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Post by Stevil_Knevil » May 10 2007 11:13pm

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Post by Toorbough ULL-Zeveigh » May 11 2007 1:21am

I can see Randy 25 years from now in his rocking chair on his front porch, angrily waving his fist at kids passing by on their ebikes, "Don't you young whippersnaps know you're not hovering efficiently!! I have the world's most efficient ebike ever made locked up in my garage."

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Post by Lowell » May 11 2007 2:37am

Toorbough ULL-Zeveigh wrote:I can see Randy 25 years from now in his rocking chair on his front porch, angrily waving his fist at kids passing by on their ebikes, "Don't you young whippersnaps know you're not hovering efficiently!! I have the world's most efficient ebike ever made locked up in my garage."

:lol:
Hahahahah.... :lol: :lol:

I rode into Vancouver tonight to drop off some paperwork to a tenant, and as I was climbing the lower section of Knight St. hill (8.0% grade, 82.5ft in 1025ft on the steepest section) at over 45mph I was thinking to myself "This hub motor sucks! I should have built a 5lb motor with gears so I can enjoy the scenery!"

Total climb of 308.4ft, and is the biggest hill I ever have to ride over without going out of my way. 47.8km travelled using 1420Wh, MaxS 86km/h, AvgS 39.7km/h. Damn traffic and red lights... still faster than driving a car in the city though!

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Post by wren » May 11 2007 11:10am

Wow, I didn't realize what I was stepping into. Anyway, this will be my first e-bike project. It's possible that a hub motor will meet my needs. Hub motors seem to work well for many people in many areas. I would love to hear from anyone who has used a hub motor in my area. I had originally considered a 406/409 and more recently an X5. I first started looking into an e-bike conversion in 2004. At the time, I exchanged some e-mails with Joshua Goldberg regarding the 406/409. Shortly there after, I was in an automobile accident that kept me off the street for two and a half years.

Honestly, I don't mind adding gears. I think it will be a fun project. I'm fortunate enough to have access to the university's shop. So, I'm in a position to machine motor mounts and the like. Also, I suspect that I'll get better performance and efficiency in this city. I could be wrong. I consider the area somewhat exceptional in this regard. Bicycling Magazine once rated Pittsburgh one of the worst cities for biking citing the hills and the lack of bicycle lanes. Also, I'm rolling the dice on this being more economical even outside of battery costs as I may avoid spending money twice: once to try a hub and then again to try gears.

I have no interest in bragging, and I'm certainly not knocking hub motors. Just having some fun, and hopefully transforming my bike into something that can serve as my primary form of transportation. Now, I'm actually quite serious about primary bicycle transportation, fun aside. My spine was damaged in 2004, and I find the seat of my recumbent to be considerably more comfortable than the seat of my car. I've come to loath driving. Spinning helps too as I cramp up if I sit still. Plus, I need to do a minimum of 30 minutes of solid pedaling daily for PT anyway.
Lowell wrote:Those are some pretty mean hills! What's the typical length?
Well, I'm most familiar with Rialto. The truly nasty section is just over 1/10th of a mile. However, it continues going up hill after that. Also, it's going to be hard to get a running start. In addition to the traffic light, the road jogs coming off the bridge at the base of the hill. The terrain is generally hilly even outside of the nasty sections. Still, some of the nasty sections are a must for me, such as Rialto.

What do you think, would a hub motor work here in a bike intended as a primary vehicle?

By-the-by, I now have a way to make the motor's gears legal in Pennsylvania. So, I haven't scrapped the plan just yet.

Anyway, I think I'll avoid the hub vs geared debate, but I'll happily absorb any input on the matter.

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Post by Lowell » May 11 2007 11:46am

If you want to climb steep hills slowly, gear reduction is a must, but unless you have multi gears or plenty of voltage, top speed will suffer.

Use the power/speed calculator to figure out how much power you need to go up your favorite grade at your desired speed, and then see how it matches up on the hub motor simulator. A 5304 in a 20" wheel would be a very good hill climber if you want simplicity.

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Post by Ypedal » May 11 2007 11:53am

Hub motors in small wheels climb well in general.. the X5's do well even at 48v 40 amps, the 4 series pumped up to 72v fair darn well even at 20 amps. 16" wheels anyone ?
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Post by d » May 11 2007 12:06pm

we've got steep hills in san francisco:

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Post by d » May 11 2007 12:10pm

more sf:
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Post by Lowell » May 11 2007 12:31pm

A quick check shows Mount Davidson as the highest point in San Fran at 934ft. I'm guessing those hills are only a few hundred feet tops?

