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11-07-09, 12:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 887
Posted By ecowheelz

Here is a general guide for installing a hub...

Here is a general guide for installing a hub motor kit:

http://www.eco-wheelz.com/kit-install.php

For the most part, if you have basic mechanical skills you can install a kit - especially a...
11-07-09, 12:16 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 678
Posted By ecowheelz

You can either carry a second battery pack - and...

You can either carry a second battery pack - and switch out when one is dead. Or, you can choose a higher amp hour (ah) battery. Higher AH means higher capacity and longer range. Typically, you can...
11-07-09, 12:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,610
Posted By ecowheelz

This always seems to be a hot debate. People are...

This always seems to be a hot debate. People are very passionate on both sides - some prefer fronts - some prefer rears. Here are some of the main points to consider:

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10-30-09, 10:39 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,354
Posted By ecowheelz

Ahh... just noticed this bike has a 36V/8AH...

Ahh... just noticed this bike has a 36V/8AH battery. An 8AH battery isn't very high capacity. Using a throttle (with no pedaling), normally you get an equivalent range to the AH. So for an 8AH...
10-30-09, 10:32 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,354
Posted By ecowheelz

Sounds like a bad battery to me... There's...

Sounds like a bad battery to me...

There's no reason you should only be getting 5-8 miles - especially if you're using 'pedal-assist' and helping the motor. Not sure about the details of that...
10-30-09, 08:26 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,354
Posted By ecowheelz

Curt, Most of the time (especially on...

Curt,

Most of the time (especially on Li-Ion bikes) the battery meters aren't very accurate. I have an EG Barcelona (http://www.eco-wheelz.com/catalog/eg-barcelona-electric-bike-p-223.php), and...
10-28-09, 08:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 701
Posted By ecowheelz

You might be better off asking that question...

You might be better off asking that question here:

http://endless-sphere.com/forums/
10-26-09, 07:46 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,146
Posted By ecowheelz

Dumbass... where did you get that battery case?...

Dumbass... where did you get that battery case? Did you build it? Out of what?

We're in the process of trying to create a LiFePo4 upgrade pack at our shop. But we can't find a pack that fits in...
10-21-09, 04:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 739
Posted By ecowheelz

If this bike is rated up to 20 miles per charge,...

If this bike is rated up to 20 miles per charge, the dealer should have told you this range was only achievable under "ideal conditions". Ideal conditions would be flat terrain, no wind, rider weight...
10-21-09, 01:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,471
Posted By ecowheelz

Normally LiPo's use a BMS (battery management...

Normally LiPo's use a BMS (battery management system) to protect the cells. If the motor is drawing too much current, it could cause the power to cutout. Since this occurs when you use the bike...
10-20-09, 10:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 981
Posted By ecowheelz

I wonder if the price increase has anything to do...

I wonder if the price increase has anything to do with the new Trek electric bicycles -- which all use Bionx drive systems. Maybe they're increasing prices due to limited production capabilities and...
10-19-09, 08:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 734
Posted By ecowheelz

If you're looking for a pure "mountain bike",...

If you're looking for a pure "mountain bike", take a look at the EG Bali (http://www.eco-wheelz.com/catalog/eg-bali-x2-electric-bike-p-244.php) or EG Barcelona...
10-16-09, 09:17 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,300
Posted By ecowheelz

Yes... "pedal assist" means you're required to...

Yes... "pedal assist" means you're required to pedal. Normally there's a torque sensor built into the crank that senses you're pedaling. Based upon this, it sends a signal to the motor to provide...
10-15-09, 08:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,300
Posted By ecowheelz

My biggest complaint about the Schwinn e-bikes --...

My biggest complaint about the Schwinn e-bikes -- is the high price tag. They might be nice bikes, but it seems kind of steep for a bike with a 180w front hub motor and a 24V battery. Not very...
10-04-09, 01:21 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 12,423
Posted By ecowheelz

As other posters have mentioned, it sounds like...

As other posters have mentioned, it sounds like the BMS is cutting out the power when the bike is under load. It's probably an aftermarket battery that wasn't compatible with your bike / controller....
09-29-09, 08:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,054
Posted By ecowheelz

I agree... most people don't want to do the work...

I agree... most people don't want to do the work and would prefer a "complete solution." But personally, I would choose a more integrated system if I was looking for a ready-to-ride bike. This looks...
09-28-09, 10:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,054
Posted By ecowheelz

Look like standard beach cruisers with kits...

Look like standard beach cruisers with kits installed...

Seems like it would be cheaper (and just as easy) to build your own...
09-27-09, 07:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 751
Posted By ecowheelz

We've been seeing similar changes here in...

