Sep 12, 2021, 8:19:20 PMSep 12
Another great road ride on the Creo e-gravel bike with my son, and much of my ride was actually meat-powered. 30lbs -- 2lbs heavier than Franks OE ST800, and it has a motor and a battery. 40 miles and 3200 feet of climbing around the Wasatch front on a gimpy leg, and I only got out of "level one" and went to "level two" for about twenty seconds [old guy pride].
Level one gives progressive assistance up to about 75-80 watts, and the higher levels (two and three) give progressively more assistance up to 250 watts. The system cuts out at 28mp -- which is an interesting feeling. I was sprinting after my son and kicked it up to level two and went nowhere because I was at 28mph. The problem is my son was at >32mph and >800 watts (he's a big boy). It's like those dreams where you are trying to run, but you can't.
With zero assist, the bike is a boat anchor but not terrible. It's a 1X 11sp GRX group with a 46t chainring and a giant cassette, but I don't know the low or the high. I'd prefer 2X. >38mm gravel tires which is what accounts for the slowness on the road, IMO. Nice descending bike. I'd change the bars which are those splayed touring models and a little small in diameter. I prefer current OS anatomical bend/shallow drop bars.
-- Jay Beattie.