Originally Posted by 1-track-mind
Thanks. This looks like the most cost-effective kit out there.
1)How much weight did it add to your bike ?
2)Will it work with a 6 speed freewheel ???
It should work with a 6 speed freewheel--you'd need to have the freewheel removal tool to spin off your freewheel from your existing back wheel and transfer it to the wheel that comes with the Currie kit or take your rear wheel to the LBS and have them spin it off for you. The motor and motor freewheel on the Currie wheel are on the left side.
As to added weight, the SLA battery weighs a ton. However, it comes with the kit and mine has worked fine. The use of the Rack Mounted Battery system in the Currie kit puts the center of gravity for the heavy battery pack low and makes it very manageable. (The standard SLA has performed well, I've still had juice in it after 25 mile rides, but then I do pedal at all times.) One of my winter projects is to build a second battery pack using LIFEPO4 prismatic cells. I'll also be building a case for it that will slide into the Currie rack. Ultimately, when my SLAs die, I may replace them with a ready-made NIMH pack. All-battery.com and Batteryspace.com have some affordable 24V 10AH ready-made NIMH packs that have dimensions compatible with the Currie battery case.
If you choose a hub motor, be sure to order torque arms (for rear or front wheel installation). Good luck. Take your time comparing and choosing the kit that has the features you want and you should be happy with the end results.
Last edited by nwmtnbkr; 01-07-10 at 01:53 PM.