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    Tried one today at Manchester .... and found it ......




    ...... was freaking awesome !!

    Went for a blast round the plot.....you just start pedalling and it sort of assists you

    As soon as I'd gone 25 metres in it I was imagining doing my normal routes on it

    Tempted ....but not just now cos I've spent up on the car.

    Go and try one
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    I had/have a electric bicycle before car ownership and when you do set off, it is quite a pickup when the motor kicks in, isn't? Mine is now getting on a bit so I did examine the ebike as a possible replacement.

    It is expensive though. MB of Liverpool wanted 1500 for it. Quite a smooth design, the battery isn't obvious at at all. Might worry about the drive belt snapping though.

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    this is the drive belt used http://www.gatescarbondrive.com/products/overview

    felt tough to me with zero give

    The retail is 1800, you should have struck a deal with them at 15 ;-)
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    The retail is 1800, you should have struck a deal with them at 15 ;-)
    I should have.

    Smart and drive belts give me pause half the time. The belt looks quite tough in all fairness (the teeth look fairly meaty). Wonder how much stretching it can take before it breaks or falls off. Then again, if you cheat and use the motor a lot, then it'll reduce the wear.

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    You need padded balls and a fat pocket book whenever the drive belt comes off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheAlmostInvisibleMan View Post
    this is the drive belt used http://www.gatescarbondrive.com/products/overview

    felt tough to me with zero give

    The retail is 1800, you should have struck a deal with them at 15 ;-)
    Thanks for the link taim. Gates' tensioning app at bottom right corner is really good. Have just tried the iPhone version on a timing belt. Perfect for measuring vibration frequency in all kinds of belt drives. Use my spread sheet published on ClubSmartCar and Smarts to convert from belt tension to frequency.

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    These do pop up on eBay every now and again, and can be quite cheap (in comparison to retail price).
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    Lots of rich punters down south. They buy themselves bikes then find out they can't ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J500ANT View Post
    These do pop up on eBay every now and again, and can be quite cheap (in comparison to retail price).
    With knackered/exhausted battery packs ?


    I will look

    Must sharpen my search criteria a bit:......

    All I'm getting is mY8OgR8X9U7CQ3crBig-VcA.jpg
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    I rode one of the few orange and grey ones early last year, it was alright but the top speed is disappointing however, I know that's for legal reasons.
    Other e-bikes can be hacked to increase the speed as they are capable of much more. The problem I found was the motor they decided to use has the controller built into the hub and there seems to be no way to mess around with it. I found a German guide stating that it could be done but I think it was patched so it no longer worked. 1800 does seem a lot for an electric bike that you can't hack. There are better and cheaper ones but they don't look as nice.

    Maybe I'll try and get one half price when I order my 453.

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