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    20 inch E-bike ?(pic added..)

    ok so, I have an old Trek 1.0g collecting dust in our shed.. and I somehow ended up watching too many e-bike movies on noob-tube...

    I now have "the itch"...

    So,.. my question(s):
    would a 20" e-bike be worth-while?
    are there any good 20" hub motors?(golden motor?)
    would cheap 12v 18ah batteries in series "cut it" for a 36v motor?
    how much would I be looking at total for an "el-cheapo" setup?
    and.. what kind of top speeds could I expect ?

    Ty in advance.

    Last edited by e-noob; 04-19-09 at 02:56 PM. Reason: added pic.. and thought it was a trek 3.0 for some reason..(it's like 12 years old..)

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    Accept no substitutions Kingofgreens's Avatar
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    You could always just get a chain drive kit. They mount a small motor on the underside of the frame where the kickstand goes.
    I'm still very new to ebikes in general but I did see these when I was doing my research before I bought my bike & they are somewhat less expensive compared to going with a hub motor.
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    hmm, I'm not even sure a hub motor would fit?..


    was also thinking about a 1000w Currie motor mounted inside the frame with a freewheel crank.. not sure that would fit either...

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    Accept no substitutions Kingofgreens's Avatar
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    That bike looks like it has a nice solid fork so perhaps a front hub would be your best bet.

    I just found this for you
    http://www.wildernessenergy.com/Prod...BD+Motor+Wheel
    There is a pulldown for wheel size & 20" is listed.
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    meh, think I'll just say screw it till I get a mountain bike. (though 20"ers do seem rare.. o well)

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    ebikes.ca have hub motors on 20" wheels.

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    I'm probably gonna end up trying a gas powered kit actually... wayyy cheaper. (even if they sound like chainsaws...)

    thanks though.

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