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Reddy Kilowatt

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  1. There are quite a few who do, I’ve been caught in the rain before but I never ride in the rain on purpose, because It takes 2 hours to clean my bike properly, after rain and all the road grime. It’s not a good practice and light rain is usually not a problem about water incursions. There are threads here of owners who’ve come for advice with troubling motor problems and discovering their motors are full of rust during disassembly. They are not waterproof. Don’t ever use a pressure washer. If you plan to ride in the rain regularly, the first step to insure doing it as safely as possible, is installing a good set of fenders. REDDY
  2. Mike Richie posted this thread to help explain the parts compatibility. https://sondorsforum.com/topic/2383-understanding-parts-compatibility-for-your-sondors-ebike/ I was amoung the first Original owners and first to install the Generic KT LCD3 bought from China. It cost me $49 bucks and it still performs well on my highly modified, Electric Black Lightning. The bike is so highly modified, with only the Original; Frame, Fork, Triangle Battery Box and Bottom Bracket remaining. it can no longer be considered a Sondors and the LCD has been used with the original (15amp) and two other aftermarket controllers (25amp and now 35amp). For about the same price of a new Sondors Fold x7 LCD, it’s possible to upgrade your controller to a 25amp controller and matching generic LCD in a package from one of our approved US vendors and that upgrade is featured here by owner BikeNut on his wife’s, Buffy’s Fold . It incorporates other unique modifications, in its final iteration. It does require some level of mechanical and electrical skill but just about anyone can accomplish it. Check with this vendor with help before ordering parts. https://electrobikeworld.com/t/sondors-e-bike I couldn’t find the Sondors Compatible LCD for the Fold X7 on the Sondors website. Reddy, over and out. smoke’m if ya got’em.
  3. I didn’t say I’d wouldn’t work, I said it wasn’t compatible with your Sondors Fold X7 controller, if it’s not a Sondors FoldX7 LCD. I’m sure, if you review this forum, you’ll find the information you require but since I’ve already informed you of the display problems experienced with mis-matched components, I think it’s best if you find out for yourself. If it’s from Sondors it’s already configured for a Fold X7. Good Luck, I don’t have a Fold X 7, so I can’t be of any help and you do so you must be right, except best not to reprogram your LCD3 while baked. REDDY
  4. It depends on where you purchased the new LCD screen. If it was NOT from Sondors.com in won’t be comparable because only Sondors Supplied LCDs have the correct communication protocol to match your FoldX7’s Controller. Otherwise if it was from Sondors, the video contained in this thread will guide you thru setup preferences. https://sondorsforum.com/topic/241-kt-lcd3-user-manual-and-setup-lcd8h-everything-you-need-to-know-sondors-ebike/ REDDY
  5. On my Sondors Original, with my non USB ported KT_LCD3, I use a Power Bank to power that Headlight. It uses 4, 18650GA Li Ion batteries and I recharge it with a spare Apple IPad charger because it is more powerful and recharges faster than the average cell phone charger. I’ve never run out of power using the 3 LED light like your 2 LED version and it’s never discharged below 50% capacity. I keep the Power Bank in a top tube trunk, with a few other necessities, pocket change and multi tool. https://tinyurl.com/Reddy-s-Powerbank You could use the LCD USB port to recharge a powerbank. REDDY
  6. For the benefit of everyone on this forum... what odd reading and what is the control program? Reddy
  7. Your first step is to measure the output of the USB port with your multimeter, which is a mandatory device for every ebike owner, from the LCD when it’s powered on. You might also activate the light function with the control button sequence for your LCD. On both mine, it’s holding the up arrow for a few seconds. That turns on the backlight for the LCD and sends current to the extra red Higo connector cable, for some Controllers and it turns that function on for comparable lights; both headlights and tail lights. It’s probably a long shot that it controls the USB port out put but it’s worth a try. The output voltage should read 5V which is common among usb outputs. If it’s not contact Sondors.com and ask directions to file for a support request on the Sondors Owners Facebook Page. BTW, I use the 3 led version of that light on both my previously labeled Sondors and power one with the KT LCD 3 Display, equipped with the USB port. Works Perfectly. As not to mislead anyone else reading these posts, these lights have No Internal Batteries. REDDY
