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miznomer wrote:thanks, for the detailed review, it was very informative and helpful.
I did wonder about unintentional starting with the grip switch, i can't see from your pictures where you've placed yours? I anticipate great fun in this regard!
I think either your scales or your maths need to be rechecked because the motor is, to the best of my knowledge, closer to 6lbs. but the important thing is how it feels!
Isn't there an ampmeter gadget that can tell you exactly how much power you're drawing at any point?- if you want to optimize the battery that is. Sounds more fun than an inclinometer - but horses for courses and all that.
Mike wrote:Yo LMB!
I will respond to other posts and get back to the forum in a while, but I just wanted to say how awesome your install looks! Absolutely fantastic ride you have there. I've already forwarded these pictures around to some people as "the coolest Hill Topper install yet."
Mike wrote:Whoa, you've ridden the kit 1,000 miles already? Nice pics! -Mike
iwordwatch wrote:Love your review! Most online reviews are way too short for my taste and have been written soon after receiving the product, so they don't really go into the performance over time. Yours is very satisfying.
I'm starting with the Clean Republic motor and SLA on a bike I already own, but I'll be saving up for a Day 6 bike and a LION battery!
PhredG wrote:Totally great review and thread! Wonderfully detailed, well documented, great pics! I'm just getting started with all of this and I learned so much from this thread alone. Thanks all! But I do still have some questions I hope somebody can help answer:
(1) I'm having a hard time imaging a front wheel drive bike. How does a front wheel powered elec bike perform compared to the rear wheel bikes we are used to riding? Are there any big differences in handling? Without loading on the wheel - especially in this semi-recumbent configuration - isn't something lost? Any special considerations for turning on a powered front wheel?
(2) Is the throttle an all-or-nothing switch? Either on or off? Or is there some control over the acceleration? I'm thinking I don't always want to be going full speed and want to have some control over just how fast I am going based on throttle input. When the throttle is switched off is there any deceleration braking going on or are you just free-wheeling on the bike?
(3) Noise? How loud is the elec motor? Is it a quiet hum or a louder/higher pitch?
(4) Lights? Is there any way to run a headlight and tail light off the elec source? Most such accessories are battery operated - all well and good - but because of that they are so much larger than they need to be if they were being powered by the battery pack. Especially if you want a really good throw on the headlight. This being a motorized vehicle I would think we might want a more powerful headlamp than is standard on most bikes.
Thanks so much for your replies. I'm really hoping to get started on this asap. TIA.
PhredG wrote:Wow. I had no idea. How something seemingly so simple can become so ...... complex? I started on this path a couple hours ago fully expecting it to be a brief visit and, uh, ..... I'm still here. During my journey I've found answers to questions #2 and #3 above. But I'm still looking for input on #1 and #3. And adding #5.
re: the throttle (#2) I appreciate the reasons for why the switch is designed the way it is even while I still wonder how happy I will be the on/off performance. Per some other comments I read it sounds like I should just give the throttle switch as-designed a try and decide later whether I like it or not. And decide later whether it is worth trying to re-design the function. That's cool.
Adding a new question #5 to the list: Are the usual caliper brakes adequate for motor-enhanced speeds? I note Mike is brewing up a drum brake solution for the kit. I wonder how many current riders are going to jump on this new option? Or do you feel the current brake configuration is safe enough?
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