Exams are finally over, and all the parts I need are here, so I figure its time to start a build thread. First off, I just want to give a huge shout out to both Hyena and Lyen
. There rep on this site is well deserved, and no doubt hard won.
Hyena helped out with the HT35 motor, I was lucky enough to get in on the last group buy he organised about a month or so ago. for someone only running a part time 'hobby' business he does it better than allot of the fully fledged businesses Ive ever come across.
Lyen too has been great, with the typical (from what Ive heard) fast shipping and helpful advice on his kits. Best of all when I discovered that he'd sent out the controller with 4mm bullet connectors rather than the requested Andersons, he was gracious and fast to send out the required parts all the way to Aus, at no cost.
While im at it I'll give a quick thanks to everyone 'ere on es too, either for your direct help in answering my q's, or for posting your own experiences and creating this wealth of knowledge that noobs like me can so easily learn from.
Anyway enough with the mushy thankyou's, down to business...
This 'ere is the bike ill be working with, for now
. realistically its waaaay more than I needed, but then again im a sucker for over engineering stuff, I love reliability like a fat kid loves cake. Its a '10? norko aline park, it had been in just 1 race, so has a few cosmetic scratches, but as a result the shop was selling it for less than half price, with all the goodies that a sponsored rider normally gets (upgraded breaks, shocks, shifters, pedals, rims... etc etc). Normally i'd be hesitant to buy a bike that's been raced, but this shop has a great rep here in adelaide (been going there myself for more than 10 years), and its got a full new bike warranty on all parts.
This will hopefully be a commuter - slash - weekend warrior for getting me to and from uni as well as blasting some of the trails round my home.
something thats a curse and an advantage about this bike is the rear 'drop-outs', witch aren't in fact drop-outs at all. Atleast not in the typical sense...
so no easy 'drop in and go' for me, but at the same time I can fabricate some enclosed dropouts that work in the same way as these, only for the HT's axles, and I can make 'em solid as a rock too. See? I wasnt kidding about over engineering stuff...
That should give you an idea of what I'll be putting together over the next few days, allbeit in steel rather than pixels. Hopefully be able to make it look nicer too.
and last but not least,
a rough idea of how i'd like to mount the batteries on the frame. Im doing it in this fassion for two reasons, one, they do not fit too well inside the triangle, pluss it makes it look shit anyway. and two, I'd like to be able to return the bike to stock quickly and easily, and be able to lift the battery pack from the bike with the minimum of fuss, for charging away from the bike etc etc. At the moment I've only got half this # of batts (for 20s 2p lipo, 76v/10ah), and depending on the range I get with this Ill decide later how much extra range to get, if any at all.
The main issue I foresee is how wide this'll make the bike, but after riding around with polystyrene of similar thickness strapped to my bike I think itll be fine. The other issue is what the weight will do to the suspension. Hopefully it'll be fine with some tuning, but I might have to (in the long run) relegate the frok motor to a commuter and go with the lighter (if not more unreliable/$$$$$) RC motor
. But its very early days yet.
A quick run-down of parts...
8 x 5s 5ah 20c lipo (HK Turnagy)
Froc HT35 *(to be laced to a 26" rim next week)
Lyen 12fet with the lot (ca, ebrake etc)
about 1500 lumens of led lights, mainly head torches converted to run off the main 76v pack. I might have to rename this bike 'midnight sun'
From what I've read I might be trying to break records when it comes to assembly time... Ive got the best part of a month off uni to get this puppy up and running, so ill have it ready to go when uni starts back up! Im hoping to get it rolling by next weekend though, so wish me luck!
Shit, didnt mean to make such a large op, props to those of you with the patience to read it.
Will try and keep this updated as changes are made.