So I was chatting to icecube today for the ES podcast and he mentioned he liked seeing the updates in my build thread. I know it's been ages since I've updated it but I'm now shamed to see it's been almost 3 months!
Granted I've been exceedingly busy, but god damn, this is exceedingly poor form.
Where to start...
Well, for those who've been under a rock there's been the whole flux thing -first the alpha, then the announcement of the beta. Getting those both built and running will be my next big projects.
A month or so ago was the hunter EV festival again, though this year it was just the school teams race and a bit of a change of pace after last year. I went up for the day and as usual threw together something at the last minute. That something was a very sweet looking raptor, if I do say so myself, but in my haste to get up there I didnt have time to program the controller properly so just threw it in with default settings (sound familiar
) When I got up there I took it for a quick thrash around the carpark before hitting the track found it pulled hard to about 45km/hr then suddenly ran out of puff and lost all power. motherf#$*@##$#$#$1!!!!!! It seemed it had some default speed limit programmed. Needless to say I was disappointed to the max to have a bike limited to such poor speeds, especially as all the school kids gathered around taking pics, then standing around the edge of the track to watch me race. In a very uninteresting video from the sidelines you can here them say "here he comes onto the straight, wait until he hits it!" Sadly, there was no hitting it. Much embarrassment. I did get to be the pace bike to start the main school race - a task well suited to my hulking but anaemic beast. To really, REALLY add insult to injury though at the end of the day as I hopped on the bike to ride back to the car I noticed one of the buttons on the throttle was pressed in. I released it then opened the throttle and guess what. Full power, full speed. FUUUUUUUUUU!!!!
I was kicking myself for days. Oh well.
Grinhill had some technical issues too when his e-ninja died (blew a hall or something ?) on the first lap of the track. We were both looking forward to some drag racing but oh well, next year.
Here's a shot of it's guts. Seems legit
Who can work out what's going on here ?
Finished product. 12kw, 100km/hr top speed. good everything, 32ah 22S multistar battery. ooft
Some old dude at the EV festival was talking up his light weight mid drive powered bike and going on and on how it was the best bike here and the fastest bike around etc. I offered to race him for pink slips (as I do with nearly everyone
) and he laughed and says "on that thing ? Mine is half the weight of that, with slicks, and it's a Bosch mate! It'd be no competition"
"Is that right ? " I said, with a smirk and trying not to laugh. Then he started looking more closely at my bike and tells me I should have bought a fat bike because they had even bigger tyres. Then he finally stopped talking about his bike and says "so how much power has this thing got anyway?" and when I said 12kw he just stopped dead mid sentence. He went blank for a second, with a confused look on his face, then stuttered the next few words he tried to say. "twe... thou... twe... twelve thousand ?" I wish I had to gopro on, I've never seen anyone so confidently big noting themself have the life snatched out of them so instantly. Priceless
So what else have I been up to... Of course there's my shadow chrome flux alpha build, equally sweet but ultimately ended up getting sold before I had a chance to finish building it! More to follow on the flux front.
And the flux beta prototype. Still in pieces, not enough hours in the day!
I'm also in the process of building up this monstrosity for a customer. I pity anyone trying to pedal a loaded up one of these around the streets of Sydney (or just about anywhere for that matter) with just a shop bought ebike 250w kit!
Anyway, that'll do for now, I've got a few well overdue raptor kits I need to get sorted so I can start on the flux builds