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Archer D1x Digital Shifter: E-Shifting for Every Bike

Compatible with most cable shifting systems, the Archer D1x digital shifter is effective and smooth. But it does come with some caveats. We put it to the test.

Not only is there a button for my new derailleur, but there’s also an app for that. The Archer D1x is a digital shifting system that can fit almost any bike. It’s super versatile and quick — but you do have to remember to power it up before you ride (blue tape FTW).

Installing the Archer D1x

Full disclosure, Archer sent me a D1x to review at no cost, and being a nerdy type, I really dig a tech solution to a problem that may or may not exist (we’ll get to who would want this later). First, let me introduce you to the box of parts that can arrive at your doorstep if you fork over 389.

There are two modules to install on your bike. The business end of the D1x contains a servo motor that drives the rear derailleur cable (Archer does not make a front derailleur product yet). Next, a switch pod bolts onto your handlebars in place of your existing shifter.

Both modules are powered by lithium batteries, which you’ll need to charge about once per season (depending on usage). The D1x is Smart enough to enter a low-power (slower shift) mode if your battery gets low. If you ever run out of juice completely, the D1x will shift to a gear of your choosing so you can pedal home with a single speed.

The transplant candidate for our test is my trusty 2014 Giant Trance which, sadly, was a tricky fit. The existing braze-ons pushed the D1x out, and there was no flat surface to secure it to.

In the end, a crafty use of foam and zip-ties got the job done, but it’s not very clean. Archer’s support through all this was solid, and there are options in the pipeline that will alleviate these issues for future users.

Perfect Shifts Made Ridiculously Simple

Besides my frame-specific challenges, the D1x is easier to tune than any other shifting system I’ve encountered. The magic in the D1x is how flexible it is. If you have a bent derailleur or you’re working with mismatched hardware, it doesn’t matter, the D1 accommodates any cable pull ratio from any manufacturer.

Once you fire up the app, you can micro-adjust the movement for each sprocket independently. I’ve lobbed far too many curse words while adjusting derailleurs in the past; Archer’s app makes perfect adjustment child’s play.

Trying to Break the Archer D1x

If you have no idea what “cable-pull ratio” means, let’s cut to the chase and talk performance. Is the D1x good? Yes, it’s buttery smooth. And it took every terrain we threw at it — including clods of sopping Oregon muck.

On the return from a surf session, I found a perfect first ride: early-season trails in the Tillamook State Forest. The mud was so thick I’m still cleaning it out of my teeth, but the D1x didn’t skip a beat and even survived a post-ride pressure spray at our local carwash (not endorsed by Archer!).

The next week, I went east of the Cascades to the drier-but-still-tactile Post Canyon trails of Hood River. Rolling through Spaghetti Factory Trail, I completely forgot I was pushing buttons instead of levers — which is probably the highest praise I can give — it just works.

Three months later, and it’s still slick-shifting on dusty Idaho singletrack. It even survived 1,500 miles of overland touring on a hitch carrier behind my Land Rover. The carrier and Rover are in much worse shape after the trip.

Is Digital Shifting for You?

Now for the real question: Is the D1x better than the archaic cable-pull SRAM X0 shifter it replaced? Well, no … at least not for me. As good as it is, the D1x comes with compromises.

The full kit weighs just over 250 g installed and replaces about 150 g of SRAM shifter and cable. My Giant now rides 100 g heavier, requires a power-up sequence, and has two more devices that require occasional charging.

Another thing that weighs heavy in my mind is obsolescence — the D1x is useless without its companion app. You could be stuck in the mud if Archer were to close its doors or stop supporting old hardware, and we’ve already seen this with major electronics brands like Sonos and Google/Nest. Archer does claim to keep an “open” system and to give tinkering folks the keys to work with the D1x directly.

So is the D1x for you? If you want to shift with your left hand, then quite possibly yes. The D1x button pod can be installed virtually anywhere on your handlebars. If you love to Hyper-analyze your ride, the associated app can tell you about every shift point. It’s very well-developed.

Button Pounding May Be the New Norm

Considering that this is the first product from a newcomer to the market, the D1x is a serious accomplishment — we need new brands like Archer to innovate and challenge legacy manufacturers.

For now, the D1x is a niche product that may only appeal to early adopters, but the same could’ve been said about dropper posts 15 years ago. Digital shifting is coming for all your cycles, and the experience is only going to improve.

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Ancheer E-Bike Battery Upgrades and Replacements

Posted on November 07 2018

Ancheer has become one of the leading brands in low-cost electric bikes being sold all over the internet. Support can be tough to come by though. That’s where we come in. We can offer to repair, rebuild, or upgrade your battery for Ancheer e-bikes! Is your battery dead or not giving you the range it did when it was new? We can help find the best solution to your problem. We’ll work on any form factor from downtube mounted cases, internal batteries, and even the shrink-wrapped batteries carried in the little case.

EBike Marketplace has been assisting e-bike owners for over 6 years with strong technical expertise in the lithium ion battery field. We’ve gotten hundreds of e-bikes back on the road by repairing or rebuilding their batteries and we can help you too.

We only use fresh, grade A cells and can generally offer upgrades to extend your ride time so you can have more fun without any range anxiety. All of our hand-built batteries come with a full 12 month warranty.

Contact us today and let us get you back on the road!

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@Analyse – We’d be happy to rebuild and upgrade your battery for you! https://ebikemarketplace.com/pages/battery-intake-form

Hi! I have a 48v/2a bullet looking battery. I’ve had the bike for a few years. It’s never been ridden. I decided I wanted to start ridding but the battery wouldn’t charge. Can you fix or help me replace it?

re: Robert’s Comment. I have two Ancheer bikes and when I push the button there are indeed FOUR green lights. On closer inspection just now, there are only 3 lit but the brightness of the 3 make it look like the 4th one is also green. Easy mistake to make. I have not seen a red light yet. 🙂

36v 8ah 288 wh 15A Ancheer cylindrical aluminum battery. I have just bought two bikes which work great. I notice replacement bats are around 250. How much to rebuild one if it fails. Should they be completely discharged regularly or no need to? Thanks

@Robert – Most of the batteries we’ve dealt with have one red and 3 green lights, so I’m not sure why you saw 4 greens initially.

My Ancheer e bike with 250W motor has a Batery “JKBA – FST 2017 10 36V 8AH.” When fully charged, battery off the bike, and its button pressed it used to show 4 green lights, but for several months it shows one red light and three green lights. Yet it still works. What does the one red light mean?

@Paul – Yes, we’d be happy to rebuild and upgrade your battery for you. https://ebikemarketplace.com/pages/battery-intake-form

I have a brand new Ancheer e-bike with 500W motor and removable 36V 12Ah lithium ion battery. Can you rebuild the battery? It only has 2 hours on it!

