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Old 04-11-12, 11:26 AM   #1
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makita folding electric bike

I saw one today in hardware shop,
more like a novalty, I believe on the rear rack it say
max weight 2kgs
the bike is 20kgs,

just google far a pic
makita bicycle

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I wonder if the motor is the black box on the seat tube and it drives the chain. Or does it have a hub motor in the rear wheel?


Edit: Nevermind, the box is a second battery, it does have a hub motor.
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Old 04-11-12, 05:08 PM   #3
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While Makita makes quality power tools for the tradesman, it looks like that bike was designed for the tradesman's daughter.
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Well Makita might not be what it once was, but I have one of their old 5 1/2 trim saws I wouldn't trade for any other circular saw.
Range looks a bit shy too. I'll keep pedaling for now.
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The spoke count is good..
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Oregonians always look for the positive.
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its a hub motor with an old fashoned freewheel, I checked it out,

I think in a few years we will see them used on ebay!

must be the shortest spokes in history
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Radial Front AND Back!

The second box is the controller I think. The ride looks terrible not withstanding the tiny wheels!

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its a hub motor with an old fashoned freewheel, I checked it out,

I think in a few years we will see them used on ebay!

must be the shortest spokes in history
well....
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Makita-18...-/320735475813

not cheap though little more than $900 USD but the battery system is cool cause it's interchangeable on the fly!
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my experience with it

looks are deceiving. this bike is pretty awesome although there are some drawbacks

-user weight: it's only a 100w motor so i dont recommend getting it if you're close to the weight limit
-gradual voltage decrease during the ride. fully charged batteries start around 20v and drops around to 14v before it shuts down. 16/km down to <10k/h ish
-over 50lb bike weight with accessories. even with a bike bag(ps couldnt even fully close it) it's heavy enough to tire you out by carrying it around
-rear tire harder to pump air into. the motor is in the way
-hard to find
-added an odometer on handlebar but it's too far wirelessly from the magnet on wheel. i just place the meter on the frame
-only goes half the legal speed limit. we're waiting for a 36v model!
-the led light that came with it is easy to knock off. lost it quick.

good things about it:
-some good attention. especially folded up in a shopping cart
-2 3.0 amp batteries offers 40min of 12km+/h without trying. my 80min ride gets about 20km on 4 batteries
-best for short round trips under ~12km before speed drops
-affordable cheap chinese battery copies available
-well built. a few minor things could improve though

just my opinion after a summer of use. btw the 2kg capacity is a safe number. could handle more but it will weaken the structure over time
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Did you bother to check the last date a post was made in this thread? It's been over 5 years,...

Here's a video,...just for the heck of it:

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Old 06-12-17, 05:31 AM   #12
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no one ever shared actual data on it. had to share my info

those videos were a complete waste of time...

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If it is made by Makita, then it must be very very good!
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Old 06-12-17, 08:33 AM   #14
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in the video: At one point the boy said: "It is really good for riding offroad"

First time he is riding up the hill he is using electric assist. Second time no assist and the boy is commenting that "you can see him struggeling much more to ride up the same hill".

I should write "hill" becouse lokks like this is in Denmark and they are not famous for theyr hills
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The only cool things about this bike are it's ability to fold, and the ease of switching to standard Makita rechargeable batteries. Otherwise it's underpowered, and definitely not the greatest ebike.

I wonder what the cost would be,...provided it could still be located. For the cheap it might be worth a bite.
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Old 06-18-17, 07:03 PM   #16
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It's best on flat surfaces. You can heard it struggle on grass and such. Going up hill would drain the battery very fast but it still did its job

I bought mine for 1050$ cad and 5 3.0ah batteries on amazon. I had trouble finding different ones with easy to buy/find spare batteries.

Only big minus is the bike weight. You basically just fold it only to put it in a trunk so it's definitely not made to be carried around.
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