We've been seeing similar changes here in Michigan. We opened our shop about a year ago and most people weren't even aware electric bicycles existed. But we've done tons of work and the word is...
09-18-09, 02:21 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 643
Posted By ecowheelz

Although your kit was probably sold as a 48V kit,...

Although your kit was probably sold as a 48V kit, most of the controllers included with kits are cabable of handling an additional 12V of power. But keep in mind, it will get much hotter and may not...
09-11-09, 06:41 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,383
Posted By ecowheelz

nwmtnbkr, We're working on a LiFePo4...

nwmtnbkr,

We're working on a LiFePo4 replacement for the Currie bikes right now. Don't have all the details worked out yet, but we're testing a 24V/12AH pack that fits right inside the RMB case...
09-07-09, 07:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 877
Posted By ecowheelz

The E-BikeKit Conversion...

The E-BikeKit Conversion (http://www.eco-wheelz.com/catalog/ebike-kit-tm-electric-bike-kit-p-5.php) is our favorite kit as well. It's fairly priced and includes a popular 9 Continents motor....
09-05-09, 10:16 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,344
Posted By ecowheelz

Kind of curious if anyone has feedback as well......

Kind of curious if anyone has feedback as well...

We contacted EcoEasyRider before to get some information, but no one ever returned our emails. We considered carrying their products, but lack of...
09-03-09, 05:23 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,146
Posted By ecowheelz

It's nice to hear all the positive comments about...

It's nice to hear all the positive comments about EZIP. We sell tons of IZIP / EZIP bikes and have lots of happy customers. But when you come on these forums, it seems like everybody has something...
09-02-09, 12:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,880
Posted By ecowheelz

I'm sure they removed the reference to BIONX...

I'm sure they removed the reference to BIONX because they didn't want people to realize they took a TREK bicycle and just added a kit that anyone can purchase. Not only could it hurt sales since some...
08-30-09, 01:17 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,443
Posted By ecowheelz

Some other differences to note between eZee and...

Some other differences to note between eZee and Ecobike: a.) Front hub motor on eZee vs. rear on Ecobike (we like the rears better ;)) b.) The eZee weighs 65lbs vs. 52lbs on the Ecobike. Not sure...
08-30-09, 12:43 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,443
Posted By ecowheelz

We're carrying all the Ecobike models. Just...

We're carrying all the Ecobike models. Just haven't added them to our website yet... hopefully by next week...

Yes... these bikes look similar to the X-Treme. But the Ecobike and Ezee bikes are...
08-30-09, 07:59 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,443
Posted By ecowheelz

If you're looking for a "prefabbed" e-bike with a...

If you're looking for a "prefabbed" e-bike with a hub motor, Ecobike's new Adventure model is very nice!

http://www.ecobike-usa.com/products/adventure-electric-bike.asp

We'll be adding this...
08-29-09, 12:54 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,443
Posted By ecowheelz

As for the sound of the Currie motors... they're...

As for the sound of the Currie motors... they're not as quiet as a hub motor... but I definitely wouldn't say they're "horribly noisy". I would say it's more of a low-pitched "whizzing" or "winding"...
08-29-09, 11:48 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,443
Posted By ecowheelz

I have to disagree that Chinese-made bikes are...

I have to disagree that Chinese-made bikes are not good for daily use. Sure... in most cases US-made goods are superior. But many companies (like Currie) have complete control over design and quality...
08-29-09, 08:30 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,443
Posted By ecowheelz

The X-Treme XB300Li is a relatively cheap Chinese...

The X-Treme XB300Li is a relatively cheap Chinese import with a Li-Ion battery. Many companies import the exact same bike and make small adjustments with their own branding as if they were unique to...
08-28-09, 03:50 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,443
Posted By ecowheelz

There's definitely a lot to choose from out...

There's definitely a lot to choose from out there... so make sure you keep doing research and getting input from people on forums like this (and Endless Sphere)..

Many people here (and elsewhere)...
08-24-09, 09:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 742
Posted By ecowheelz

The XB-562 is chain-driven, so it's not going to...

The XB-562 is chain-driven, so it's not going to be as quiet as a hub motor. But it shouldn't sound like a lawn mower! You should have a constant "whizzing" sound from the motor / chain while in...
08-20-09, 09:35 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,733
Posted By ecowheelz

Unfortunately, the extent of our 'testing'...

Unfortunately, the extent of our 'testing' includes full assembly and tuning on a bike rack. Then we take the bikes around the block a few times to get everything perfect. So we definitely haven't...
08-19-09, 03:44 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,733
Posted By ecowheelz

Cathy, Thanks for sharing your experience...