@Shayne – We can upgrade the Ah of your battery for longer range, but we don’t recommend changing the voltage.

@Kyaw – Are you looking for a bare battery or one in a case? We can make the bare battery for you: https://ebikemarketplace.com/collections/36v-batteries/products/36v-8ah-lithium-battery

@Nelson – We’ve rebuilt Freway batteries that customers have sent to us, but we can’t build those from scratch.

@Paul – We’d be happy to rebuild your battery for you, but will be in touch with some other diagnostics you can run.

Hi there. I have a Freway VR-01 without a battery and I’ve been looking online to find a replacement. How much would it be for you to make a battery for that bike?

I bought a used Ancheer e bike with the JKBA – FST 2017 10 36V 8AH battery. the battery works and charges, but when putting load on it, ie. going up a hill, or using its higher power levels, 2, 3, or 4 lights, it cuts out. When I cycle the power back on, it works again, until failing if I over draw the power. The battery shows 42V when with a multimeter. The battery, also looks like it was dropped, so the black plastic case broke and was repaired with a heat gun or resin. I have not tested the controller, and wouldn’t know how.

@Ken – We’d be happy to build you an upgraded battery: https://ebikemarketplace.com/collections/36v-batteries

Hi, I have a ancheer AM004142 36v 8AH battery JKBA-FST that needs to be replaced or upgraded if possible, do you have a solution? thanks Ken

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Discover the new i-systems by Sturmey-Archer

SunRace Sturmey-Archer comes with a new product: in 2024, they will release a series of comprehensive e-bike systems, applicable to many different types of bikes. These systems, called the i-systems, are the next big development after the three-speed sportshifter that the brand became famous for.

The i-systems will be released in three different variations, that all have their own set of specifications. In this article we will tell you all about them.

The i20-system: a comprehensive two-speed system

First off: the i20, a system driven by a rear motor with a two-speed hub. This system consists of a automatic shifting rear hub motor, supplemented with either a drum brake inside the motor or a disc brake, a torque sensor, a built in battery and various remote and display options to operate the system with.

The i30-system: a Smart three-speed system

Secondly: the i30, a system driven by a front motor and a three-speed e-shifter. This system consists of the front motor, a rear hub with a three-speed e-shifter, a torque sensor, a built in battery and also various remote and display options to operate the system with.

The i30 Kids-system: adapted to the needs of the youngest bikers

The last system in the series is the i30 Kids-system. This system operates the same way as the i30-system, but with a little less battery capacity and with just one variety remote-and-display combo. The system is applicable for 20-inch bikes and 24-inch bikes.

Front or rear motor

“The most unique thing about the i-systems is the fact that you get to choose whether you opt for a front or rear motor, instead of being forced to choose for an engine at the bottom bracket,” says Johan Threels, Technical Specialist at SunRace Sturmey-Archer Inc. “That way the i-systems are applicable to many kinds of bikes, without having to redesign the entire frame. As long as there is space for the battery in the framework, bike-manufacturers are good to go.”

Automatic shifting and damage prevention

The fact that the i30-system comes with three speeds and the i20 with two speeds, won’t be noticeable to the bikers. “The top-speed is the same for both systems. It’s just the way to get there that differs between the i30 and the i20,” Threels confirms. “But since the riders won’t shift manually, they won’t notice the difference.”

The fact that the i-systems shift automatically isn’t just a pro in terms of ease of use. “It is also a pro because the bike chooses the ideal moment to shift, to ensure an optimal biking experience,” Threels confirms. “Whether the motor shifts is based on the data it receives from the torque sensor that comes with the i-systems. Additional to that, the torque sensor makes sure the system won’t shift at moments of peak-demand, thus preventing damage to the system.”

Top 11 Electric Hunting Bikes for 2023

Are you looking for an easier way to get to your blind or tree stand? Or perhaps check all your trail cams in a fraction of the time it takes today? Is that sweet spot you know getting harder to reach?

When you have to carry 50lbs of gear on your back for 5 or even 10 miles and if you’re lucky you have something to haul back out, using an electric bike built specifically for offroad use and woodlands, that are also capable of carrying your gear would make the experience a whole lot more enjoyable.

Electric hunting bikes have been around for a few years, and technology has come a long way. Today ebikes explicitly built for hunting can make a big difference to the success of your trip and every trip after that.

I recently sold one to a hunter, and as we got chatting about what type of components he would need, it came up that getting the ebike was his wife’s idea. She told him that since he was getting on in years and his knees were not as reliable as they once were, his wife would feel a lot better knowing he had the bike to help him get in and out.

It was the first time I really considered the emotional aspect of not only the hunter and the benefits they bring to the hunt but also to the peace of mind for the hunter’s family.

Knowing the rider can still ride without pedaling (in case of injury, for example) by just engaging the throttle is comforting or even getting out of a precarious situation in a matter of seconds. The benefits stretch further than riding uphill with ease.

Anyway, I wanted to present to you what I feel are the best 11 ebikes for hunting. The list truth be told could have been 27, but who has time to read through all those?!

Before getting into the list of bikes I selected I thought it would be helpful to explain a few fundamentals and what makes a good hunting bike including the motor types and how to calculate the range of the battery, as it’s the battery that determines range.

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Electric Hunting Bike Buying Guide

So what is an electric hunting bike?

Contrary to popular belief it’s not just a standard ebike with a camo paint job, There’s a lot more to it than that. The excellent electric hunting bikes that we’ll look at later in the write-up start with the motor, a motor that is powerful enough to carry a 300lb rider and still tow a trailer with lots of gear.

The bike is then designed and built around that motor. The bike frame needs to be built to withstand the rough terrain but light enough to lift out of your truck or trailer.

Front suspension is an essential aspect of a smooth ride. Nobody wants to clamp their finely tuned bow to their handlebars only to ride 10 miles rocking and vibrating all the way in. Ebikes built for hunting also have fat tires ranging between 4” and 4.8” so they get a lot of traction on soft and loose terrain.

One on the list ( The Mule ) actually has a walk-assist mode too. Imagine you are pulling a load on the bike trailer and you come to terrain or hill that you’re not confident navigating on the saddle. You can walk beside the bike with the walk-assist engaged at 3 mph and the ebike motor does the heavy lifting.

As I explain which 11 ebikes make the list and why, take note of the different types of motors. The motor is the most important aspect of the hunting ebike and depending on what you use it for and where you plan to use it, should be the biggest factor when choosing your next electric hunting bike.

Which motor is best?

It depends on what you’re planning on using it for. If you’re using it on moderate to rough terrain with some hill climbing a regular mid-drive would be best suited. If you know you will have some challenging hills and/or rough terrain that you need to be in complete control of the power the Ultra mid-drive is the one that will get the job done. If you have moderate terrain with some hills but nothing too steep (not over 20°) a rear hub motor will do a good job and you won’t even need the higher priced mid-drive or Ultra mid-drive.