  8. Yes, there are a lot of misconceptions about eBikes and their usability. The Original Sondors Fat was introduced as an entry level eBike that is priced at an unbelievable low price. Existing eBike retailers, during that release complained, that you couldn’t buy the parts to build a like Sondors for the offering price. The Original Sondors Fat, has a lot more power and speed than most of its predecessors, that were more expensive. The greatest realized value, of the Sondors eBikes, is that there are more upgrade options, parts and satisfied customers than you can shake a stick at. Besides helping Owners and prospectives owners solve problems, this forum serves to share ideas about customization and upgrades. I have no doubt that you can transform your bike into just what you require. Since you reviewed and reacted to my post in a thread titled ”Prospective Buyer", about hills, I’m including a post, of mine, from that thread here. Tap the arrow in the top right of the frame below to access that post in full. REDDY
  9. What Do You Brew? On my Non Powered Litespeed’s, I’ve always use the 25Th anniversary Clipless Dura Ace PD -7700, Pedals that came came with the groups and Sidi road shoes, and I keep my Classic Bicycles Stock, when possible. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Dura-Ace-25th-Anniversary-Pedal-set-Clipless-Shimano-PD-7700-Vintage-Bike-NOS/283737723785?epid=1500609871&hash=item4210161389:g:L8sAAOSwOtdYUedz On my Pristine Cannondale 87’ SR 800 Criterium , that I rode over 30,000 miles, I rode the pedals that came with the Ultegra 600 Groupo. They had unusual cleat capture hardware and toe clips and various road shoes thru the years. Butt, On my Sondors, I tried Clipless and Toe Clips, even on some folding pedals that I used on my Original Fat, so the Pedals didn’t dig into the trunk on my Jetta when mounted on the twin ebike rack I built, that was so narrow, that with two fat bikes it was crowded. I like the Orignal platform pedals that came on both my Sondors because the Ralph Lauren Polo Duck Boots I bought in about 2006 have semi-lugged soles that stick in the spaces of the pedals. Not quite capable of turning perfect circles but they are pretty secure without the problem, clip-less release grip, to get out of. since I have to unseat myself at almost every stop, to touch ground, unless it’s next to a curb to rest that side’s foot. These original Ralph Lauren Duck Drovers, are made with Tough, Heavy Leather, incredible durability and I’ve taken a few spills at speed and they’ve protected my feet with out serious damage to the boots. The online copied image below is not representative of my older boots and lesser quality than my originals but nicer than the cheaper ones in the bottom image. Last year I found a deal, on what I thought was the same boots online, but they are "US Polo" Drover Boots and although not a bad reproduction, for a lot less money, the leather is a lot thinner, a less quality boot. These boots are a lot lighter weight. I prize the older ones because spinning all that heavier weight is a better workout. REDDY
  10. This is not the venue for either your suggestions to Sondors, nor your complaints about Sondors the Company’s advertising, which are a violation of the terms of service that you agreed to when you signed up, joining this forum. This is not a complaint board. Please take your wishes and complaints to Sondors.com, if that’s who you want to reach or admonish. They do not monitor this forum nor wish our advise. This Forum is a private entity not connected to Sondors the Company. Your type of warrantless complaints, on this form breeds discontent, as experienced in the past, thus those applicable statements in the terms of service agreement, and you again persist in violating the user agreement, by repeating your dissatisfaction. Your demeanor here is negative and this form exists as a positive enity for Sondors owners and prospectives. You have already been sanctioned for an earlier Faux Pas and violation of the terms. I’d like to suggest that your