Finally getting underway with my 3rd season of mountain climbing. Powered by DeWalt this time.
Yes I drilled through my bike frame and no I don't care about the bike enough to worry about it and frankly the mounts are perfect.
Below are some video links. I'm riding very conservatively in these as it was my first time with the new batts and I didn't want to get stranded near the top with a ~65lb bike and only a single speed gear. That sucks believe me. Only averaging about 16mph. Usually I average around 20mph. Anyway... used 8.8ah so about 2.2ah per pack. Not bad for packs from 2007 costing $40/ea. Hoping to get 4 more packs though so I don't worry so much about it and can really boost the speed. Still.. 8 packs currently.. Grr. 1st season only 6 Milwaukee V28s were used really making me miss the higher watt/hr of LiMn over LiFe. I don't even hit the throttle until 6:40 and the climb doesn't start until 9:50, but if you're incredibly bored you can see a very long and very boring commute up 1,600ft vertical. I'm pedaling moderately the whole time up contributing about 125-150 watts. I like the exercise, but sometimes am lazy and barely pedal at all. You'd be amazed on a climb like this how ineffective pedaling really is at these power levels. If I stop pedaling all together and just blip the throttle another 125 watts nothing changes. Etc. Averaged around 1.8-2kw up the steep stuff.. a little lower than my usual ~2.2kw. Rear 504 is barely warm at the top whereas my old 4011 you could fry and egg on after the same climb. Convinced that 5 series is the only way to fly hub-wise for this kind of climbing if you want any sort of motor longevity. Would love to see the current hub darling 9Cs do the same climb and see how hot they got. Going down isn't any more exciting I'm afraid. Once the snow melts a little more in the woods I'll film the other route up, which is more exciting since I run into wildlife'n stuff.
Up - MP4, 27:56
Down - MP4, 18:27
EDIT: Oh.. and sorry about the video links and mpeg4... vids were too long for YouTube and you can't embed Vimeo here so...