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by LightningRods
Dec 22 2020 10:13pm
Forum: E-Bike Non-hub Motor Drives
Topic: LR Big Block Motoped
Replies: 71
Views: 5214

Re: LR Big Block Motoped

My business email is michael@backusstudio.com. If you don’t get a prompt response please PM me through ES.
by LightningRods
Dec 22 2020 9:23pm
Forum: E-Bike Non-hub Motor Drives
Topic: LR Big Block Motoped
Replies: 71
Views: 5214

Re: LR Big Block Motoped

I don’t sell controllers. The ASI, Nucular, and PowerVelocity FOC are great controllers and fully compatible with my motors. Maximum power depends on a lot of variables. The Motoped drive uses my largest motor, the “XL” Big Block. I’ve run it at 16kW with no signs that it was stressed or getting hot...
by LightningRods
Dec 13 2020 1:46pm
Forum: E-Bike Non-hub Motor Drives
Topic: The BEST and FIRST Qulbix Raptor mid-drive build!
Replies: 422
Views: 61906

Re: The BEST and FIRST Qulbix Raptor mid-drive build!

Pete Ellsworth (bike shown above) used an alloy 19” moto rim with 14 ga spokes. It works great and has been solid in a couple of months of banging around. 38759908-399B-415C-A91E-23C549470FB3.jpeg 8F3991D6-3146-4DBE-8BE9-38EF26D01398.jpeg Pete is set up to lace this setup right now. He has 13 ga spo...
by LightningRods
Dec 11 2020 2:22pm
Forum: E-Bike Non-hub Motor Drives
Topic: The BEST and FIRST Qulbix Raptor mid-drive build!
Replies: 422
Views: 61906

Re: The BEST and FIRST Qulbix Raptor mid-drive build!

Short answer- yes. Long answer- because bicycle tire sizing is so bizarre this 24”x3.00” tire has an O.D. of 26”. 24” should represent the O.D. of the tire. Which it did when it was a 2.00” tire. Only now it’s a 3.00”. Got it? The actual rim size is 20”. In the saner world of motorcycle sizing it wo...
by LightningRods
Dec 11 2020 10:09am
Forum: E-Bike Non-hub Motor Drives
Topic: The BEST and FIRST Qulbix Raptor mid-drive build!
Replies: 422
Views: 61906

Re: The BEST and FIRST Qulbix Raptor mid-drive build!

Hi Jon, Any 157 boost with a 12mm through axle should work. I want to try a Novatec hub just because they’re so affordable. I make a custom 4130 chrome moly axle that is 12mm diameter over the width of the hub and then steps down to 10mm at the dropout. This axle also has to be 165mm dropout width i...
by LightningRods
Nov 25 2020 12:10pm
Forum: E-Bike Non-hub Motor Drives
Topic: The BEST and FIRST Qulbix Raptor mid-drive build!
Replies: 422
Views: 61906

Re: The BEST and FIRST Qulbix Raptor mid-drive build!

Most of the mid drives on the market are at least 1/3 planetary reduction. The Cyclone 3000 for instance is larger and heavier than my Big Block, but is 1/2 the actual motor. Lots of reduction is only necessary for little motors that need to run through multiple gears to have any power or speed. Eve...
by LightningRods
Nov 25 2020 11:08am
Forum: E-Bike Non-hub Motor Drives
Topic: The BEST and FIRST Qulbix Raptor mid-drive build!
Replies: 422
Views: 61906

Re: The BEST and FIRST Qulbix Raptor mid-drive build!

The reduction ratio is about 8:1. The kv of the motor is 62. So motor rpm of around 5000 divided by 8 = 625 wheel rpm. That’s good for 48 mph. Good all around gearing. Thanks for checking in!
by LightningRods
Nov 24 2020 6:14pm
Forum: E-Bike Non-hub Motor Drives
Topic: The BEST and FIRST Qulbix Raptor mid-drive build!
Replies: 422
Views: 61906

Re: The BEST and FIRST Qulbix Raptor mid-drive build!

The Qulbix swingarm drive continues to evolve. Thanks to the new internal permanent magnet motor and the new crop of FOC controllers the Big Block is now running at an eye popping 10kW. This particular Q76 belongs to Pete Ellsworth. He's running a Nucular 12F controller and a LiteSpeedBikes LiIon ba...
by LightningRods
Jul 31 2020 10:22am
Forum: E-Bike Non-hub Motor Drives
Topic: LightningRods mid drive kit
Replies: 4978
Views: 649175

Re: LightningRods mid drive kit

Here is my Lightning Rods Facebook page. You’ll have to go back a few years, but there are lots of photos of these legacy drives. https://www.facebook.com/Lightning-Rod ... 531978401/
by LightningRods
Jul 31 2020 9:55am
Forum: E-Bike Non-hub Motor Drives
Topic: LightningRods mid drive kit
Replies: 4978
Views: 649175

Re: LightningRods mid drive kit

I used to have YouTube videos showing how to put these disassembled “kits” together. I took them down about five years ago when I started shipping the drives fully assembled. People were seeing the videos and then getting the incorrect impression that I was still shipping disassembled. I checked my ...
by LightningRods
Jul 31 2020 12:07am
Forum: E-Bike Non-hub Motor Drives
Topic: LightningRods mid drive kit
Replies: 4978
Views: 649175

Re: LightningRods mid drive kit

We’re at 10,000 watts right now. It’s amazing to me, but we’re running over 120 amps at over 80 volts. On a sub 100 lb bike it runs like a light motorcycle.
by LightningRods
Jul 28 2020 8:44am
Forum: E-Bike Non-hub Motor Drives
Topic: The BEST and FIRST Qulbix Raptor mid-drive build!
Replies: 422
Views: 61906

Re: The BEST and FIRST Qulbix Raptor mid-drive build!

