Thanks fellas, I'm going to quote you all when I redo my website
Tinto wrote:Jay are you running 24" wheels front and rear?
Yep, though with the big chunky tyres there's no much difference between a normal 26" rim.
Did you get a chance to ride this bike with 26, and if so was there much difference in handling?
No I didn't but I imagine there's nothing much in it.
Which one is more stable at speed?
They both feel fine at speed (60-70km/hr) but I guess I have more confidence in the fighter because I know it's made of stronger parts. The hardtail is definitely more nimble and maneuverable but it doesn't really feel twitchy at higher speed. The triple clamps and geometry on the fighter make it feel heavier and more motorbikeish but at speed its not an issue. Sort of like driving a car with power steering vs none (at speed it makes little difference but parking / tight spaces kinda suck)
It is probably a question for the general section, but I'm interested in the effect of being slightly lower has on handling and stability.
Again fairly negligable but it stands to reason that being lower is better.
The idea of a strong set of 24" wheels on an ebike is growing on me.
But I'll take 26" if I'm moving under my own steam
24" tyres are harder to come by but I do like em. For my commuter I'm running 26s but for offroad with big tyres the 24s are nice.
In other news I dropped in to glow worm bicycles yesterday and hung out with voicecoils a bit. I finally managed to get my CA calibrated (it was only slightly out in the end) so now I know exactly what sort of power I'm burning. This motor is surprisingly economical yielding the same or even slightly less whr consumption as my 9C running the same voltage and current.
I used 4.5 ah to cover 16km to work with an average speed of 39km/hr and a top speed of 74. I was on the power a fair bit but not blasting WOT alot of the time. Because this motor is a faster wind than the 9C I don't ride it in 100% mode most of the time. 80% speed gives a top motored speed of around 50 which is about as fast as I can comfortably pedal along with with the schlumpf so that's perfect. Then there's 100% for when there's no peds/traffic around or I need the extra burst of power and speed to dart past slow traffic before they have time to move over on me!
Though I wont be riding this on the road much so that doesn't really matter.
I also sorted out the brakes while at glow worm, using their facilities to shorted my hydro brake lines and route the rear hose through the frame.
I offered one of the girls a ride and she said her heart was racing at the end
Then I gave her a go on my bike
She only rode it in low speed mode and wasn't keen to give it squirt in the higher power mode. You can't see much but I'll post the video later
Also... I have a killer new bike in the works. My new general all rounder, stealthier than a stealth, smaller, lighter and unique
The frame is leaving today from the other side of the country so should be here late next week. I'm hoping to have it all built to take with me on my trip to Canberra at the end of the month. Those on the ball will be able to work out what this is and where it's come from