trip to Alaska has you RIDING ON THIN ICE... but I won’t at this point. <]:^) I have and will always address misinformation that is posted on this forum. I have neither the inclination not time to try and explain Sondors marketing or their business plan and you must be fully aware of the fact that they offer valuable products at the most reasonable prices because of the simplicity of basic design, engineering and manufacturing of their product line and my evaluation of your suggestions are unreasonable to maintain the line’s affordability. But I don’t make decisions for Storm Sondors or the Company. That’s why this is absolutely the wrong place to air your wishes directed towards them. My own Original Sondors Fat, I was one of the first purchasers, and one of the first to be delivered, can hardly be called a Sondors because the Only, original parts on my Electric Black Lightning (I like to promote it as the Modern Electric version of a Vincent) )) are the Frame, Fork, Battery Box and Bottom Bracket. ... oh and an occasional nut, bolt and screw. Every other part is after market including the Headset which in my estimation is the weakest link on the bike (pun intended). I have no complaints. On the contrary, I was in the process of building a scratch built eBike costing several, "Several"... times the purchase price of my Original, when Sondors & Indiegogo offered the Original Fat. I appreciate the platform and have enjoyed the adventure of converting and upgrading it. I have to add that I’ve been here from the beginnings of this Forum and I might have missed a post or two during my reviews but I believe you are the first individuals who tries to tell Storm how he should build his products. I think, I would remember especially since I take Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide and Resveratrol, thanks to David Sinclair.. Thanks for mentioning; Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger. It’s not only in my riding playlist https://open.spotify.com/track/5mEDzksquyffq78nAbXPB7?si=2IJ_JiLySAiO79e_giiCSA. but the result of my Diet, based on Jeff Volek & Stephen Phinney’s two books and mostly "The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance" and a 20hr daily fast with one substantial meal a day .... autogaphy as my goal. A few problems with your desired rear cog set. Geometry does not allow the space nor the tight radius for a 10 tooth rear cog or the chain to fit/turn on the hub, and I don’t believe there is an available 50T rear sprocket either designed for the freewheel or a Cassette, which my bikes use either, or. There is no derailleur designed for that size of spacing. But you might entice Phil Wood or the like, to custom manufacture you desired cog set but I’m pretty sure that’s at least a few thousand dollar investment. I’d suggest you review Sheldon Browns site to verify your desires but it seems to me that adding a double chainring could accomplish your intended range and that’s already been done by more one owner on this forum.. None the less, that issue, as you suggested, Is Case Closed.. Oh, and on my flights to Alaska, I didn’t take a single bike in my aircraft but I was there for Dolly Varden and Salmon not snow. You shoulda seen the one that got away. As long as we’re bragg’n bout our bikes, I’ve got $7,000 invested in this Litespeed Ultimate ... that’s almost twice what I paid for my GS1100ez Suzuki, new (the 25th Anniversary Shimano Dura Ace Limited Production Presentation Groupo, that I use, listed for $2500 alone, that said, it did come with a commemorative watch) and I had to build it.. I have a matching Litespeed Vortex but with a standard Dura Ace 7700 groupo. Both feature the original PowerTap Power Meters.. I’ve always wanted and shopped for a 1999 Litespeed Blade, to complete my Litespeed trifecta. It was the Model Lance Rode to his Time Trial Victories, in his first Tour de France Title Win, disguised as a Trek but that has escaped me. ‘Cute Ain’t She.... a nudder one that escaped .... REDDY OVER AND OUT ‘SMOKE”M IF YA GOT’M
