Thanks for all the support guys and thanks for all the fun rides. I literally spent way over 100k on this project....and realize i am better at buying things than I am at building and selling things
. I am not rich and every extra dollar went into this project for 3 years. I dont regret spending all that money cuz i had some great adventures along the way, built electricbike.com in the process, plus a lot of the money stayed in the ES community.
I owe a lot of thanks to a lot of endless sphere sphere for helping me with this bike through these 3 years.....
Thanks to my x- girl friend Ruby, a literal rocket scientist who worked on the space shuttle main engine....and after nasa went kapooop her next task was doing the autocad work on my bike
. This took more time than i ever imagined...and getting a fat bike tolerances turned out to be super tough. She put more time into the project than anyone else cranking out endless 3d drawings and sketches...100 times more time consuming than we ever guessed to make a simple ebike.
At first our idea was ambitious....but the manufacturing cost of a 3d battery box and belt drive was ridiculous....if anyone has any ideas how to machine 3d battery box let me know
Gradually the bike was simplified to something simpler and cheaper to build although i still regret not having a 3d battery box.
Way off topic, but Ruby is kind of the heart and soul to the bike and did kinaa give birth to it....she is a young and cute woman genius who is also a mma fighter....a rare bird in the rocket scientist world:
Thanks to one of my best friends Mr Electric (Nick Rothman) who is a skilled builder and engenious micky mouser, and also test bike dummy. We did so many countless beach and mountain rides in our amazing neighborhood . Nick was there for a lot of the first test rides...and on the mid drives that could be a little scary:) We felt like test pilots. and luckily the long wheel base makes this bike very stable even with super high power drives.
THanks to Brian Hall from Thunderstruck motors for his amazing friendship and consulting and use of his shop, his guys and welding equipment:
Thanks To Matt Recumpence who did a lot of initial consultation on the mid drive in the beginning of the project. I am sorry i never got to meet him but spent hours on phone and we sent big packages back and forth. It turns out i needed a local machinest to make this dream a reality or i felt it was never going to happen. Plus i thought this bike deserved a custom built drive made just for this bike. Some of Matts innovatve astro ideas went into the mid drive motomoto eventually designed and built:
Thanks to RonZ for his hours of consulting, phone advice, and the desing of t the double free wheel and various electronic designs including his ingenius on and off switch that doesnt drain the battery. He loved the luna cycle and ended up getting one ot slap his own mid drive on. This bike is well suited for any mid drive, and the double free wheel i have for sale can be fitted to any mid drive.
THanks to Stevenkeneval for his buildsmanship and the fun rides. Stevenkeneval and i rode in the back woods of Santa Rosa in a late night (pitch black) drunken adventure hitting speeds of 50mph, testing my bike vs his hub powered Grayborg.
Thanks to Justin for developing the cycle analyst v3 which without the astro bike would be very very difficult to manage. The v3 cycle analyst has built in RC throttle controls for RC controllers and very sweet throttle ramp features. In addition, the v3 came with temperature sensors which made any high performance bike more reliable if set up properly. Programming the v3 on a RC system is not an easy feat and Justin custom stopped by to San Francisco and programmed my cycle analyst and sweetened the ride. Basically the v3 cycle analyst makes it more possible for a small business to offer a high performance ebike to the public. Justins famous ebike grin was un-containable when testing the new bike:
Thanks to Dan Hanebrink for being an inspiration, a consultant, and a really fun person to ride with. The Hanebrinks Dan Hanebrink builds for himself are beasts, and are worthy riding companions.
Finally thanks to Luna for being by my side through all this and putting up with daily sand bike rides on the beach in the wet and the cold of San Francisco. Before anyone (that i know of) had an electric fat tire bike, I wanted a way to get my dog to the dog beach 6.3 miles from my house and then 6.3 miles back. The acid test of bike and dog (easy for man on a reliable bike). Luna worked her heart out to keep up and blew out a leg ($4000 surgery to fix). The Luna Cycle is dedicated to her.
No cars....no road, no trails, just the open sand, my dog and my bike. Good times.... I never spent money on any better than getting my dog and on my bike. I had to spend a lot of money to get the exact bike i wanted, and needed a lot of help from some very special friends.