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  1. 3 points
    Below are pics of accessories I've added to my Fold X. Was striving for a "clean", urban look. I replaced the knobby tires with street tires. For my carrier, I left off the side pannier braces. Below the pictures you'll find some after thoughts and lessons learned. And further down, you’ll find descriptions, links and prices for each product. FENDERS For the fenders, I debated getting the Luna Cycle Banana Fenders as well as the Electra Cruiser Stubby Fender Set. They're very cool looking as I love that black matte finish on both. The Electra set are only designed for Tires with a width of 2.12" and I prefer shorter fenders anyway. Note my RadRover rear fender attaches to the seat post. The amount of clearance is adjustable in two places other than the seat post. LIGHTS I get lots of comments on the bike. Many comments stem from the vintage front headlight. With that said, this Goodkssop headlight has more fashion than functional value. At 180 lumens, it'll warn on comers that you’re there. But you shouldn’t expect it to light your way in dark surroundings. BIKE RACK & TRUNK The positioning of the Yahill rack is adjustable and allows the trunk to rest comfortably on top. The M-Wave lockable trunk is convenient for times you can’t take all your belongings with you. For gym rats, it's big enough to hold a gym shirt, shorts and a pair of men's size 12/13 shoes. For the trunk you'll need a rack that's flat at least at one end....ones like the Ibera PakRaks won't work since they are bend at the front and rear. My biggest challenge was finding a way to secure the two because the trunk doesn’t offer an immediately obvious way to mount it on the rack. So you’ll have to cleverly devise your own way...industrial velcro, zip ties or other hardware. Should you decide to go with a storage solution like mine, consider using drilling a few holes in the underside and using small u-bolts to secure the trunk to the rack. I added half-inch of adhesive foam to bottom of the trunk to soften noise of objects bouncing around. SEATPOST Of all the accessories, the CaneCreek Thudbuster is definitely my favorite. Fat tires help smooth out minor road imperfections. However, there are times when I appreciate the extra cushion. Realize the Thudbuster will add about 4 to 5 inches to the overall height of your seat. And I’m already losing about three inches from the bike carrier and rear fender which both attach to the seat post. I’m 5’ 9” or 175 cm and it’s a slight stretch to mount the Fold. REFLECTIVE DECALS I’m all about making myself visible to other motorists. That’s mainly why I chose the red model. But I also like to make sure I’m seen, particularly at night. So I added red reflective tape to the rims for more side visibility. I affixed black decals for more rear visibility should my tail light give out. Virtually invisible by day the decals light up brilliantly at night when car lights approach. If you look closely at the trunk see if you can find the two triangles and the four lines. TIRES Although the pictures might suggest I live in a rustic environment, I live in an urban setting. So I replaced the knobby off-road tires with more "street" looking Kenda tires. The Kenda tires don't have much of a groove down the middle of the tire. So it would seem rather easy to lose traction… hasn't been much of a problem yet. I bought the tires on eBay and am not sure they're still available. However, if I were to do it over again, I'd get the Duro tires that have a similar look. In case someone might be looking for knobby replacements, I've added the Copertone and Mongoose tires. Goodkssop 180 Vintage Headlight ($14) Okiano USB Rechargeable Bike Light Set ($23) RadRover Standard Front & Rear Fenders ($59) Cane Creek 3G Thudbuster Long Travel 30.9 Seatpost ($149) Yahill Adjustable Quick Release Bike Rack ($39) M-Wave Lockable Hard Shell Bike Trunk ($51) Seattle Sports 1/2" Foam Trunk Insert - 20” x 15” ($18) CustomTAYLOR33 Reflective Rim Tape ($34) LiteMark Reflective Decal Variety Pack ($11) Kenda 20” x 4.25” Ringworm Tires ($31) Duro 20” x 4.25” Super Fatt Tires ($29)* Copertone BICI 20" x 4.0 Sandstorm ($28)* Mongoose 20" x 4.0 MG78456-2 Fat Tire ($24)* *I have the Kenda Ringworm tires. Products with asterisks represent other replacement tires. Also note the Copertone and Mongoose tires are 4.0” wide. I've been told they’ll fit on the Fold just fine. But you might want to double-check before buying.
  2. 2 points
    We received our bikes in Illinois on January while we were in Florida. Our son took delivery and assembled them. We met a young couple riding a pair of Folds on Ft. Myers Beach and decided that we needed a pair, so I got on the internet and ordered them. I was surprised that they were shipped almost immediately and received about a week after the order. At age 77, regular bikes are getting to be too much work. When we arrived home on February 2, we found them under Christmas tree which we failed to take down before our vacation. I rode one for a couple blocks on the evening we arrived and almost froze my fingers off. The default settings on the new model LCD are too aggressive, and I think I finally figured out how to program the PAS settings. Now I have to wait for the snow to melt to see if it worked. As you can see, we are keeping them warm in the mean time. Too bad we didn't have them in Florida. Maybe next year.
