Well, it looks like I'm adding another e-bike to my collection
Trawling ebay for upgrades and bits and pieces for my current bike I came across a complete "proper" e-bike that's supposedly in good condition bar an interesting crank problem. The guy says he was pedalling one day and suddenly the pedals started spinning freely but not turning the chain. He said the motor still runs fine but it's as if you're pedalling backwards. It sounds to me like it has a cyclone style free wheel crank that's died, but why a commercially made hub driven ebike would have one is beyond me...
Or maybe its the bottom bracket ? I dunno, either way it doesn't sound like it'd be too hard to fix.
It's a little odd looking with the way the battery box is mounted with the slightly longer wheel base with the rear suspension, but meh I can easily transfer the bits and pieces to another bike if needs be. It has reasonable looking forks, front and rear disk brakes, lights, mud guards etc already in place to make it a good commuter. It looks legit in the eyes of the law too which is a bonus. It has pooey SLAs at the moment but they'll soon be replaced with nice light higher voltage lipos
I still really want to mod one of my old frames to completely hide the batteries in the frame. I've already cut part of the frame away playing with early prototypes, so its ripe for butchering
I'd like to build something totally custom like Hal is but I havent got the skill or cash, but I reckon if I was to cut the full length of the bottom bar of the frame in half and weld on a piece of rectangular channel I could easily hide 44v 8ah worth lipos in there. OR, I could cut that bar away completely and replace it with a wider longer section and just weld to the other bits of the frame which would be neater, but then I'd be more fiddley around the bottom bracket etc and I'm sure I'd botch it up!