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Re: interesting electric bike design

Ahhh, another person who likes the xtracycle!
Great product I'm sure.

I would love to have on on my bike.
Their website is so well designed, so many times I visited their
website, even after making the purchase. Fantastic folk!

I paid in full for an extracycle with all the trimmings, as in 2x
saddlebags, passenger carry board, etc... Cost me $AU730. 2 months
later, still no product. The last eta I was given was November, but
seeing as I already pain in full, I may get it by September. Anyway I
cancelled the order. So sad to say. :-(

It is bad when great products by newly formed companies find themselves
with a case of great front-end, shithouse backend. Something about a
worldwide shortage since August/September last year because of an
incorrect production run at the Taiwanese manufacturing yards.

I was intending for my xtracycle-equipped bike to be my main vehicle.
But as this won't happen for another 2 or 4 months, I'd decided to go
for a recumbent trike instead, and could only afford it by selling my
ICE car (not for conversion) and apply for an xtracycle refund.

Perhaps in the future, when I have more cash on hand, and can actually
afford to convert my beloved ute to electric, I will look at it again.
Such a sweet looking product! :)

Anyway, if you are the type that enjoys taking the bike out for a ride,
check this product out (in a few months when they have stock......) Same
for the electric attachment, different company though. They're not
currently taking orders, changes are a-happening.

About that StokeMonkey electric attachment, I reckon the main thing it
has got going for it, over the hub motors we all see is that its output
is attached to the pedal crank of the bicycle. Meaning that you have
some odd 400W of added power over your entire gear range, as compared to
a fixed ratio with a hub motor.

And yes, I tried purchasing one of those aswell. Well submitted my
interest was the best I could do as they haven't been accepting new
orders for at least 2 months now. I'm not sure about the holdups with
their products.

Two great products, just wish they were a little cheaper and in stock ;-)

Cheers,
James.



Ian Page-Echols wrote:
> I found the bike store Clever Chimp recently in my searchings for
> saddlebags for my bike. They sell, among other things, FreeRadical
> kits by Xtracycle, which attaches to the back of a normal bike and
> allows you to carry a ton of stuff on there (one of the images on the
> Xtracycle site shows a biker carrying a kayak!).
>
> What I just found was that Clever Chimp is selling an electric kit for
> bikes equipped this way. Looks pretty well thought out. Batteries
> are 36 volt NiMH (choice of 9 or 13Ah at 12 and 19 lbs) and it sounds
> like the motor and mountings are around 20 lbs. Top speeds of around
> 30 mph, and a range of around 50 miles (can't find this again, but I
> remember reading that number, most likely with the larger battery?),
> and $1350 for the kit. You're talking almost 70 lbs for a full bike
> set up this way, so might be best as a 2nd bike. Very tempting.
>
> http://www.xtracycle.com/freerad.php (North San Juan & Emeryville, CA)
> http://cleverchimp.com/products/stokemonkey/ (Portland)
>
> Ian
>
 

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Re: interesting electric bike design

Well, I guess that makes it in good company with many other electric
vehicles then. Not shipping, that is. Too bad to hear though.

Ian


James Drysdale wrote:

> Ahhh, another person who likes the xtracycle!
> Great product I'm sure.
>
> I would love to have on on my bike.
> Their website is so well designed, so many times I visited their
> website, even after making the purchase. Fantastic folk!
>
> I paid in full for an extracycle with all the trimmings, as in 2x
> saddlebags, passenger carry board, etc... Cost me $AU730. 2 months
> later, still no product. The last eta I was given was November, but
> seeing as I already pain in full, I may get it by September. Anyway I
> cancelled the order. So sad to say. :-(
>
> It is bad when great products by newly formed companies find
> themselves
> with a case of great front-end, shithouse backend. Something about a
> worldwide shortage since August/September last year because of an
> incorrect production run at the Taiwanese manufacturing yards.
>
> I was intending for my xtracycle-equipped bike to be my main vehicle.
> But as this won't happen for another 2 or 4 months, I'd decided to go
> for a recumbent trike instead, and could only afford it by selling my
> ICE car (not for conversion) and apply for an xtracycle refund.
>
> Perhaps in the future, when I have more cash on hand, and can actually
> afford to convert my beloved ute to electric, I will look at it again.
> Such a sweet looking product! :)
>
> Anyway, if you are the type that enjoys taking the bike out for a
> ride,
> check this product out (in a few months when they have stock......)
> Same
> for the electric attachment, different company though. They're not
> currently taking orders, changes are a-happening.
>
> About that StokeMonkey electric attachment, I reckon the main thing it
> has got going for it, over the hub motors we all see is that its
> output
> is attached to the pedal crank of the bicycle. Meaning that you have
> some odd 400W of added power over your entire gear range, as
> compared to
> a fixed ratio with a hub motor.
>
> And yes, I tried purchasing one of those aswell. Well submitted my
> interest was the best I could do as they haven't been accepting new
> orders for at least 2 months now. I'm not sure about the holdups with
> their products.
>
> Two great products, just wish they were a little cheaper and in
> stock ;-)
>
> Cheers,
> James.
>
>
>
> Ian Page-Echols wrote:
>> I found the bike store Clever Chimp recently in my searchings for
>> saddlebags for my bike. They sell, among other things, FreeRadical
>> kits by Xtracycle, which attaches to the back of a normal bike and
>> allows you to carry a ton of stuff on there (one of the images on the
>> Xtracycle site shows a biker carrying a kayak!).
>>
>> What I just found was that Clever Chimp is selling an electric kit
>> for
>> bikes equipped this way. Looks pretty well thought out. Batteries
>> are 36 volt NiMH (choice of 9 or 13Ah at 12 and 19 lbs) and it sounds
>> like the motor and mountings are around 20 lbs. Top speeds of around
>> 30 mph, and a range of around 50 miles (can't find this again, but I
>> remember reading that number, most likely with the larger battery?),
>> and $1350 for the kit. You're talking almost 70 lbs for a full bike
>> set up this way, so might be best as a 2nd bike. Very tempting.
>>
>> http://www.xtracycle.com/freerad.php (North San Juan & Emeryville,
>> CA)
>> http://cleverchimp.com/products/stokemonkey/ (Portland)
>>
>> Ian
>>
>
 
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