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Lightning Rods 2800W mid drive kit

This is the most powerful production mid drive kit that you can run through the bikes gears, and the big surprise is how quiet it is. We bought the first two production kits before they were even produced. I say that up front to give you an idea of how we feel about this particular mid drive kit. There is quite simply no other kit that you can add to your bike that comes close to what this kit can

This is the most powerful production mid drive kit that you can run through the bikes gears, and the big surprise is how quiet it is. We bought the first two production kits before they were even produced. I say that up front to give you an idea of how we feel about this particular mid drive kit. There is quite simply no other kit that you can add to your bike that comes close to what this kit can

 

S.P.A. Bicicletto, a Stylish Italian E-bike

SPA is a very old luxury/sport car company from Torino (often translated into English as “Turin”), in the north-west region of Italy (near the French Alps). The company was established in 1906 by Matteo Ceirano under the name of Società Piemontese Automobili (roughly translated, it means Company “at the foot of the mountains” [that makes] Automobiles). The chief designer at the time was Alberto Ballacco. In 1925, they were purchased by a very large and famous neighboring company: Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino

SPA is a very old luxury/sport car company from Torino (often translated into English as “Turin”), in the north-west region of Italy (near the French Alps). The company was established in 1906 by Matteo Ceirano under the name of Società Piemontese Automobili (roughly translated, it means Company “at the foot of the mountains” [that makes] Automobiles). The chief designer at the time was Alberto Ballacco. In 1925, they were purchased by a very large and famous neighboring company: Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino

 

Custom Build Gallery, Hannes’ crossbreak-style mid-drive Kona

This mid-drive build features an innovative configuration that makes it easier for a builder to pedal along with the motor if you need to ride at speeds above 30-MPH (48-km/h). It was built by a man named Hannes in Austria (endless-sphere.com username: izeman), and the very professional look and performance of this E-bike is the result of a great deal of research and customization. A mid drive that powers the bottom bracket’s crankset has proven to be a useful way

This mid-drive build features an innovative configuration that makes it easier for a builder to pedal along with the motor if you need to ride at speeds above 30-MPH (48-km/h). It was built by a man named Hannes in Austria (endless-sphere.com username: izeman), and the very professional look and performance of this E-bike is the result of a great deal of research and customization. A mid drive that powers the bottom bracket’s crankset has proven to be a useful way

 

Custom Build Gallery, Matt’s 20-inch Astro Hooligan

Matt Shumaker really made a name for himself a few years ago by developing high performance electric bikes that used the high-end Astro Flight RC motors. The distinctive feature of his drives were the chunks of billet aluminum that were cut into beautiful and well-designed brackets, which mounted these motors to various bicycle frames. You can see his monster yellow trike here. http://www.electricbike.com/50mph-monster-electric-trike/ Matt had calculated out a lot of variables and optional configurations during the first year he was developing

Matt Shumaker really made a name for himself a few years ago by developing high performance electric bikes that used the high-end Astro Flight RC motors. The distinctive feature of his drives were the chunks of billet aluminum that were cut into beautiful and well-designed brackets, which mounted these motors to various bicycle frames. You can see his monster yellow trike here. http://www.electricbike.com/50mph-monster-electric-trike/ Matt had calculated out a lot of variables and optional configurations during the first year he was developing

 

Custom Build Gallery, Deecanios Astro mid drive

This mid drive build was started way back in 2008, but…it was so ahead of it’s time, it is still awesome by todays standards. Deecanio is the member-name of an endless-sphere.com builder from the UK who created this historic milestone E-bike. He decided he wanted something completely new and cutting edge. He had read about how the components for Radio-Controlled (RC) aircraft models had grown large enough that they were beginning to be used on electric bikes. RC components can

This mid drive build was started way back in 2008, but…it was so ahead of it’s time, it is still awesome by todays standards. Deecanio is the member-name of an endless-sphere.com builder from the UK who created this historic milestone E-bike. He decided he wanted something completely new and cutting edge. He had read about how the components for Radio-Controlled (RC) aircraft models had grown large enough that they were beginning to be used on electric bikes. RC components can

 

Custom Build Gallery, Roy’s eCortina

This months featured build has had three major changes over three years, and each version has been so well done…they could each be featured by themselves in separate articles. But…rather than stretch them into three articles, I found the back-story of the evolution of this bike to be just as interesting as how it ended up. This impressive builder is Roy (endless-sphere.com username: RWP), who lives in Ventura California. He decided that he wanted to experiment with a Cortina Triton DS

This months featured build has had three major changes over three years, and each version has been so well done…they could each be featured by themselves in separate articles. But…rather than stretch them into three articles, I found the back-story of the evolution of this bike to be just as interesting as how it ended up. This impressive builder is Roy (endless-sphere.com username: RWP), who lives in Ventura California. He decided that he wanted to experiment with a Cortina Triton DS

 

NAHBS 2014, Paul Daniels custom mid drive

Once a year at the North American Handmade Bike Show (NAHBS, in Charlotte, North Carolina)…custom-made one-of-a-kind bicycles are displayed to show off the builders skill, and to present new ideas

Once a year at the North American Handmade Bike Show (NAHBS, in Charlotte, North Carolina)…custom-made one-of-a-kind bicycles are displayed to show off the builders skill, and to present new ideas

 

12 E-bike KIT power levels, from 360W to 8,000W

If you are fairly new to the idea of an E-bike, and you think you might want one, this article hopes to give you some info to help you get some kind of an idea about what type of kit will fit your needs. Factory E-bikes are very expensive compared to the kits that you can get and install on your own bike, but…some people don’t mind paying more to get good customer service from a local dealer, and getting

If you are fairly new to the idea of an E-bike, and you think you might want one, this article hopes to give you some info to help you get some kind of an idea about what type of kit will fit your needs. Factory E-bikes are very expensive compared to the kits that you can get and install on your own bike, but…some people don’t mind paying more to get good customer service from a local dealer, and getting

 

Custom Build Gallery, Duty Cycle AWD

This is an awesome All-Wheel-Drive E-bike, and it is also a folder so that it can be carried onto a train for day-trips to the mountains. It has been designed and built by a brilliant guy named Ben, and we are already quite familiar with him, because…he is also the builder of the the “Dogati” Super E-bike. Ben has a home in very hilly Taiwan, and in particular there is a hill leading up to his home that is unusually

This is an awesome All-Wheel-Drive E-bike, and it is also a folder so that it can be carried onto a train for day-trips to the mountains. It has been designed and built by a brilliant guy named Ben, and we are already quite familiar with him, because…he is also the builder of the the “Dogati” Super E-bike. Ben has a home in very hilly Taiwan, and in particular there is a hill leading up to his home that is unusually

 

High Current Batteries that are NOT LiPo

High performance requires high amps, but LiPo batteries can be dangerous for someone who is inexperienced with them. LiPo is capable of putting out VERY high current (the C-rate), and if you are building a racing E-bike, they are simply the best choice. A LiPo pack will be smaller, lighter, and will put out more peak and continuous amps than any other pack you can buy. The problem is that…for E-bikers who want something that is much safer, but has better performance

High performance requires high amps, but LiPo batteries can be dangerous for someone who is inexperienced with them. LiPo is capable of putting out VERY high current (the C-rate), and if you are building a racing E-bike, they are simply the best choice. A LiPo pack will be smaller, lighter, and will put out more peak and continuous amps than any other pack you can buy. The problem is that…for E-bikers who want something that is much safer, but has better performance