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Old 07-25-12, 05:21 PM   #1
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clean republic hill topper

after researching ebike kits for a few weeks now i ordered the sla battery hill topper kit from clean republic the other day. used a $5 off coupon and added the quick release axle. the main reason i went with this kit is it's simplicity and when installed most people wouldn't even think my bike was electric. i plan to upgrade to a lithium battery eventually but the 10 mile distance with the sla battery should be plenty for now.

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Old 08-03-12, 05:10 AM   #2
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my 1st ebike was the hill topper kit last Aug. I needed more than 5 minutes to convert over, because I had to enlarge the dropouts to fit fatter motor axle. If it was for that, I'd probaly do it around 5 mintes. It also takes time to reroute all the wiring.I was very happy with it, using 24v sla at 1st, then got another battery for total 3 @ 36v, instead of 18mph top speed with pedaling, I was into the mid 20's. In january, I switched over to Lifepo4 and had voltage increased to 42v. Really got good speed now. I am using four Turnigy 3s 4.5a batteries to get around 42v nominal. The controller can take the extra juice, as the capacitors are rated for 50v. Have fun. I have since added 3 more ebikes.....Jerry
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My friend bought one and then upgraded to the lithium battery. He rode it about a dozen times and then the battery died, just out of the 1 year warranty. Regardless of the fact he only rode it a dozen times, they wanted 350.00 or more to replace the battery. What an unreliable battery. For over 350.00 one would expect more than 12 charges. Don't buy it. Lots of others out there. Don't buy a Bussetti either, poor customer service and the product is misrepresented and has junk parts.
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Well I've had my Hilltoppers for over 2 years now. Still on the original batteries and get about 8-10 miles on them with a full charge. I've put over 5k miles on it between the summer of 2012, 2013, and 2014. I took it to Mackinac Island twice this year and it made the hills a breeze! With peddling I made it around the island and through the center and back to my hotel and still had juice left (about 16 miles or so) best $399 I ever spent!
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not a lot of hills going around the island, but it could have helped with those in the middle!
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