This will be my second e-bike (Edit: the first one is here http://endless-sphere.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=15567)
. Something to use off-road. Perhaps with a "legal" switch. Handling will be a priority, followed closely by performance and reliability. Will try my best to make it look simple.Frame
The collection of cracked Al frames at home sadly keeps on growing. For this very reason the material of choice is CrMo steel - strong, tough and weld-able. However, being the heaviest it always was the least attractive to the average Joe-cyclist and, in turn, to the large frame makers. I was quite excited to find the Avanti D-eight for sale. One well known free-rider hacks 60ft drops on one of these regularly. It is not that heavy, the swingarm is actually lighter than my old Sintesi Bazooka (cracked). Comes stock with a carbon fibre fender too.
The previous owner did not treat it with much care..
Pearl white turned out more of a grey silver..
After rebuilding every pivot. Note the low suspension position, nice and neat
Next, need to figure-out where to place the batteries..Motor
After a bit of research into hub motors I've settled on MAC Shanghai 500. Got a few motors with a bunch of metal gears to suit directly from the manufacturer. Planning to do noise and performance tests shortly.Batteries
16 cells of Headways 10Ah, from John at e-mtb. Local, good support and great deals.
Headway BMS to suit.Controller
Probably modify an existing one or make my own..