Agree-personally I don't want to do over 30 mph on anything without FS. My Hardtail hubmotor bike will do 35 and at those speeds I need to stand up when I see any potholes, speed bumps, cracks in the road, driveway entrance curbs, basically anything bigger than a cigarette butt in the road. Failure to do so results in too much shock to the body and that's with decent suspension forks and a good steel frame.ScooterMan101 wrote:To go that speed, or anywhere near that speed I would ... Only use a Full Suspension Bicycle !
If he had paid twice as much for it, would it be better suited?Chalo wrote:the Trek 820 is a very cheap bike which is in no way competent to run routinely at 35mph.
Probably yes, because it would be a model slightly less compromised by cost saving design decisions. It would still, by odds, be a general purpose recreational bike that aims to please as many people as possible at a limited price, and sell in volume. Not really the right tool for the job.Buk___ wrote:If he had paid twice as much for it, would it be better suited?Chalo wrote:the Trek 820 is a very cheap bike which is in no way competent to run routinely at 35mph.
There's nothing wrong with the 820's frame. You could make it work fine if you so desired. But a bike is more than its frame. The parts that allow a Trek 820 to sell for $380 retail, brand new, are not designed or intended to run at traffic speeds routinely. That fork, particularly, is probably not helpful even at slow recreational pedal bike speeds, and could easily become a safety issue at 35mph.Pyrotrons wrote:I was under the impression that the steel frame of my Trek 820 was something that was sought after for an ebike... perhaps that was specific to the strength and flexibility of its drop-out.
I want that good steel tube to weld on frankenbikes.
I like how you think dogman danFor hauling ass, the first thing I'd do with that trek is lengthen it about 6-9 inches.
This! I converted a Trek 820 (2012 or 2013 maybe), and I’m pretty comfortable doing these speeds on my well maintained suburban streets. I top out at about 28 mph and haven’t spent enough time going down hills to know much about 35 mph, but I’d guess that doing it on a regular basis might be a bit risky.dogman dan wrote:The 820 is a good frame for a basic commuting bike. My idea of such a bike hits perhaps 25 mph, maybe 30 mph right out the gate, but 25 mph as the battery drains some.
For instance ... ?Voltron wrote:And re. the 820, when it was the early day of people throwing kits on crappy Huffys and such, the 820 was a sturdy workhorse compared to them. But as things have moved along, there's more and better choices out there for cheap.
Agree, otherwise you'd be beating yourself to death and a substantial pothole could be very dangerous.ScooterMan101 wrote:To go that speed, or anywhere near that speed I would ... Only use a Full Suspension Bicycle !