  11. Always connect the Charger to the Battery before plugging the Charger into the Wall Outlet. That’s the official Sondors specified procedure. If you have to wiggle the charger to battery wire to make a secure connection, you have either a defective battery socket or a bad charger bullet male plug. Intermittent connections can lead to battery BMS failure. I had this happen to a very expensive 52V - 17.5 Ah rack battery (no longer available) from Luna Cycle in 2015 when Luna Cycle supplied the wrong diameter male plug dongle for my Luna Advance 52V charger . Replacing the BMS is not something you‘‘ll want to experience. Contact Sondors Support on the Sondors Owners Facebook Page, thru the link, to report this anomaly, although if you’ve not followed correct charging procedures, they may not offer any resolution REDDY KILOWATT FORUM MODERATOR
  12. All Sondors eBikes come with correctly lengthened chains for their front chainring and rear cogs, installed on your bike. Any change in either, will require resizing the chain length to maintain proper indexing and derailleur cage tension. The one exception to this rule is that, Single Speed Sondors don’t have derailleurs but also require resizing to maintain proper dropout alignment when gearing changes are made. I’d like to review the posts where changes in gearing only used pedaling to tighten their freewheels as "attested to by other Sondors owners that have changed their freewheels". I’ve been unable to verify this, but I’ll repeat that a chain whip is a necessary tool to consider in your inventory. Just ask any bike shop mechanic. Further, there is no such gearing available with either a 10 tooth or 50 tooth rear cog set. Sondors Factory Engineers carefully selected the correct and most popular gearing for the majority of Sondors owners, now numbering over 50,000. But here again, Sondors eBikes are so easily customized and those procedures are one of the functions of this forum. Misinformation also appears in posts here. REDDY
  13. You stated that the battery is showing a green light when the Charger is hooked up. ? ‘Do you mean the charger is showing a green light when it’s connected to the battery, after the charger is connected to the battery and then the charger is plugged into the wall outlet? What do you mean less power and stamina? Those are not statements that equate to verifiable battery voltage. This is the % chart for 36 Volt battery capacity. It’s pretty close to actual values. You will notice that the 36 volt battery should indicate about 42V when fully charged and that’s, about, what your charger output should be set at. What does the output voltage say on the label on your charger? I need to know to determine it you have the correct charger for your 36 V Smart Step. How many battery capacity LEDs does you Smart Step Battery Have? ... Full capacity should indicate one lit Red and the rest lit Green, on a fully charged battery. Lemmeno. No need to respond until you measure the voltage of your battery. That’s what I need to know to continue the trouble shooting procedure. It’s a process. Reddy
  14. https://vimeo.com/354146189 https://vimeo.com/354148061 You can only know for sure if the battery is the problem is if you use a multimeter and verify that voltage is measured at the battery terminals. REDDY
  15. Well it’s not a big job at all, to remove or install the Freewheels. It can be accomplished without a Freewheel Tool or ChainWhip but I’d recommend buying both, plus a chain break to remove your chain and a quick link and extra matching links to equal the new max tooth count, less the quick link / master link. You’ll want a Park Tool FR 1.3 Freewheel Tool because it has a large hole to fit over the Large Higo Motor Power Cable Connector, when removing the Freewheel plus any manufacturer chain whip, will work, to tighten the Freewheel and a little grease. See : Before this tool, with the desired large hole was available, we sawed the original version of the tool in half, at the shop, so we could slide both halves into the Freewheel, eliminating the need to slide it over the connector. Of course, it’ might benefit you to take your bike to a LBS to assist or watch and increase your knowledge base and start an association with competent bike mechanics and buy your parts and tools from them. REDDY
