I'm loving the look of those fenders, Theo!Theodore Voltaire wrote:I decided to dump the rear rack and install new fenders. These are Electra alloy fenders
It's all completely stock officer.OptimusPrime wrote:So you replaced every part that makes it an ebike- motor, controller, battery, and then added a derailleur and gears threw away the rack and installed fenders from an Electra and a different seat and you contend that it is a great bike! Are you kidding? The only thing left is the frame!
I don't consider a Sondors incomplete, because the bike comes fully functional out of the box. All the modifications I did to my bike would have to be considered elective. This isn't unusual in the bike world, Harley Davidson has a 1000 page catalog full of aftermarket performance parts for their bikes too, and as popular as Harley's are that doesn't seem like a bad thing.LockH wrote:Can note re these Sondors bikes... Number One topic in forums seems to be "upgrades" and "add ons"... These bikes, at X prices as supplied may be "incomplete".
But, carry on...
You really have little understanding of what's really going on in Storm world. If it was like you think there would be hundreds, if not thousands of unhappy owners, but it's actually quite the opposite. It's pretty hard to find an unhappy Storm owner.OptimusPrime wrote:Well putting out a substandard bike and convincing many to buy it just creates a secondary market for others to fill with upgrade parts. The fact remains that you yourself have replaced the motor, controller, and battery with upgraded parts that just shows that the original ebike was wholly inadequate. Yes I know it worked as an ebike out of the box but that in itself is not the standard for a great bike. There seems to be a certain cult mentality surrounding this bike that defies logic.
Just out of curiosity, may I see a picture of your bike so I'll know what I'm missing out on?OptimusPrime wrote:I get it that you like to tinker and mod your bike, me too. But my point is that you could have started with a bare frame and not had to throw away he rest of the bike!
Enjoy the KoolAid! Peace out.
I've got more than $2000 in my "scratch built" bike.OptimusPrime wrote:I get it that you like to tinker and mod your bike, me too. But my point is that you could have started with a bare frame and not had to throw away he rest of the bike!
Enjoy the KoolAid! Peace out.
I also was building china girls before going all electric motomech. My 2 best were up around $2000 by the time I was finished with them. I consider my Fatty to be like an electric china girl, but in comparison for about the same money I consider it a huge improvement.motomech wrote: But it's still less expensive than Motorcycles, ATV's, etc. And easier on my body.
I like "tinkering w/ my ebike and I'm at the stage in my life where the cost in a non-issue. If I was into pinching pennies, I would have built a gas-powered Spooky.
And I don't throw away my replaced parts. I resell them or give them to the kid down the street.
I guess you could say that, but not for long. Interestingly, Storm in a couple more weeks is coming out with a new fatty with a 7 speed derailleur like mine, and a 500w 48v motor very similar to mine. It's a similar setup to what's coming on the new Sondors Fold.miro13car wrote:OptimusPrime is right.
Theodore , who are you kidding.
Yours is not STORM anymore after all this rebuilding.
Have I got the bike for you.LockH wrote:^^ Still kinda partial to the European products... "Swiss clocks"... "German" cars... "Italian" clothes... And I do expect these to be more... "spendy" to buy (and maintain) as "better" designed and built. These daze... Buy Cheap! When it breaks, just throw it out and buy new! I'm more a Tool Guy... Knowing I can buy "generic" parts from a local bike shop.
that just does not seem very smart...Theodore Voltaire wrote:Looks like I'm already obsolete. People are now buying 60v kits, which includes a controller, battery, and LCD, and they go 38 mph without pedaling.