Did a lot of time on the tour bus, but kept my eye out for e-bikes. Couldn't get it out of my system.
This is just for Beijing: In some areas it seemed like about 1 out of 5 were ebikes, all rear hub motors.
In other poorer sections it was about 1 in 20. Yeah, I'm crazy enough to count.
Didn't see any the size of the Xlyte 5 series.
Stayed rather busy, but tried to buy a 240 W rear motor, thru the bus driver contacting one place near the Temple of Heaven.
Store was wanting 380 Yuan ($53) for a 240 W brush motor. I was about to buy it, but then got to thinking, rats, need to get the spokes in case its a nonstandard size. Then I asked how much a controller and throttle would be for the motor. He said the system, w/o battery would be aboutY 900 = $ 150. For me seemed like I had seen internet prices for small brushed systems being about the same.
Decided not to get it. One thing that bothered me was the motor looked brand new, but the 2 wires from the casing looked old. They had brought the stuff to us, wish I would have been in a shop where I could bargain a little.
Bike: Cheap Korean Alton
Motor: 5304 Crystalyte rear mount
Controller: Crystalyte 72V 40A
Batteries: 35.2 V 12 aH LiFePo4 - 2 more cells dying.
36V (10ah) Lifebatt - the last from Gary G before Apr 08
36 V (10 ah) cells from AndyH - assembled, tested and ready to ride
Tires: Maxxis Holy Rollers
Speed: 60 kph on flats with me at 155lbs