I'm relatively new to the ebike scene and I've been awaiting some time for my Puma motor to come from Brett White. But I still can't decide which of these two folding mountain bikes too get, and convert to ebike.
The bike must be:
-light and fold small for portability (I travel a lot: car bus train plane)
-dual suspension for comfort and versatility (on road/off road/snow)
-Puma motor in 26" rim, infinion controller(or so promises Brett)
-48v 16Ah Ping battery, 45A max discharge, 32A cont discharge. The single part of this build I already have. Thanks Li Ping!
-Battery box mounting: either right on the back of the seat post as low as possible, or right in front of the seat post as low as possible. I'm really not that sure how best to do it! WOULD REALLY LIKE SOME BETTER IDEAS ON HOW TO MOUNT THE BATTERY AND WHAT BOX TO USE! Ideally I would be able to lock the bike outside and not worry about it getting stolen, but still be able to easily take it for charging.
This build is all about flexibility/versatility - freedom.
I've pretty much boiled it down to two contenders.
In the corner to my right, at $537 shipped, we have the Bazooka Navigator.http://www.bazookasports.com/viewproduc ... oduct=2608
-Lighter 15kg (33lbs)
-decent components (front fork, brakes, other components wont give me trouble)
-confidence in integrity of folding joint of frame
-Will need fenders installed
-quite quite pricey
In the corner to my left, at $203, we have the Lock N Roll folding bike.
There are a lot of good close up pictures on their website.http://www.rvtoyoutlet.com/large/p-RVXDF2604.html
-could be given a better front fork than the bazooka
-I'd probably be saving a lot of money
-could recommend the setup to more people and friends, helping spread the word (big plus)
-weighs a tad heavier 16.8 kg (37lbs)
-would have to change suspension fork and saddle for sure, possibly brakes as well.
-how tough do the Chinese make their mid-frame folding joints... with a good fork at a soft setting though I should be safe. I only weigh 63 kg (138lbs)
-iffy components + rust
There was a third contender but he got knocked out due to weight problems. 19kg http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie ... %26otn%3D4
I liked it's disc brakes and acceptable components for ebiking, but its just too heavy.
Imagine my financial situation is such that I'm quite torn between the two. I'm leaning towards the Bazooka but I'd really like to hear reasons to get the cheaper one. If I could get away with justifying buying the cheaper that would be nice because I really am interested in "spreading the word."
Any feedback would be much appreciated.