I think any ebike with the Ultra motor (or similar) doesn't need many gears. I could easily get by with 3 but it will be nice to have 5 gears on the rare occasions I do some off road hill climbing. Sport mode is fun but really eats battery. I may order a 4th battery and carry 2 hot spares on long rides.Funny you should mention that. I first started thinking seriously about the Biktrix version when you reviewed your test ride on the Bikonit. Now that I have the thing, and finally got to ride a big hill today, I'm thinking the SA IGH would be fine. The reason is that the bike seems happiest in high gear. What I mean is that the highest gear seems the most comfortable on a 3% slope in PAS 1, maybe the next highest for 5%. On a 10% grade for 2mi, I found I needed PAS 3 to keep the same ease, but I was in 8th gear out of 11. Lower gear didn't seem to improve things. So a huge granny gear doesn't seem to be something I need. Larger chain ring than my 44-tooth would be interesting, because somewhere between 20 and 25mph, I can't feel any resistance in pedals at any speed I spin them, and I get that just coasting on the downhills.
As for a dropper post, mine is the one biktrix sells, kindshock exaform 861, and its max extension matches min, but I seem to recall you mentioning you're quite a bit taller than me.
Says the man who just purchased 5 ebikes ...No they should be good brakes. RMK has a bunch of ebikes so I was hoping he could give a comparison on their performance
Can you take a picture of the bolt and nuts/washers?
They are installed. I just used a standard 2.5" X 1/4" hex screw, nut and 2 washers that you can find at any hardware store. I wanted an anodized black round head screw but they didn't have one so I used some flat black spray paint on the hex screw head/washer to match the rack and satisfy my anal tendencies. Use a little Loctite on the exposed thread under the fender and it should last the life of the bike.Can you take a picture of the bolt and nuts/washers?
What was your quote for 2 batteries, a charger and shipping?I rode 30 miles yesterday and used sport mode and a bit more throttle than usual. Not much battery left at the end of the ride but it was fun to just ride and not think about range. I decided that I will get 2 additional batteries and chargers so that I have hot spares for both batteries (for 50 plus mile rides). It is the same or cheaper than controller mods that would at best add 10-15% range and, my total spend is still slightly less than a standard 2 battery Biktrix Juggernaut Beast.
I really don't like the branding stickers all over the Bikonit and Biktrix versions. Much prefer the stealthy look of the unbranded generic MD 1000 and I am happy I couldn't go camo for the color. The flat black is exactly what I was looking for. Of course that's a taste thing and YMMV