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Buying an e-bike

Discussion in 'Pedal Powered' started by hornetstinger, Feb 13, 2018.

  1. khemist

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    That wouldn't work with mine and this one has been converted to higo connectors.
     
  2. khemist

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    Just tried out the twist throttle and ended up going back to the thumb one for now.
     
  3. amigafan2003

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    New build nearly finished, I'll give a sneak peak soon.
     
  4. khemist

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    What motor did you go for?, i'm about to go out for a spin right now. :)
     
  5. amigafan2003

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    Just finished my latest build:-

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  6. SexyGreyFox

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    What are the main electric specs?
     
  7. amigafan2003

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    Standard Bafang BBS02 48v750w (new controller version, but with the markings sanded off and this stuck on) with a 42t chainring, 750c display and hydraulic brake sensors. No gear sensor as I'm using the SRAM EX1 groupset that's ok to shift under load.

    Battery is a 52v13.5ah 700 wh unit from Luna Cycles. It's mounted via 5 stainless rivnuts inserted into the down tube and re-inforced tabs, although if I'm doing serious off-roading I can either use re-inforced rubber straps that wrap around the battery and down tube to tightly secure the pack or pop the pack in a ruck sack - I've made it so the battery connector is easily accessible - you can just see it behind the seat tube. At full front suspension compression, the front tyre clears the pack by 1cm if anyone was wondering.
     
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  8. SexyGreyFox

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    Thanks
     
  9. Outcast

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    Lovely looking bike.

    Where've you hidden the controller ?
     
  10. amigafan2003

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    The controller is incorporated into the motor unit.
     
  11. Outcast

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    Awesome.
     
  12. Crizzy

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    Had my Cube Reaction Hybrid Pro stolen yesterday, very gutted! Make sure you guys have decent insurance, unfortunately I'm not covered so have to deal with the loss of a £2k bike, and resort to my normal bike for commuting, bah.
     
  13. arknor

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    I really want a mid drive E bike but don't think I would risk owning one in England and in Switzerland bikes are crazy expensive.
     
  14. Nickolp1974

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    Nice looking build. Had a go on a merida e160 900e today and I want one! Even at a good price it's still a bit of a stretch at the mo. How does your bike compare to a proper factory e-bike?? I currently have a 2017 trance 2 and would be interested in converting if the experience is similar, wanting pedal assist more than twist and go. Could you offer any advice or forum to take a look at, many thanks
     
  15. SexyGreyFox

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    This is the main site - https://www.pedelecs.co.uk/forum/

    I learned about 3 years ago that it's better to build your own bike than one off the shelf.
    That Merida is stupid money and I'm positive AmigaFan could make something much better for a third the price.

    When I say 'build your own' I mean buy a decent bike and add the electrics.
     
  16. amigafan2003

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    Why not?
     
  17. Nickolp1974

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    Yeah it is stupid money but I can buy it used for 65% of the original cost but that's still a lot for me at this time. I like my trance so if i could convert, that would be awesome. Sounds like i need to get reading.
     
  18. SexyGreyFox

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    The simplest kit I've come across is Cyclotricity, a monkey could do it.
    I have two converted bikes that are a Godsend with my failing limbs.

    AmigaFan is probably wincing a bit at my suggestion but he really knows what he's doing.
     
  19. Nickolp1974

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    After looking at various motors the one that appeals is the TSDZ2 but it looks like it won't fit even with an adapter my B&B is 92mm and maybe a bigger issue is the bike itself as the downturn swoops right down so this would surely mean the motor would be even lower to the ground which i wouldn't want.

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  20. Nickolp1974

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    Anyone know if a 100mm BBSHD would work?