nutspecial wrote:Hell yeah! And if someone wants even more power just gear down to like 25-30mph top speed 5kw. Should be bulletproof John, and a front hub would be awesome to add in at that point for topend and 2wd?
Not sure if you were being sarcastic... not that it matters.
2wd does offer more traction. If you sit back and ride the bike like you're cruising at the beach = No it doesn't offer more traction. It requires leaning forward like you are countering a mono from the rear wheel to keep the front down. For me generally if you stand up on the bike and put some weight on the handle bars the front stays pretty planted. The motor even when not used works well to be able to put more counter weight to the front lifting making it easier to pour on rear torque.
With a speed controller I think the front motor would be pretty dam terrible.... The phase runner torque throttle makes it easy to use and only pours on full power when it is realistic, not from a dead stop.
Anyways this is not about 2wd... just had to comment on what I thought was directed at me.
I have bought a raptor 76 too now to replace my crabbed and twisted DH bike.
What I like about LR raptor build as opposed to the recumpence one is the shorter chain length and being on the arm meaning the chain dance should be a non issue. The other cool thing is that the motor partially hides behind the chainring, and should be partially hidden by legs much of the time, making it a much more stealth looking bike to onlookers as you scoot by.
I am just wondering about the motor drag and the flip side regen possibilities.
Maximum tyre width looks like a regular bicycle tyre? 2.5' still?
Very interesting to follow!