Hey all, first post here. I converted my current commuter bike into a 1kw ebike this past fall and have been planning on building a bike from scratch similar to a Stealth Bomber (em3ev frame), something fast, but not too crazy primarily b/c of the $$$ involved. This is the first of what I imagine will be several follow-up posts on advice people have on the parts and approach I'm taking as I progress.
Currently I've purchased: (more details in my signature)
- em3ev frame
- Crystalline TC100 motor (rear DD laced w/rim)
- RockShox fork (27.5)
I'm thinking of buying and assembling all the pieces minus the controller/battery first, just to space things out (though feel free to convince me otherwise), so my next purchases are tires/wheels.
So my first question for anyone with advice - the TC100 is coming laced on a 26 x 31mm rim, I'd like to get as fat as a tire as possible, but I know the 31mm will limit me a bit. From what I can gather googling it seems 2.8inch might be as wide as I should go, but I'm unsure if I could get away with a 3inch? It's been kind of tough to find info on rim widths/tire widths. Any thoughts?
Also, for the front tire, the RockShox fork is set for a 27.5 inch wheel, not sure if I should match the front wheels width with what I'll have on the back? Ideally I'd go fatter on the back and a bit skinnier on the front, but since I may be limited to not too fat of a tire on the rear, not sure if I should just match that on the front.
Also, ideally I'd like to take this thing off-road, but I know I'll be too tempted to ride it every day as my daily commuter bike (~10 miles round trip), so I'm thinking of staying away from super knobby tires for a smoother ride, but convince me otherwise. It would be nice if I could get dual-sport type tires so I could use it as a daily commuter and still take it on some not-to-rough trails on the occasional weekend, I'm still researching that, kind of having a tough time finding what I want for the 26 inch rear. So if anyone has any advice given their experience it would be greatly appreciated.
- Crystalyte TC-100
- Grinfineon C7240
- Battery: 72v 20ah
- EM3EV frame
- RockShox Domain RC 27.5" 200mm
- DNM rear suspension 220mm 550 lbs
- Magura MT5E Carbotecture Disc Brake w/motor cutoff
- Magura Storm HC Front Rotor 203mm
- Shimano SM-RT56 Rear Rotor 180mm