Electric conversion kit install

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Re: Electric conversion kit install

Postby to the beach » Sun Aug 25, 2013 3:15 pm

Thanks desertguns, this is the first EBike I've built. I bought the Del Rio with intentions to just ride it as is, however when I came across this kit on craigslist, I immediately wanted the electric conversion. Before, I would ride to just the gas station 2 miles away. Now I'm heading right into downtown 5 miles away. Amazon sells this kit as well as EBAY. Amazon offers a better guarantee at a 10% higher cost. EBAY just guarantees it won't be DOA. These 1000 Watt kits are $250-300 shipped to your door. If you want to travel 20 miles round trip, the battery needs to be a 20 Amp Hour LiFePo4. There's a lot of underpowered bikes out there and that's not the right way. The only brand of battery everyone seems to agree on is from PINGbattery. Since the kit doesn't include a battery, you'd be paying close to $1000 for the kit and battery with the correct Lithium charger included. The beauty of buying a kit vs. a pre-built E-Bike is you chose the bike to convert, kits offer more power/speed for less, and you can design the bike with a much larger battery for longer travel distances.

I currently have the cheaper/heavier sealed lead acid batteries that work with the charger included in the kit. They were already used by the previous owner for about 2 months. They weigh 3 times as much as an equally capable Lithium battery pack and the Lithium pack can be recharged 2000 times vs. 200 for SLA.
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Re: Electric conversion kit install

Postby Nagant » Sat Sep 07, 2013 11:31 pm

I think your Del Rio looks great as well. Last month I was going to purchase one but found a very good condition 1999 Schwinn Searcher on Craigslist. If I hadn't found that Searcher I would have a Del Rio for sure. Love the fact they have an aluminum frame, 7 gears, and decent fenders for around $130.
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Re: Electric conversion kit install

Postby to the beach » Mon Sep 09, 2013 11:04 am

My bike will do 20 miles round trip without a problem as long as the hill climbing is less than 33% of the ride. I have it up for sale, $850. I've now travelled around 400 miles on this bike. The only reason to sell is to fund another build.

The Kona was not my bike.
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Re: Electric conversion kit install

Postby to the beach » Sat Jul 05, 2014 9:17 pm

I'm just approaching 1000 miles now and the kit has worked well. The batteries have had 100 cycles and should last at least another 1000 miles before they reach 80% and time to replace. My one and only flat, I had a rear tire blow out last summer and replaced it and a broken spoke. The front tire, also original, is bald in the middle section now and will be replaced soon. I'm not surprised because with 30 ft/lbs. of torque off the line, the tire will easily spin a bit (front wheel drive). The electronics, ie: the controller and throttle, have never once failed. The motor is holding up well too, except for a flaky hall sensor that may need replacing.
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Re: Electric conversion kit install

Postby to the beach » Mon Apr 20, 2015 3:00 pm

I just sold this bike.
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