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    What to get for my commute

    My commute is 17 miles each way, including 12 miles on a highway without a bike lane, so I will be riding on the shoulder, followed by 5 city miles with 25-35mph speed limits, fairly decent pavement all the way to work. I'd like to get a bike that can go at least 30-40mph to keep up with city traffic and reduce my commute time.

    I currently have a low end cyclocross bike(Motobecane Fantom CX), it has 2x9 gearing, no suspension, 26" wheels, and cantilever brakes, Ideally I'd like to just add a conversion kit to this, but at speeds exceeding 30mph it might be a good idea for me to look into a bike with at least front suspension and disc brakes? That's something I need help deciding though, and if I were to get a different bike, what type of bike?

    I have never put an electric bike kit together and have not done a lot of bike mechanicing either, but I'm good at following youtube videos, and have a decent amount of tools, alan wrenches, wrenches, bike multitool, electrical odds and ends, etc.
    there are a few LBS near me that fix bikes, they don't have any electric bikes and I'm not sure if they will work on them.

    My budget is $500-$2500 depending on what all I'm buying. I will spend up to $1000 for a good conversion kit, up to $750 for a good battery, and up to $750 for a good bike. I understand value and want to get a good deal, whatever it is I buy.

    What I've been looking at so far,
    8fun BBS02 750watt - seems like I can get it for $500-$800 depending on the seller.
    would this be a good option?
    who is the best seller? em3ev? ebay? someone else? I don't need to receive this till around march, since I don't plan on biking until the snow and ice are gone, so an out of country dealer is an option if they have good support(I live in United States)
    I think it would work on my current bike and just change the gears from 2x9 to 1x9, is this correct?

    500-1000 watt conversion kit from ebikekit.com - $674-$774 depending on direct drive or geared
    Would I want direct drive or geared? it seems like the direct drive has an option for a 9 speed freewheel like I already have on my current bike.
    Would this be a good Option?

    1000 watt generic conversion kits from Ebay - $240-$300
    is it worth it to take the risk of buying from a generic seller?
    is there reputable sellers that anyone can recommend?

    Is there a better option than these? what should I go with?

    For batteries: I think 15+AH would be good since I need to go 34 miles per charge at around 30mph,
    I also want to get some type of lithium battery since lead acid seems to be too heavy.
    Maybe it would be best to find a kit that came with a battery?
    recommendations?

    If I need a different bike, what would I want?
    Front suspension? Full Suspension? Disc Brakes? What tires?

    thank you all for your time and I appreciate any help I can get

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    It might help if you tell us where you live. Maybe someone in the area can help you. Do you even know if an electric bicycle is able to be ridden in the area that you are living in.
    Just for those who may be new here, the more militant membership is convinced that they need some outrageous amount (Seven feet? Nine feet?) of real estate in order to ride their bikes safely - and even that isn't really enough because they figure it'll always be imperfectly paved or not spotlessly clean or that the whole bike lane thing is some "separate but equal" conspiracy to keep them down.

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    I live in Idaho, however I'm pretty sure you can ride an electric bicycle anywhere

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    Legally that is a moped, and you need a liscence to operate it on public roadways. To be considered a bicycle, the assist can not operate past 20mph. Also, bicycle parts are not designed to operate regularly with that much power and will wear down and fail unexpectedly with the added stress. You might consider looking for a used electric motorcycle. In any case, you will need to both register it as a motor vehicle and get a motorcycle class drivers liscence. You can expect to get pulled over very soon with a DIY machine, like a mile from home.

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    I know of this law, but I don't know any cop who would give someone a ticket for riding an electric bike 30mph.

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    You're correct, Jeremy. You have nothing to be concerned about from police officers. I have been riding at 30+ mph for nearly two years now without any issues from law enforcement. You do need to make sure you have plenty of safety devices on-board your e-bike. This includes front and rear strobe lights, front and rear video recording devices, a good helmet and high visibility safety vest. Remember, you have all the rights and responsibilities of any other vehicle on the road.

    Here's a write-up of my 30 mph e-bike. There's a lot of great information and all the links to the vendors you need are in the pages.

    However, catgita is correct that the stock bicycle components will not last long with the added stresses. The link mentions all the upgrades I made to make my stock bicycle to make it capable of handling the additional stresses. My best tire and tire setup is also in the last few pages. Read it and save yourself the $500 I spent on testing tires.

    I suggest you sell your CX and purchase a good hardtail mountain bike with hydraulic disc brakes or the capability to install hydraulic disc brakes. Again, read through the pages in the link to see the brake upgrades I made.

    I must warn you that riding a 30 mph e-bike is addictive and you'll soon realize you can live without a car.

    Good luck and keep us posted.


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    Do not forget to check FALCO
    You will immediately realize why this ebike kit stands out from other "run of the mill" if you are technical person.
    Do your GOOGLE search for FALCO. They offer up to 1000W kits with 5 years warranty/!!!!/ the longest in ebike industry for the reason.
    Last edited by powell; 11-27-14 at 06:26 AM.

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