Thank you both for those great replies! They are quite complementary.
: Easy set up is important but key for me is ride feel. I don’t want an e dirt bike. First reason is I want to be maintain lightness and fitness that you get with mtb. If I was going for edirt bike, I would get on a full on downhill bike with reinforced everything, put a cyclone 3000w on it. So no, I’m more thinking something like your build which is very nice by the way. Enduro bike with 160mm of travel and reinforced frame. A light bit can be flickered around and jump with lower speed than a heavy edirt bike. But at higher speed it will be less stable
: funny that you say that, because reading online it seems both motors has a reputation for unreliability:
BBS02: was it earlier generation? The BBSHD has a reputation for being way more reliable doesn’t it:
https://electricbike-blog.com/2016/02/0 ... -more/amp/
Also, it seems there is a new version of the bbs02 where it s harder to use a kepler program?
TSDZ2: blue drive gear and too much stress in high gear? I read reports about dealers stopping to sell them due to reliability issues. Also there is less history on that motor although we’re getting there
: you both agree 500w is plenty. I agree with this, I’m not trying to achieve high top speed, more increase torque to climb hills. Also yes pedaling power to keep fitness is important.
3) bike choice
: My problem is that for a lower budget (£400-600), I can only get either:
- Solution 1: Used older enduro bike but with modern geometry (orange alpine) : all have 26 inch wheels (too costly to convert),can fit 2.5 wide tires but no more usually. They have great suspensions and can take a lot of abuse (here fox float). Also having a cool machine is pretty great J
- Solution 2: Recent entry level trail bike (130-140mm not so much enduro 160mm) with 27.5 wheels but cheap components including suspensions. I m afraid that with the heavier weight and the higher speed reach with the added motor they will not hold as well (especially the suspensions). Here are some example of the best one: http://www.mbr.co.uk/reviews/full-suspe ... 015-review
http://www.bikeradar.com/mtb/gear/categ ... nzo-50184/
I have learned that what really makes a difference in a good bike is 1) frame / geometry 2) suspension quality 3) wheels (weight and construction and size) 4) components and the rest
So you see it s a dilemma. I still ask myself how is it possible that we’ve been riding 26 inch wheels for years (even still now in downhill) and now they are bad…Is 2.5 width enough to compensate for 26 vs 27.5? One the reason normal mtb switch to 27.5 and 29 is for better pedaling power but that s not an issue with the motor. But they do add grip and a better angle for climbing stuff. At the same time I’m 6’2 and 89 kg so I would think to bigger wheels would be a good idea.
GEAR SENSOR: what is your take on it for what I want to do? Does the TSDZ2 have one?
Thanks again for your help. If anybody wants to give other opinion I ll be very happy to hear!