Carrera Crossfuse Battery Range

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StevenMT
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Carrera Crossfuse Battery Range

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Recently bought a Crossfuse & due to the snow/icy weather finally got round to getting out on it, had 2 rides of approx 20 mile rides on it. Amazing is the initial reaction. Phenomonal in fact. I do need to get out & use it more often, loved the fact it was easy enough to ride on flat/downhill with zero assistance required and cycling at 15-20mph for free, so really only used the battery for about 5 miles of the cycle (in Eco/Tour mode only) up the hills and near the end of my trip when tired.

My query, and I know it is very early and I haven't used it very much , is re the display range. When I switched it on fully charged, in Eco mode it said the range was 34 miles, way short of the amazing ranges I see others claiming. Is this what others get, will it adapt/change/learn over time if i use it more or is there potentially an issue with display/battery? I know I need to get out, stick it in Eco mode & keep cycling to see what happens with the display reducing & the light indicators on the battery too but thought I would see if any reassuring advice here from more experienced people. Any feedback appreciated.
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Re: Carrera Crossfuse Battery Range

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I don't know the bike, is that the one with a Bosch mid drive motor?
If so Bosch's range calculator is pretty good, as long as you go through the parameters and set them realistically.
https://www.bosch-ebike.com/en/service/range-assistant

I have a bike with a Bosch system, the range shown on the display is pretty much a waste of time, I don't have it displayed. It calculates how far you would go with the same assistance as you've been using over the last X miles or minutes, where X isn't very long at all. At the top of a long drag it'll be very low, coast down the other side and it'll have gone up again! If you're regularly riding without assistance, all bets are off, you'll get a feel after a while how far you can go. In our CTC group, there's several E-bike riders, using the assistance sparingly, who ride 50+ miles without getting close to running out of power. OTOH I use mine for deliveries, where I'm aiming to minimise effort, and I can run a 500Wh battery down in well under 30 miles.
Also factor in that this cold weather reduces the range considerably, I don't have any data, but my experience over the last week would suggest by as much as 20%.
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Thanks for getting back to me, everything you say is what I had heard/read before buying it. Maybe I should just shut up, get in some cycling & then see how it plays out. I was just worried re the displayed estimated Range left on the bike but it sounds like it maybe isn't overly accurate. I will get some rides in & get a better feel for it. Aiming for a cycle tomorrow morning & it is 9 degrees, almost tropical compared to my last ride!!
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Re: Carrera Crossfuse Battery Range

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StevenMT wrote: 24 Jan 2023, 9:53pm I will get some rides in & get a better feel for it. Aiming for a cycle tomorrow morning & it is 9 degrees, almost tropical compared to my last ride!!
One thing to note is the distance ridden before the first bar disappears, that'll give a good idea of range. The next three bars will each cover an equal distance of similar riding, the 5th bar a bit less distance or assistance. There is a bit of a learning curve, I'm riding mine quite differently to when I first got it, it took a while to work out how it best suited me.
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Update after a successful cycle earlier! Instead of constantly switching assistance off I kept it on Eco. Most of the time once I got going after stopping at junctions etc then I got up past the 15.5mph so it just cut out anyway. Range was then up in the 50s which was brilliant to see. Last 5 miles was uphill and in to a wind so I used Tour mode to help get me home. Battery at start of journey was showing 4/5 after my weekend cycle and hadn't recharged from. About a mile from home today it dropped down to be 3/5 so could easily have some more cycling journeys out of it before another charge. All feels better now, loving the bike and maybe just starting to understand it better etc.
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Re: Carrera Crossfuse Battery Range

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PH wrote: 25 Jan 2023, 11:00am One thing to note is the distance ridden before the first bar disappears, that'll give a good idea of range. The next three bars will each cover an equal distance of similar riding, the 5th bar a bit less distance or assistance.
My experience of both our Bosch and Woosh XF07 kit is that the distance ridden before the first bar disappears is quite a bit more than you get for each of the next three.

Anyway, sounds as if OP is enjoying his new bike, getting a decent range, and finding the best settings for him; and will pretty soon know how best to interpret the oddities of the range and battery displays.
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