You have probably seen my thread in the For-Sale section for the Tidalforce S-750 Electric Bike frames
. I had hoped to manufacture my own line of ebikes with them, but since I decided to sell them, I am instead living vicariously through people who bought them, encouraging them to post pictures of their creations on the for-sale thread. With the wide and varied imaginations of everyone here, I can't wait to see what people come up with.
Someone reminded me today that when I eventually run out of frames the for-sale thread will expire and scroll off the site, so I thought I'd make an 'official' thread that will be permanent, show the variety, and give people a place to exchange ideas. So I'll get the ball rolling by posting some of the pics I have seen, there are dozens and dozens and dozens of these frames out there now, so I hope everyone will post their builds, wild or mild, so we can see the results!
This is one of my favorite pictures of an early x5 prototype, taken at a local beach:
Here is my old xtracycle prototype, freshly updated with a 2004 Rock Shox Boxxer fork
Here is ianmcnally2's version (ian you gotta dump that tape and run the cables through the channels inside the frame ) :
Today I heard from a guy named Jerry who is living out my dream, and building ebikes for sale from the frames. Not only did he do a really clean build, but what really floored me were the Decals he made for the bikes. Apparently his 'day' job is doing graphics, and he was concerned about the legal ramifications of selling ebikes with the Tidalforce logo, so he came up with these amazing Decals that look good as well as covering up the logo. I don't think he is on Endless-Sphere at the moment, if you want to contact him to get some graphics made, drop me a PM with your email addy and I will forward it on to him.
(Note: yes, this does have a front motor on a suspension fork, which I DO NOT recommend or endorse or condone, as I have had an aluminum suspension fork fail on me, fast, and I was very lucky that I was doing a slow turn and had room to roll after the fall.
Jerry reports that he is using a STEEL suspension fork, I warned him I do not recommend using a hub motor on ANY suspension fork, but he feels comfortable with it. I don't have any experience with steel suspension forks, but just to be safe I would still recommend using only a rear motor or a strong, solid, steel, conventional fork without suspension. I still believe that using a hub motor with any suspension fork could result in injury or death, and I believe that Jerry will take my advice on his future builds.)
And as is typical, Ypedal takes the prize for the most imaginative setup to date, going the RC route using one of recumpence's absolutely BEAUTIFULLY machined 2-stage gear reductions to drive a Nuvinci hub on 20" wheel (instead of the 26" these frames were made for).
(ignore the shrunk copies below of full-size photos posted above.)