Rear Hub Motor

The rear hub sits inside the back wheel. The hub motor is simple and quite inexpensive to manufacture and so usually used on ebikes that don’t need the hill climbing capabilities of the mid drive which means a less expensive ebike.

Hub motors tend to be more about raw power and brute force, it pushes from the back and can feel similar to the force of a motorcycle. One nice feature is since the rear hub spins the wheel, if the chain was to snap you could still get back to camp or back home.

The mid drive motor works with the drivetrain so a snapped chain would prevent the bike from operating. Not so much an issue now with the bikes on this list as they all use harden steel chain links built to withstand the extra pressure put on the chain by the motor, but still something to consider.

Mid Drive Motor

Mid drive motors sit encased in the frame between the pedals and offer a more balanced, even force which feels more natural. Mid drive motors are known for higher performance and torque when compared to a traditional hub motor allowing it to perform better on hills.

One key reason is the mid drive motor drives the crank, instead of the wheel itself, multiplying its power and allowing it to better take advantage of the bike’s existing gears. Mid drive motors are more expensive than hub motors so ebikes with this motor are a higher price point.

Ultra Mid Drive Motor

Ultra mid drive motors are the best motors on the market today. The Ultra mid drive motor is made by Bafang (G620) and has all the performance capabilities of the regular mid drive and more.

A regular mid drive has both cadence and speed sensors, while the Ultra has a torque sensor too.

A torque sensor is the best control you can have over the power. The harder you pedal the more assistance you get proportionally. There are also sensors that will reduce power when the system senses that the rider is going to shift gears to make the shift smoother.

All Wheel Drive

Another option is growing rapidly in popularity and it feels like the best of both worlds. And it’s the hub motor that was reviewed already (rear hub) but imagine the rear hub on the rear wheel and a front hub on the front wheel. It’s basically 2 motors working together to give you double the pulling power. And you can switch between rear and front or use both when climbing. On rocky and uneven terrain where both wheels are not always touching down to get traction it can take a little getting used to but once you do it’s a very fun ride.

A good example of an All Wheel Drive ebike is the Megatron X2WD Electric Hunting Bike by Rambo Bikes which makes the list below.

What About Range

Well the range is determined by the battery. As long as you get a battery from a well known manufacturer like Samsung, LG or Panasonic the general rules apply. Get a lesser known, lower quality, the lifespan and individual charges are not so great.

How to Calculated eBike Battery Range?

The way to calculate the range of an ebike battery is by checking the 2 key values, volts and Amp Hours (Ah). When you multiply the number of volts by the number of Ah you get a new value, this value is known as Watt Hours.

On average in real world terms an ebike will use around 20 watt hours per mile, so that is how we can figure it out. Here’s an example: 48 Volts x 10 Ah = 480 Wh. 480 divided by 20 = 24 miles.

And that’s 24 miles with only throttle, no pedaling. If you use the pedal assist function the range can as much as double. There are factors that will vary this somewhat. Rider weight, wind conditions, terrain, uphill. Even really cold weather could cause you to lose 15% more battery juice compared to a nice Summers day. But with the calculation I just demonstrated, you can read any listing and know the true range you get.

Do eBikes Have Regenerative Braking?

Regenerative braking is definitely possible, it’s really not efficient nor practical and there are a number of reasons why.

Regenerative brakes require a Direct Drive Motor, which are a different type of motor than you see in typical electric bikes. These motors are very heavy in comparison to the other types of motors out there. Since electric bikes tend to be heavier than their traditional counterparts, this makes a difference in the distance you will be able to go on a full charge.

In addition, Direct Drive Motors don’t offer a freewheeling mechanism that will insulate the rider from the motor. That’s fine as long as your battery has juice. Once your battery runs out of charge it means that as you pedal, not only you need to move yourself and the bike, but you also need to push against the resistance of the motor.

Over the course of a single charge, you get back about 5% of the of the overall charge of the battery. So let’s say that you normally get 30 miles per charge on a ride, 5% of that is 1.5 miles! You have to question, is it really worth the additional weight and the resistance of pedaling a Direct Drive Motor to gain just a mile and a half?

The next problem with regenerative braking is that it causes significant heat when charging. When you are actually cruising downhill and pushing current back into the battery there is a lot of heat generated within the battery itself. Heat is not good for lithium batteries, it breaks down the overall life-cycle of the battery and it’s generally not good for it.

Finally, there are a lot of forces produced by Direct Drive Motors. Most electric bike frames are made out of aluminum which can fatigue over time, especially at the places that the axle engages the frame.

Regenerative braking, even though it sounds great on paper and you think you could ride forever with it, the reality is it’s just not that practical.

What are the hunters saying?

Many hunters are already on board with it and have embraced the latest technology to help them get an advantage.

Jim Shockey from JimShockey.com said this about electric hunting bikes: It’s the ultimate hunting machine. I can go further into the backcountry to hunt big game.

Carly Brasseux from MissPursuit.com had this to say: “Electric bikes have changed the game. In the past, using a bike to get into wild places was more effort than it the bike down the hill, walk the bike up the hill. For me, it’s a matter of expending less effort getting to my hunting area, and as a result, having that energy to put into the hunt once I get there. Electric bikes make this possible. They’re quiet, quick and make the sport more exciting!”

And Torey Glenny from QuestHavenLodge.com had this to say: not only can you get places where nobody can get, you won’t be up when you get there. It’s a game changer

While Pat Lefemine, founder of Bowsite.com had this to say:. coolest thing I have ever reviewed

Anyway, Let’s get into it…

Let’s take a look at the Top 11 Electric Hunting Bikes for 2023…. at any stage you want to check out the full description you can click on the Check Price button and the full description will open in a separate page.

Most Popular Electric Hunting Bikes

The Mule Elite Electric Hunting Bike by Bakcou

Best Selling Electric Hunting Bike

The Mule is available in either the 750 watt or 1000 watt and carries that phenomenal Ultra mid drive Bafang motor so the performance on steep hills and rough terrain makes this a best in class.

Priced a few hundred bucks less than the other 1000 watt on this list yet it carries the Ultra motor. Built by hunters for hunters, the Mule comes as standard with front light, fenders, rear rack and Teflon liners to help prevent punctures.

The 750 watt model has a top speed of 20mph while the 1000 watt model reaches 35mph without pedaling. Stand over height of 30 inches so ranging from 5’9” to 6’4” this frame size is perfect.

Shorter riders can check out the Step Through model which is identical, except with the crossbar lowered by 3 inches to make it easier to get on and off.

