Lesson 1: You pedal with gears - why not use your motor with gears?
The key feature of EcoSpeed's Electric Mountain Drive is that they drive your bike's chain. This allows the motor to utilize your bike's gear range. Performance is radically increased compared to single speed drives. You can now climb any hill and go as fast or faster -- all with a small and light motor system that doesn't change the pedaling performance you're used to.
Oh yeah, and this shit is outrageous fun. Accelerate through the gears like a motorcycle then shut the motor down and cruise in silence holding your speed with the pedals alone. When you come to a hill touch the throttle again and sail up without ever shifting or slowing your cadence.
Lesson 2: Your motor controller is king of your system - meet the Velociraptor
After years of development in Portland's "Silicon Forest", EcoSpeed's Velociraptor Intelligent Motor Controller is truly state of the art. Proudly made in the USA, this software-based motor control it is simply put, the most advanced electric bike controller available today. Velociraptor uses an innovative intelligent battery interface. That means the controller actually measures how the battery is performing 1000 times per second and adjusts its operation accordingly. Plug in a new fully charged battery of the appropriate size and the Velociraptor will note that and allow full power operation. If the battery is old or too small, or almost out of charge, even if it's too cold, Velociraptor will reduce power output to minimize battery stress.
And like the rest of the Velociraptor, this feature is programmable.
Lesson 3: Use whatever battery you want with EcoSpeed but theirs is awesome.
One of the key features of EcoSpeed's system is the ability to work with almost any battery. Having said that, EcoSpeed offers it's tri-metal batteries which they recommend as the best batteries currently available for the EcoSpeed system. The exact chemistry of this battery is Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt with a pinch of Nutmeg. These batteries feature high cycle life and power output comparable to the industry standard LiFePO4 chemistry but with the light weight of lithium cobalt batteries commonly used in laptop computers and cell phones. The manufacturer uses an advanced thermal management system to keep the batteries cool under hard use and backs them with an almost unheard of two year warranty.