  3. 2 points
    Wouldn't the front fender do more good BEHIND the fork instead of in front of it? Or maybe order another one for behind?
  4. 2 points
    The purpose of this thread is to display the various parts of the Sondors Original electric bicycle. These diagrams are meant to annotate all parts on the Sondors Original ebike with an eye towards defining terms for the complete beginner. Have a suggestion for improvement? Post a question in the forum so all can see and contribute. This thread is a reference work that is closed to replies to keep it tidy. Try clicking on an image and bring it up in a new window. These started out life as high resolution images and can be seen larger in their native format. The Frame Here we point out common terms for the Sondors frame. These terms are common to all bicycles and ebikes, and you can use these terms in any discussion of cycling, anywhere. Bicycle Components Here we list the parts attached to the frame, above. We can't point to every single part but we have hit all of the highlights Components - Rear Zooming in on the back to label a few things not easily visible in the full bike view. Components - Front Zooming in on the front axle area to see some details on the brakes. More importantly, if someone wants to see your Sondors' nipples you don't necessarily need to call the police. Components - Middle Now you know the bottom bracket means two things depending on what you are pointing at. And the 'spindle' is the axle of the cranks, and hold on the crank arm via the crank bolt (which takes an 8mm hex key wrench that you should check every so often to ensure it is still at about 35 ft lbs of torque). Plus with this enlarged view we can see the 2-pieces that make up the PAS system a lot better.
  5. 2 points
    Hello Riders. Took my new X out for the first time today after picking it up from REI that did the assembly (great job and even better price). I added some items on the advice of a few of you, fenders, raised handlebar, rear brake light. Awesome bike for a 65 grandpa to be riding.
  6. 2 points
    Just purchased these 2 bikes. Would definitely be interested in your carry bags.
  7. 2 points
    Seldon crisis... Outstanding. Having poked at things and swapped parts out for the last 1.5 hours, it appears to have been a failing front brake sensor. Throttle and pedal assist both seem to work fine with the front brake sensor disconnected. Greatly appreciate your responses and will add a multimeter to my toolkit to debug in the event that it misbehaves again.
  8. 2 points
    Howdy @Reddy Kilowatt Thanks for the warm welcome! We love Sondors for bringing cool e-bikes to the masses... We will keep Sondors-compability in mind for future projects! :-)
  9. 2 points
    Howdy @Ossian Vogel and welcome to the Sondors Owners Forum. We love vendors featuring products for the line, espically when they make them more Sondors compliant & making them avalable thru our forum. Thats the best Pizza Delivery Bike on the planet. Can I get a large Bison Sausage, Jalapeño, and Pepper jack Cheese? Yippie TI Ya Yay Reddy
  10. 1 point
    It's important to secure your Sondors THIN or Fat eBike, here are some Locks recommendations: Please note: Cable Locks are considered as unsafe, we already have stolen Sondors eBikes which were secured with a cable lock! The Club UTL800 Utility Lock The Club UTL800 Utility Lock is a part of The Club line of quality products by Winner International. Many Sondors Owners are using this particular Lock and recommend it. Buy now: on Amazon.com on ebay.com Abus Bordo BIG 6000 (Foldable Lock) The Bordo Folding locks feature a linked construction to provide maximum flexibility to secure to racks, fence posts, signs, etc. Compact design offers many frame mounting possibilities. Coating to prevent damage of the bicycle's paint - ABUS Premium cylinder for maximum picking protection. Buy now: on Amazon.com on ebay.com Kryptonite 999492 Black 14mm x 60" (1415) Extreme motorcycle and scooter security for the highest theft locations. 12mm six sided chain links made of 3t hardened manganese steel for maximum strength. Durable protective nylon cover with hook and loop fasteners to hold in place. Buy now: on Amazon.com Do you recommend or know another lock? Tell us!
  11. 1 point
    Hi Guys and Gals, I would like to introduce myself as the owner of eBikeSkins.com, my name is Miguel and I want to invite you to check out my website and if you see something you like for your Sondors fat ebike take 20% off your first order with code SONDORSFORUM20 and all future orders after that SONDORSFORUM10 or 10% off. All the skins are printed on 3M vehicle grade vinyl with air release for easy installation and they are all laminated to protect the print and skin for a long time. We have an installation video in the FAQs section of the website that shows how easy and quick installation is. We also offer custom skins, if you have a picture of your dog, kids or even yourself we can do it too! Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions on the website Contact Us Page.
