When's it a no brainer to buy a broken down used ebike?
No battery, which I considers a definite plus. Who wants another lead doorstop?
16 bucks shipped for a new 350 watt brushed controller, a few minuites stripping useless crapola off the bike, and presto good as new.
Gone is pedelec, and a dumb computer that gave battery level, and told you when to shift up or down and original throttle. Now it's got an old but functional WE thumb throttle and nice clean handlebars. Runs on 24v, so I can use my lawnmower pack, or some nicads I still have laying around like doorstops. I'll take it to work, and use it to get around the condo complex. Perfect for that, it's slow for sure.
Here it is naked.
Brushed motor and gearbox.
Lipo in the box
It's not a bad bike really. Goes about 15-16 mph I guess. No speedo on it now, so maybe faster but I doubt it. Nice to have a motor that runs through the gears. Both the motor and gearbox make noise, way louder than any planetary gearmotor. Pretty much sounds just like my worm drive skillsaw. Definitely loud enough to get noticed on the bike trail. But not quite dental drill loud like an EV global bike. Easy as pie to see why this one never caught on. Especially if they toast controllers before you can wear the nubs off the tires.
Hopefully my 16 buck controller will last longer. I bet the controller problem had to do with all that crap I stripped off it. Everything had to go through that cheezy dashboard unit. Now it's just throttle, controller, and I kept the keyswitch.
Slow as hell will be perfect at the condos. It's nice looking at least. Hopefully it doesn't fall apart too fast, but the front fender didn't last a block. On the first bump, one leg of the fender support fell off and tangled in the spokes.
When it's a THINK, and it's only 40 bucks. And it's virtually unridden. Seriously, casting flash still on the original tires. Man, the original controller must have lasted about 5 min.
THE LIPO RULES. NEVER ABOVE 4.3V NEVER BELOW 2.7V DON'T PUNCTURE
Ideal charging /discharging range for Lipo, 3.65v minimum 4.1v maximum
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