There have been some questions floating around this blog and some other forums inquiring about the performance of shifting with Shimano's Coasting groupo. Here is a question one of our readers left in the comments page of this past post (THE PERFECT SPEED).
Q}It seems to stick in third when I start up a hill. I know this bike is supposed to be a "no brain-er", but am I doing something wrong?
A} No, you aren't doing anything wrong - the auto-shift engages as you slow down going up the hill. The common thing for us to do when starting up a hill is to try and keep our momentum from the flats. So, we push the pedals a bit harder to maintain that speed which makes the shifting box think you want to stay at this speed (hence no down shifting).
With the Coasting shifter you should keep your same pedal rhythm (or COAST) while starting up a hill, the bike will naturally slow down going up hill allowing the RPM gauge in the front hub to shift down to 2nd smoothly.
Plus, an added bonus is you can adjust your gear shifting timing (see graphic above). This knob is located on the box that sits on the seat tube.
Hope that helps and please keep the comments and questions coming. Enjoy.