Parts received, begin the build
First week of November and as New England loses the leaves and looses solar irradiation, becoming colder & wetter by the day, its a good time to be indoors and doing a build. So timing is perfect, as I get all the parts in. Have my new Trek Shift 3 hybrid MTN/road bike which I really like. So switching this build from the Ross Mt Whitney to the Trek. Received the MAC kit from EM3ev. And today got my Maxxis tire & downhill tubes in.
Just put the tube & tire on the Alexis DX32 rim from Paul and pumper 'er up to 60 psi (my running pressure). These are larger rims, tires & tubes stock to the Trek, which has http://www.bontrager.com/
wheels. FYI, that's a wholly owned subsidiary to Trek. Nice wheels, but wanted better and better I got. So the big question was were these 2.5" wheels going to fit where the stock was 2". At the frame joints and in the mud guard. So, like yea and right on! Figured they would and got what I expected. Not sure >2.5" would work as the tolerance is close.
After much research, asking around, reading up and what not, went with the Maxxis Hookworm tire and the thick Maxxis downhill tubes. Really nice tire & tubes and I'm sure I'll like them. They are a faster tire than on many MTN bikes, more suited to the road, which is what I'll be doing most of the time. Since I'll be carrying big ol' me and a heavy 48V 40ah A123 prismatic battery pack, I wanted a really robust wheel that will withstand the abuse they're going to be getting. I believe I made my target and happy for the moment. Road test to follow.
So my only complaint for the moment is that Paul over at EM3ev, the purveyor of the MAC kit did not supply me with any parts list or instructions. I mean the box is full of parts and seem recognizable, but with no assembly instructions, I feel a bit alone. Wrote & asked for but have yet to see a response. If you've got a set or know where I can find them, let me know & thanks.
Next up is putting the motor into the hub and putting the completed wheel onto the bike.