The battery is a 48V, 14.5Ah extended distance built with Panasonic cells. This particular battery releases energy more efficiently than most batteries so can reach 40 miles on a single charge.

The Mule also has a cool walk-assist mode so if you need to get off and walk but don’t want to carry the gear you can engage the motor at 2.5mph and the bike will cruise along with you and do the heavy lifting for you.

What we love the most

  • The 750 Watt motor is actually a 1000 Watt motor set to 750 so it can be dialed up again in just a few seconds directly from the display.
  • The Mule comes fully accessorized
  • Walk- assist mode is an awesome hidden feature
  • Has both Eco Sport modes

BADASS BIKE

This bike lives up to the hype. I am so impressed with the torque and the get up and go that it has. I would definitely recommend upgrading to the largest battery possible because that big Bafang motor really likes to eat up the power. I haven’t pulled anything on the folding Deer cart yet because mine is still on back order but anxious to try that. I’m sure it will do just fine. I will probably end up buying a second battery during the off-season just because it doesn’t hold up too long when not using pedal assist. All in all I really enjoy riding the bike. I certainly would recommend this bike to anybody looking for a hunting style E bike. I have absolutely zero regrets with my purchase of this bike Aaron B

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Rambo Nomad and Bushwacker Electric Hunting Bikes

Best Mid Drive Electric Hunting Bike

It has a mid drive 750 watt motor and is powered by a 48V, 14Ah Panasonic battery. Top speed of 20mph and can get over 30 miles of range. Stand over height of 30 inches. Comes in either the Sturmey Archer 5 Speed hub or a SRAM NX 1×11 derailleur set up.

Rambo Bikes have also the 1000 watt version of the model. Aptly named the Rebel 1000W, same frame with a larger 1000 watt motor and a larger battery of 48V, 21Ah and a top speed of 28mph The Nomad and Bushwacker 750W XPS/XPC/XPC11 and the Rebel 1000W are real good hill climbers making use of that mid drive so ideal for moderate to rough terrain and hilly areas.

What we love the most

  • Frame design allows for a comfortable riding position with stand over height of 30
  • Has the option of derailleur ( SRAM NX 1×11 for the XPC11 model ) or internal gear hub ( Sturmey Archer 5 Speed for XPC/XPS models)
  • Comes in Viper Western Camo or dipped in Carbon Paint
  • Feels very powerful

I thought my hunting days were numbered or at least limited to short hikes but with the Rambo ebike I can reach the spots I was almost giving up on. Instead and hiking in with gear I can cruise in with a trailer in tow (they make that too) and tow my gear in in under an hour Jonathan W

The Rambo Rebel 1000W Truetimber

Best 1000w Electric Hunting Bike

The Rebel 1000W Truetimber is Rambo ’ s most powerful 1000 watt mid drive electric hunting bike. Also similar to the Rambo 750W with a larger battery, more powerful motor and greater top speed of 28mph. Stand over height of 31 inches.

Since the Rebel 1000W Truetimber also has the mid a good hill climber and can handle difficult terrain.

Top speed of 28mph and with a battery of 48V, 21Ah can go 40 miles unassisted (throttle only) before needing to recharge or swap batteries. Rambo wanted to put out in the market a real monster of so hunters can tackle any terrain and power along silently and scent free.

The Rebel 1000W Truetimber is the pinnacle of elite electric hunting bikes.

What we love the most

  • Large 21Ah battery for better range
  • Massive Maxxis Minion 4.8″ fat tires
  • 4 piston hydraulic brakes
  • Fast: Top speed is 28mph

A MACHINE, YET QUIET

One you learn how to match up the pedal gears with the electric power levels, you will never want to walk anywhere again. The 1000w Rambo true timber has simply surpassed my expectations when it can to climbing steep hills without pedaling. I will definately buy again and the wife wants one too!! Brian G

Megatron X2wd Electric Hunting Bike By Rambo Bikes

Best All Wheel Drive Electric Hunting Bike

Why is the Rambo Megatron All Wheel Drive eBike on the list? What’s better than one motor? Two motors! What’s better than one battery? Two batteries! The Rambo Megatron X2WD 1000 watt fat tire ebike is raw power and lots of it.

Packed out with dual batteries for extra range and 2 hub motors, one front and one rear for unparalleled traction. And you can switch between the motors so you can choose to cruise with the rear only or get 170Nm or traction by using both at the same time.

A nice benefit of having hub motors is the weakness of a mid drive motor. If the bike chain snaps under tension the mid drive bike is disabled but since the hub motors rotate the wheels without the need for a chain, you can still operate the bike and get safely back to camp by using the throttle.

What we love the most

  • Dual 1000 Motors gives awesome traction
  • Dual batteries for plenty of range. up to 80 miles in ideal conditions
  • And quite frankly, it’s badass!

Jeep Electric Hunting Bike Powered By Quietkat

Best All Terrain Electric Hunting Bike

Jeep and Quietkat put their heads together and came up with an awesome full suspension, all terrain ebike that can handle anything. The Jeep ebike has a very solid frame that sits on 26” wheels and 4.8” fat tires capable of conquering any terrain. Full suspension too, so no matter the surface you’ll feel comfortable and in control. 150mm of travel in the front suspension and 120mm travel in the rear suspension allows of handling on very rough terrain.

What we love the most

  • The motor is the market leading Bafang Ultra motor with 160Nm of torque so it will climb very steep hills
  • 4.8” fat tires are huge and make it a lot of fun to roll over rocks or even loose soil and keep full control.
  • 30 miles range on full throttle and 40-50 miles on pedal assist means you will always have juice left at the end of the day.

The Dualie By Rungu

Best 2 Wheel Electric Hunting Bike

The Rungu Dualie can be best described as an ATV crafted from e-bike parts. As the company describes it, “Far Stable. Far Able.”

The Rungu Dualie is truly an all-terrain vehicle. It has 2 massive fat tires up front, each one with its own front suspension. Originally designed for riding the soft sand of the California beaches and deserts hunters quickly saw the potentials for taking it into the backcountry. With 2 wheels up front it can tackle mud, rock fields and soft snow with no risk of the front wheel washing out.

It also uses a Bafang mid drive motor and can tackle grades of more than 45% without having to get out of the saddle.

It has a 1120 watt motor and 52V, 15Ah battery. Top speed is 22 mph and an off-road range of 18 miles unassisted and 34 to more than 100 miles on pedal assist.

