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Old 10-18-15, 06:50 PM
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This is my Surly Karate Monkey Ebike Conversion! I paid just over $2000 at LectricCycles.com for the kit. There customer service was AMAZING! I went with the 750w motor and the biggest battery they had. I originally built the bike from scratch and this is how it started its life:



However, after converting it to an electric bike I sold the wheels I build in my kitchen and went with some cheap heavy wheels for daily commuting. This is how she looks today:



It goes 29 mph on flat ground with light pedaling. If I tossed on a bigger chainring (currently running a 36t) I have no doubt it could reach 35+ but I limited the speed to 32mph to keep myself from getting into trouble with the law. I love it. And most people don't even know it is motorized, haha.
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Polaris Terrain EV503

We have about 40 miles of dirt riding on these. Still learning how to make them go...



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Old 11-08-15, 12:48 PM
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Here's my ride...Giant Suede DX. It mostly sat in the garage until this summer. Now I ride almost every day...it's getting pretty cold now but I'll try to keep riding unless it snows. As a "senior rider" the battery assist certainly helps with the amount of wind I run into riding the flat farm lands around here.

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Old 11-08-15, 01:28 PM
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A simple 350W front geared motor with a bottle battery.
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Old 12-14-15, 07:16 AM
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Old 12-14-15, 09:04 AM
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Messed up trying to add text to the picture above. This is a pretty generic BBS02 added to a steel Nashbar frame, but nice power with a 52V Luna Cycles battery. Ten (0-9) levels of PAS and a throttle over ride.
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Old 12-14-15, 09:17 AM
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10+ year old Airnimal Chameleon travel/folding bike.. one of their claims to fame was having a frame that can fold down to carry-on size luggage (wheels packed separately) so it could travel to events.. apparently one was used to a Bronze finish at an Iron Man .. this one I've had for a long time hanging up in the garage.. unique English bike that was made by Pacific Cycles of Taiwan ..

The bike rolls on 520mm 24" tires with a rear elastomer to take the sting out.. there is a stem shock absorber mounted on the steerer.. surprisingly, with only an inch of travel, it makes a noticeable difference with the high pressure tires I'm running .. the motor kit is a Bafang BBS02 750w with a 52v 13.5amp Shark pack all supplied through Luna Cycles .. gearing is 52t 11-32 9speed.. so far at just under a 100 miles, it seems pretty sorted and I'm looking forward to putting lots of miles on it..



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Bruce, BBS02 will function well with Eric's battery pack from my experience (see post 534 above). Nice job of mounting shark pack and hiding wires. Let us know how it handles at 30+ mph. Should be a blast for you and great range with that battery.
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Old 12-14-15, 08:09 PM
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Bruce, BBS02 will function well with Eric's battery pack from my experience (see post 534 above). Nice job of mounting shark pack and hiding wires. Let us know how it handles at 30+ mph. Should be a blast for you and great range with that battery.
Thanks for the props.. the bike handles excellent at speed.. I was running 30mph the other day on a busy frontage road near my shop .. normally I'm over to the side of the road where all the debris is, pedaling along at 15 or so and having cars eager to pass by me .. with the Airnimal, I just moved to the smoother center of the lane and was pedaling with car traffic .. that was cool! I've had it to 35mph for a short distance on a back road.. generally when I go for a ride out of town, I'm pretty happy pedaling along in the mid-20's at level 5 or 6.. if I'm riding with friends, then either no assist or level 1, and back down to the mid to high teens.. will be curious to see how the drivetrain holds up.. I'm usually not too hard on equipment..
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Old 12-15-15, 06:18 AM
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Thanks for the report. I'm probably retro, but always liked elastomer suspensions. You'll probably get good wear on the drivetrain. I used an Shimano 8 speed steel cassette, Altus derailleur and chain ($20, $20 and $10 respectively) since they seemed more robust than the more expensive parts on my pedal only bikes. Good results so far.

You're fortunate to have suspension. I built a 1000w bike using a YES motor with 30 amp controller and 52V battery on a Tidal Force aluminum frame. Probably goes slightly over 30 mph (no speedometer yet) but beats me up with street tires at 60 psi (Schalwbe Marathons) even on the relatively good roads in socal. Will probably transfer system to a full suspension bike soon.

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Old 12-15-15, 09:17 AM
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I'm also running a cheap cassette, a chrome SRAM 950 9spd .. and the stock steel 52t .. the chain however was in the drawer and is a SRAM hollow pin.. that will be a nice item to keep an eye on ..

