Yep, riding it every day. Very good feeling to finally have a full suspension and not needing to figure out where to place the batteries, controller, and how to hide wires. I even installed the charger on board, and added an alarm system with GPS tracking and remote start. Pretty cool. Now, I need to figure out secure bolts for the side covers and I can confidently leave the bike in public places. That was my big concern when I had expensive 100v battery pack in a frame bag even though the bike itself was locked with the cable.
I was a bit tentative about the added weight of the steel but it actually helps with stability at higher speeds (40 and 50 mph) and does not really impact the range that much. I don't the weight penalty has been compensated by the more efficient motor (MXUS 4T v2 vs. H3525) and the smaller rim size (29'' vs 26'') but I am getting approximately the same mileage as on my older much lighter aluminum frame bike (45-50Wh/m at speeds around 30mph).
The only regret I have is not going with moped rims in the first place as I've already had three flats. That would make the bike even heavier but at this point it would be worth it. I will be re-lacing at least the motor in a 19'' moped rim and putting on a Shinko tire.
Yeah, this frame may not be a "rolex" like it's been alluded here (and, frankly, I don't know exactly what qualifiers are other that the price), but I don't think it pretends to be one and I was not looking for a rolex in the first place. It's just a solid steel frame with features that you would expect to find in a good ebike frame (battery space, strong dropouts, and added strength to cope with higher speeds and heavier weights). It's a "bomber on the budget". Well, if you budget is at least $2-3K if you go with cheap components and do most things yourself. I am sure I would have had approximately the same amount of fun with the real 14k Bomber/rolex/whaterver, but I would also have much more remorse about spending that kind of dough.
longwise_suck wrote:Has anyone one actually ridden a bike built from one of these frames? I am looking to buy one from em3v i have bought most of the bike so far i want it as a bomber clone that doesnt cost 12k