What we love the most

  • It’s unique and an absolute show stopper!
  • Built in the USA
  • All season, all terrain, no washouts
  • Stands upright on its own without the need for a kickstand

RUNGU MDV SERIES

It is an awesome bike! Still getting used to the stirring of it but it’s awesome nonetheless. I also love the button to move the bike without having to petal for those times I need a little breather but still wanna keep going Carlos F

Rungu Rubicon Electric Hunting Bike

Most Powerful Electric Hunting Bike

The Dualie XR Rubicon Trail Edition is the RUNGU Dualie on steroids! Rungu developed the Rubicon Trail Edition after successfully riding Rungu Dualie XR from one end to the other of the world’s most famous Jeep trail in a jaw-dropping eight hours.

The Rubicon Trail Edition is truly an all-terrain vehicle. It’s built on the same platform as the Rungu Dualie but has so much more.

It uses a Bafang mid drive motor and can tackle all types of terrain and grades of more than 45% without having to get out of the saddle.

It has a 1120 watt motor and two 52V, 15Ah batteries (Yes, 2 batteries so the range is excellent). Top speed is 22 mph and an off-road range of 35 or more miles and 40 miles to more than 200 miles with pedal assist. The Rubicon Trail Edition with those 2 large batteries boast a staggering 300 mile range on a flat paved road! The Rubicon Trail Edition comes equipped with off-road spare parts, tools and first aid kit and can carry a combined load of 350lbs.

What we love the most

  • It’s unique and an absolute show stopper!
  • Built in the USA
  • All season, all terrain, no washouts
  • Stands upright on its own without the need for a kickstand.
  • 2 large batteries for extra range
  • Comes with rear rack, fenders, light, tire liners, skid plate, tool kit and first aid kit (that really is a complete package!)

Standing from a disabled perspective this bike is amazing. The 1st day that I received this I immediately hit the trails and haven’t really stopped except to recharge Matthew

Quietkat Ranger Electric Hunting Bike

Best Rear Hub Electric Hunting Bike

The Ranger is the only rear hub motor that made the list. I wanted to include one rear hub as not everyone is looking for the best hill climbing bike out there. If you want an that is built tough, reliable and has a reliable Bafang rear hub motor, the Ranger is the best for you. It performs well on moderate terrain with some hills but performs better on lower gradient inclines.

The Ranger reaches a top speed of 19mph unassisted and go for 20 miles unassisted on a full charge, if assisted by pedal assist the range can double. Stand over height is 32 inches.

The beauty of the Ranger is what you get for the price. It’s a Quietkat bike, so built to last, and if you don’t need to tackle steep hills you can save 1000 and choose the rear hub motor Ranger. And since 2020 the new Ranger model is available is a variety of options like frame size, or motor. The original Ranger was only available as a 750 Watt motor was already plenty of now you can choose between 750 or 1000.

What we love the most

  • affordable than a mid drive bike
  • Rugged and feels very stable to ride
  • Lots of power on flats or moderate hills

WELL-BUILT BIKE, VERY GOOD

very pleased so far. Used it a handful if times mostly on my land and a few log roads. Handles very well and feels smooth, comfortable padded seat and front suspension so it’s a nice machine. Harrold

Bakcou Storm Electric Hunting Bike

Best 750w Electric Hunting Bike

The Storm is built by the same guys that make the Mule so that’s already a guarantee. The Storm is basically the Mule on steroids, beefier, full suspension and bigger battery!

The Storm by BAKCOU comes in either 750 watt or 1000 watt, both versions are the Bafang Ultra mid drive so you get the best motor there is. The Storm is built for extreme terrain and climbs like a mountain goat. It’s very agile and can go pretty much anywhere.

It was completely overhauled and upgrade in August 2019 and now is tougher and more powerful than ever. This has 26×4 fat tires.

With the extended distance battery made of Samsung cells with 48V, 17.4 can expect to get 40 miles on a single charge with the option to upgrade to a 21Ah battery for even longer range. This model is more of a joyride than a cruiser so choose wisely, if you choose the Storm you may have too much fun!

What we love the most

  • It’s very solid and feels really rugged. Fells like a tank.
  • Full suspension so very smooth ride
  • Air suspension is the smoothest available
  • 4 piston hydraulic brakes
  • Comes with rear rack and fenders

ROAD LESS TRAVELED

Love it. glad I got the full suspension Storm. The ride is so smooth. Shed hunting through the woods was exciting. Quickly learned to go so slow in the woods so as to avoid trees and limbs Lee F

Quietkat Warrior Electric Hunting Bike

Best Mid Drive Electric Hunting Bike

The Warrior is Quietkat’s most popular model. And now for 2020 it comes 750 watt or 1000 watt mid drive with a top speed of 25mph.

The Warrior boasts a 48V, 11.6 since it’s powering the 1000W motor the range is approx. 18 miles per charge if unassisted. Double that if using the pedal assist mode.

With a stand over height of 32 inches it’s a larger frame size so can feel big to anyone 5’8” or smaller.

The aggressive style makes it look and feel powerful. Like all Quietkat. the frames rustproof and has a lifetime warranty against flaws in workmanship. It’s built to take abuse and rise above. It will raise your hunting success and make it look easy. Mid drive motors are notoriously quiet so there’s no spooking game.

What we love the most

  • top speed of 25mph
  • powerful and strong. It’s well put together
  • Mid drive so climbs very with little or no effort

Bakcou Kodiak Electric Hunting Bike

Best AWD Electric Hunting Bike

The Bakcou Kodiak is one of a kind. It has TWO 500W hub motors, one in the front hub and one in the rear hub.

It has more power and more capability than any HUB-DRIVEN BIKE BEFORE.

With Kodiak AWD, you can conquer any terrain. Snow, mud, rocky, sand.- you name it!

It combines the power and performance of Bafang’s 500W, high-end hub motors with bulletproof aluminum alloy frame and high-end components.

The wide stance, deep-cleated pedals have wide holes for extra boot grip and space to AVOID the accumulation of mud or snow.

The LCD display makes it easy to use while flying down the trail, and the CST BFT (Big Fat-Tire) gives you more grip and control than any other tire, so you can go where you want to go.

Overall, Bakcou Kodiak is a KILLER electric hunting bike for the price. Great range, POWERFUL, and can take on any terrain.

