After reading as much as I could sort through in a couple of weeks, I have come back with my build ideas and questions.
I am 270lbs
I enjoy regular hikes of aproximately 6kms daily.
I can easily pull of a 4 or 5 Km Hilly bike ride on my Hybrid Rocky Mountain Whistler 10 Bicycle.
I live exactly 10kms from work. From West Saint John, NB To East Side. The round trip commute is 20 Kms.
Often I have to work split shifts so my trip for the day become 40kms.
I can plug in at work for a recharge while I am working.
The terrain is mostly small hills with five, 1kms Hills aprox 5% grade along the way.
Thats my daily commute and I would like to be able to head out the back roads for a country drive occasionally.
I enjoy pedaling along small hills and flats but the big hills really kill me.
I have a budget now of about $1600
I prefer to do things right from the beginning and to put good money into parts that are important.
The throttle and wiring seems easy enough.
I believe I should run a
48v14-20AH Battery (I would like to have lots of reserve)
with a 40amp controller (giving me better performance hill climbing)
My dilemma is in choosing a motor. Remember my Bike has large 700c Rims (I bought it for easier rolling resistance while pedaling and I use a hybrid tire city center with the knobby edge)
I have decided on a brush-less Direct Drive. I want the best quality and most dependable for my application. I was thinking about the crystalyte X5 and the HS3540s or an HT3525 but the reviews have been showing the new HT/HS motors burning up. I am wondering if there are better motors out there and would an older more proven motor be better?
I don't mind spending extra for heat sensors if I must. I would prefer to just over build using quality equipment.
Thank you for your input, ahead of time
I'm hoping to use the bike everyday weather permitting. It would save me aprox $200-$300 per month in gasoline.
I could then use these funds to fund my next projects