Electric Bikes - Electric Drive Hubs and Front Suspension?
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Hello all- been at the electric converion for about 6 months. Trying to complete the design on my next conversion.:thumb:
Front drive hubs and front suspension???
Has anyone used a front drive motor like WE kits with a good quality front suspension fork???
Reason I ask is its not recomended by the manufacturer...but I'll bet someone has done it....and had some luck with it.
Please share your feedback if you have mounted a front drive hub on a suspension fork.
Thanks in advance
i have a we 36v front hub mounted on a montique hummer with front shocks 2500 miles so far not a bit of problem she's a daily driver
08-19-08, 01:15 PM
Just remember about the concept of unstrung weight. In a nutshell, suspension systems (like the shocks on a car or fork suspension on your bike) work more effectively the lighter the wheel assembly is. Not that the hub motor renders it useless, but the more weight oscillating up and down on the spring/shock the slower it will damp the compressive forces.
08-19-08, 03:32 PM
I think more importantly the sheer strength of the fork assy. is what keeps them suspect. They aren't designed to be torqued in the direction the motors would stress them, greater possibility of the fork snapping due to the torque imposed on it than a failure of the weight sprung from it... Try to imagine coasting along at 15 mph, then hitting the throttle and watching in horror as the fork snaps. HTH
well guys don't take this the wrong way but i have been driving mine for well over 2500 miles checked weekly NO cracks or stress if you have a high quality fluid fork you should have no problems mine is living proof of that my point is it can be done and done with safety in mine i travel 15 miles a day every work day at speeds between 20-25 mph in comfort and safety
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