I have an extra 9c motor and enough gizmos to make a kit work, and was wondering if it would be possible for me to make a double set of front forks for a Worksman tricycle.
Why not. I'm a goof and, as many of you know, I so much enjoy making e-bikes that I want to mess around and have fun. I can't ever feel finished. I have the trike, my single-speed wannabe E-fixie, and it's either make something new or modify an existing e-bike. (on a side note: curse you, endless sphere members...you've got me hooked
The tricycle project we have at school is fun, but I was thinking of beefing it up a bit.viewtopic.php?f=3&t=35949&hilit=worksman+tricycle
I need to add more weight to the font end. The back end is heavy (which is good. Provides stability), and the ride through the hallways is super smooth. Feels like floating in a cloud.
But when there is weight in the back, the front wheel (with hub motor) struggles to maintain grip on the floor, so I have to baby the throttle carefully. It's like when you drive a stickshift, the road is wet, you're on a hill, and the light turns green. You have to delicately apply gas and release the clutch at the same time just right or you get slippage.
Anyway, my idea is a pair of front forks, each with a hub motor. They would either be connected to the same system or I could even run two separate systems and run two throttles (learning how to balance power).
Disadvantages: Pain in the rear to make.
Advantages: Better traction from two front wheels instead of one, heavier in the front will provide more traction, and most importantly, it'll look really cool.
There won't be any high-speed applications, unless in a straight line. I learned the hard way to slow down (significantly) when approaching corners. I had a tree jump out in front of me once.
FWIW: the triangle isn't weak. It can handle weight. That's not an issue. I'm 185 pounds. It can hold an additional 315 pounds beyond that.
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