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    Which bicycle motor should I get for my bike? Zap? Do they work?

    I want to get a decent motor for my bicycle. Do they work? What are the top motors, how long do they last, and how fast can you go with them?

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    I run two motors on my bike. Brand name is Quads, check em out.

    I can get up to 30mph on the flats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bat56 View Post
    I run two motors on my bike. Brand name is Quads, check em out.

    I can get up to 30mph on the flats.
    Dude we have the same brand!!!

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    i looked up quads, all i got were pictures of some bicyclist dude's legs....i don't get it?

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    Yeah you won't see them online but just go into your LBS and ask for them.
    Quite popular, and pretty cheap

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    Quote Originally Posted by mastershake16 View Post
    Yeah you won't see them online but just go into your LBS and ask for them.
    Quite popular, and pretty cheap
    ahahahah....i can picture going into a bike shop and asking "hey, i need some quads, for riding my bicycle, you got any?"

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    Seriously....Here's the link for the Motorized Bike Forum:
    http://www.motoredbikes.com/forumdisplay.php?f=77

    Tons of information, videos, product tests, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bat56 View Post
    I run two motors on my bike. Brand name is Quads, check em out.

    I can get up to 30mph on the flats.
    I must have an older model of the Quads. I only hit 30 on downhills...
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    Quote Originally Posted by kip42 View Post
    I want to get a decent motor for my bicycle. Do they work? What are the top motors, how long do they last, and how fast can you go with them?
    I think that you should post this in the Electric Bikes forum.
    Yes.
    I roll with an Ezee front hub motor, I have heard good things about Currie motors, I have also heard of Bionx motors.
    I have had mine for a little over 18months now.
    Mine tops out around 20 mph.
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    I am looking for a super durable one that has a long battery life. Is Quads still the way to go?

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    i've seen Quads last up to 67 years for some people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kip42 View Post
    I am looking for a super durable one that has a long battery life. Is Quads still the way to go?
    Ask the folks in the Electric Bikes forum.
    http://www.bikeforums.net/forumdispl...Electric-Bikes
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    Hush, Ron.

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    Quads are definitely the way to go. Mine aren't the greatest, but I got them from my dad. I wish I got my mom's, hers make the bike go fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dcrowell View Post
    I must have an older model of the Quads. I only hit 30 on downhills...
    I must have the same model as you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pablosnazzy View Post
    i've seen Quads last up to 67 years for some people.
    I've seen some last more than 80 years.

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    I'm actually the first member of my family to get serious use out of the Quads for bikes, but now I've introduced everyone.

    Mine are a little finicky, but I think that's an articulation issue on my end.
    I see unexamined people. All the time. I don't think they know they're unexamined.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bat56 View Post
    Quads are definitely the way to go. Mine aren't the greatest, but I got them from my dad. I wish I got my mom's, hers make the bike go fast.
    I'd like to have your moms quads too....

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    I use Quads on both my recumbent bikes. So far, I like Quads.
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    Forget the Zap motor. I would avoid cheap Chinese gas motor kits as well. Go to some of the links above.

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    I heard that Quads are the original bicycle motor, first used in the 19th century...any truth to this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kip42 View Post
    I am looking for a super durable one that has a long battery life. Is Quads still the way to go?
    No. the new kid on the block is a powerful acceleration motor called Frankencalves which is Irish-German technology.

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