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Old 04-15-13, 05:11 PM   #1
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Scott Aspect 20 for Conversion?

I have a steel, made in Italy, Campagnolo equipped Bianchi road bike -- but I'd like to build a subg urban/urban e-bike. Nothing too crazy in speed -- but I'd like to be able to carry loaded panniers at about 20mph. Locally I haven't seen too many good bikes -- but now a 2009 Aspect 20 showed up for sale. It has dual hydraulic disks (Shimano M486) (which is my main attraction), deore components, a suntour XCR front suspension fork (good enough or I guess I can upgrade it). Downside would be aluminum frame (I do like steel and wonder if it is strong enough). Price would probably be in the $400-$500 range...

Thoughts? Otherwise I'd look to ebay to buy something if maybe a Surly or something like that would be a better fit...
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It has already been done: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...onversion-kits

Skip to the last five pages to see the rear panniers and the 203mm rear brake rotor.
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It has already been done: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...onversion-kits

Skip to the last five pages to see the rear panniers and the 203mm rear brake rotor.
I had been following your thread and never saw that is the bike you used? Any 20/20 hindsight? Am I getting a good deal?

Thanks!
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I had been following your thread and never saw that is the bike you used? Any 20/20 hindsight? Am I getting a good deal?

Thanks!
Order the Papamotor kit and talk to Julie. Ask her to send you the kit with the hub motor by itself...no rim and spokes. This will allow you to use wider rims and racing spokes to install on the 48v 1000w hub motor. The wider rims allow you to use wider tires such as my new favorite the Schwalbe Big Apple tires in 26" x 2.35" size. Use a thick 2.5" inner tube such as the Maxxis as well as Mr. Tuffy's tire liner (brown, I think) and you'll reduce your chance of having a flat to zero. The new rims front and back will allow you to have matching rims instead of having the Papamotor silver rim on the rear and your stock rim on the front. I'm using the Sun Ringle MTX-39 welded in black and love them.

Have Julie send you the 10mm rotor spacer which should be standard now on the Papamotor kits.

Go through the last 10 pages of the Papamotor thread on this forum and look for all the hyperlinks to the products I used. All the parts are still working great on my e-bike. You will need to support the bracket on the wireless front turn signal lights from vibration so use the link I left on the thread for the velcro strips to do this.

Get all the stuff from ebike.ca I left links too in the thread as well as the heavy duty torque arms and two 2.5mm disk spacers. You'll need to insert a piece of rubber between the torque arm and the chainstays to prevent the torque arm from eating into the aluminum. Pick up the Cycle Analyst but not version 3 because that'll make me very jealous.

Upgrade the bullet connectors to Anderson connectors. It'll make your life a lot easier. Again, I left links to all the vendors I used in the Papamotor thread.

Invest in a GoPro to let vehicles know you're recording their driving behavior as they approach/pass you. It's a good bit of insurance in case someone hits you. Over time, people will realize you're recording them and they'll pass you like you have a 10 ft force field around you. If you can afford a front recording camera get that as well. I purchased the Contour ROAM2 waterproof camera and have it recording forward from my helmet to pick up the license plate numbers.

Expect drivers to get upset with you as they realize they're paying for gas, car payments, car insurance, etc. and you get to the traffic light a few minutes after they do without all those payments. You'll also find many of them tailing you trying to figure out what's making your bicycle go so fast.

Above all else, make sure you ride with all the safety gear I've left links too. Ride with a safety vest, two strobes on the rear bicycle rack, front facing strobe and both cameras recording, and of course, a good bicycle helmet. Use the strobes both during the day and night. You may also want to pick up riding safety goggles such as the one I use: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1.

Last of all, start saving up for the performance kit I'm working on. I've got a few of the parts designed already and will be sending them to be CNC'd shortly.

Anything I've missed is in the Papamotor thread.

Whatever you decide to do...keep us posted.
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