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Post by Ypedal » May 11 2007 12:35pm

:shock:

Holy crap... SF is an insane place for cyclists.. i was already aware of this from your videos.. but daym...
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Post by Lowell » May 11 2007 12:41pm

Brake pads and rotors must sell really well there :lol:

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Post by TylerDurden » May 11 2007 12:41pm

Ypedal wrote:Holy crap... SF is an insane place for cyclists..
You should see the messengers.

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Post by d » May 11 2007 2:00pm

TylerDurden wrote:
Ypedal wrote:Holy crap... SF is an insane place for cyclists..
You should see the messengers.

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yup... the most popular bikes right now with the young crowd are fixed gear, single speed, brakeless bikes... i've got one myself and love it.

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Post by TylerDurden » May 11 2007 2:04pm

"Back in the day" we called em track-bikes... but nobody rides em on the track anymore.

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Post by Ypedal » May 11 2007 2:09pm

I can only imagine myself with one of those.. hit the first hill and start to slow down.. Grrr.. struggle.. slow down more.. Brrrtttt ( fart ) .. slow to a stop and fall over on my side.. :P
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Post by d » May 11 2007 4:45pm

here's a video some friends made of riding brakeless fixed-gears around the city...

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Post by Ypedal » May 11 2007 7:01pm

Nevermind going up hill.. i had not considered the other issue of going DOWN the hills with the pedals attached to the rear wheel......... :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Don't that just fry the rear tire? :?:

Sweet lord man... don't get a leg cramp at the wrong time... :D
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Post by d » May 11 2007 7:33pm

it absolutly fries the rear tires... but the sweet thing is typically thats the -only- thing on the bike that wears out / needs to be replaced or adjusted from time to time.

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Post by EbikeMaui » May 13 2007 4:38am

When your hub motor or its controler burns up let us know if you would spend $1000. for somthing that will go the distance.
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Post by d » May 13 2007 12:16pm

ebikemaui, why are you so negative all the time? i think most would agree with me when I say it gets old pretty quick.

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Post by knoxie » May 13 2007 4:45pm

Ignore him D

He is just jealous of you as you have a better faster bike, you are 30 years younger you have a beautiful wife and you live in one of the most special places on earth!! jeez I am even jealous of that :lol:

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Post by Lowell » May 14 2007 1:59am

Randy is just bitter that hardly anyone really appreciates or cares about his ebike drivetrain, while hub motors sell by the container load. I for one would have more respect for Randy if he presented his ideas in well written posts, without trying to put down others.

Randy: No matter how skinny the rider, and how efficient the motor, your 1600W has no chance against an X5 hub motor with 6600W. That's great for you that it climbs mountains at 12mph, but don't expect flatlanders to think that's useful.

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Post by EbikeMaui » May 14 2007 4:27am

Lowell wrote:Randy is just bitter that hardly anyone really appreciates or cares about his ebike drivetrain, while hub motors sell by the container load. I for one would have more respect for Randy if he presented his ideas in well written posts, without trying to put down others.

Randy: No matter how skinny the rider, and how efficient the motor, your 1600W has no chance against an X5 hub motor with 6600W. That's great for you that it climbs mountains at 12mph, but don't expect flatlanders to think that's useful.
And what 6600 watt controller comes with the X5 ? :lol:
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Post by eP » May 14 2007 9:35am

Lowell wrote: Randy: No matter how skinny the rider, and how efficient the motor, your 1600W has no chance against an X5 hub motor with 6600W. That's great for you that it climbs mountains at 12mph, but don't expect flatlanders to think that's useful.
You are wrong Lowell.
It is not useful for you, but for most of bikers it is useful. The less power you need the more useful it is as you dont need spend a lot of money for powerful battery pack.

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Post by Lowell » May 14 2007 11:09am

EbikeMaui wrote:
Lowell wrote:Randy is just bitter that hardly anyone really appreciates or cares about his ebike drivetrain, while hub motors sell by the container load. I for one would have more respect for Randy if he presented his ideas in well written posts, without trying to put down others.

Randy: No matter how skinny the rider, and how efficient the motor, your 1600W has no chance against an X5 hub motor with 6600W. That's great for you that it climbs mountains at 12mph, but don't expect flatlanders to think that's useful.
And what 6600 watt controller comes with the X5 ? :lol:
An off the shelf Crystalyte, modified with IRFB4110 MOSFETs. Total cost less than $200 plus a soldering iron if you don't already own one.

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