What we love the most

  • Range up to 50 miles
  • TWO 500W hub motors
  • Big fat tires
  • Bulletproof aluminum alloy frame
  • 300 lbs load capacity

Electric Hunting Bike Benefits

Whichever electric hunting bike you choose, take a look at some of the benefits:

  • Go Farther – Electric hunting bikes help you go farther in a fraction of the time it would take to walk in
  • No Scent Trail. With an electric hunting bike you can move around without leaving a scent trail and gain a very important advantage when you need it most.
  • Move Stealthily – Electric hunting bikes are surprisingly quiet so you don’t spook the game.
  • Carry Extra Gear. They are built to carry 300lbs and if that’s not enough the trailers can carry an additional 100lbs so you can make it one trip in and out instead of a tiring back and forth lugging heavy gear on your back. Plus the bunch of other accessories available like rear racks and waterproof saddle bags for extra storage on the bike and not on your back.
  • Stay Out Longer. With the possibility to carry more gear and can stay out longer than before.
  • Age is Not a Factor. Electric hunting bikes make it easier for anyone to reach distant spots without the fatigue of hiking with gear so no matter your age or physical stature those once forgotten golden spots are attainable again.
  • Limited Mobility Not an Obstacle. Hunters with limited mobility, whether it’s an old injury that didn’t heal properly or a life changing injury, for hunting can make a world of difference and get you back out hunting again.
  • Reach Remote Unspoiled Spots. You can go than the weekend warrior is willing to walk. Leave them behind and take your hunting to that remote location.
  • Check Trail Cameras Quickly. Electric hunting bikes can go between 20 and 28 mph depending on the model. You can check your perimeter and trail cameras and be back before you miss anything.
  • Stay Safe – These hunting are fast so you can get out of a potentially dangerous situation in seconds
  • Environmentally Friendly. Hunting is also about preservation. are extremely friendly to the environment.

For me personally, if money is not an obstacle I’m going with the Bakcou Storm. It has everything the Mule has but with full suspension and larger battery. If you buy the Storm you will never need to upgrade because it’s the alpha male in it’s category. 160Nm of torque, that’s awesome pulling power when it’s needed to pull a deer out on a trailer.

I’d love to know what you all think, and if you have another model you would put on this list. I could have had a dozen more bikes of the same caliber get a mention but this is a good start.

If you have any questions about any of these you can drop an email to John@eBikeGeneration.com. I’d be happy to help you find the best electric hunting bike for your needs.

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21 Responses

Mike Cook

One Word. UBCO – I’ve tried many different “hunting” bikes and I just got one that I guarantee you will outperform all those listed above. Try to take a test ride on the UBCO 2×2. It’s pricey but man is it AWESOME! I’ve taken it on deep sand, deep mud, very rocky terrain and on the road. The only area I found it to be a little sluggish is if you are climbing a very steep hill and have 300lbs of load on it. Then it moves a little slower up steep hills, but what bike wouldn’t? 🙂 NOTE: It does NOT have pedals though. It’s more like a moped mixed with a bike. Not sure what you’d call it. but having all-wheel drive helps in the sand and mud. There were a few times where I thought I was stuck for sure but the front tire would grip and help me get through. The top speed is only 30 mph but that’s plenty for a hunting bike. It says the max range is 75 miles and in three non-stop test rides I’ve gone 70, 60 and 50 but they were with different amounts of gear on me and different terrains. Still very awesome for what it is and does. Just wanted to share for once you try one, trust me you will be hooked.

BULLS BIKES USA

Thanks for sharing such an informative post. This post is very helpful for purchase a e bike.

Thanks for sharing such an in formative post. This post is very helpfully.

Norman Brown

Looking into buying a Grizzly scooter. I have a QuietKat but the bar is too high and tough to balance at 70 YO. As a Disabled Combat Veteran I need to be at a lower price even with the military discount Bakcou offers at 15%. Thanks can you help? I did hear that the scooters can tow a trailer.

LARRY JOHNSON

I started researching the hunter e-bikes (I’m a nature photographer) in October because my gear and large tripod are like what a lot of hunters haul. This is a very helpful article. As I think about some of the terrain and ground cover I’d be traversing it seems a chain and derailleur are points of vulnerability. Is there any thought or work being done to utilize a mid motor with a shaft drive system? It would present a cleaner, less-cluttered design that was better protected from damaging stubs, branches, wire, rocky cracks or potholes, etc. Last, I saw an ad for the QuietCat Apex that looks interesting. Is it enough like the Ridge runner and Warrior that those reviews would be applicable? Thanks.

I am 54 years old I have arthritis and a degenerative disc in my back. It is incredibly painful for me to be on my feet or my butt for more than 3 hours. I haven’t been hunting and probably six years as a result, I also suffer from depression. I could see myself hunting again with one of these most of them that look worthwhile are far too expensive for me

Ronald M Sucik

Is there any restrictions between 750W and 1000W for riding on BLM land or National Forest trails.

Ken Russell

I currently have an older bike with a BionX rear hub motor. I selected one with regenerative capability not for the extended range but primarily for resistance braking on long, rough down grades. A lot of my logging road rides involve 4 or 5 mile down grades on the way back to the truck and the regen option helps me avoid overheating the brakes. I will definitely be considering those down grades as I look to update my bike.

William Mack

I have the 1000 watt e cell bike and yes it is a big bike, but it is very strong and powerful this bike is like a tank with all wheel drive and 9 levels of assistance two batteries, two motors 203 cm disk up front and 180 rear their is no compromising with this bike. I ride around town, throw the forest on trails and on the beach, it takes on all challenges without blinking, but their is one issue and that is no front rack mounts unless you buy the 1500 watt bike, I got on them about that because it’s not cool. I am very happy with the bike just got my new bike rack to role the bike up to haul it that is very important because like I said it’s heavy just like a dirt bike but with batteries.

Steve Earney

If/When you need service (damaged chain, bent wheel, etc.) should a local bike store be able to work on it or would you need to return to manufacturer? (I admit not mechanically inclined!)

John Murphy

Hi Rob, A second battery could set you back anything between 500 to 900 depending on the size. The bigger the battery the more range you get. The Bakcou Mule standard battery is a 14.5Ah which is already a good size will cost (at the time of replying) 599 and is good for 30 miles on throttle power. You could upgrade from the get go to a larger battery and just use one that has 40 to 60 miles per charge.

robert taylor

what is the answer to randys question how much average for spare batteries. I would use all one battery in one day, hunting northen BC

I’m just starting to learn about e hunting bikes. I live in Maine, turning 70 so need some assist getting to hunting locations. My biggest issue with buying on line is obtaining service on these bikes. Are available is service locations in the North East ?

Bart Robinson

I’ve been riding ebikes since they first came on the market, specifically looking for the best hunting ebike… something that could further my range and also help me explore quietly. I fell hard for QuietKat’s offering (even bought my brother one) and so far haven’t been dissapointed. Jim Shockey mentioned here in this post is an ambassador for QuietKat and I have to say this brand was the first to market, has been operating in this category the longest, and provides excellent customer support. While the bikes here mentioned are good options (my buddy Teddy has the Fat Tire Ridge Runner and it IS a beast!) I personally like the Apex because its got the same power as some of the other bikes on this list (also a 1000w mid-drive) but you can better manage your speed than with the ULTRA motor, which is great for tight trails and thicker woods. For me the Apex perfect and I’d recommend it to anyone! ~ Cheers from South Bend

Bill Thompson

well guess I’ll be selling my 4 wheeler.Bike is absolutely quitter and get though the trees here in Wisconsin a lot better.

