Wondering if anyone would be able to help a beginner E-bike fan.....
So for reference i'm based in Canada (Vancouver island), im plan to be doing a 6KM each way daily commute on paved bike trails and roads with a few hills. The altitude varies from Sea level to 300ft above at the highest point. (roads not mountain trails)
I have a donor Norco Bushpilot 2004 I bought new and put 3000KM on it its first 2 years before storing it and driving everywhere like the fat bugger i've become.
The bike design is Alumin(i)um hard tail with cheap front shocks, 24 speed 3/8 Shimano Alivo derailleur and shimano V-brake rim brakes. The wheels are 26" and the frame is 22" frmae and just feels right to me (i'm 6ft and 230lb). The frame has mount points for disk brakes, but the hubs front/rear dont have 6 bolt pattern for switching to disk.
So my initial idea was to put a 500W rear hub on (probably Bafang). But now im consdering the BBS02B 750W mid-drive.
So my questions are:
- Are Bafang the best of the Chinese kits, or are other ok too? I seem to see a lot of reference to the Bafang kits and assumed this was my best choice.
- Anyone had success ordering to Canada? i'm concerned how people pick where to order. Amazon/Ebay/Aliexpress? are there trusted sellers? are some of the resellers on the platforms better known/trusted than others.
- I was going with the Bafang Rear Hub, but I see the ones ebay don't support rim brakes So I need to put a disk on that hub for the rear brake at least. That adds cost, am I missing resellers who use a different rim and I need to keep looking? or is it all disk these days so rims dont support brakes anywhere? (considering i'm choosing the 26" wheel option)
Now in theory I could get by with my current rims and brakes with the 750W mid-drive but from what I read people warn that rim brakes wont cut it? Based on my usecase being commuting and probably sticking to the 32Km speed limits, im not off-roading, or downhill mountain trail and i'm no speed demon.
would people recommend hub or mid-drive based on my old donor and expected use.
Part of me wants to say screw it and just go spend $1900_tax on the Voltbike Yukon, however i'm one for hacking the cheaper option and the reality I see is that the bikes like those are still cheaper Chinese bikes with low level hardware and a Bafang motor. So why not use my low level hardware and Bafang motor and save a few 100$$
I apologize for the rambling but having read so much on the subject and found so many options/advice and 'm just trying to find a path that I could get into affordably to prove to myself (and my wife) that this is a viable solution to get me back on my bike.