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Old 04-03-10, 01:31 PM   #1
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day 6 bike

howdy, what motor works best for my day 6 bike with a 7 speed internal rear hub?

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Old 04-03-10, 03:55 PM   #2
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are you wanting a chain driven motor rather than a hub motor ?
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Old 04-03-10, 07:49 PM   #3
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are you wanting a chain driven motor rather than a hub motor ?
thanks for the question !

i don't know the difference-------- what i need is some assistance to run with my 5 year old grandson.
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Old 04-03-10, 08:43 PM   #4
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Well, I recommend a hub motor since it's a lot easier to install and often has less problems long term.

These are some of the websites people usually buy hub motors from

ebikes.ca (canada)
hightekbikes.com
e-bikekit.com
itselectric.ca (canada and have a US Store, too)
cycle9.com
ampedbikes.com

A lot of people like ampedbikes.com . They have a good motor. I think they use a nine continent hub motor which is a good quality motor. I think e-bikekit.com also uses a nine continent motor. Ebikes.ca also sells nine continent motors. I think ampedbikes.com , e-bikekit.com, and hightekbikes.com are probably the best value. There hub motors are pretty respectable and most people prefer the nine continent over the chinese brands. As for batteries, lithium is the best way to go. Lithium is one of those batteries where if you know what you are doing and willing to do some research, you can save a little bit of money. I saved about $200 by choosing a lithium battery that required a little more maintenance on my part. Not everyone has the time or patience though. Also, it depends on how far you want to go. There's also NICD and NIMH batteries. You can look through some of the other battery threads on this forum to see about lithium batteries. I don't think you will be very happy going with lead acid batteries and I don't think lead acid are a good buy anymore because you can get lithium and NICD for just about $100 more.
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Old 04-03-10, 08:52 PM   #5
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In a kit, at the bare minium, you need a motor, and a controller. And then there is the battery but you can buy that separately.

As for lithium, these are the cheapest lithium batteries on the market. I bought mine from here, also.
http://elitepowersolutions.com/produ...products_id=74

They require some extra maintenance and you have to know what you are doing a little bit in the beginning so you don't destroy them.

If you want an easy, plug, charge, and use lithium battery then there are other websites that sell them. If you want to know how to properly use the above battery see the thread on this forum titled "Looking for Battery recommendations"...there's a lot of good info in there that will help you use those batteries properly.

You can find some easy-of-use lithium batteries from pingbattery.com . They have a pretty good reputation but they ship out of china so you will pay $100 - $150 extra on top of the listed prices because of shipping.

Also NIMH or NICD. Ebikes.ca has a 36v8AH NICD for $240 + shipping
http://ebikes.ca/store/store_batteries.php

NICD doesn't last as long as lithium, though but it will get you about 14 - 16 miles though in range. If you want to go further than about 14 miles, then you'll need more capacity than 8 AH. I have a 20AH lithium battery from elitepowersolutions.com . I can go 20 miles or more on it but you might not ever need that much.

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Old 04-03-10, 09:27 PM   #6
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In your place, I would go for a front hub motor. I would just check to insure that there wouldn't be any issues with the fork, it is at a weird angle.
I went with the EZee front hub motor for my Xtra.
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Max512, here is my e-bike. I got the batteries in the bag on the back. The bag is a topeak DX bag and the rack is a Topeak Explorer bike rack. You can get both of them on Amazon.com if you are interested. It has a quick release track on it so you can easily slide the bag off.
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thanks for the help...........good info and now i have some research to do ...............sounds like the front hub is the way to go.......

again many thanks.......this forum is great

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thanks for the help...........good info and now i have some research to do ...............sounds like the front hub is the way to go.......

again many thanks.......this forum is great

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You know if you and your granson like riding together a lot maybe you could also consider one of the "tag along" setups. Sorry I don't remember the name of it but it's half of a kids bike that attaches to the seat bar of an adult bike and the adult bike tows it. The child still has his own handle bars and peddles too. If they want to peddle they can or they can just go for the ride. With a good motor and carful placement of the batteries this might be pretty cool for ya.
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I like it. He actually has one of those tag along bikes and would be great on longer rides.

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