. I'm going to take it over to a hill and show you how to ride uphill. Now, riding an electric bike uphill, there are different ways of doing it, there are different strategies. I'm going to show you a couple of different strategies, explain what I'm doing while I'm riding up the hill, and show you a couple of different ways to get up the hill. Follow along, here we go.

So we're at the hill here that I'm about to tackle, you can get a shot of that, it's pretty intense. We got a little bike lane here. We actually got some traffic, so we're going to stay off to the side. I got my helmet on. The way I look at it, there are actually five or six different ways through how you can ride an electric bike uphill. I'm going to take you through three or four of them in different strategies, and I'm going to show you the whole way. Now on an electric bike, like our electric bikes, you can actually be in zero mode. If you can see the screen there, I'm not sure if you can, I have it in pedal-assist zero, so the motor's off. I'm going to tackle this hill right now just like a normal bike, even though it is an electric bike. Quite honestly, I'm in decent shape, but I'm not even sure I can make it the whole way without the electric bike. So let's give it a go and see what happens. Follow along.

I got the bike in first gear. Oh, this is going to be a fun one. I got it in first gear because that's going to be your easiest to pedal. You can see it's definitely a struggle. Now, not super hard, not super easy. Although, I will tell you I'm going to stand up.

My legs are burning. No doubt about it, but if you want to get a workout, this is the best option. The beauty of electric bikes is you have this option, to go no power. Ooh, it's getting steeper. Nate, our camera guy has an e-bike and he's using the motor.

All right. Almost there. Oops, just accidentally shifted. Stop here. I'm winded, but the point being, you want to get that exercise on the hill, you can. So let's go back down and I'll show you what it looks like doing it with pedal assist.

Okay. Caught my breath. Now I'm back down at the bottom of the hill and we're going to put this in pedal-assist five and show you how to get up the hill using pedal assist. Let's go. I'm going to use the throttle just to get moving. Now I'm still in first gear and you can see what a difference is. This option is just to do full pedal assist. I mean, I could do this one-footed and still keep moving. This is like night and day. Oh, it feels great. If you have those big hills on rides that were intimidating before you could just use the pedal-assist to get you up the hill and then once you get up there, turn it off completely. That's an option.

Just keep going a little more, and now you can see I'm starting to pick up the pace, I got to flat ground. I mean, that was a breeze. That's pedal assist. We did no motor pedal assist. Let's go back down and I'm going to show you using pedal assist and throttle to get up hills, and I will explain to you why I don't recommend full throttle up hills. Let's go.


Now I'm going to show you how to get up a hill on an electric bike in a third way, and this is going to be a combination of using the pedal assist and then also doing full throttle. I don't recommend going up hills using full throttle only especially a hill magnitude because you're going to really drain your battery. If you absolutely have to do full throttle up the hill, go for it, but because you're just working the motor that much harder and using that much more of the battery... Sorry about that, you can actually suck a lot of the battery out on major hills. That's true across all e-bikes, on electric cars as well. I would drive a road called the 73 with my Chevy Bolt and anytime I'd get to a huge hill, it might say that I have 170 miles left in the range. Let's say the uphill is about five miles, I may kill 10 to 15 miles of the battery life even though it's telling me it was only a five-mile distance. How hard is that motor working and battery working will depend on how much life you have left.

If the hill is at the end of your ride and you don't care about draining the battery, go for it, full throttle, but if you still got more riding to do and you want to preserve that battery a little longer, don't full throttle up major hills. I would consider this a pretty major hill. Let me show you, I'm going to leave it in pedal-assist five because that's the kind of power output we're going to need for my weight to 220 in this type of hill. I'm just going to start by using the throttle. Let's show you, get going a little bit.

You can see we're moving at a slower pace than if I were to be pedaling too because when you're pedaling, you're getting the output of your feet and the motor. Now again, I'm 220 pounds. This is a very steep hill. I'm on thrill full throttle, but if you kick in just a little bit of pedaling, then you can get going a little bit faster. I can just do full throttle again if I want a little break. I'm going six miles an hour, seven, and I'm full throttle, no pedaling. Then I'll just take off and pedal assist. Keep in mind I'm 220, somebody who's 180 pounds, you're going to be able to go a lot faster up the hill with a full-throttle than me.

Now that I hit the straightaway, I'll just put it down into full throttle. As I'm getting into my straightaway, my bike's picking up speed. I'm at eight, approaching nine and here we go. Now we're off and running and I'm full throttle. I'm going 12, 11. So I'll go ahead and stop right here.


Those are my three suggestions on how to ride an electric bike uphill, depending on what mood you're in, how much exertion you want to do, and how big that hill is. It's going to depend on which technique's going to work best for you. But if you have any other questions, comments, please comment below. We always respond to them. We're happy to answer or email us, TheTeam@sixthreezero.com or call us at (310) 982-2877. If you're looking for an electric bike, take the body fit quiz on our website. Our proprietary algorithm will fit you to the perfect electric bike for your body. All you have to do is answer a few questions about your body and your life.

In addition, we have a 90-day test ride on your e-bike policy, within 90 days if you don't love your e-bike send it back. No questions asked, no money out of your pocket, and on our standard bikes, that same policy is 365 days. Lastly, well not lastly actually, check out our website Sixthreezero.com. If you don't want to take the body fit, browse our whole selection. Lastly, be a part of our community. You can download our app or join our Facebook Pedalers group. On the app, you can see how other riders are using their bikes, how far they're going. If you're in the market for an electric bike, you can see which e-bikes are being ridden and for how far or join our Pedalers group. It's a great resource either before you buy or after you can be a part of the community, post photos, comment on other people's photos, and also get suggestions on accessories and where to ride. It's a lot of fun. Thanks for sticking around and don't forget, it's your journey, your experience, enjoy the ride.

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