rpgear wrote:Several sources have been discussed in this thread on where to buy the GNG drive. What is the best source, considering a balance of price, shipping cost and receiving the package in one piece?
Mister Tao is the best price I've heard of ($156) but it took a month even with $137 express shipping. Also your goods get shipped twice, first from the TaoBao seller and then from Mr. Tao. Here is the list of damage to my kit as received:
Primary belt guard bent. Support stud for belt tensioner bent until it cracked the tapped hole in the motor case. Belt tensioner delivered without adjuster spring. Bottom bracket sheet bent and racked. Pedal cranks badly surface marred from banging into other metal parts without protection. Small chainwheel bent 1/4" out of true. Several cooling fins on motor bent. Secondary chain tensioner improperly assembled with incorrect spacing for chain alignment. Chain tensioner badly smashed/racked. Upper sheets racked. Packet of hardware torn open with contents loose in box. (Possibly the chimps at US Customs).
My kit arrived as a mess despite paying for the fast shipping. It seems that someone, somewhere along the way took my tensioners apart to examine them. I can't believe that GNG would send a kit out with no tensioner spring on the primary belt side and the spacers stacked wrong on the secondary chain side so that the tensioner was rubbing the motor case.
If I hadn't planned on disassembling everything on receipt and redesigning half of it, I would have been severely bummed.
My opinion is that it's worth paying the GNG factory the extra $80 to save time, more prying fingers and damage to your kit. Your mileage may vary.