Ok, so here is something I think is really interesting. Looking at the Hill Climbing bicycles that R.J. Martin http://www.electricbikedistributor.com
sell, they appear to be rebranded Catic bicycles, http://www.caticgz.com/details.php?fdProduct_id=3270
The original bicycles appear to be Tornaro brand bicycles, and the motor is fitted to a special frame, which doesn't have a bottom bracket crank. So makes the motor pretty usless if you buy one as is, and try to fit it to a regular frame. But ...
I followed the trail and did more research on Google, and came acrosse this interesting website http://www.eastsunworld.com/es-pedelec-kits
, which claim to have developed a kit using the Tornaro motor (Catic), which can fit regular bicycle frames.
So I emailed them ...
I would like more information about your Pedelic Kits. I belong to an electric bicycle forum, and there would be interest in the TONARO Pedelec Kit.
Your webpage indicates that this kit will fit â€normal bikesâ€ and that â€no special toolsâ€ are required. How is this achieved, without a special frame or special tools?
What is the price of the kit with battery and without battery? Do you have a list of all included parts in the kit?
And got this response ...
Thank you for your interest.You can check the fitting process from this link then you will know on our pedelec kit.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I31YTrAprx4
It is easy to fit within half an hour.
The specification id the list of all inclued parts on our conversion kit.All our parts are chosen the No.1 on CHina or all the world.
The price on our pedelec kit within battery is US $ 870 per set.We don't sell seperate.So we don't sell without battery.
There is some points on our special and unique supplier which are different from other suppliers:
1.We had INTERNATIONAL PATENT on our PEDELEC KIT.
2.Our Pedelec kit is the No.1 Central Drive System conversion kits for normal bike.
3.Our Central Drive Technology which apart from YAMAHA, has gained the support of SANYO, PANASONIC and many other manufacturers. Our biggest advantage on our central drive technology:1. High torque. 2 Low and central weight point.3. Resistant Force.(The details on advantage you can check the attachment)
4.We have the patent of the central-drive system and the EN15194ï¼š2009 certifications
5.Our Electric Vehicle is the technology founder in China, after 5 years of R&D and 4-year market test, our system has become the most mature Central Drive System in China.
6.Thei PEDELEC KIT is our new product.We take research on it more than 10 years.Itis the most potential products nowdays.
7.All our equipment and fitting on conversion kit and e-bike are according the Europe standard.(You can check the fitting in conversion kit on attachment).We have CE certification on our conversion kit.
8.Best battery.Our battery comes with a 36v 10ah (360wh) lithium battery. It is Li-Polymer (10AH36V).
9.Unique motor. ES electric bikes have a unique mid mounted motor. This clever design allows us to achieve more climbing power with lower battery use. It also allows the full use of the gears under power which is a great advantage over other hub driven electric bikes. The power is controlled by using the twist throttle.
10.patent crank drive system. ES electric bicycles has a patented crank drive system that produces up to 90Nm of torque whereas most common hub drives would struggle to produce more than 40Nm. This gives East Sun electric bicycles a big advantage when climbing hills, making it perfect for the local terrain.
11.ES electric bicycles are manufactured an ISO 9001:2008 quality system, ensuring consistently good products built to our demanding standards. We have CE and EN15194 certified.East to import under legal.
If any question,please feel free to contact us.
I followed the link in the email to Utube and saw a quick animated video, which shows how the kit attaches to a regualar frame. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I31YTrAprx4
So what do you all think???