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Relay Battery Drain Test
May 31, 2023
Get out for a ride with Skye as he tests how many laps he can do with one battery!
We've had many comments and questions come in about the range you can achieve on the Relay, so we figured it would be best to head out and see just how far we could get in a normal riding scenario. Click the image below to see how much elevation and mileage Skye got out of a full Relay Battery!
Note: Skye was riding a non stock paint job, but the frame is the same as production
Rider and Bike Stats
Height: 5 foot 10 inches
Weight: 165 lbs
Tire Pressure: 28psi rear, 23 psi front
Motor Power Level: River (middle of the power range)
Outside Temperature: 44 degrees Fahrenheit
Thoughts from Skye about his range test:
"I went into this ride with very little expectations or goals for the day, I really just wanted to get out and see how much riding the Relay could provide on a single battery. I chose to ride an area that we often shuttle, it has a nice gravel road to the top with multiple trails to choose from for the descent. This is the type of ascent I do for most rides, so these results are numbers I can count on for rides in the future as well. I didn't ride or do anything differently to try and extend the range for the sake of padding the numbers, just crushed as many laps as the bike or I could handle!
While climbing I felt my heart rate rise and my body get warm, but I never felt like I was really pushing, or grunting myself up the steeper sections. This state makes me feel ready and stoked for each descent. A nice "warmed up" sensation. When descending, any amount of "it feels like an eMTB" washes away within the first few feet. After that it's smooth sailing and the little bit of added weight keeps the bike planted while not feeling like a boat anchor. Personally, I like bikes to feel "light" and easy to pick up and maneuver, and the Relay has this character. The short chainstays (for an eMTB) mixed with less added weight than larger batteries leaves the Relay handling more like my Sentinel than any other eMTB I've ridden.
While I knew I would get a bunch of laps in, I was still very surprised at the top of each climb, thinking "how have I not lost more battery?". When the battery did finally deplete, I was at an astounding 5,610ft of elevation gain, which is more climbing than I have done in my life under my own power, and in only a little over two hours. An interesting side note, in the 2 hours and 22 minutes spent riding I was able to get almost six laps in, which is as many as we would do if shuttling in a vehicle, but didn't have to beat up a shuttle rig or burn any fuel. "