  16. I’m glad to hear from Real Alaskan Owners (those rugged individuals, up there in the frozen trundra) who love their Sondors and have conquered their environmental challenges and not only ride but commute to ”Alphonzo’s Pancake Breakfasts" (those actually living in Alaska know the reference). They appreciate that the Sondors Platform is designed by eBike engineers to accommodate the median prospective buyer and that one of the best attributes of the Sondors offering; is that it’s so easily customized to individual needs and desires. This forum is dedicated to those individuals. The World is full of disgruntled, complaining individuals who think that they are entitled and everything should be offered to only accommodate their own short sided views. But a through review of this forum will reveal the vast individual personalization of the basic Sondors offerings, into many, many, wonderful transformations and it’s very rare that there are Owners who bitch about their purchase and those who do and violate the user agreement that clearly states that this is not a complaint symposium and any complaints should be directed to Sondors.com. Those who persist, are banned from this site and accosted with a "Lead Filled Snowshoe". We only support constructive engagements. NO FUR TRADERS ALLOWED, LIFE’S TOO SHORT, SO DON’T WASTE OUR TIME. WHO YOU JIV’N WITH ALL THAT COSMIC DEBRIS? I Miss Frank ... https://open.spotify.com/track/4PPwkLq2ld1k09Bl5NkyZB?si=r93ZuHO7Tme6w8OoeirlNw REDDY KILOWATT FORUM MODERATOR
  17. Did that include the power button on the Throttle? REDDY
  18. The Handel Bar center section is 31.8mm. The Stem diameter into the Fork Steering Tube is 1-1/8”. https://sondorsforum.com/topic/2081-visual-map-to-sondors-original-parts/ The only mistake in nomenclature, in these illustrations is in the last one where the "Bottom Bracket Frame”, should be labeled, "Bottom Bracket Shell". REDDY
  19. A good feeler gauge can be made, when adjusting the distance from pad to brake disk, loosen the caliper mounting Allen screws first, then back out the fixed inside pad stop and use two business cards between that pad and disc, squeeze the brake lever to close the distance and use a rubber band or spare hand to hold it while you center and tighten the caliper in its mount, then adjust the cable length. Brake cables will initially stretch a little when new, over the short term and require some brake adjustment. A picture is worth a thousand and words and a video... just say’n. https://youtu.be/Pz58MA1Qe3Y REDDY
  20. Cupins, I’d be glad to post this picture of my derailleur but my filthy (Winter and takes 2 hrs to clean and it gets dirty in a few days) Original Fat’s Derailleur but it didn’t come with the Guard. It wasn’t included in 2015. But I have my extra fat tube and a few other items in the lower Pannier Pocket to protect the derailleur in a fall. My Original is not stock and the only Original parts are the; frame, fork, battery box and bottom bracket. You might be able to review similar Sondors to yours in our Gallery and zoom in to get a good look. REDDY
  21. Richie, glad to have you aboard. It’s no secret that bike riding can make or keep us healthier. I applauded your efforts and I’m following suite. A lot of new owners have adopted riding Sondors for health reasons after not riding since they were kids. Enjoy your stay and don’t forget to add pictures to our Gallery Section and conical all your adventures. REDDY 17,000 Sondors Miles
  22. No your PAS magnet wheel and pick-up look correct. Since you’ve eliminated the brake cut off switches, that’s been eliminated from the troubleshooting routine. If you can use your Multi Meter and check for voltage to the Throttle Higo that could eliminate it. With those eliminated I’d suspect a bad controller. Contact Sondors for warranty replacement. You need to go to the Sondors Storm Owners Group on Facebook. Once there ask to join. Once inside, there is a link to a support form that you can use to get to Sondors tech support. While in the Group, I suggest opening up a thread and asking the community for help on this as well. That will trigger folks' to tag the Sondors support reps who frequent that group and who are tasked with fast-tracking help in situations like yours - assuming they do not see your post themselves and contact you directly.  REDDY
  23. Which Sondors do you own and what LCD model is displaying error code 25? If one of the Brake Cut Off Switch is causing the problem, disconnect the brake Higo connector, that goes to the controller, one by one then try powering the bike. No Go? Then disconnect the other and try. Still No Go, reconnect them both and : LEMMENO REDDY
  24. Hi Matt, Bolton has them https://boltonebikes.com/collections/frames-and-parts/products/replacement-kickstand As with any particular purchase from Sondors vendors, verify the correct part by emailing the vendors before ordering. Tell them Reddy Sent You. REDDY
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