PWD's Rocky Mountain Blizzard - mid drive

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Re: PWD's Rocky Mountain Blizzard - mid drive

Post by thundercamel » Nov 14 2019 5:23pm

I think I would sooner get one of these before I try the tedious task of installing my own studs: https://www.schwalbetires.com/bike_tires/studded
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Re: PWD's Rocky Mountain Blizzard - mid drive

Post by pwd » Nov 15 2019 9:32am

E-HP wrote:
Nov 14 2019 4:43pm
Ever consider heated grips? I started looking at them after reading DrkAngel's Snow Beast thread. They don't look like they draw too much current. Folks I know with them on motorcycles say they're pretty effective.
I am definitely willing to give heated grips a try. After my bar mitts are tested in the cold; that will determine how much more heating/insulation I will need for my fingers. :kff: <-- Kanadian Frozen Fingers

thundercamel wrote:
Nov 14 2019 5:23pm
I think I would sooner get one of these before I try the tedious task of installing my own studs: https://www.schwalbetires.com/bike_tires/studded
Pre-studded tires would certainly save a lot of work. However, when it comes to fat tires (4.5+ inches wide) the price for pre-studded tires seems to be around $200 USD minimum per tire for something with a half-decent tread pattern :shock: !

I'll be reporting pack when I get these items tested on the bike. One thing is for sure; it is sure nice to go for a ride during these dark winter evenings. I was out for a run last night over some snow and ice and had a blast. I'm hoping to get some photos up soon!
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2019 Rocky Mountain Blizzard 20
Cyclone "3kw" 13T motor to 44T chain ring then 36T chain ring to 11T-46T Cassette
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Re: PWD's Rocky Mountain Blizzard - mid drive

Post by thundercamel » Nov 15 2019 11:50am

That's right, I forgot which thread we're on :)
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Re: PWD's Rocky Mountain Blizzard - mid drive

Post by pwd » Dec 03 2019 10:08am

The bike had been working well and I was finally able to test it out in some proper snow. The bike is a lot of fun; I've also aired down the tires for more traction. It does exceptionally well on semi-packed to fully packed snow. Anything deeper than about 20 cm of snow and it becomes very difficult to maintain traction.
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While out for a ride in the bush one day; I manged to shear off my derailleur :flame: :
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The bike has been out of commission for the past couple of weeks but is back on the road with a new derailleur hanger and plenty shift re-adjustment. The derailleur cage was also bent enough to cause the chain to rub; it seems to be back into shape now. As you can see from the photos; it also ripped a chunk of the frame dropout with it which was a bit concerning but the new hanger managed to stay on thanks to the clamping force of the quick release axle skewer.

I've been back on the bike but taking it easy to make sure I don't end up in the same boat again. I'm still waiting for my tire studs and bar mitts from Aliexpress. The roads around here are covered in ice; so the tire studs will be installed asap when they arrive.
Commuter/Street Build:
Rocky Mountain Element
Magic Pie 4 front + Leafmotor 1500 rear w/ WCEC 18fet
em3ev 14S5P 30Q + 14S6P 25R pack
Build Thread: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=98286

Offroad Build:
2019 Rocky Mountain Blizzard 20
Cyclone "3kw" 13T motor to 44T chain ring then 36T chain ring to 11T-46T Cassette
em3ev 14S5P 30Q

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Re: PWD's Rocky Mountain Blizzard - mid drive

Post by SaabGuy » Dec 03 2019 1:57pm

i found similar limitations on my fat ebike. around 7in (your 20cm :lol:) it gets very squirrely (and fun). i stay away from snow covered sidewalks and iced over areas without studs.

What studs did you buy? i found a few small ones on aliexpress but never ordered.

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Re: PWD's Rocky Mountain Blizzard - mid drive

Post by pwd » Dec 04 2019 9:32am

SaabGuy wrote:
Dec 03 2019 1:57pm
What studs did you buy? i found a few small ones on aliexpress but never ordered.
These are the studs I ordered:
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/3284557 ... 4c4djFa3kB

I'm hoping to try them out over the weekend if they arrive this week.
Commuter/Street Build:
Rocky Mountain Element
Magic Pie 4 front + Leafmotor 1500 rear w/ WCEC 18fet
em3ev 14S5P 30Q + 14S6P 25R pack
Build Thread: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=98286

Offroad Build:
2019 Rocky Mountain Blizzard 20
Cyclone "3kw" 13T motor to 44T chain ring then 36T chain ring to 11T-46T Cassette
em3ev 14S5P 30Q

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Re: PWD's Rocky Mountain Blizzard - mid drive

Post by pwd » Dec 22 2019 9:08am

The bike has been working great since replacing the derailleur hanger etc... and my studs and bar mitts arrived. Unfortunately, the seller only sent me half of the studs that I ordered (100/200). I've decided to just stud the front tire only and 100 studs seems to be just enough; they really make a difference. The inexpensive bar mitts ($12 USD) also do a great job. Seeing as how my run times are limited to an hour anyway; I'm glad I went with inexpensive bar mitts. When paired with thick warm gloves; they keep my hands warm for the whole ride up to about -10C. Colder than that and my hands will still get cold but it has greatly extended my ride time. Here are some shots I'd like to share:
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I had a good ride last night. The normal walking paths turn into a fat bike dream at night; minimal to none else on the trail and hard packed snow that is as good as a gravel road (especially with studs now). I can safely say this build was worth it!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Commuter/Street Build:
Rocky Mountain Element
Magic Pie 4 front + Leafmotor 1500 rear w/ WCEC 18fet
em3ev 14S5P 30Q + 14S6P 25R pack
Build Thread: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=98286

Offroad Build:
2019 Rocky Mountain Blizzard 20
Cyclone "3kw" 13T motor to 44T chain ring then 36T chain ring to 11T-46T Cassette
em3ev 14S5P 30Q

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Re: PWD's Rocky Mountain Blizzard - mid drive

Post by Zeurus » Dec 23 2019 5:52am

your bike looks awesome and is sure a fun to ride :) great work!
riding on snow is generally awesome and we do it too with our bikes even we have only 2.8tires. fatbikes handling tho must be another level on snow compared to our bikes^^
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