Reviews

Mounting Options for E-bike Batteries

One of the first problems a new E-biker who wants to add a kit to their bicycle has to figure out is…Where do I mount the battery, and how? This article will help you see what the common methods are, and hopefully to help you decide what would work best for you. ______________________________________________ Rear Cargo Rack Mounting the battery on a rear cargo rack is a frequently used method on the most affordable kits. We don’t like them because they make

One of the first problems a new E-biker who wants to add a kit to their bicycle has to figure out is…Where do I mount the battery, and how? This article will help you see what the common methods are, and hopefully to help you decide what would work best for you. ______________________________________________ Rear Cargo Rack Mounting the battery on a rear cargo rack is a frequently used method on the most affordable kits. We don’t like them because they make

 

Lightning Rods Big-Block mid drive kit

The original Lightning Rods kit was the most powerful mid drive available when we wrote about it back in December of 2014. But now, he has produced an even more powerful kit that he is calling his “big block”. It is wide enough that it fits between the pedals on extra-wide bottom brackets, like those found on some downhill bikes, the recently popular fatbikes, some cargobikes, and the Qulbix Raptor.     You can find our article on the original

The original Lightning Rods kit was the most powerful mid drive available when we wrote about it back in December of 2014. But now, he has produced an even more powerful kit that he is calling his “big block”. It is wide enough that it fits between the pedals on extra-wide bottom brackets, like those found on some downhill bikes, the recently popular fatbikes, some cargobikes, and the Qulbix Raptor.     You can find our article on the original

 

Moped Rims and Tires for Hot Rod Hubmotors

If you want to rock a ton of amps in a hot-rod hubmotor street monster for the kind of sweet hard acceleration that can embarrass an expensive sports car, the latest trend is to mount the hubbie into a rear wheel that uses Moped rims and tires. This article will show you why you want this, and what parts are being used right now by garage builders to make this happen. ____________________________________________ Isn’t a moped just a light motorcycle? There

If you want to rock a ton of amps in a hot-rod hubmotor street monster for the kind of sweet hard acceleration that can embarrass an expensive sports car, the latest trend is to mount the hubbie into a rear wheel that uses Moped rims and tires. This article will show you why you want this, and what parts are being used right now by garage builders to make this happen. ____________________________________________ Isn’t a moped just a light motorcycle? There

 

MXUS 3000W V2, a Hot Rod Hubmotor

In early 2014, a few E-bike hot-rodders took a risk and bought a very large hubmotor direct from a Chinese company called MXUS, and the results were so good, this large hubmotor is now growing in popularity. For many years, the MXUS company has manufactured hubmotors for other companies to put their names on the sideplates, but…a couple of years ago, they began selling them under their own name. I mention this because the “MXUS” name may be new to

In early 2014, a few E-bike hot-rodders took a risk and bought a very large hubmotor direct from a Chinese company called MXUS, and the results were so good, this large hubmotor is now growing in popularity. For many years, the MXUS company has manufactured hubmotors for other companies to put their names on the sideplates, but…a couple of years ago, they began selling them under their own name. I mention this because the “MXUS” name may be new to

 

Felt Lebowsk-e Fat Ebike Review

Editor Note: This review posted with permission from The New Wheel, a really good electric bike shop in San Francisco owned and operated by true believers in the electric bike revolution.   Over the past year I’ve had the pleasure of riding most of the ebikes that can be found at The New Wheel. The Felt Lebowsk-e stands alone as the most unique experience I’ve had so far. It’s enormous 4″ wide, 26″ tires make it’s presence known: it’s truly a

Editor Note: This review posted with permission from The New Wheel, a really good electric bike shop in San Francisco owned and operated by true believers in the electric bike revolution.   Over the past year I’ve had the pleasure of riding most of the ebikes that can be found at The New Wheel. The Felt Lebowsk-e stands alone as the most unique experience I’ve had so far. It’s enormous 4″ wide, 26″ tires make it’s presence known: it’s truly a

 

Ebike Wiring…Defining the Rats-Nest

Editor note: Part 2 of a 4 part series on the wiring of DIY ebikes Make no mistake about it…there is no great deal of expertise in building a drive system for an electric bike. It is not rocket science….it is not even as hard as tuning a car science. DIY ebikes have an array of wires that can quickly and often times turn into a rats-nest if the builder is not thoughtful. Wires are a messy problem. Where as the

Editor note: Part 2 of a 4 part series on the wiring of DIY ebikes Make no mistake about it…there is no great deal of expertise in building a drive system for an electric bike. It is not rocket science….it is not even as hard as tuning a car science. DIY ebikes have an array of wires that can quickly and often times turn into a rats-nest if the builder is not thoughtful. Wires are a messy problem. Where as the

 

Definitive Guide to Ebike Connectors

Editor note: Part 1 of a 5 part series on the wiring of DIY ebikes Choosing the right connectors for your electric bike battery can be a critical decision for a person who is new to electric bikes. If you become a real ebike enthusiast later, the connector you select now will impact your ebike experience for the next 10 years. The reason being is, you probably will opt to use the same connectors on your different battery packs so that you

Editor note: Part 1 of a 5 part series on the wiring of DIY ebikes Choosing the right connectors for your electric bike battery can be a critical decision for a person who is new to electric bikes. If you become a real ebike enthusiast later, the connector you select now will impact your ebike experience for the next 10 years. The reason being is, you probably will opt to use the same connectors on your different battery packs so that you

 

Peugeot eDL-132, exotic French concept E-bike

The Peugeot eDL-132 mid-drive electric bicycle is a gorgeous example of a car company that wants to get some publicity with the growing trend of cars and motorcycles adding an electric-drive to their model line. Over the past decade, it has been rare for me to see any evidence of a Peugeot outside of France and the European Union (EU), but two years ago, the French company Peugeot decided to start making some bold moves, which would be needed if

The Peugeot eDL-132 mid-drive electric bicycle is a gorgeous example of a car company that wants to get some publicity with the growing trend of cars and motorcycles adding an electric-drive to their model line. Over the past decade, it has been rare for me to see any evidence of a Peugeot outside of France and the European Union (EU), but two years ago, the French company Peugeot decided to start making some bold moves, which would be needed if

 

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. (edit: as of the spring of 2015, Lightning Rods now has his even MORE powerful “big block” mid drive, which can use twice as many amps as his basic kit, which is what is shown in this article) We bought the first two production kits before they were even produced. I say that up

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. (edit: as of the spring of 2015, Lightning Rods now has his even MORE powerful “big block” mid drive, which can use twice as many amps as his basic kit, which is what is shown in this article) We bought the first two production kits before they were even produced. I say that up

 

Piaggio’s new mid drive

  The name of Piaggio is not well-known in North America, but they are a well-established brand in Europe. This Iconic Italian company has been slow to commit to a significant electric bike, but their history shows that they are serious about this new product. They revealed this new model on the 4th of November at the EICMA 72nd International Motorcycle Exhibition in Milan, Italy. ____________________________________________________ The History of Piaggio After the devastation of WWII, Piaggio switched from producing aircraft parts to

  The name of Piaggio is not well-known in North America, but they are a well-established brand in Europe. This Iconic Italian company has been slow to commit to a significant electric bike, but their history shows that they are serious about this new product. They revealed this new model on the 4th of November at the EICMA 72nd International Motorcycle Exhibition in Milan, Italy. ____________________________________________________ The History of Piaggio After the devastation of WWII, Piaggio switched from producing aircraft parts to