I've been involved in small wheel folders for a decade .. and have been selling small wheel Alex Moulton suspension bikes for the last few years.. I'm a proponent of suspension for small wheel street bikes.. initially, I was going to put a kit on a Moulton frame I had here, but the rear triangle spacing was 120mm and the chainline was an issue with the BBS02 .. i still may do it on another Moulton frame that I have, but for right now, the Airnimal and Pacific Reach are filling my need for assisted bikes.. and the wee bit of suspension really makes for a comfortable ride on the street .. I'm sure the newness will wear off, but for now, I find myself riding electric exclusively ..
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Old 12-21-15, 04:34 PM
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Bruce, I'm a small-wheel guy, too..I have a Bike Friday NWT, Dahon Curve D3 with SRAM Automatix, and a no-name folder with electric front hub motor. It's pedal-assist only and not very powerful, but enough to get me hooked on electrics. I just picked up a used KHS hybrid (big wheels) with this system installed..
48V 1300 Watt (peak) High-End Geared Motor System (26"-700c wheels) - Electric Bike Solutions, LLC
..and it's a blast! Mine is throttle-only, but still works ok for pedaling along with the assist. Now I'm hooked enough that I'm considering having the same kit with throttle and PAS installed on my BF.
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Old 12-26-15, 06:06 PM
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Looks good 2702; what's the top speed and longest trip you've taken on it?
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I'm bit greedy as I have three pedelecs, the two below plus a ladies KTM shopping bike that I bought to sell on, but have kept it as well!



A KTM Macina Lycan with Bosch Performance motor. This bike is very much a tool to do a job, and does it's job very well. I also hate all forms of bike accessories and un-necessary junk fitted to bikes, and it is with real reluctance that mudguards are fitted to it.





This one is a new addition. A KTM e Race 27.5 hard tail. I wanted a bike for dry trail and road use, and choose hub drive over crank, as I also sometimes like a chilled, less focussed and relaxed ride. I reviewed the road version of the bike a year or so ago, and had a job to fault it.

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Old 01-21-16, 02:30 AM
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Looks good 2702; what's the top speed and longest trip you've taken on it?
About 23mph and longest trip is maybe 12 miles round trip. I bought the bike in October. Too cold to ride longer.
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Old 02-12-16, 01:17 AM
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2702, have a little difficulty feeling the pain; been about 90 here this week, but it's supposed to cool down to 80 soon. Do miss the seasons though, but can head to the mountains to experience them.
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This is my newest and 3rd BBS02 e-assist build in as many months following on the footsteps of my Airnimal Chameleon a few posts up and a Pacific Reach Road folding bike ..

I live in Marin County, California with plenty of steep hills and dirt bike trails.. I've never used them over the past 40 years other than a couple of times ..... it gassed me then, and it's only worse now at 66 .. so to spark my interest, I took an old Hummer (chance name for an e-bike) frame that I had and went with what I was familiar with .. a BBS02 + 52v battery kit all from Luna ..

Knowing that I would be grinding up the trails slowly, I wanted to try to keep the gearing in the BBS02's sweet spot.. I've been waiting for the time I could put my Sachs NOS 3x7 hub into service (been sitting on the shelf for over 10 years) and this was the time .. I wanted to have the chainline as good as I could get, so I'm using a 12/36 9spd cassette, removed the bottom 3 sprockets and spaced the remaining 6 gears as far to starboard as I could.. that with the 34t RaceFace chainring and the 3 speed Sachs internal hub gives me very low gearing and a top speed around 25mph .. so far so good, the first time out I took it to the exact trail that made me give up dirt riding for good about 15 years ago.. with the assist, it was terrific..





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giant 26" ebike buildup

built this ebike up for the missus,

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My brand new 2015 model Prodeco Oasis ST 48V 750W 12Ah LiFePO4. Blasts up hills after a long ride. 29" creme colored front tire/wheel setup installs tomorrow.
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This is my Surly Karate Monkey Ebike Conversion! I paid just over $2000 at LectricCycles.com for the kit. There customer service was AMAZING! I went with the 750w motor and the biggest battery they had. I originally built the bike from scratch and this is how it started its life:



However, after converting it to an electric bike I sold the wheels I build in my kitchen and went with some cheap heavy wheels for daily commuting. This is how she looks today:



It goes 29 mph on flat ground with light pedaling. If I tossed on a bigger chainring (currently running a 36t) I have no doubt it could reach 35+ but I limited the speed to 32mph to keep myself from getting into trouble with the law. I love it. And most people don't even know it is motorized, haha.
WHich or what brand 36 tooth chainring did you decide on using. Thanks
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I ordered a front hub motor too. I was hoping to mount batteries on frame between 2 wheels. I was also looking for a front wire basket as another option for shopping.
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This is the third kit installed on the same bike. I choose it because it is relatively light and I have to carry it up some stairs. Also the low maintenance required is a plus. I have a local dealer who installed it and I can easily go to for any problems. With the new California bike laws classifying it as Class 3 Speed pedelec its wonderful. Unlocks the power of the kit. I cruise at 23 mph. I can hit 28 mph if I stomp on it. Goes up hills and just fits all my needs. Great commuter for work and I am losing some weight! Very happy.
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