HTB_Terry wrote:I just tested one Ilia's bikes on some San Francisco hills. He had his daily commuter bike, a rather clunky looking rig consisting of an old frame with the extra cycle attachment. I was not exactly blown away by the looks. Hidden under the pannier bags was the BMC 600W speed version. What a sleeper! The acceleration off the line was quick. I flew up the first hill, maybe 10 deg. The next hill was a little steeper, maybe 15%, and again it cruised up with light pedaling. I was getting impressed. Then we came to a real steep hill, maybe 18%, maybe even 20%. It made it up with moderate pedaling in a mid to high gear. Very impressive indeed. What was interesting, it only seemed to be drawing 20-25 amps on the hills. It was a 48V pack topped off at 50V so it was pumping quite a bit of power, but seemed to be satisfied with that and demanded no more. As we hit a straight away, I hit the throttle and the current jumped to 30-35 amps during acceleration. The speed was scary and I was too chicken to go full throttle. The torque of this motor was exceptional and I personally would have no need for the torque model. Maybe if you weighed 250 pounds and carried a huge cargo, you should consider it. I would like to see how it performs with a 36V pack. Ilia said he was working on a new cargo/commuter bike which sounded perfect for SF. I'm sure I will end up purchasing a few of these kits for some high end builds. I can recommend the BMC600-S for those killer hills and also Ilia who is the resident expert on them.
The Mighty Volt wrote:Is spoking these things difficult? What sort of spokes and alloy combination could I use?
nicobie wrote:The Mighty Volt wrote:Is spoking these things difficult? What sort of spokes and alloy combination could I use?
I'd take it to a bike shop and have them do it. It's not that expensive.
For a 2X pattern I think the spoke length is 216mm in a sun rhyno lite 26" rim, but Ilia can help you on that.
I would like to know is this deal still good?...& if so how would i place an order?
TPA wrote:As far as I can tell, Ilia only checks this forum occasionally. Send him a PM. This will also go to his email, which gets checked more frequently.
nicobie wrote:I have a different controller with the same motor and at 1000w for Â½ mile the motor isn't even warm. I run mine @1500w all the time with no heat problems. Max watts shown on my watts-up is 2400
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