Looking for Suggestions on an ebike for hunting

Thomas Jaszewski

Well-Known Member
The only real difference on a “hunting e bike” seems to be the low gearing. Mine came with a 34t front sprocket and a 24t rear cog so they could go slower and climb better off road and hauling a trailer.

I already changed the front sprocket to 46t and have a 52t front sprocket on order as my riding is road and rail trails oriented.

I also had the controller reprogrammed to unlock Rambo’s speed and PAS settings
52T on a BBS02?
 

Thomas Jaszewski

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Honest question - bad idea?

I pirchased it directly from the Bafang USA website and it was advertised to fit BBS02.

Should I go with a lower rear cog tooth count instead?
In my experience a very bad idea. BBS02 motors, really hate being lugged. They are easy to overheat if not actively shifting and using appropriate gears. The speed gain is negligible and the damage is easily done. I have 2014 BBS01A 250W and 350W still running BUT I never use a throttle to take off unless I'm on the largest rear sprocket. As usual, you can find lots of other "one off" opinions. I added a shunt and accurate watt meter(CA3) to test my BBS01 and 02s for watts drawn under stress. And sure enough, the 52T really pushed the limits and it was easy to raise motor temps. I backed off and have 48T and 52T OEM gathering dust on a shelf, where they belong, for 5 years. Larger chainwheels often won't fit on fat bikes due to the wide chainstays.
 

BrianK

Active Member
In my experience a very bad idea. BBS02 motors, really hate being lugged. They are easy to overheat if not actively shifting and using appropriate gears. The speed gain is negligible and the damage is easily done. I have 2014 BBS01A 250W and 350W still running BUT I never use a throttle to take off unless I'm on the largest rear sprocket. As usual, you can find lots of other "one off" opinions. I added a shunt and accurate watt meter(CA3) to test my BBS01 and 02s for watts drawn under stress. And sure enough, the 52T really pushed the limits and it was easy to raise motor temps. I backed off and have 48T and 52T OEM gathering dust on a shelf, where they belong, for 5 years. Larger chainwheels often won't fit on fat bikes due to the wide chainstays.
Thanks for the advice. I currently rarely use the throttle, and then only for a couple feet to help get moving.

If I limit using it that way to first gear only, would that help prevent trouble?

Fortunately Luna sells the “bare bones“ BBSHD motor for $500 for a simple swap on a BBS02 bike.

I wouldn’t mind having an “excuse” to upgrade to it ;-)
 

Thomas Jaszewski

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Ride it like you would without the help of a motor. Shift appropriately and the BBS02 is a fine motor. I actually like it better. with the BBSHD I find myself "clown pedaling". No way can my legs keep up with the pedal speed.
 

BrianK

Active Member
Ride it like you would without the help of a motor. Shift appropriately and the BBS02 is a fine motor. I actually like it better. with the BBSHD I find myself "clown pedaling". No way can my legs keep up with the pedal speed.
Good advice, thanks. I got this bike specifically to get exercise, not just to joyride it like a scooter. It does help me get up hills and go further than I ever would have attempted otherwise.

My “next” e bike won’t be a fat bike, though. I want something I can ride while turning off PAS altogether, should the need arise. This current e bike is very difficult to pedal any distance without the pedal assist.
 
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Redfish

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In my first season with a Biktrix Juggernaut, loving it so far. It's very capable off road.
 

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James R.

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Hello, I am new to the ebike family. I guess I'm one of the fortunate ones to get a BAKCOU Mule for the trail and woods. So far the 2weeks that I've had it has really impressed me what these things can do! My wife has the Flatlander ST with the 24" tires. She loves it. We are a little older now, and these bikes put the Fun back into riding! For right now I'm looking for a new seat for longer rides on the trails?
 

reed scott

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Hello, I am new to the ebike family. I guess I'm one of the fortunate ones to get a BAKCOU Mule for the trail and woods. So far the 2weeks that I've had it has really impressed me what these things can do! My wife has the Flatlander ST with the 24" tires. She loves it. We are a little older now, and these bikes put the Fun back into riding! For right now I'm looking for a new seat for longer rides on the trails?
I came within a gnats behind of getting a Bakcou Storm but realized I could get nearly the same Frey framed bike for significantly less money. I still like most of the aspects of the Storm. One of the main reasons I kept looking around was the whole fat tire thing. At first I was enamored of fat tires but soon repented.
 

ruffruff

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Hello, I am new to the ebike family. I guess I'm one of the fortunate ones to get a BAKCOU Mule for the trail and woods. So far the 2weeks that I've had it has really impressed me what these things can do! My wife has the Flatlander ST with the 24" tires. She loves it. We are a little older now, and these bikes put the Fun back into riding! For right now I'm looking for a new seat for longer rides on the trails?
Don't be fooled by the price. The light in the rear is gimmicky and adds a little weight but the seat is good.