I think with everything I’ve covered when describing the iAerolight it’s easy to get an idea of how the bike works. But I will focus on some aspects. The first is that I had a hard time understanding the concept at first. In my inner fur, I thought it was better to use the base of the Ultralight to lower the weight of the bike even more. I I thought there was no point in betting on aerodynamics when it would be difficult for me to maintain high speeds in which to benefit from the greater weight.
Then, little by little, I understood that the iAerolight was an exercise in design and I understood how to get the most out of it and enjoy the experience. I basically stopped worrying so much about form and focused on exploiting his strengths. Use the assistance support when it’s time to climb and the speed is clearly lower than 25 km/h and squeeze me on the flat sections where the speed is higher. Also, at first I had a hard time understanding the bet on a motor in the pedal instead of the options in the rear reel; but the weight and compact size of the BH2EXMAG, with a pedaling position without differences, helped me understand this bike better.
As usually happens with road e-bikes, if we look at the specific speed figure or if we go out with a small group of cyclists without e-bikes, it is clear that in these second sections we will be penalized, but if we go out alone with the simple aim to enjoy or exercise, what better to ride at 35 km/h than to do it at 38 km/h?
On a personal level, I noticed that on the same journey, the speed I was riding above 25 km/h was about 3 km/h less than with a bike like the Aerolight, but that in sections where the assistance help, with the same level of demand, the speed was higher in this 3 km/h and even a little more. By getting more assistance at higher cadences it encourages us to keep pedaling lively instead of lowering the cadence. I can say that the average speed, on a course that I usually use for testing and that includes a couple of climbs of some entity and a section of more pedaling where it is easy to develop high speeds, was 2 km/h above of the usual
I do want to point out that despite the greater weight compared to the Aerolight I did not notice that its behavior and its dynamics in descents were compromised. It is true that my first rides were on windy days and at first I had to get used to it, but more the result of the aerodynamic shapes of the frame. Once I got used to it (and was able to go out on dry days) I have to say that the handling is good, with a noble corner entry which is also supported by the good work of the Dura-Ace brakes even with discs of “only” 160 mm and the support of the tires of 28 mm, a generous ball but which is not excessive when rolling with the help of the engine or without.
It must be recognized that BH has done a great design job making the iAerolight not look like an e-bike. And not only at an aesthetic level, but also behaviorally.