hello to all - i have been lurking for a while, early august. attached pics of my version one ebike. already working on v 2.0. This one is a 48v 5304 with sla batteries mounted in main triangle. Great fun. I am convinced that my future lies with light electric vehicles. Every single person that has ridden it has had the same reaction - disappear over the horizon, return too many minutes later with tears streaming down their eyes, and a grin ear to ear. That exilaration is what initially brought me to cycling. Became burned out on cycling, but this has rekindled my love for garage engineering.
V 2.0 is based on a GT LTS-5 chromoly full suspension design, 48volts, lithium battery pack, 5305 motor. I was going to take a run at 72 volts, but after consisdering the overall design, application, and most importantly power requirements to overcome drag coeeficients over 38mph, i decided to just keep e bicycle v 2.0 just that - an e bicycle.....
Have been faithfully riding this on my 16 mile commute to work.
relocating batteries in the main triangle makes a HUGE handling difference.
I was quite a "hardcore" cyclist - rode across the country on a solo tour (towing a trailer) in 2000. That trip pretty much extinguished my desire to pedal a bicyle anymore. Tried motorcycling several times with several different motorcycles, but they never really elicited "the grin" like bicycles, and now e bicycles.
Anyways, I am thinking of R&D ing these kits for a year, using for primary transportation and potentially buying an old bike shop late next year where I can use the shop as a platform to begin selling/installing these kits. I am so sick of the more, more, more mentality. Want to be able to work with my hands again, provide a product and service that I am passionate about, and do so while helping the environmental challenges we face. Hello to all, and thanks for a great site!