Took the Novara ebike out for a spin today to get lunch. It has been months since I had it off the rack and out. Have been having too much fun with my other ebikes.
1) Tires at 20 psi (pretty good considering how long they sat)
2) Batteries at 4.15/cell (again, amazing)
3) This 63 pound ebike is LIGHT. I guess I have been recalibrated by the Borg at over 100 pounds. This feels like a lightweight now!
SOME of the vet-wrap tape is failing, while most of it is fine. The stuff that is going bad is losing grip and getting oily. The good stuff seems just fine. I thought it was all 3M but perhaps some aftermarket snuck in there. Some if it was lower in cost but claimed to be 3M, perhaps it was just counterfeit. Probably would not matter for short term use, but in longer term use it doesn't behave the same.
Anyway, the motor is really smooth, the control is precise, and the acceleration is .. not bad but nothing like the Cromotor on the Borg.
My battery protocol disconnects the batteries from all drains while leaving them paralleled. This seems to work quite well. Air-gapped with SB-50 connectors is very low drain.
This bike also pedals so easily .. compared to the Borg. Those big fat moped tires are hard to pedal!