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by MadRhino
Dec 28 2010 8:41pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: The Most American Made Electric Bike
Replies: 20
Views: 2685

Re: The Most American Made Electric Bike

Alluminum is overrated, especially for an electric tricycle. Steel is real. It absorbs bumps better than anything else. In downhill racing, steel had proved unfit, and many riders have the scars from the steel era. Steel tubing has to be very heavy to have some reliable resistance, then it rusts an...
by MadRhino
Dec 28 2010 5:19pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Folding bikes?
Replies: 11
Views: 1240

Re: Folding bikes?

Well, this one might suit your needs although it is not foldable, but I guess that it could be made so, and then fitted in a lunch box. :mrgreen:

by MadRhino
Dec 28 2010 3:42pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: looking for 20 x 2.50+ tire.. hard to find !!
Replies: 13
Views: 8343

Re: looking for 20 x 2.50+ tire.. hard to find !!

I believe that a 16in motorcycle tire will fit on a 20in bicycle rim, but would not stay on there very long. Maybe on an extra wide one, like the Large Marge, it would stand a fair chance. They are not expansive though, to try, and a used one might even be free at the motocross track.
by MadRhino
Dec 28 2010 3:11pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: looking for 20 x 2.50+ tire.. hard to find !!
Replies: 13
Views: 8343

Re: looking for 20 x 2.50+ tire.. hard to find !!

All tires this size will be trials or the like, look at the big brands, you might find a thread that suits your need.

Nimbus Blizzard Trial Tire
Maxxis Maxx Daddy
Onza Sticky Finger
Kenda Kikzumbut
Neumati BTLD x-lite
by MadRhino
Dec 28 2010 10:17am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Your favorite 26" Touring/Trekking Frame?
Replies: 13
Views: 1123

Re: Your favorite 26" Touring Frame?

Do a seach for Waterford, custom stainless steel framesets.
by MadRhino
Dec 28 2010 9:36am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: E-Bikes ... will they ever REALLY get it?!
Replies: 32
Views: 2233

Re: E-Bikes ... will they ever REALLY get it?!

Very few people actully have an E-bike for the purpose of saving on gas. In fact, I believe that most of us are more concerned about saving on pedal power, to go further and/or faster. Some are E-biking as a sport for fun or performance; or for the hobby that is to build, design, develop and improve...
by MadRhino
Dec 27 2010 1:35pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Cold Weather and Battery Capacity
Replies: 18
Views: 1932

Re: Cold Weather and Battery Capacity

Ah! Glad to know. :D So, it means that, logically, once their heat production have reached a certain point, they will perform as usual, once they heated themselves under stress. This also means that cells with lower resistance will perform better in cold weather. I was planning for a dozen of nano-t...
by MadRhino
Dec 27 2010 3:25am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Cold Weather and Battery Capacity
Replies: 18
Views: 1932

Re: Cold Weather and Battery Capacity

I'm also experimenting some reduced capacity, although my Lipo's are inside an insulated box. They stayed outside a few hours at -15, and I noticed an unusual discharge for the same ride that I'm used to. It is not so much of a problem though, cause my commute is way shorter than the pack's range. T...
by MadRhino
Dec 27 2010 2:45am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Thinking of building one of these
Replies: 9
Views: 658

Re: Thinking of building one of these

It's sold I guess, was a low price at 500$ and probably gone the same day. It was a full suspension MTB, with extended swingarm in which the battery was fitted.
by MadRhino
Dec 26 2010 11:51pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: The Most American Made Electric Bike
Replies: 20
Views: 2685

Re: The Most American Made Electric Bike

Maybe "lux" would be a better word, not to be confused with "performance"... Then ya spend large on artwork and some targeted ads Yep, that is another kind of luxury. Some are willing to pay for the luxury of quality and performance, but those who are willing to pay for the luxury of design and cre...
by MadRhino
Dec 26 2010 9:05pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: The Most American Made Electric Bike
Replies: 20
Views: 2685

Re: The Most American Made Electric Bike

For me, a 'luxury E-bike' would have adjustable full suspension, quality hydro disk brakes, integrated battery module, and an extra long range at legal speed (that could be easily modified from extra range to extra performance). It could ride all weather, have an onboard smart charger and regen brak...
by MadRhino
Dec 24 2010 3:52pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Hill climbing motor recommendations
Replies: 31
Views: 3168

Re: Hill climbing motor recommendations

Beautifull trail Dogman!!! I am amazed, at how different terrain that you have, as compared to mine. It is really both extremes, I believe that, if a single motor would ride a year with you, and then a year with me, it would prove to be all conditions proof. This desert trail must be hard on any mot...
by MadRhino
Dec 24 2010 10:36am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: What supplies do I need to make a good torque arm?
Replies: 18
Views: 1122

Re: What supplies do I need to make a good torque arm?