  12. 1 point
    the Ibera seatpost rack is actually the IB-RA1. I used it to hold my 20ah battery for my Cyclone'd bike. Seatpost racks all seem to have the same issue: they shift. Its not a shock as to why. For the Ibera rack, I did what I often do with any piece of bike hardware: I upgraded the mounting bolts. In this case I used a longer mounting bolt. I think it used an M8. A longer bolt gave me more thread engagement inside the mount so I could more confidently tighten the sucker down. I also used a single layer of thin rubber electrical tape to promote adhesion to the seat tube. Despite all this, the rack shifted. Not terribly so on a single day, but it required an adjustment every ... week or two. The bike was a 'weekender' that didn't get a lot of miles until it/I was t-boned by an inattentive motorist and effectively destroyed. All seatpost racks have this flaw... with potentially one single exception. Take a look at what @ScoobySnacks did with his seatpost rack. I have always thought this rack to be ugly and a little bit of a sad sack. But the way he removed the silly 'holder' tubing and kept the runctional side braces... this could solve the age-old problem all seatpost racks face. Edit: Something to consider: Just because you do not need the extra carrying capacity... so what? Its a better design. Take advantage of it. Seatpost racks exist as makeshift solutions to the problem of mounting a rack on a suspension bicycle. They are inherently not as good of a design. Don't handicap yourself.
  13. 1 point
    Hey @Medicus If you bought Shimano Hydraulic Disc brakes from Pasion Here is what I bought and installed and should be perfect for your Sondors X. But I use a 203mm front (several times the braking power as the rear) and 180mm rear which is the conventional setup for an EBike that weighs as much as mine loaded with cargo (Heavy). https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Disc-adapter-black-disc-adapter-dish-203mm-after-dish-180mm-f203r180-adapter/1521952838.html?spm=a2g0s.9042311.0.0.1clAWw If you'd prefer a 203mm rear these adapter are available from the same store. https://tinyurl.com/Reddys-Adapters These are the discs I installed : https://www.aliexpress.com/snapshot/7466611908.html?spm=a2g0s.9042647.6.2.zsvNkn&orderId=73841183383640&productId=32558868173 I have this setup on two bikes. Easy Peasy...No Fuss. Reddy
  14. 1 point
    I bought a set of black plastic fenders from Wish.com for $3.40 plus $3.00 shipping. I think they look good but a little flimsy but hey for $6.40 you can't go wrong!
  15. 1 point
    That's a great set up. We certainly appreciate your efforts with the site. I honestly would just make a few bucks off each one as they're fairly labour intensive to build and the zipper I use is ridiculously strong (and pricey as a result), but if I were to sell a couple we'd have to figure something out. We can cross that bridge if/when we come to it! Awesome. I found my Fold X easier to put together than the one in the assembly video. A bunch of the work was already done for me at the factory so it only took about 45 minutes to get set up. Hopefully you had the same experience. I updated the original post with pricing on the bags... Thanks!
  16. 1 point
    As many know, Sondors is using a new LCD display screen. I have been hunting around for something more than what we already know from playing with it (which is next to nothing) and... Here it is: http://key-display.com/content/?162.html Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Tianjin Key-Disp Technology Co., Ltd. KD51C: There is a complete instruction manual that you can download here. NOTE IT HAS EXACTLY THE SAME ISSUES AS THE KT-LCD3 MANUAL HAS - ENGLISH IS NOT THEIR FIRST LANGUAGE! Expect difficulty understanding it. Just like the KT-LCD3, this manual has a password engagement setting in its programming and if its anything like the KT-LCD3, you can brick your display if you play with this and screw up... so don't say you weren't warned. Other than that... Mystery solved and have fun with it. Sorry but I don't have one of these displays so I can't do any testing or debugging of the various settings.
  17. 1 point
    Sondors Dual Drive 2 x 750 Bafang motors, dual controllers and batteries. performance stats Front throttle only 0-20 mph- 26 sec Top speed- 27 mph Rear throttle only 0-20 mph- 10 sec Top speed- 30 mph Dual drive throttle only 0-20 mph- 8 sec Top speed- 33.8 mph The Bafang controller for the front motor is not as strong as the Luna 25a KT controller. It has a slow start and gradually build ups to the top speed. I have not found the set up instructions for the Bafang display to unlock its potential. Once I receive Wendy Xie 35a controller for the rear motor, I intend to use the Luna 25a controller to power the front motor.
  18. 1 point
    I don't think we need to worry about burning up the motor. I couldn't burn up the stock 350w, 36v motor, even with 48v and a 25 amp controller.
