at long last: the bike is finished! A couple of issues at the end that delayed things:
- I needed to change out the 450 lb rear spring, and install a 650 lb. I just could not get the old spring off - so luckily I had another RCP-3 shock, but had to dremel down the bushings to fit. Also, rather than removing the seat bracket, I managed to cut the bolt which is inside the seat bracket about 8mm shorter - which meant I could get the 450lb shock out.
the crank arm bolts seem to be too short - I remember someone else saying this earlier in the thread - I have ordered M12 ISIS unicycle bolts, which are longer
the rear brakes - even though I supposedly have the correct magura adapter, I still had to space out the brakes 10mm
Riding the bike is very different to any other I have experienced - I have only gone round the block testing.The gearing is so low, I speed up quickly, then freewheel..... twist the throttle, nothing, nothing, boom! Bike wheelies a bit.... I will play with the CA voltage ramp up and see if I can get it more linear.
I think it will be great off road with the low down power. I have left the steering tube at full length, as well as slightly raised bars - I like the ability to stand off road without being all hunched over.