The Mother of all DIY Mid Drive Kits? Lightning Rods

JoePah

Well-Known Member
The creator, Mike, first started with upgrading parts from the Bafang mid drive kit.. By the time he was done only the motor was left (this is not a knock on Bafang, because the Endless Sphere guys are famous for abusing everything to destruction). So he created his own mid drive kit, which really is just the motor, BB, primary and secondary reduction gears and the crank... Two versions, up to 8 kW..lol

http://www.lightningrodev.com/kits/index.html
 

Lightning Rods

New Member
Hi Joe- Thanks for the mention. I started with the GNG kit. The Bafang kit has a much smaller motor and it's all one unit, like a component stereo with turntable, cassette deck, CD player, etc. I don't even use the GNG motor any longer. In looking for a motor supplier in China I found two nearly identical motors. One is 10% wider and heavier (more magnets and copper) and the other is twice as big.
 

Shea N Encinitas

Active Member
Any photos of completed bikes (your website teased)? Even works in progress, dirty shop, xerox copy of a polaroid would suffice. Does indeed sound like a nice kit in the spirit of DIY, and DI-better! Cheers, -S
 

Lightning Rods

New Member
Here's a tricky installation. A new Kona Stinky with a 73mm BB that has a curving front downtube. Most mid drives won't fit a frame like this. I make a special extended lower mount bracket that fits the curving frame tubes.
 

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Lenny

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Hi Joe- Thanks for the mention. I started with the GNG kit. The Bafang kit has a much smaller motor and it's all one unit, like a component stereo with turntable, cassette deck, CD player, etc. I don't even use the GNG motor any longer. In looking for a motor supplier in China I found two nearly identical motors. One is 10% wider and heavier (more magnets and copper) and the other is twice as big.
Mike,
We are one of the largest E-bike retailers in the nation and every week, we get several customers asking us about off-road conversions
This could be a potential kit for those customers.
Our tech expert @lilrich1959 (Rich) would love to have one of these kits on our stock bike. Give him a call at 608-477-0483 and perhaps we could setup a joint venture of some kind in the future.


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