Convert Schwinn Coronado for front hub kit?
What will be required to convert a Schwinn Coronado to use a front wheel electric kit. Is there any way to "fix" the front shock or render it a non-working shock without replacing the whole fork? This bike will only occasionally use the electric assist for small distances at slow speeds. Its purpose is to get me motivated to get on my bike and not worry about getting too tired to peddle 2 blocks up hill pulling a child trailer to get home. I’d like to make this bike safer yet avoid getting any work done at a bike shop ie getting a new front fork installed and painted to match etc. I need to be stealth and live in a small town and can’t trust our “only” bike shop to not gossip and tip anyone off to my “illegal” electric bike. I’d like to consider an easy kit like the Wilderness kit that I could manage installing myself. How unsafe would this bike really be if I only rode occasionally at slow speeds up hill about 2 blocks?
A front shock isn't necessarily a problem. The bigger issue is, what are the shocks / forks made out of? Steel or aluminum? You can easily check by using a magnet. If they're aluminum and the magnet doesn't stick, you'll definitely want new forks. If they're steel (in particular, steel "dropouts" where the axle mounts), you should be OK. Lots of people install front hub kits on front shocks if they're made of steel. If you're still worried, purchase a nice torque arm to provide some extra security...
As long as you're going with a low / moderate powered motor of 500w or less, it's very unlikely you'll have an issue with steel forks / dropouts. This would apply to the Wilderness Energy kits, e-BikeKit, Amped and some Crystalyte kits. I'd be more worried if the motor was over 500w (just my personal opinion)...
Last edited by ecowheelz; 05-26-09 at 02:18 PM.