Nirve DIY Part 1

Joe EE

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#1
This is my first DIY project. I found Electric bikes in 2017. I bought a Voltbike Yukon 750 that is a great bike, and a Surface 604 Colt that is also great in its class. Both bikes do what they advertised. I am very happy I’m up on 2 wheels again at 55.
Court reviewed the EG Monte Carlo which is a chopper style bike and I found that a little bit underwhelming for the price. Hoping for some wisdom and still being interested in that kind of bike I recommended a review of the Micargi chopper. I find Court’s reviews to be very informational and I trust him. I know he’s a busy guy and I really like him a lot, so I understand that he has not had time to get to that,
Regardless, in the absence of any type of expert advice on this subject, this year I decided to build one. I thought that when I ordered the bike, she was going to be everything that I wanted....
Pretty yes, but an unwieldy dog trying to pedal.. if I’m going to be completely honest.
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Joe EE

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Part 2
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I contacted Gary Salo from Golden Motor Canada, where I first saw the bike and he was happy to help me motorize her! Gary is a great guy too

Needless to say.. the bike stock was 650 dollars US. The kit was around 1400 dollars US. That’s 2000 ish. I have spent an additional almost 1000 dollars, 10 and 20 at a time making her just right. I have learned a lot and I have had a lot of fun building. I have made some nice acquaintances along the way. I have learned there are a lot of good people here. The bottom line is ... I am now in possession of the finest bicycle/toy/ transportation that I could have ever dreamed of when I was a kid.
I frequently say that my second childhood is much better than my first was. I wish all the best to my fellow riders out there. Ride safe, my friends. If you can’t find your dream.... build it! 4.jpg 5.jpg 6.jpg 7.jpg 8.jpg 9.jpg 10.jpg 11.jpg 12.jpg 13.jpg 14.jpg
 

Joe EE

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Part 3

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“”Latest upgrades completed... for now. Fork bag, front and rear directionals operational, hard bags permanently mounted, new Tailbones more streamlined saddle, Shenkey hi output headlamp (with seizure inducing strobe mode),ElectraBlade logo on the downtube and battery blind with a “broken glass” finish along with upgraded Axiom MK3 Journey Uni-Fit Rear Rack and a brass single stroke bell from Serfas.””

These are my pics from beginning to now.... somehow I still don’t think I’m done..
 

Rooster

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Part 3

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“”Latest upgrades completed... for now. Fork bag, front and rear directionals operational, hard bags permanently mounted, new Tailbones more streamlined saddle, Shenkey hi output headlamp (with seizure inducing strobe mode),ElectraBlade logo on the downtube and battery blind with a “broken glass” finish along with upgraded Axiom MK3 Journey Uni-Fit Rear Rack and a brass single stroke bell from Serfas.””

These are my pics from beginning to now.... somehow I still don’t think I’m done..
What bike is that and can I buy it.I see it says Electra blade, is that what it is and where can I buy it. I appreciate it if you could help, that's a sharp looking bike but I would do something else with the battery. Too much weight on the rear wheel. Love the flat foot design.
 

Joe EE

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#5
That is a Nirve Switchblade and yes they are for sale! I love the bike, she’s so comfortable to ride. Cruiser style upright position.
 

Joe EE

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#6
There are a few different places the battery can be mounted but I love the look of the HUGE open space in the frame and I didn’t want to change that. The bike is very heavy, all steel frame etc. but I love it. It is very customizable.
 
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Hi @Joe EE, totally agree with you about that "second childhood" when it comes to ebikes; a lot of fun & happiness.

Please don't be too harsh on the chopper style bike. They're really designed for mostly straight line riding which they do quite well and with a pretty cushy feel. Handling is not their strong point ;) as it seems you know.
 

Joe EE

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#8
Hi Ann, i am really happy with it now that it’s powered. Trying to get to a speed where she wasn’t wobbly all over before I motorized it was tough for me, is all. That big rake up front and the forward pedal position was a little past my capability unmotorized at this point. With the pedal assist she’s just a big smooth glider now.
 
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Part 3

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Love this bike, great build!

“”Latest upgrades completed... for now. Fork bag, front and rear directionals operational, hard bags permanently mounted, new Tailbones more streamlined saddle, Shenkey hi output headlamp (with seizure inducing strobe mode),ElectraBlade logo on the downtube and battery blind with a “broken glass” finish along with upgraded Axiom MK3 Journey Uni-Fit Rear Rack and a brass single stroke bell from Serfas.””

These are my pics from beginning to now.... somehow I still don’t think I’m done..
 

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