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Old 03-03-17, 10:09 AM
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Well dang, now the left thumb throttle is out of stock. I wouldn't really want to use any other type of throttle so I'll probably just go with the stock throttle and order the left thumb throttle separately later.
I decided to not even bother with a throttle on my BaFang, it has a built in PAS and that leaves me with one less thing to break. The disadvantages is that the initial "get moving" is on me, not the motor. The other problem was that shifts were not smooth at all; there was a lot of banging and clanging. I ended up switching to a IGH.
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Old 03-03-17, 10:20 AM
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Interesting... all my other bikes all have aluminum chain rings, including this bike pictured which has RaceFace chain rings that are 20 years old. Would the fact that it's 1x mean the ring will wear faster than a double or triple crank rings?

As I understand it, the Lekkie ring's dish shape makes for a better chain line than the stock steel chain ring. How true is that?

The Lekkie is offset 3.5mm more than the stock steel ring (9mm vs 5.5mm) so that could be a real consideration on your bike if you intend on using the larger cogs very much.. The Lekkie is a great ring, I've just never anted up for one .. yet .. I may be talking myself into one .. haha.. new build on my end also.... but I'll be using an IGH, so I doubt chainline will be an issue ..
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Old 03-03-17, 10:46 AM
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Originally Posted by BruceMetras View Post
The Lekkie is offset 3.5mm more than the stock steel ring (9mm vs 5.5mm) so that could be a real consideration on your bike if you intend on using the larger cogs very much.. The Lekkie is a great ring, I've just never anted up for one .. yet .. I may be talking myself into one .. haha.. new build on my end also.... but I'll be using an IGH, so I doubt chainline will be an issue ..
We have some fairly steep hills around here, so I anticipate using every one of the 8 cogs on the 11-28 cassette, even with the motor assist, especially since I won't have my 22t granny ring anymore.

I think I'll start out with the stock ring, though, and get the Lekkie ring later. I've seen it for less than the $90 that Luna wants for it.
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Old 03-03-17, 10:35 PM
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Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
Well dang, now the left thumb throttle is out of stock. I wouldn't really want to use any other type of throttle so I'll probably just go with the stock throttle and order the left thumb throttle separately later.
I'm with you there, my bike came with a twist throttle, and even though I'm a life long motorcyclist, and rarely use the throttle, but I still don't like it. If possible I will eventually retrofit a thumb throttle.
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Old 03-03-17, 10:45 PM
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Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
We have some fairly steep hills around here, so I anticipate using every one of the 8 cogs on the 11-28 cassette, even with the motor assist, especially since I won't have my 22t granny ring anymore.

I think I'll start out with the stock ring, though, and get the Lekkie ring later. I've seen it for less than the $90 that Luna wants for it.
We have some serious hills in my area, being the foothills of the cascade mountain range, and I ended up swapping out the 14-28 freewheel for a 14-34 mega range, and that's with a 28t low ring. While having the assist makes steep hills a lot less strenuous, it's not a free ride, and they're still work.
That said my bike is a 70 lb longtail cargo bike with a DD hub motor, and I'm 220 lbs so my needs are likely a little more demanding.
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Old 03-06-17, 11:23 AM
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We have some serious hills in my area, being the foothills of the cascade mountain range, and I ended up swapping out the 14-28 freewheel for a 14-34 mega range, and that's with a 28t low ring. While having the assist makes steep hills a lot less strenuous, it's not a free ride, and they're still work.
That said my bike is a 70 lb longtail cargo bike with a DD hub motor, and I'm 220 lbs so my needs are likely a little more demanding.
I'm almost there LOL, about 215, bike will likely be about 50 or more with the BBS02 setup, and coming back from the grocery store I haul at least 50 lbs or more in a trailer. Right now it takes nearly 1 hour of riding to make a grocery trip, mainly because I'm so slow in the granny ring on some of the hills. I'm hoping this new setup will help reduce that time commitment.
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Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
I'm almost there LOL, about 215, bike will likely be about 50 or more with the BBS02 setup, and coming back from the grocery store I haul at least 50 lbs or more in a trailer. Right now it takes nearly 1 hour of riding to make a grocery trip, mainly because I'm so slow in the granny ring on some of the hills. I'm hoping this new setup will help reduce that time commitment.
FWIW, the average speed for my 8 mile commute has gone from 12 mph to 16 mph with approximately 2 stops per mile, and not exceeding the 15 mph speed limit on the 2, 1 mile stretches of MUT's I use.
Depending on how many stops you have, and how steep your hills are, you could see more of an improvement.
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Old 03-07-17, 07:44 AM
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I usually only ever have to stop for 2 traffic lights in 15 miles in the morning. Sometimes a couple more on the way home if the lights are being a-holes haha.

I would LOVE to be able to ride the whole commute in less than 1 hour each way. That would be amazing. I just ordered all the stuff yesterday so I should be able to find out soon!
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Old 03-07-17, 02:48 PM
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With two traffic lights you should be able to do it in 40-45 minutes if you can run the bike full gas (high 20's) the whole way. That assumes your gearing doesn't limit your speed to <25mph. Obviously a strong headwind will put a damper on things.
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Old 03-09-17, 12:52 PM
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Parts finally went out last night, should be here on Tuesday!
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Parts finally went out last night, should be here on Tuesday!
Just in time for Spring!
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Old 03-21-17, 11:33 AM
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So yeah, to update this... got everything installed, it's awesome, I can definitely make my commute in under 1 hour, and I do make use of the throttle sometimes to get going. And yeah, I definitely need that Lekkie chain ring. Chainline right now SUCKS!!
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How fast is it on the highest setting? Do the smaller wheels limit your top cruising speed while pedaling?
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I haven't even tried PAS 4 or 5 yet. On PAS 3 I can easily top out the highest 44x11 gear at around 25-28 MPH. Some of the bigger downhills even outrun the motor.

What do you mean by smaller wheels? 26x2.15" tires are about the same circumference as my road bike's 700x25 tires.
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