Cathy,

Thanks for sharing your experience about your Ecoride on our forum at eco-wheelz.com. Just wondering... did you end up installing the 'jumper' on this bike so it's fully...
07-26-09, 11:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,753
Posted By ecowheelz

Battery is supposed to be under the seat... it's...

Battery is supposed to be under the seat... it's not in the picture...
07-26-09, 03:39 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 664
Posted By ecowheelz

We've sold a ton of these bikes in our shop!...

We've sold a ton of these bikes in our shop! Because of the price and the nice upright seating position, the Coastlines are one of our most popular selling models. We've sold lots of accessories....
07-26-09, 11:27 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,753
Posted By ecowheelz

This is definitely a cheap Chinese import. But...

This is definitely a cheap Chinese import. But you can't beat $300! Of course, you should make sure it includes the battery. The picture shows the bike without the battery pack installed...
07-20-09, 08:14 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,880
Posted By ecowheelz

Looks like an e-bike to me ;) ...

Looks like an e-bike to me ;)

http://sf.streetsblog.org/2009/07/15/sf-supervisors-chiu-and-mirkarimi-ride-the-electric-bike-wave/

It's even more obvious with the odd-shaped battery and silver...
07-18-09, 06:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,468
Posted By ecowheelz

Most of the bikes you've mentioned will do the...

Most of the bikes you've mentioned will do the same speed (15-20mph without pedaling) and all will easily get you the 5 mile (or 10 mile there and back?) range you're looking for. Even though some...
06-26-09, 07:25 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,606
Posted By ecowheelz

Just to add to your point, only a small...

Just to add to your point, only a small percentage of our customers are actually "fat" or "unhealthy". I would say 60-70% of our customers are older folks who just don't have confidence in their...
06-25-09, 01:34 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,733
Posted By ecowheelz

NOW THAT'S CUSTOMER SERVICE! Currie has been...

NOW THAT'S CUSTOMER SERVICE! Currie has been great to us so far! And it's great to see them treat individual customers the same way!

I hope no one at Currie takes offense to us posting information...
06-25-09, 10:44 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,733
Posted By ecowheelz

ol!... I think most people would prefer the...

ol!... I think most people would prefer the independent throttle (and pedal assist) like the PAS / TAG throttle provides. This gives riders an option (and everybody loves options). But if management...
06-25-09, 06:47 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,733
Posted By ecowheelz

I forgot to mention this in my post... you should...

I forgot to mention this in my post... you should be able to create your own jumper by simply connecting the wires. To do so, you can do as described above. Or, you could cut off the connector...
06-24-09, 03:50 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,733
Posted By ecowheelz

ABOUT THE JUMPER: Currie provided us with a...

ABOUT THE JUMPER:

Currie provided us with a "jumper" to bypass the pedal assist on this bike. It's simply a looped wire with a connector. To install, just flip the bike over and access the door...
06-24-09, 03:33 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,733
Posted By ecowheelz

Thanks for the email today Cathy... I just wanted...

Thanks for the email today Cathy... I just wanted to post my response to your questions about the Via Rapido so others could read. This should clarify how the bike operates:

"We just recieved our...
06-19-09, 07:10 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,606
Posted By ecowheelz

I AGREE! It sounds like you're already familiar...

I AGREE! It sounds like you're already familiar with more expensive bikes and should have known a $300 bike (electric or otherwise) wouldn't ride or feel like a higher quality machine. So it...
06-15-09, 09:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,472
Posted By ecowheelz

The $300 bikes at Walmart are the old 2008 EZIP...

The $300 bikes at Walmart are the old 2008 EZIP models. Once they sell out, the price will probably go back up to $399 or higher. Other retailers already have the new 2009's, and the price is...
06-14-09, 09:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,472
Posted By ecowheelz

The cheap Walmart EZIP's might be OK if you're...

The cheap Walmart EZIP's might be OK if you're looking for a starter bike to use on casual cruises. But if you're looking for something that's lighter weight and will hold up over time, you'll have...
05-26-09, 02:13 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 730
Posted By ecowheelz

A front shock isn't necessarily a problem. The...

A front shock isn't necessarily a problem. The bigger issue is, what are the shocks / forks made out of? Steel or aluminum? You can easily check by using a magnet. If they're aluminum and the magnet...
05-20-09, 09:48 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,927
Posted By ecowheelz

I don't see the price listed on the website -...

I don't see the price listed on the website - this is a good indication of LiFePo4. More than likely it's LiMnO2 (if under $1200), which is cheaper and more common on the Chinese bikes. But it would...
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