tomjasz wrote:eRad added a connector from the controller so the Gearsensor is a third connection. It is then mounted in line on the shifter cable near the motor. Shown in the installation video. Much adieu about nothing for to much money, IMO. I find support from this bunch more like pulling teeth. After a number of projects with California Ebikes I'm staying with support that answers the phone and responds to emails. The Cali eBike 100MM is an American made conversion. I'll take a top notch American machinists work over a Chinese redo any day.
The gear sensor connects to a separate cable coming from the motor which was necessary to get the the system to operate seamlessly. There were no combination of parameter adjustments to the e-brake lines to get them to work as well as we believed it should. The gear sensor adds the refinement that allows you to just ride without worrying about tapping a brake lever or letting off the throttle. Although the hobbyist and tinkerers among us may not think much of it, the general public and the vast majority of people purchasing e-bikes want and expect a smooth, easy to use drive system. An added benefit is that it prevents the snapped chains and drivetrain damage that is the hallmark of a powerful mid drive paired with a less savvy rider. The gear sensor works spectacularly well with internally geared hubs such as the Nexus and Alfine hubs...the feedback from everyone who's actually ridden an e-RAD drive unit with the gear sensor has been positive. Take a look at what Karl at electric-fatbike.com has to say, who purchased a standard and 100mm kit. https://electricfatbike.wordpress.com/2 ... all-along/
As for the snarky Chinese Redo comment, the parts for the 100mm kit that do not come with the standard 68mm kits are all manufactured in Tempe, AZ...which is very much in the USA. In fact the quality, machined tolerances and fit and finish are much better than what California e-bikes offers. We use stainless steel for the axle shafts along with anodized 6061 aluminum for the rest of the parts to prevent many of the issues that we saw with the California E-bike conversions. In addition, we include spacers and have crank arms with various offsets to allow the 100mm kits to be fitted on various fat bikes with proper pedal alignment.
We strive to provide the best customer service we can, and in fact communicated with Tom a couple months ago via email. We have thousands of satisfied customers and will continue to support them.
Also to clarify, empowered is not a reseller for Lectric Cycles and is not associated in any way with us. Any speculation they have presented is all on their own. We only wholesale e-RAD branded drive units to dealers that have properly insured, physical businesses that can service local customers.