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Old 06-04-20, 06:02 AM
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Where I can buy Forumslader v5.3? I don't understand german on their website. Is there an order option?
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Old 06-04-20, 10:35 AM
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Originally Posted by dwyane View Post
Where I can buy Forumslader v5.3? I don't understand german on their website. Is there an order option?
Google Chrome will translate their web page.

How do I place an order and pay?

Orders are currently only possible via email, unfortunately prepayment is required. We prefer SEPA within the EU, outside Europe and PayPal is also possible on request.

How long is the delivery time?

We can almost always send kits within the next few days after receipt of the money, but mounted loaders have delivery times of 3-6 weeks (please ask).
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Old 06-04-20, 10:50 AM
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Price list in English:
https://www.forumslader.de/fileadmin/...st_english.pdf

Assembly instructions in English:
https://www.forumslader.de/fileadmin/...V5_kompakt.pdf
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Old 06-20-20, 04:46 AM
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I'm thinking of getting a Forumslader V5 Ahead and don't mind a bit of DIY. I don't get how the electronics and battery assembly is secured in the steerer tube though? Or is this left up to the installer to work out for themselves? An expander plug (not supplied) is used to secure the USB stem cap right? Then the cables pass through this to the electronics below, but what is securing / supporting the electronics?
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Old 06-20-20, 08:58 AM
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Originally Posted by jamessss View Post
what is securing / supporting the electronics?
It is supported from above by the wires going to the USB plug, and if you like, from below by some stuffing (eg. a piece of foam). Being very lightweight, wires from above appear to be sufficient. (I've added a couple of layers of silicone tape around the cylinder, to add friction between the forumslader and the steerer. Zero sign of stress)
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Old 06-20-20, 09:06 AM
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Thanks for confirmng - I was wondering if it was just hanging by the wires! That's good to know and about the weight and padding / foam idea too. Thanks
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Old 06-21-20, 12:08 PM
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If you want something more permanent than foam, you can shove a starnut all the way down to the fork crown, or up from below, and feed the wires up through the gaps. Assuming it's an old style metal fork with a steerer tube that's open top to bottom.

Personally I like the tight foam plug idea. You might add some hot melt glue around the edge for a bit more peace of mind.
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Old 06-21-20, 02:28 PM
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That's a good call about using the star nut. I was planning on ordering a expander nut for the top of the stem, so I could reuse the existing star nut on the bottom for support. (I can see all the way through the steerer tube when I remove the stem cap). I'm a bit apprehensive about having the electronics (maybe a couple of hundred grams?) swinging by the USB cables inside, but I'm sure I can find a solution with either foam or starnut or both.
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Old 06-21-20, 11:31 PM
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If it was me using the star nut... I'd remove one tang with a dremel, polish it smooth, then wrap the heck out of the wire from the hub where it would go through the gap.. Couple of layers of heatshrink maybe, or just a lot of electrical tape. Otherwise the gaps in the tangs are real small, and might be sharp enough to abrade the insulation over time.
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Old 06-22-20, 01:00 AM
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My own personal opinion is that for touring you are better off having the Forumslader as an independent unit, with the big batteries and a plug connection to the bike wiring. Then get the USB loader and fit the same plug to that. That way the FL acts like a dynamo charging portable battery bank, that you can also charge from a wall outlet. With it removable from the bike you can charge your stuff or the FL in your tent, room, internet cafe. In my case I made it into a tube like a bike pump and use pump clips to mount it on the frame, but you could easily carry it in a handlebar bag.
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