Thank you for the updates Link. I agree that on the bottom mode it seems like it needs a lower gear ratio for going up hills. I too haven't figured out what the range is yet on the various settings. It seems to me for my commute to work, I will be using Tour mode mostly, with a stab to Sport on the very steepest hills and then back to tour at crest of hill.
How many miles do you have on the iZip Moda now? Mine has 180 miles. But, I have only been using it since March 27.
Probably around 600 or so miles on the Moda since I got it early March. I ride almost everyday 20-30 miles between 3 bikes (though mostly on the Moda since I got it). I ride for exercise and the Moda is perfect for that for less offroad oriented stuff although it handle gravel rides fine. As things dry out more I will be on my Bulls eMTB more.
Have an 11-36 10-speed Shimano HG50 cassette and new KMCx10e chain waiting to go on (I was cheap and didnt upgrade cassette when I went to 42t front chainring which would have probably been fine with the stock length chain, which has since been shortened...lesson learned).
Will install new cassette and chain when the new Marathon Plus MTB tires arrive mid-week.
I think using Tour mode exclusively with Sport on occasion is really the best setting. I plan on doing that on almost all my rides. I see no issues riding 40 miles like this (although most of my longest rides top out around 30-35 miles).
Will probably go to an XT derailler and 11 speed shifter and 11-42 cassette after I wear out the KMCx10e chain. Thing about where I live and the rides I do, lower gears always give me more ride options.