Electric Bikes - Best overall hub Manufacture at resonable costs
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06-06-08, 12:50 PM
I am looking to take the plunge with a hub motor and all the fixings for my Sun EZ1-SX recumbent. Of course I'm looking for a good deal, but customer service assistance is worth a few extra bucks to me.
I am hoping to have a MFG send me both at the same time... to line up both the battery and the motor's warranty
start date. Cost being such an issue I cant imagine ebike riders have delt with more than 2 distributors or brands.
The question is who do I go with.... not only hub Manufacturer and Battery Manufacturer, but distributer as well:
Feel free to add any other names to this list:
Who do you go with....
Who do you stay away from...
I've communicated with ebikes.ca and they've been quick to respond, knowlegable and technically proficient. They recommended a kit based on my requirements. The forum at endless-sphere.com praises them highly.
I've purchased from nycewheels.com (Quando II) and experienced quick shipping and a reasonable exchange of a damaged battery.
I also purchased from itselectric.ca (Wilderness kit) and found their prices reasonable (lower than most for this kit) with quick shipping and quick to answer inquirys.
06-08-08, 01:32 PM
I've owned two hubs. The Wilderness 500W 36V was great (stolen). I've got a NoName 24V currently that I'm running at 36V and it works fine.
I've just bought a 36V 500W Crysalyte rear hub from itselectric.ca. I'll let you know.
I find batteries are more of a problem than hubs.
06-08-08, 02:39 PM
I'm looking to go with the hub because the military base that I work at does not allow electric scooters or mini bikes. I figure as long as I cut power through the gates that I pass through I will remain in many peoples eyes as a bicycle. I have read the instruction and the only problem I see is that while the definitions of electric scooters and motor cycles clearly do not fit what an electric bicycle is, the instruction does say that a bicycle is a device that is less than 4 wheels and is solely human powered. I actually think there is another category I could fall under: Low Speed vehicle, except that it uses a four wheel definition, under 20 mph. The laws of my state treat electric bikes as bikes if under 20 mph, and the military instruction says to follow state laws where ever practical. Its an issue I do not want to address as I am SURE I WILL if I go with a motor other than hub.
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