Masterwork

Custom Build Gallery, Matts twin-Astro Motoped

This is an over-the-top custom electric bicycle system from DaVinci Drive Systems on a Motoped frame. I first became aware of the very interesting Motoped company about a couple of years ago. The Motoped has been designed to use a 50cc gasoline engine, and it clearly looks like a light off-road motorcycle. However, it was also designed from the beginning to be as light as possible, and to have pedals for human input. As a result, it uses a lot

This is an over-the-top custom electric bicycle system from DaVinci Drive Systems on a Motoped frame. I first became aware of the very interesting Motoped company about a couple of years ago. The Motoped has been designed to use a 50cc gasoline engine, and it clearly looks like a light off-road motorcycle. However, it was also designed from the beginning to be as light as possible, and to have pedals for human input. As a result, it uses a lot

 

Custom Build Gallery, Zlatko’s CBM

Back in December of 2013, we wrote about a wonderful 2WD board-tracker style of E-bike that was made in Croatia by a very skilled designer and engineer named Zlatko Vidic. He named his creation the “Mental Manno“. Now, he and two of his friends are making another style of E-bike that is designed around the monster Cromotor rear hub. This is a street E-bike, and by using a rear hub, the entire frame is then free to hold the maximum volume

Back in December of 2013, we wrote about a wonderful 2WD board-tracker style of E-bike that was made in Croatia by a very skilled designer and engineer named Zlatko Vidic. He named his creation the “Mental Manno“. Now, he and two of his friends are making another style of E-bike that is designed around the monster Cromotor rear hub. This is a street E-bike, and by using a rear hub, the entire frame is then free to hold the maximum volume

 

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. 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. 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

 

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

 

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

 

Custom Build Gallery, Zlatko’s Mental Manno

This months custom build is from Croatia, in Eastern Europe next to the beautiful Adriatic Sea. Zlatko Vidić is a mechanical engineer and when he decided to make an electric bike, he wanted something that would be distinctive, and also reminiscent of the race motorcycles from 1930-’36. By the time he had become interested in E-bikes around 2008, the best looking frames were only 3D concepts, and the existing E-bikes didn’t interest him. A close friend (ES member HAL9000v2.0) was the designer

This months custom build is from Croatia, in Eastern Europe next to the beautiful Adriatic Sea. Zlatko Vidić is a mechanical engineer and when he decided to make an electric bike, he wanted something that would be distinctive, and also reminiscent of the race motorcycles from 1930-’36. By the time he had become interested in E-bikes around 2008, the best looking frames were only 3D concepts, and the existing E-bikes didn’t interest him. A close friend (ES member HAL9000v2.0) was the designer

 

Custom Build Gallery, Teklektiks dual-motor Yuba Mundo

Alan is an electrical engineer and drives a Volvo station wagon (endless-sphere username: Teklektik), so it’s no surprise that when he wanted an electric bike for errands and a bit of exercise, he built a 2WD cargo electric bike.

Alan is an electrical engineer and drives a Volvo station wagon (endless-sphere username: Teklektik), so it’s no surprise that when he wanted an electric bike for errands and a bit of exercise, he built a 2WD cargo electric bike.