efMX Trials Electric Freeride wrote: ↑
Feb 23, 2018 2:48 pm
2old wrote: ↑
Feb 23, 2018 2:40 pm
Why motorcycle wheels and 78 pounds for 20 mph?
you would want to run moped wheels and tires for durability and because of the bikes weight.. bicycle tires would likely not hold up well for long..
Well, if you used bicycle wheels and tires it'd shave off a significant (if small) amount of that weight.
THen shave off the weight of the suspension parts you don't need at 20MPH (vs the higher power / faster speeds).
Once you take off the weight of stuff you don't need at 20MPH for typical street use, you don't really need anything beyond good-quality bicycle wheels.
FWIW, even at much higher weights, for 20MPH street use, bicycle wheels and tires can hold up fine, if they're good quality and built correctly. I still use regular bicycle stuff for the front of SB Cruiser, which is quite a heavy trike (several times what this bike weighs, and that's without a load of cargo or me on it).
The Raine Trike uses all bicycle wheels and tires, and though it's lighter than SB Cruiser, it's at least twice what this bike weighs. (although TRT hasn't been tested out very long, and isnt' finished yet).
If I were using larger diameter wheels (or suspension) on the back of SB Cruiser, bicycle wheels would work on it, too--the small 20" wheels used due to the deck/rearend design have been problematic with bicycle stuff mostly because none of it was well-built or good quality stuff.
However...tire wear and flat-resistance is easier to get with moped/motorcycle stuff than bicycle stuff, depending on your road conditions.