Advice for converting tandem

Harly

New Member
#1
I am looking at adding a front hub kit to a tandem. The tandem is Raleigh frame with 26 " wheels. In trying to keep weight balanced I am considering a front hub motor. Would 500W with 36v battery be ok? I live in Salt Lake City--I ride some hills. I would not consider taking this up the canyons. Most rides are about 2 hours.
Thoughts anyone?
 
#2
Just to give you a idea what I did when I built the wife a bike last year. Used a battery from Luna https://lunacycle.com/48v-panasonic-ga-17-5ah-black-killer-whale-ebike-pack-huge-range/ and the front wheel kit from https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Who.../1947983314.html?spm=2114.13010608.0.0.2HJDYe with no issues. From the picture you can see I placed all the wires and controllers in the front basket and than added a piece of thin wood so the basket is still half usable. The battery is on the rack in the bag. I just bought a heavy duty power cord to use as my plug, one end connected to the controller and the other end remained a standard plug. Connected a outlet to the battery so just plug in the battery when you are ready to ride, easy. With two riders and a hill or two I would say the bigger battery and 48v to get a full two hours. This will vary a lot on how much each of you pedal. The link I sent is for a 1000 watt but this would be the same as a different manufacturer who says it is a 500 watt. I do not find it over powered at all and we are heavy riders, rather have the power than not and plus no motor stress. You can also limit current and speed anyway with the display. My second bike is labeled 500 watts and has the exact same wattage on display. Also would suggest a http://www.ebikes.ca/shop/electric-bicycle-parts/torque-arms/torqarm-v2.html# to keep everything from moving on the front wheel. Wife does not have the disc brakes either and is doing fine but would of been nice to have disc brakes for stopping just to be a little more in control.
 

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Harly

New Member
#3
Just to give you a idea what I did when I built the wife a bike last year. Used a battery from Luna https://lunacycle.com/48v-panasonic-ga-17-5ah-black-killer-whale-ebike-pack-huge-range/ and the front wheel kit from https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Who.../1947983314.html?spm=2114.13010608.0.0.2HJDYe with no issues. From the picture you can see I placed all the wires and controllers in the front basket and than added a piece of thin wood so the basket is still half usable. The battery is on the rack in the bag. I just bought a heavy duty power cord to use as my plug, one end connected to the controller and the other end remained a standard plug. Connected a outlet to the battery so just plug in the battery when you are ready to ride, easy. With two riders and a hill or two I would say the bigger battery and 48v to get a full two hours. This will vary a lot on how much each of you pedal. The link I sent is for a 1000 watt but this would be the same as a different manufacturer who says it is a 500 watt. I do not find it over powered at all and we are heavy riders, rather have the power than not and plus no motor stress. You can also limit current and speed anyway with the display. My second bike is labeled 500 watts and has the exact same wattage on display. Also would suggest a http://www.ebikes.ca/shop/electric-bicycle-parts/torque-arms/torqarm-v2.html# to keep everything from moving on the front wheel. Wife does not have the disc brakes either and is doing fine but would of been nice to have disc brakes for stopping just to be a little more in control.
Thanks for the feed back
 

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