About a year ago, I picked up a 2010 Haro Express Deluxe for $100, some rich kid didn't want a bike with a leaky tire!
Color is an elegant "Rubyism" - $600 retail.
A 32lb, 700C, 24spd (8spd 11-32T)
Beautiful eaBike potential!
Steel front suspension fork, but alloy dropouts ... Aaargh!
I intend to eventually apply my 44 Magnum rig to my Haro Express Deluxe.
Using an EZip type, rear hub-external motor, laced into a 700C wheel!
I, luckily, got 2, compatible, quick release hubs. - source is long gone! - very sorry! - sorry for myself ... especially!
Spoke flange diameter is smaller than EZip, possibly putting more stress on spokes, but the, alloy hub, wider flange, seems to "support" the spokes much better, less stress on the "elbow".
I feel confident that the wheel, (spokes), should hold up as well, or better, than the oem EZip.
Quick release wheel will be attached with a T-Plug mod, and instead of an additional bolt, to prevent "rotation", a simple tether - against direction of motor torque, a small chain or coated cable that loops around hook, or bolt.
Wheel will be rigged with an 11-34T 8-speed freewheel, which matches the oem 11-32T 8-speed nicely.
The 48 to 11T ratio, allows, comfortable pedal assist, past 30mph.
44 Magnum 1kWh pack w/ controller & EZip motor and mounting bracket should weigh 20-25lb max!
EZip motor at 44.4V should output 830watts with substantial and efficient output, near 30mph, and some assist, all the way to 40mph!(16T motor freewheel - of course!)
Total, road bike to ebike swap time ... might be 60 seconds!!!
Using spare wheel, so I can swap back to road bike, in the same time.
Total weight - ~55lb
Speed - 30mph++, 30 mph motor alone, 35mph+ w/pedal assist - near 40mph drafting behind truck or van
Electric range - 50 miles, if I can keep it about 20mph
I will test my 44.4V Lipo pack, initially as a 1kWh saddlebag configuration.
22.2V per side, straddling the top, triangle, bar.
"Saddle" will be center supported, and cut, allowing it to push forward with some cell protrusion in front of steering column.
Possibly, I will mount a headlight between this front protrusion, and turn indicators, as outriggers ... camo.
Shifting the pack forward, in this manner, should allow adequate knee clearance, for pedaling.
Also, I intend this pack to be removable, and transferable.
So ... controller will be attached to saddlebag, in such a manner as to fit inside triangle, where all connections are placed.
When rigged as normal bike, standard, small type bag, should hide-protect wiring.
Such a setup would be ideal for a front hub conversion.