I'm considering setting up a commuter bike with a Crystalite hub on the front. I will be using it year-round in Vermont. It will get exposed to a lot of wet, grit, road salt, etc. I work as a carpenter, so the job site changes locations. I'm planning on a 10-20 mile commute each way.
Do the Crystalite hubs hold up ok when used in bad conditions? If not, are there others I should consider? I want around 500 watts of power. I also want to be able to use disc brakes.
The crystalyte 5 series at least is sealed to protect it from water and gunk. The only thing people ever really have to deal with is sealing up their electrical system. Make sure that the wires point down out of the hole so water cant leak down the wire hole. Also several people have made controller cases out of plastic bottles and assuming it does'nt overheat it looks like the best way to deal with such things.
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I use an e-bike year 'round. If you seal the connectors going into the hub with that silicon stuff used to seal bathtubs, keep your controller dry and cover up the accelerator in downpours, then most hubs should be okay.
I understand what they don't like is the constant freezing/thawing that causes condensation inside and leads to failure. I have an unheated porch to store mine at night and during the day it is in an unheated parking garage. It stays dry but never really heats up. That seems to work.