Stealth_Chopper wrote: ↑
Sep 01 2021 9:38pm
You already bought & waiting delivery, seems to be depreciating by the day.
ProphetZarquon wrote: ↑
Jul 28 2021 1:46pm
Saymon Vasilman wrote: ↑
Jul 26 2021 6:34am
I asked the manufacturer Frey about the new CANbus motors. They said that in the near future all ULTRA motors will be with CANbus. This will not allow programming the motor or using the EGGrider.
Any idea whether "in the near future" means 'bikes we're still putting together now', or whether it means 'we expect to start using those soon, so order one of the remaining old ones ASAP'?
Perhaps a better question would be "Do you have any UART programmable G510s in stock & if so how many of those could we order right now?" ;D
At the time I asked about programmability on the AM1000, Frey offered a programming cable which I did add to our order, but the lot is not due to ship until middle of October... If it doesn't support the settings I asked about I'll be sorely disappointed! (In particular, the PAS & Torque tabs.)
As it is, feels like Bafang is killing much of the appeal of their motors in the future; or at least their controllers? (Do they even sell Ultras without a controller? I didn't see that on their site.) Without the ability to fine-tune a motor's response for each bike+rider setup (or even for changes to that setup!) they'll underperform chronically, & then be all the more worthless for use on other builds. I can't imagine a locked down CANBus motor retaining anywhere near the resale value of a UART programmable one.
I would not choose to buy a bike with a Bafang drive that cannot be tuned.
Actually, given sparse availability of bike & ebike stuff in general, I'm feeling fine about it: I already knew it might not
be programmable, & none of the comparable bikes come with a programmable controller in the first place! Prices are going up not down, batteries are in high demand (& we ordered two large ones that use decent cells), the bike components & e-kit alone are worth the price, & I still haven't seen anything I could afford that I definitely like better.
What I'm dreading is any damage in shipping or missing equipment. If what we ordered reaches FedEx by Oct 15th & is functional once assembled, I'll be satisfied. If it turns out any better than "functional", it'll be happy faces all around. I'm so used to disaster that I'm basically just obsessing over every possible point of failure; but so far it's been fine & the ebike is probably more than sufficient for the dual usage it'll see.
That said... "Uuuugh, port traffic sucks just as bad as commuter traffic!
So yeah, pass the popcorn.