  19. 1 point
    Personally, I hate this kind of crank puller: And I love this kind of crank puller Because With the latter type of puller I get to use my own wrench. Using my own wrench I can use a much longer wrench and that extra leverage is key to getting stubborn crankarms off. I just used a giant crescent wrench to pull off my crankset last weekend on my fattie... and it didn't want to come off. I was wishing I had my 2-ft breaker bar and a deep socket sized to fit that tool end above, but succeeded in the end after some skinned knuckles. One thing you can try: Align the wrench with the crank so they are just barely offset from one another. Then squeeze the two together with both hands. By using the crankarm itself as a standoff of sorts you can multiply the torque you put into the attempt rather nicely. I also made sure I used anti-seize on the threads when the crankarms went back on. Anti-seize also is important to help prevent galling of the threads, which on aluminum arms can become a problem. When you use anti-seize, back off the torque spec (you use a torque wrench set to 35 ft lbs, right?) by 10% because anti-seize is a thread lubricant.
  20. 1 point
    You can use an entirely different kind of shifter, too. Search for this on Fleabay: "Shimano Tourney SL-TX30 Shifter Set 3X7Speed Left Right MTB Bike Thumb Shifters" Just use the left 3x shifter for your rear gears. Its a friction shift so not a click-stop deal (my personal preference but maybe not yours). Ten bucks delivered to a U.S. address. http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Shimano-Tourney-SL-TX30-L-3-R-7-Speed-Shift-Lever-Shifter-Bike-Bicycle-Part/272616133353?_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIM.MBE%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D45041%26meid%3D6ba07af430ab446ebbdc4aff94444e3a%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D6%26sd%3D291669617565&var=571736343608 I am very much not a fan of cutting off or otherwise monkeying with the grips as I like a very specific type of endurance grip that is kinder/gentler on my palms and wrists.
  21. 1 point
    @Lyndon445 Installing larger rotors must be accompanied with the appropriate adapters for that size rotor and type mount of the caliper.
  22. 1 point
    No, the 203mm rotors fit without any modifications whatsoever. It's a damn tight fit when it comes to clearing the fork and the kickstand, but both rotors fit with about .100" clearance which is plenty. I've put plenty of miles on the bike since the conversion and have not had any issues with the rotors gouging the fork or frame. Bike has been running great the last two months. The mechanical brakes are more than adequate so I doubt I'll be upgrading to hydraulic. The bike is just not as fast as I was led to believe it would be following the 3-speed conversion, so I don't see myself investing much more money into it, even when it comes to motor, controller, batteries, etc. If anything, I actually see myself converting the bike back to a single speed. I currently only use the tall gear all the time to get around. Was having some derailleur adjustment issues and the chain was jumping off the tall gear and jamming itself between the gear and the frame. Left it in the tall gear with the intention of adjusting the derailleur later, when I noticed I never felt like I needed to switch into my lower two gears. I've gotten used to the feel of the heavy gear, so I'll probably be switching to a single speed freewheel, shortening the chain and ditching the shifter/derailleur. Another thought that's been bouncing around my head: I love my Sondors. It gets me places quickly and with minimal exertion. But it's damn heavy, and I don't feel comfortable leaving it unattended for more than even a minute or two. So there's a lot of places I can't go to with my Sondors and opt to walk instead. So I'm thinking about buying a dirty, cheap, used bicycle. Maybe a 20" BMX or a fixie. Something that costs no more than $50-$75, is covered with stickers, superficial rust, etc. that I can use as a backup transportation to the Sondors. The BMX would be nice to take onto the subway since it will be small and light. Probably leaning toward that style of bike.
  23. 1 point
    Hi Markpx. I got my new THIN just before Christmas. I was looking for a fender with full cover and decided to buy Cascadia ALX 700 wide from Planet bike. http://ecom1.planetbike.com/7055-8.html This 50mm wide fender fit perfectly between the forks and gives me full protection from mud. The instruction did not give any details on how to install the fender properly for bikes with disc brakes so it took me a while to figure this out (I have little experience in tuning up my bike.) I realized after several attempts that I just need to use the spacers that came with the fender's hardware set. After figuring that out, it was easy. Hope this helps.
  24. 1 point
    Great post by someone who knows what they are doing, so very competent. I can't wait to read performance review. Do you know if such exists? @Andi
  25. 1 point
    The above mentioned Ibera PakRack fits perfectly with no extra hardware needed. I do suggest some Locktite and possibly adding your own lock washers, just to be safe. It's surprisingly light at just over 760g, feels like nothing at all. Installing requires loosening up of the front hardware, and adding on the short extenders to the first notch (C1). Then just put all the bolts into the frame, adjust lightly and tighten and viola!


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