Heh yeah I have a 46 or 48t here I was going to put on but the stud pattern doesn't bolt up to the single speed spider so I just threw on this one (a spare from my stealth fighter) Should I fit a schlumpf though I'll be able to happily pedal along at 50-60km/hr with that chainring
In other news, I'm pushing ahead with my scratch built custom frame I have in the works. I tried for a few hours to draw it all up in google sketchup but having never used it before ended up getting the shits with the whole 3d space thing and it chucking new elemets I added all over the shop and doing weird stretching of the panels I touched together when I tried to resize or move them. (if anyone is good with sketchup and feels like modelling it for me that'd be rad!) So I went oldskool with a pen, paper and a cardboard box
I was going to jump straight to a full suspension one but decided the sensible option was to cut my teeth of custom frame fabrication with a hard tail.
Unless last minute changes of mind occur or for reasons of construction or functional akwardness this is pretty close to how I'll do it
As (perhaps not so obviously) shown the frame will hold 9x 6S5ah lipo packs - enough for 24S2P or 18S3P. I'll most likely run 18S3P.
There's a single 6S pack at the bottom so the frame tapers narrow enough to use a standard bottom brack then they're 2 wide and 3 long up to the neck with the final group being 2 wide and 2 heigh.
The controller will mount internally for a clear external look and will use the entire frame as heat sink. Shown here is a 12 fet but at 18 fet will easily fit along the top tube. Beyond the back of the controller the top bar tapers back to seat post thickness so the frame is nice and thing between your legs. I haven't settled on an angle for the top tube yet but as show there's plenty of room above the top of the lipo pack and beneath the controller for fitting a DC converter for lights or what ever. The orange and red squares would be the charge port and anything else I decide to have externally - screen for lipo monitors perhaps, switches, USB port etc
There'll be a single large door on the under side for adding the batteries - so from the top and sides it looks neat and clean
aaand and artists impression of how the full thing will look.
Yeah, the rear is blacktrail-esq but I wanted a fairly vertical rear section for running LED tail lights (also possible on the back of the seat tube as shown) I also want to make it a bit different looking to the standard triangle frame hard tail. And I think the squarish rear goes well with the boxy main frame section. And in keeping with my goals - look at all that triangle space ! Nothing says "this is clearly a bicycle officer" like a nice hollow triangle
(and it leaves room for easily adding more capacity with an external booster pack)