If all else fails you could put on a nice used steel fork from a dump or junkyard. These are more comfortable than aluminum. It just needs posts for discs.
But DIY kits are useful for converting a bike you already have that fits you, they are also useful for converting pedal bikes with desirable features, for example converting a Yuba Kombi with a BBS02 will get you a very useful cargo ebike for under two grand, or the cheapest way to get a belt drive ebike is to fit something like a Hilltopper front hub kit wheel to a Priority bike. Kits are also useful for people who want to customize their ride or who like me want to use a motor from one supplier and a battery from another. That shop the cost presumably includes motor, battery, as well as making the bike’s gearing work with the motor.Kind of off-topic, but it's strange how so many people recommend kits as the best value, when it really isn't, as you pointed out. ~$1000 for the kit, then paying someone to build it, on a suitable bike, and much lower resale value vs a branded bike.
This shop charges $1,800 for conversions.
To further the off-topic fork ...Kind of off-topic, but it's strange how so many people recommend kits as the best value, when it really isn't, as you pointed out. ~$1000 for the kit, then paying someone to build it, on a suitable bike, and much lower resale value vs a branded bike.
This shop charges $1,800 for conversions.
Further off the Forked-up fork. Good builds do not necessarily look ugly, unlike many retail and online bikes. I do agree that the supplier is highly important. Is that Rolex from China the real deal? Here are a couple of builds including an HD cargo bike.To further the off-topic fork ...
Like anything else, its possible to do a project wrong. Especially if you are on the outside looking in and don't know the subject from personal experience. Knowing what to buy and from where makes all the difference. Also, kits are often the better choice for people who are comfortable about working on bikes, and know enough about the 'e' part and the 'bike' part to make an intelligent build. I'll give you an example:
The Surly Big Easy retails for $5250 and is typically sold at MSRP. The same goes for its mechanical analog: The Surly Big Fat Dummy which is sold for about $2250. Thats a $3000 difference. The BE has a Bosch Performance CX motor, which peaks out at 85 Nm and has a 48v 500 wh battery. Stick a 160 Nm Luna BBSHD kit on a BD instead, and the all-inclusive kit with a potted waterproof, shockproof Wolf Pack 52v 12ah (624wh) battery is $1190. So, same use case, very similar bike, same manufacturer, and its a premium of $3000 for a motorized version, and $1190 DIY. $550 of that $1190 is the battery, which can actually be exchanged for one from a US seller who makes them locally to order and, thanks to a market quirk and some serendipity, costs less. Samsung 40T 21700 cells, 52v. 16ah/832wh for $479. So the DIY ends up being $1119 vs. $3000 and you get performance specs dramatically better.
Both bikes are great, but one is more powerful with rock solid reliability, greater range and is cheaper to boot.
*Note the wh counts above for the DIY options are using nominal (52v) values and not peak voltage of 58.8... so depending on who is doing the math for Bosch, the differential in favor of the DIY pack from a reliable vendor may be even greater.
Where did you source the carrots from?Further off the Forked-up fork. Good builds do not necessarily look ugly, unlike many retail and online bikes. I do agree that the supplier is highly important. Is that Rolex from China the real deal? Here are a couple of builds including an HD cargo bike.
I agree. The unknown about the battery and also the fact that most warranties dont transfer drives resale down big time. Especially on rear hub internet bikes. ( I have 3!)I never thought any electric bike had a good resale value due to the unknown condition of the battery. It is easy to ruin one from neglect. The advantage of a kit bike is that the battery is cheaper to replace from multiple sources.
When you reach the ages of most of us on here, you'll find that 90% of all problems are solved that way. Call a plumber, that's chucking loads of money at just a clogged drain. Life is funny this way. Making good life decisions and saving money into retirement is bad?Haha, I'm convinced most members here are retired multi-millionaire bankers.... So often the answer to any problem is to chuck loads of money at it...
I'm all for giving a merchant more than a chance to make things right. But by the third volley you typically know where you stand... and I don't let people waste my time.Would’ve been my immediate move after reading their ridiculous response.
Best of luck. I would never give them access to a credit card of mine.I do feel bad, I wanted to avoid any drama and just get the fork fixed but it seems this is not happening. They sent me another email today saying they will send me a BLACK fork for my BLUE bike in 2 months.
Disputed the charge as everyone has recommended