I've been following rabbit holes on various sites and forums and would like to pick some other brains for advice.
I have a Surly ECR that I would like to add a front hub motor. Why? Well I want the electric power components to be easy to remove for bikepacking trips. I'm mostly looking for some assist on some uphills (nothing crazy less than 1/10th mile and maybe 6-8% grade) and to have AWD for snow in the shoulder seasons. I run Dirt wizards with added studs for the winter and Extraterrestrials in the summer for commuting.
I'm 200lbs and carry 10-30lbs of stuff with me back and forth to work depending on the day.
I mostly want to pedal for exercise but want some assist on moderate hills and maybe to help out on rainy days to make the commute faster.
Budget is $800-$1200
I'e been eyeing the LunaCycle mac motor 12t kit (https://lunacycle.com/mac-motor-asi-hig ... e-hub-kit/
) but it may be overpowered for my actual needs. I'd be happy to down-tune the wattage if that's possible with their asi bac 800 controller.
I've already purchased two torque arms from ebikes.ca (http://www.ebikes.ca/shop/electric-bicy ... rm-v2.html
I have a velocity dually rim (29x45mm) with 36 spoke holes ordered to fit the vast majority of font hub motor spoke requirements.
Looking at schwalbe big apple for my new front tire or running another surly ET 29x2.5
Please let me know if I've forgetting or overlooking anything. Thanks!