Felt Cruiser Build - Help appreciated

PopeyePedals

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United Kingdom
Hi,

I'm picking up a new bike today that I'm planning to turn into an Ebike in the next few weeks. It's a Felt Nebula Cruiser 3-speed. I've included a picture of the bike and a link below to some of the spec. This will be my first conversion and I'm brand new to this so I'm interested to hear your advice. I'm thinking of going with a Bafang BBS 750w mid-drive motor. Any thoughts? I'll keep this thread updated with pictures.

https://www.tredz.co.uk/.Felt-Nebula-3-SP-2017-Cruiser-Bike_82484.htm

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Thanks! :)
 

Dewey

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Beautiful paint job! I don’t think you’ll be able to get a Bafang to work with the rear coaster brake because it has a one-way clutch and doesn’t move the chain when you pedal backwards. Maybe another forum user @PedalUma can advise as he has experience converting pedal bikes with coaster brakes using another type of motor, the Tongsheng TSDZ2 that in the UK you can buy from Woosh in Southend although their website says it’s currently out of stock there are probably other European suppliers or Amazon.

If you’re set on using Bafang you can buy a used 26” rear wheel with a non-coaster brake Sturmey 3-speed off eBay but you would lose the sweet rim so might consider paying a local bike shop to thread a new Sturmey IGH with a drum brake into the custom rim.
 
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PopeyePedals

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United Kingdom
Thanks man! Excellent that's good to know, Tongsheng may be a good shout, I'm in Essex so perhaps I'll head to Woosh in Southend and see if they can take a look and advise which kit may be best?

Thanks for the update re availability
 

PopeyePedals

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United Kingdom
Thanks tomjasz, I'll post some more pics when I pick it up later. Deweys comment about the drum brake at the front was the same reason I was considering the mid-drive may be a better option, originally I was looking at the front hub drives too. :)
 

Dewey

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Thanks tomjasz, I'll post some more pics when I pick it up later. Deweys comment about the drum brake at the front was the same reason I was considering the mid-drive may be a better option, originally I was looking at the front hub drives too. :)
If you do decide to go with a Bafang I recommend also fitting ebrake sensors to your brake handles, those will cut the motor power when you pull the brake lever
 

EMGX

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Nice bike. I think this seller indicates they ship to UK
 

RunForTheHills

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USA
Another option is to replace the front fork with a disc ready fork and go with the front hub drive that Tom suggested. A black dual crown fork would keep the look the same. I am not sure you could keep the chain guard if you went with a mid drive.
 

indianajo

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If you’re set on using Bafang you can buy a used 26” rear wheel with a non-coaster brake Sturmey 3-speed off eBay but you would lose the sweet rim so might consider paying a local bike shop to thread a new Sturmey IGH with a drum brake into the custom rim.
My sturmey archer S80 IGH with internal brake was garbage. Cable fitting started popping off every 100' after 500 miles. Wham into unrideable speed 8. I had to lay on the ground to reinstall it every 100'. I couldn't figure a way to modify it. Back to derailleurs.
The SA 3 speed seems to be respected on line.
 

Dewey

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The SA 3 speed seems to be respected on line.
Yes, both Karl Gesslein and Ronald Roberts (Ron/spinningmagnets on Endless Sphere) have blogged about the Sturmey 3 being a bullet proof internal geared hub for a mid-drive, and Karl would know as he really hammers on his fat ebikes riding in snow.
 
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