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Post by airborne.s2000 on Tue Oct 02, 2012 2:22 pm

To all purists, look away, look away, look away!

I am considering buying/building an electric-assist bicycle. I am going to go and look at the Grace Easy in Neustadt this weekend, but am interested in building out an electric bike even if I end up buying one.

I have an old Specialized Hard Rock cromoly frame that I would probably use as the base, though I will definitely have to replace/repair the front front, since the shocks have never been serviced in the 10+ years of its life.

Any thoughts/ideas/condemnations?
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Post by airborne.s2000 on Wed Oct 03, 2012 1:22 pm

Left work early yesterday, and went to Neustadt to check out the Grace eBike. The guy didn't have an Easy in stock, but he had a One Universal I tried, and he showed me his MX which was missing the front fork (warranty repair). The Grace One is a big beast, and crazy expensive (~5000EUR w/out VAT). I don't think I want to spend that much on a commuter bike.

Spent some more time today looking at conversion kits. Not counting the conversion work to give my Hardrock disc brakes ($??) or belt drive (~$500?), the electric conversion will be ~$700. It may be time to look for a bike that already has belt drive and disc brakes, might be a cheaper starting point.
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Post by eurotrash on Wed Oct 03, 2012 1:42 pm

Nashbar was selling 3-speed belt-drive GT-branded cruisers for $300-ish recently. I don't remember if they had mechanical disks or not. I wanted one for my Frau, but there's the shipping problem...

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Post by airborne.s2000 on Thu Oct 11, 2012 12:31 pm

I like the Grace MX, despite the expense (I am buying an e-Bike as a daily driver to supplement my sports car, not to supplement my bikes, so I have a decent chunk of change with which to work).

The key piece on the MX I like, aside from my required bits (belt drive, mid-motor) is the transmission:The NuVinci CVT

That is pretty cool, and a lot cheaper than the Rohloff. Anyone have any experience with it?
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