Here’s a YouTube Video of the swingarm drive running on the street. Not an exciting video but it shows the drive effortlessly accelerating to 50 mph up some steep hills. https://youtu.be/x_BEwiEnQzM This video was made with my old external magnet motor. The new IPM motor is quieter and revs higher w...
by LightningRods
Jul 18 2020 5:42pm
Forum: E-Bike Non-hub Motor Drives
Topic: LightningRods mid drive kit
Replies: 4978
Views: 649175

Re: LightningRods mid drive kit

Hey I’m here and glad to help. I don’t sell the original steel drives any more but still have parts and will make the bits I can. What do you need?
by LightningRods
Jul 03 2020 10:16pm
Forum: E-Bike Non-hub Motor Drives
Topic: LR Big Block Motoped
Replies: 71
Views: 5214

Re: LR Big Block Motoped

After working with the Motoped for a few months, the swingarm is the heart of the design. It’s a nice piece. The jackshaft is right on the pivot point which is perfect. The pedal system is pretty ridiculous. It’s really just for compliance. I’ll make drives available to people who want them. I never...
by LightningRods
Jul 03 2020 8:30pm
Forum: E-Bike Non-hub Motor Drives
Topic: LR Big Block Motoped
Replies: 71
Views: 5214

Re: LR Big Block Motoped

I have Motoped brackets. I can also get more made. If the company were still in business I’d get a bunch made. I already have plenty of expensive laser cut metal laying around.
by LightningRods
Jul 03 2020 10:19am
Forum: E-Bike Non-hub Motor Drives
Topic: LR Big Block Motoped
Replies: 71
Views: 5214

Re: LR Big Block Motoped

Yes I’ll sell you two XL motors. $325 each plus shipping.
by LightningRods
Jul 02 2020 11:36pm
Forum: E-Bike Non-hub Motor Drives
Topic: LR Big Block Motoped
Replies: 71
Views: 5214

Re: LR Big Block Motoped

The completed drive and jackshaft. Overall reduction is a bit over 10:1.
by LightningRods
Jul 02 2020 10:24pm
Forum: E-Bike Non-hub Motor Drives
Topic: LR Big Block Motoped
Replies: 71
Views: 5214

Re: LR Big Block Motoped

Progress photos on the XL Motoped. Just waiting for the controller at this point.
by LightningRods
Jun 14 2020 2:30pm
Forum: E-Bike Non-hub Motor Drives
Topic: Mongoose CX24V450 with 2500 watt L-R Small Block
Replies: 71
Views: 12520

Re: Mongoose CX24V450 with 2500 watt L-R Small Block

I run these motors both clockwise and counterclockwise in my various builds. It’s as simple as changing the hall and phase wire sequence. I can give you the sequences for the Lyen and PowerVelocity controllers. I’ve never seen a 219 sprocket with a bicycle 6 bolt rotor pattern on it. Which is why I ...
by LightningRods
Jun 09 2020 8:03pm
Forum: E-Bike Non-hub Motor Drives
Topic: LightningRods mid drive kit
Replies: 4978
Views: 649175

Re: LightningRods mid drive kit

Hey Matt, Thanks for stopping by! I can't imagine someone beating on one of your beautiful works of Art with a hammer. Some people have no mechanical empathy at all. They should never touch tools or attempt to work on anything themselves. I have to confess that when I started building drives it neve...
by LightningRods
May 31 2020 12:02pm
Forum: E-Bike Non-hub Motor Drives
Topic: LightningRods mid drive kit
Replies: 4978
Views: 649175

Re: LightningRods mid drive kit

If a customer needs information I’m here for them. If I have parts I’ll provide them. If I know where you can get what I don’t stock I’ll send a link or contact info.
by LightningRods
May 31 2020 10:41am
Forum: E-Bike Non-hub Motor Drives
Topic: LightningRods mid drive kit
Replies: 4978
Views: 649175

Re: LightningRods mid drive kit

I’ve agreed to repair old drives in the past and have been horrified to receive parts that look like they were off of a Japanese Zero that had been in the ocean since 1943. I don’t do that any more. It takes way more time than building a brand new drive. I don’t make the original steel 2 stage drive...
by LightningRods
May 31 2020 12:53am
Forum: E-Bike Non-hub Motor Drives
Topic: LightningRods mid drive kit
Replies: 4978
Views: 649175

Re: LightningRods mid drive kit

There are hundreds of these mid drives still out there running, the oldest about 7 years old. If you found a NOS big block drive it should have years of service in it. There’s nothing to worry about. Get the primary belt tension and alignment set up right and go have fun.
by LightningRods
May 23 2020 6:26pm
Forum: E-Bike Non-hub Motor Drives
Topic: LR Big Block Motoped
Replies: 71
Views: 5214

Re: LR Big Block Motoped

I have the parts available for two complete drives right now. I want to sell these parts as complete drives since they’re all that I have on hand and it will take time to get more. I am going to order more bracket sets. I’ll post here when they’re in. Alan Hu resurfaced today saying that his NXT pro...
by LightningRods
May 23 2020 1:36pm
Forum: E-Bike Non-hub Motor Drives
Topic: Mongoose CX24V450 with 2500 watt L-R Small Block
Replies: 71
Views: 12520

Re: Mongoose CX24V450 with 2500 watt L-R Small Block

Have fun and be safe. Can’t wait to see your build!