What about dual hub motors, dual battery fat tire hunting bikes.not even mentioned. Most have a switch for motor and battery selection. I’ve seen models with up to two 2500W motors

Can any of the bikes go through water? I never see anything like a biker going through a creeks. As a hunter ( lol) who is on my last year of hunting. Because well, let’s just say I Hope I can maybe get a bike. But I have to cross a small creek.

I’ve been wanting to get an electric hunting bike for a while but I’m curious about charging the batteries while out hunting. How long would I need to run a generator for to top off a battery? Would a solar panel even get the job done? Seems like extra batteries might make the most sense. How long would one of these batteries take to charge from empty?

John Murphy

HI Berry, The Mule 1000 Storm 1000 both come in 17 and 19 frame size options so you should be able to find the right sixe for you both. The 17 frame is best suited for heights ranging from 5’2 to 5’8 and the 19 frame for 5’8 and above. BackCountry eBikes are the makers or both models you like and they are hunters based out in Ogden Utah and they don’t make average bikes, they FOCUS on elite hunting bikes that will get the job done. They are designed to take a beating a perform well doing so. Both models have that coveted ULTRA mid drive motor so climbing hills and tackling rough terrain offroad will be a joy to experience.

They only use top grade components that can stand the test of rough offroad as that is what they are built to do. I have sent you additional info by email also, so you can make an educated decision on what suits you and your wife the best.

Berry Whatley

I really like the mule 1000 watt and the the storm 1000 watt, do you know what the stand over heights are? Im going to purchase 2, 1 for my wife and 1 for me. Are the components up upgradeable or are they good enough quality for rugged outdoor punishment.

Yet to wrap your head around how bike gears work? Here’s our simple explainer for both beginners and intermediates

If you don’t have a clue how many gears your bike has. let alone how to use them. we’ve got you covered with this simple explainer. For more depth, just keep on reading!

Understanding the fundamentals of how bike gears work. and what effect shifting between the different sizes of front chainrings and rear cassette sprockets has on your pedalling. will help you choose the most suitable gearing for the terrain.

By the end of this article, you’ll (hopefully!) know what a road bike groupset is, the difference between a ‘standard’ and ‘compact’ chainset. and which is right for you. as well as whether you do really need the latest 12-speed cassettes (such as the new Shimano 105) or if an 11 or 10-speed model will have you covered.

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But first, let’s wind right back to the start and cover the fundamentals you need to know about bike gears.

Bike gears: the basics

What determines the number of bike gears you have?

It’s a simple multiplication of the number of sprockets at the rear with the number of chainrings at the front. A triple chainring set-up with a 10-speed rear cassette is therefore a 30-speed bicycle — in other words, it’s possible to use all of the 10 sprockets in combination with each of the three chainrings. Likewise a double chainring paired with an 11-speed cassette is a 22-speed set-up, and so on.

Why do you need gears on a road bike?

Why have gears at all? Well, in a nutshell, gears are there to enable us to maintain a comfortable pedalling speed (or cycling cadence) regardless of the gradient or terrain — something that no one single gear is capable of.

A high gear, sometimes referred to by cyclists as a ‘big gear’, is optimal when descending or riding at high speeds. The highest, or biggest gear on a bicycle is achieved by combining the largest front chainring size with the smallest rear cog or sprocket — expressed as ‘53×11’, for example.

Vice versa, combining the smallest front chainring size with the largest rear sprocket size results in the lowest available gear, which will help you keep the pedals spinning when the road points steeply up.

Let’s be clear about one thing — having lots of gears is not about making the bike faster. A bike with 30 or more gears is not an indication of a machine designed to break the land speed record any more than a bike with only a single gear, assuming similar ratios.

It’s about efficiency and having a much broader range, or choice, of gears for a given situation. Just like a car, bicycles benefit from a low gear to accelerate from a standstill, or to climb a steep hill, and at the other end of the scale a high gear helps you to achieve high speeds without over-revving.

Continuing with the car example, using too low a gear at high speed would result in high fuel consumption. The same is true of your body pedalling a bike. So, quite simply, more gears means more scope to find your preferred pedalling speed.

To put this into perspective, in the days of five or six-speed cassettes, a range of 12-25 teeth could only be achieved by having sizeable gaps between sprocket sizes. Modern 11-speed cassettes with the same spread, 12-25, would have only single tooth increments for the majority of the shifting.

The result is smoother, more precise shifting, as the mechanical difficulties the chain has to overcome to climb onto the bigger sprocket or drop down onto a smaller one are much reduced with smaller increments. importantly, the possibility is there to greatly improve pedalling efficiency. Cyclists are much more able to fine-tune their pedalling speed to suit the gradient or terrain, often resulting in a lower energy cost.

Why do some people opt for a single speed bike?

You don’t have to ride a bike with gears. some people choose to ride singlespeed bikes. These still have a gear. which is determined by the size of the front chainring and rear cog.

Singlespeed bikes are popular among commuters living in flat areas, because they require little maintenance. They’re also used by some racers (hill climbers for example) who want to drop weight and cut down on any extra complication coming from the shifting process. in this case, choosing the correct gear ratio is crucial. Finally, track bikes only ever have one gear. though again riders will change their set up to suit certain events.

Win some, lose some

The reality, on a multi-geared set-up, particularly when there are as many as 33 on offer, is that ‘overlapping’ gears are unavoidable. In other words, some gear combinations will result in the same ratio as others using a different sprocket and chainring. For example, 53×19 is the same gear as 39×14.

Also, certain ‘crossover’ gears, at the extremes of the range, may not be recommended for use, due to the additional strain that is placed upon the chain. Old-fashioned advice, which is still relevant, is to avoid ‘crossing the chain’. See the diagram below for an illustration of this.

So you’re not always getting 33 gears at your disposal, but it’s not some kind of marketing trick by manufacturers, to slyly cheat you out of gears, it’s simply the nature of the beast.

As we’ve already said, the total number is not the selling point, instead it’s the ability to have such a continual progression of closely spaced gears.

There’s no need to struggle these days because there are heaps of gearing options available so riders of all abilities can get the most from their pedalling. The trick is to know what’s what, so you’ll be able to decide what will best suit your riding. Here’s the lowdown to put you on the right track.

Guide to different types of gears

Standard double

Two chainrings at the front paired with up to 9, 10, 11, or 12 sprockets at the rear.

A classic 53-39t combination is known as a ‘standard’ chainset, though it is largely unused by recreational cyclists and very rarely specced on bikes by manufacturers.

A standard double set-up is usually the preferred choice for racing, offering the largest chainring sizes for the biggest gears possible to keep you pedalling smoothly when speeds are high.

