This is my first post but I've been lurking on here and /r/ebikes for a number of months now.
First, thank you all so much for being such a wealth of information. As much as I'd like to patron my LBS for all of my ebike needs, they don't really have the capacity to help see through an ebike project. So, I really appreciate all of the advice and discussions around here.
So, I'm looking to convert a recumbent - most likely a trike. I don't have the recumbent as I'm still deciding on the best model to chose. I'm leaning towards a KMX conversion but am slightly concerned about suspension (or lack thereof). The FS Velotechnik might be a better chassis overall. Edit - I'm also open to 2-wheel SWB or LWB recumbents. Trikes just seem more stable in 4 season Iowa weather
I was thinking perhaps the 50V 30.6Ah from Em3EV might be the ticket based upon the other stickied math: https://em3ev.com/shop/50v-14s9p-large-triangle-pack/
Any thoughts on the battery?
Anyways, the wants / needs are listed below per the sticky:
Desired max speed on level ground. mph or kph
-My commute will be trail work so probably around 30mph.
Desired max range at what cruising speed. mph or kph
The commute is ~15 miles. I'd like to be able to cruise between 20 - 25 mph. Probably an average speed of about 22 mph. Was hoping for a max range of at least double (~30mi) that to simply preserve batter life for as long as possible. edit - I'll be charging the battery at work so I'd like to not get below a 50% discharge rate, is what I was trying to get at
Preferred bike wheel size, or wheel size of bike you want to convert. Most common kits are for 26" wheels.
Not sure. Smaller wheel size seems to bode better with hub and I've even considered some moped wheel rims. I know KMX (and the HP Velotechnik) have 20''. So, I suppose between 20 - 26'' wheels.
Brake type of motor wheel. Disc or not.
~185lbs + 10lbs of extra cargo.
Terrain. Exp: mostly flat, some short hills under 20% grade, I want to climb mountains, etc., etc.
Flatass central Iowa. I'd say elevation gain is negligible.
Unsure. I'd like to evaluate all options without necessarily putting any constraints on cost yet. It will most certainly be sub $10k, though. Probably well below that.
Thank you for any (and all) advice!