A press drill, ideally yes, but not absolutely necessary. You can make nice with a hand drill, a good bit, file, grinder, and patience. :D Use hard steel, so you won't have to do it again. Another solution is: Just draw it, and ask a local machine shop to do it. I had 3 done for 100$, in C45 high ca...
by MadRhino
Dec 24 2010 1:31am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Hill climbing motor recommendations
Replies: 31
Views: 3168

Re: Hill climbing motor recommendations

...I just want to be able to climb the rough, hilly firetrails we have without having the motor stall all the time. You need a slow winding motor, no matter which one, buy the one that you can afford. Then you need a combination of battery and controller that will feed it the voltage to correspond ...
by MadRhino
Dec 23 2010 6:22pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Thinking of building one of these
Replies: 9
Views: 658

Re: Thinking of building one of these

I use a 5304, but my batteries are in the front. If I put them in the back with the motor, I might as well forget about balance handling and performance in the dirt. A Clyte is already heavy for any good suspension, I can only imagine with the battery weight in the swingarm. :roll: On the road, it m...
by MadRhino
Dec 23 2010 6:04pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Hill climbing motor recommendations
Replies: 31
Views: 3168

Re: Hill climbing motor recommendations

...I've done the 5304 thing, and didn't like that heavy a wheel when riding really rough trails... Yep, I had the same problem. I had to upgrade the rear shock and set a much higher progressive spring load, before it started to feel plush on the rough terrain. My limited experience with it (I weigh...
by MadRhino
Dec 23 2010 5:13pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Just bought a giant trance x4. Which motor to use???
Replies: 21
Views: 2653

Re: Just bought a giant trance x4. Which motor to use???

Unless you run at very low power, you need a torque arm with any aluminum frame. If you run a powerfull setup, not only do you need a torque arm, you need strong torque arm(s). I use one each side, and had them made in high carbon steel, after the first one (stainless steel) that I installed started...
by MadRhino
Dec 23 2010 2:32pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Thinking of building one of these
Replies: 9
Views: 658

Re: Thinking of building one of these

That is very cheap for a full suspension bike frame alone. A good quality FS frame without any components easily sells 1500$. I would want to have a close look at this one, before building some performance setup on it. Apart of this, the design is interesting, for it makes a very easy build. I'd lik...
by MadRhino
Dec 22 2010 7:31pm
Forum: E-Bike Reviews & Testing
Topic: New Chrystalyte motors specs
Replies: 29
Views: 5073

Re: New Chrystalyte motors specs

What voltage/wheel size...and what un assisted speed did it give? can you remember? 26in wheel....................................Crystalyte HT.....Crystalyte HS 36V 9ah battery / 36V 12A or 15A......25 km/h............40 km/h 48V 12ah / more battery / 40A Cont...33 km/h............53 km/h 72V 12ah...
by MadRhino
Dec 22 2010 6:03am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Lowracer Hybrid Speedbike finished - 100% eco-friendly!
Replies: 17
Views: 2167

Re: Lowracer Hybrid Speedbike finished - 100% eco-friendly!

Congrads for this huge work of design and engeneering, It has a very neat look and a clever power setup. I can't wait to see it fly the streets, and to know about its performance results.
by MadRhino
Dec 21 2010 9:45pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: European Commission Says No to 500 Watt Max. Power for Pedal
Replies: 19
Views: 1982

Re: European Commission Says No to 500 Watt Max. Power for P

The question is: Do they enforce those dumb laws on the street? Here, I've never been bothered, although my bike is very far from legal standards. Keeping design stealth, I believe that we can be free for a while, until there are alot of E-bikes and they start noticing us. As for the manufacturers, ...
by MadRhino
Dec 20 2010 4:59pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Got to ride another day today !
Replies: 27
Views: 1617

Re: Got to ride another day today !

Brown calcium slush streets here in Montreal for the last 10 days. Still riding somedays, but very wet and dirty experience for bike and cloth.

I just received my new 24 4110 controller today, guess I'll have to wait for better conditions to feed that new power.
by MadRhino
Dec 19 2010 11:26pm
Forum: E-Bike Reviews & Testing
Topic: New Chrystalyte motors specs
Replies: 29
Views: 5073

Re: New Chrystalyte motors specs

Seems kinda light to me. It may be a hair bit heaver than the 9C. As we know with clytes most of that is the steel stator, magnets, and magnet ring and side covers and axle that make up majority of the weight on the heavier clytes..... copper fill must be low. What are the winding turns and wire co...
by MadRhino
Dec 19 2010 9:06pm
Forum: E-Bike Reviews & Testing
Topic: New Chrystalyte motors specs
Replies: 29
Views: 5073

Re: New Chrystalyte motors specs

New infos: The high torque motor is 6.5kg and the high speed motor is 5.5kg

They are 100$ cheaper than the X5

I'm shopping a bike for Christmas 8)
by MadRhino
Dec 19 2010 6:26pm
Forum: E-Bike Reviews & Testing
Topic: New Chrystalyte motors specs
Replies: 29
Views: 5073

Re: New Chrystalyte motors specs

Hyena wrote:I'm happy to stick 5kw+ into one for testing if someone wants to send one my way :mrgreen:
You are too far, it would be cheaper to send it in orbit! :twisted: