Chopped electric mountain bike test ride

January 29, 2010 · 1 comment

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The major fabrication is complete and this electric bike is assembled for the first test ride. I’m really happy with the way this project turned out. So far all of the changes I made and the expected improvements have proven to be good. The bike rides and feels really stable and strong.

Moving the batteries forward and lower is probably the biggest improvement to stability. It makes handling much more predictable. The frame extension to accommodate the batteries extended the wheelbase. This has also improved to the stability.

Exchanging the flexible aluminum bars with steel bars is another factor that improved handling.

By moving the batteries, I can now use the rack for other things. The batteries are more secure so I can leave them on the bike and not have to lug them around while at the store.

Now that I know the frame is strong, I can disassemble and paint the frame. I want to box in the battery and make a place to mount the key switch and charge connector. I also want to add a kill switch in case the throttle sticks in the on position.

The controller is already in a box as seen at this link. When the batteries are boxed in and fenders installed, the bike should be good to ride in almost any weather condition.

If you want to see all the posts, photos and videos related to this project, click on Chop Mountain Bike Category.

If you have any comments about this project, I’d like to hear about that too.

It’s time to figure out what to work on next. I have many ideas to choose from but I’m curious what you would like to see. Leave a comment and let me know.

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1 Charmaine February 7, 2010 at 9:22 pm

Though it looks like any other ordinary bike but what I like most is the ability to ride in almost any weather condition.

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