Here is the latest build. This frame started life as a Cannondale Hooligan. This is a 20 inch wheel bike. I bought one a month back and fell in love with it. But, I did not want to give up my pedal only Hooligan to electrify it. So, I went back on Craig's List (same place I found my first Hooligan) and found this one. I snatched it right out from under Mwkeefer's nose.
Anyway, I just picked the frame up from the powder coater this morning. The frame is Crimson red with a coat of clear over the top. The forks are modified White Brother's Groove 180s, shortened to 4 inch travel for this project (thanks White Brother's!). The brakes are Hope Hydraulics and the motivation is a 4 turn 3215 with my DaVinci drive. The drive will either be under the downtube, or (are you ready for this?) maybe over the top tube! I know it sounds weird, but the chainline would be perfect, there would be more room for Lipo, and the mounting will be a bit easier, clearance-wise. I am just not too sure about the look. 90% chance the drive will be under the downtube as you would expect.
Oh, one really cool thing; I plan to run motorcycle clip-ons. However, they will not be angled down as you would traditionally see them. This bike is not going to be a low down road racer. It will be more of a Street Fighter or Super Motard style bike. If you invert clip-ons to give a slight rise, they nearly match the bend of typical mountian bike bars. So, that will be my setup, light weight machined clip-ons inverted for a very slight upward angle. I will be running twin LED headlights with a very tiny nose fairing just to give it a bit of a Buell look.
The bike will have a long travel Thudbuster seatpost (on its way to me as we speak). John Holmes is making me a set of custom 13/14 guage butted, black-oxide coated spokes with red aluminum spoke nipples (thanks john!).
It will have multiple TIG welded aluminum battery boxes holding the lipo and other electronic bits.
The bike will be geared for 30 or 35mph. Nothing too crazy fast. I am looking for a truely fun bike that is plenty powerful, light, rugged, and safe to ride. I am, also, looking for a VERY aggressive look.
I will be taking my time with the electric side of this build. However, I may get it together in pedal only guise soon to have a chance to test the handling before the nice weather runs out.
1% of the world's population can think "Outside the box". The rest are firmly stuck within the box. Where are you?