Some reduction of the lower gearing is possible, but only as low as a 38t inner chainring, so if it’s low gears you’re after, a standard double is not the best way to go.

A compact is essentially a double set-up, only smaller. Both chainrings are reduced in size, usually 34t or 36t inner, paired with a 48t or 50t outer, reducing the gear ratio across the range. It’s a highly popular choice as the reduction in gearing at the lower end is enough for most to tackle even Alpine climbs, yet there is not a huge reduction of the top gear, still allowing fast descending.

Semi-compact

Semi-compact chainsets surged in popularity in the last decade, and they are usually the go-to front chainring combination for those bikes sold with a Shimano/Campagnolo double-ring setup.

The semi-compact chainset offers a 52t outer chainring (one tooth smaller than the standard, but two teeth bigger than the compact) paired with a 36t inner ring (three teeth smaller than the standard and two bigger than the compact).

This combination offers the best of both worlds; the 36 inner ring can be paired with an 11-28, 11-30 or 11-32 cassette at the rear to offer enough gears to tackle almost every climb, while a 52t at the front offers a bigger gear for fast group riding, descending, and even racing.

Having three chainrings brings the possibility of adding a much smaller gear option. The third chainring is usually 30t or smaller, which when paired with a large ratio rear cassette, can provide an extremely low gear for use on steep climbs. A triple is the preferred choice for riders looking for a ‘bail-out’ option, often those regularly riding in very hilly regions.

It’s also beneficial for laden touring when baggage makes the battle against gravity even tougher.

In 2019, SRAM launched its AXS groupset. Available as SRAM Red eTap, Force and now Rival, the groupset offers smaller chainrings. available options are 50/37T, 48/35T, 46/33T and even a 43/30T in both the Force and Rival builds (this ‘wide’ option requires a ‘wide’ front derailleur to match). On the back, the 12-speed cassette starts at a 10-tooth cog, and increases by 1-tooth per cog. The overall result is that you can reach a higher resistance at the top-end, and your smallest gear is even easier to push.

SRAM also offers single ring chainsets across Red, Force and Rival AXS eTap. Used predominately for gravel, cyclocross and time-trials these 1x set-ups eliminate the need for a front mech but reduce the number of gears to 12.

This type of robust, low-maintenance planetary gear system, housed in a fat rear hub, is still going strong. The popular Rohloff hub has 14 gears, while four, seven, eight, nine and 12-speed options are available from the likes of SRAM, Shimano and Sturmey-Archer.

The choice of individual gears may be less than using a derailleur system, but it’s still possible to personalise ratios by playing around with chainring and rear sprocket sizes. Hub gears are generally tough and require very little maintenance so they’re great for everyday commuter bikes, especially as most allow you to change gear without pedalling too — handy at traffic lights. Their weight is their Achilles heel, counting against them in hillier terrain and on longer rides.

PMP 33t chainring

As a simple fix to reduce a compact gear ratio a tad further. PMP’s 33t ring simply replaces the standard issue 34t, and Bob’s your uncle… the bottom gear just got lower.

Cassette ratios

What does 11-25 or 12-28 refer to? The first number is the smallest sprocket size, often 11t or 12t (and now 10t) and the second number is the largest sprocket size, commonly anything from 25t to 32t and sometimes larger; for example SRAM offers a 10-36t.

How do road bike gear shifters work?

With some modern designs, it’s not always immediately obvious where the shift levers are. If you’re in any doubt, a local bike shop will run through this with you, but here’s the basics for the majority of the mechanical gearsets that are on the market. Regardless of brand, right-hand levers control the rear derailleur, and left hand levers the front.

Electronic gears often work differently, and some like SRAM AXS and the latest iteration of Shimano Di2 can even be customised to the rider’s preference.

How does electric shifting work?

Shimano Di2

Shimano’s electronic Di2 groupsets, both Dura-Ace and Ultegra, work with a button system, but with the same principle as the mechanical shifters. The left shifter operates the front derailleur, and the right operates the rear.

There’s two buttons behind the brake lever on each shifter. On the left the slimmer dimpled inside button will shift the chain up from the small ring to the big ring. The smooth paddle-shaped outer button below will move the chain down from the big ring to the small outer ring.

On the right shifter, the inner dimpled button will move the chain up the cassette to easier gears, while the smooth outer button will move the chain towards the harder gears if you’re riding faster.

Campagnolo Super Record EPS

Like its mechanical cousin, Campagnolo Super Record EPS shifters feature a button behind the brake lever and a thumb button inside the shifter hood.

On the right-hand shifter the button behind the brake lever will move the chain up the cassette into an easier gear. The thumb button will do the opposite and move the chain into a harder gear at the rear. EPS also offers multi-shift, so if you hold the button down the chain will shift multiple gears until you release the button.

On the left-hand shifter, the paddle button behind the lever will move the chain from the inner small ring to the larger outer ring. The left-hand thumb button will do vice versa.

SRAM eTap AXS. the Red, Force, and Rival groupsets. works in a different way to the mechanical SRAM groupsets and the competing electronic groupsets.

As previously mentioned, SRAM AXS shifting setup is customisable but the default setting uses just two buttons. The right-hand paddle button, behind the brake lever, moves the chain into a harder gear on the cassette. The left-hand paddle button moves the chain up the cassette into an easier gear.

To move the chain between the two front chainrings, the rider simply needs to push both the left-hand button and right-hand button at the same time and the chain will move up or down depending on its starting position.

The language of bike gears

Chainring: toothed ring at the front end of the drivetrain, attached to the crank.

Cassette: cluster of sprockets at the rear of the drivetrain, containing up to 12 gears, of various sizes.

Block: another term for the group of rear sprockets, but really refers to the older, screw-on freewheel.

Derailleurs: front and rear derailleurs do all the hard work of moving the chain from one sprocket (or chainring) to the next.

Sprocket: refers to an individual gear within the cassette/block.

Ratio: describes the relationship between sprockets and chainrings, for example ‘53×12’, or the sprockets on a cassette (11-28).

t: short for teeth — to describe how many a given sprocket has — for example ‘23t’.

Drivetrain: term grouping together all the moving parts that connect the crank to the rear wheel and hence drive a bicycle along — namely the chain, the cassette and the chainrings.

Cadence: pedalling speed, measured from how many revolutions the crank makes per minute — expressed in RPM.

STI lever: abbreviation of ‘Shimano Total Integration’ — a term for Shimano’s design combining brake and shift levers for road bikes, but often (mis)used generically to refer to the shift/brake levers regardless of brand.

Ergo lever: Campagnolo’s name for its version of integrated gear shift and brake levers (ie Campagnolo’s STI).

DoubleTap lever: SRAM’s slice of the pie, in terms of shifter technology — uses the same lever for upshifts and downshifts.

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