Anyone who follows the ES facebook group will already be familar with my latest build, the Schwinn Panther beach cruiser. This is going to be the build thread about how I got to this stage, here she is as of today on her first "shake down" a nice 12 mile round trip too and from work...
Before I start the build thread a little background on my adventure with eBikes, I started about a year ago with a 500W 36V conhismotor kit off eBay I picked up for just shy of £200 delivered, by far the cheapest option around, I got a 36V 15ah LiFePo4 pack which looked like a V Power pack, made of tons of little cylindrical cells held together with a tonne of duct tape and hot melt glue, anyway I'm getting off track, that 15mph front wheel DD motor got me hooked and before long I bought a 750W rear motor kit, a conhismotor from another eBay vendor, 25mph top speed, the kit arrived in great condition and served me really well, It had low quality components with it's hair thin phase wires and cheap connectors but in retrospect some parts of it were in fact better than more expensive kits, the controller was waterproofed for one thing, later in this thread you will see me make comparisons on this new build to the cheap eBay stuff so you can see how more pricey recommended kit people on here recommend stacks up against the cheap stuff everyone tells you to avoid.
Here is the kit list of the parts in this build
2012 Schwinn Panther - alloy frame, front and rear V brakes, Shimano Tourney Derailer
MAC 500W 10T rear motor
Cell_man 12 fet controller
48V 15AH custom shape Ping battery
12S 6P LiPo battery in custom box for 44V 30AH
Roughly 2KWH of battery on board and it cruises along on 600W on the flat...
Cell_man - motor and controller
Lyen - DCDC converter for 1500lm headlight, torque arm
Icecube - The mother of all harnesses
Falcon EV - framebag
Ping - Battery
All Terrain Cycles - Bike frame
wiggle.co.uk - 2x Hookworm tires with 2.5" inntertubes
ebikes.ca - Large screen CA
Hobbyking - All the Lipo and associated hardware
That's all for tonight it's getting late, but I have over 20 images saved to go with the thread. I'll start uploading them tomorrow and start documenting my findings of the good the bad and the dam right ugly, stay tuned
Commuter bike: 10T MAC Schwinn Panther Beach Cruiser on 12S LiPo, super stealth hill eater
Forest trail eater: Crystalyte 5306 KMX Viper with 24" wheel. 100A controller 18S LiPo
Pocket rocket: 8T MAC e-BMX 18s LiPo. Missile for testing to destruction
Summer ride: 8T MAC Kona Joe MTB / chopper / beach cruiser hybrid bike. 24" wheels and a lot lot of style.
Respect and fear the ancient god LiPo and pray he is merciful.