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New Bamboo GT range issues

Discussion in 'Bamboo GT' started by Lero78, Nov 17, 2019.

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  1. Lero78

    Lero78 Member

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    Hi Everyone,

    I'm a complete noob when it comes to (electric) longboards. I've had the Bamboo GT for only a few days.
    So far the ride has been great. The range, however, is a complete mystery. I see lots of people posting the question on this forum regarding the maximum achievable range.

    My question is: What is a reasonable minimum range? I've had 4 rides so far and it seems the range is not what it should be. Before I start stalking my vendor or Evolve I would appreciate your input. Is this normal? What could be wrong?

    Setup:

    -Bamboo GT
    -Stock AT wheels
    -Rolling starts
    -I weigh 85kg
    -100% Flat terrain
    -New and smooth asphalt
    -Running in Eco mode for 90% of the time 10% in Fast mode
    -Maybe 4 or 5 traffic lights along the way
    -Temperature = about 5 Celcius
    -Belt tension seems OK.
    - 5 charging cycles

    Result:

    Range 13,9 km
    Average speed 15,6 km/h
    Max speed 31 Km/h

    I know I shouldn't expect the advertised range but this is a bit underwhelming.
     
  2. SuitCommute

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    Just giving you my comparable figures from my bamboo GT.
    I weigh 75kg
    Live at the top of the hill (heading out on the board but I catch the bus coming up the hill)
    Roll around in GT mode with lots of throttle
    Cruising speed~30kph
    Undulating terrain on sub-optimal road surfaces
    Running 97mm wheels with 32 tooth drive gear.
    I can get 12 km easy, before the battery starts complaining.

    Here's the good part. When the battery does start complaining, you still have heaps in the tank. As in I made it 2km uph a steep hill and 4 km along the semi flat before another hill before I made it home.

    Quick tip. When it vibrates, don't release the trigger.
     
  3. Withered_Perception

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    8 miles is about right... If you work hard and push starts your board and slow way down on the hills you can push up to 16 miles. But throttle management is the key!
     
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    Lero78

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    Managed 16.8 Km or 10,4 miles today in 100% eco mode speed tucking the whole bloody way. Averaging 19km/h

    Temperature seems to be the biggest limiting factor. 11 degrees C or 52F today. I did a few rides with temps closer to freezing (1 or 2 Celcius) and de range completely dropped off the cliff to 8,5 km

    All in all, I'm getting closer to the spec range with higher temps. I was hoping the 20km range would be more indicative of an average ride, instead of an optimal scenario. Let's hope it will get better-come spring.
     
  5. xrayturner

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    Lero78,

    I think the biggest thing that is keeping your range down is the AT wheels. They are super smooth and roll over about anything but cost you range. The batteries in the GTs aren’t the newer 18650 and the cold does wear on them. My only point with that is come spring, if you ride much, between the cold and charge cycles the battery isn’t going to give you the range you are getting now. So with the new smooth asphalt get a set of 97s and depending on outside temp your range should double. Staying in Eco can be tough (at least for an impatient person like me ;-) and with you being on flat terrain you should be able to use Fast or GT mode without sacrificing much range. Carving while using the remote can decrease range but carving while not using the remote and on a slight decline can keep you moving. You don’t have hills so nothing too really mention there so…. the wheels and throttle management already mentioned is IMHO your best bet. Enjoy yourself and Ride On!



     
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