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Chad Lauterbach

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  1. Also, I've had pretty bad luck with Slime personally. What's been (finally) working for me is high quality tires and Tire Liners: https://www.rei.com/product/109739/rhinodillos-tire-liners-700-x-23-25-28-35-32-41
  2. I think it's going to be a little small compared to the triangle it looks likes. They state 16(L) x 3(D) x 11.5(H) x 13 (Bevel) inches on their site, but it seems like it will be worth it. I'll report back with images once I receive it and get it installed as well as a ride report on the 52v battery. Photo from their site: My Thin:
  3. Thanks @Reddy Kilowatt and @MattRobertson for your detailed replies. You guys are both so thorough and knowledgable. Interesting to think about a bag vs. a box. While I do like the aesthetic of the box, my ultimate goal is to build my ultimate commute bike (and have fun while I do it). Building a box myself is probably beyond my handy level (and the amount of time I have). I would be worried outsourcing the construction too without knowing exactly what I would be getting back. It's less about the cost and more about it actually fitting and working. I'm kind of surprised given the numbers of Sondors out there, and their affordability, there aren't more folks making pre-fabricated Sondors specific upgrade parts. @MattRobertson How well does that Flacon EV bag fit in a Sondors/Sondors Thin frame? I know Luna Cycles makes their own bags as well, any experience with those? I'm not home right now, but I'll try and measure the triangle to find the best fitting bag soon and will report back on this post once I figure something out. Really appreciate your insight.
  4. Yeah, you can definitely see how far I'm pushing the box. 2.75" might just be too tight at the end of the day. I've thought of loosing all the case fasteners to see if I can get a little more flex out of them. I attached a couple more photos. Makes me think with just a little more sanding down work and removing the outer rubber casing I could just bared get it in there... What do you think? Luna said I could return the battery with a 10% restocking fee if I couldn't get it to fit, but my guess is if I take the external heat shrink off they won't take it. Luckily they are right near me in El Segundo so maybe I'll go down and chat with them at some point this week. It does look like the battery is a hair longer than 2.75" and my box is 2.875" by my count, but that doesn't include the thickness of the plastic itself, so maybe I could only get 2.6" or so in there. The LT48 is 2.5" though and it does have a little bit of play, so I think the box could take something bigger. The question is just how much. What would you do @Reddy Kilowatt?
  5. So I decided to go for a 52v upgrade on my Sondors Thin using the Luna Cycles 52V TRIANGLE PANASONIC GA 18650 14AH HIGH POWER AND LONG RANGE battery. I carefully measured and I thought I could just barely get it in to my Sondors Thin if I took out the bumpers for the stock battery and some of the cable guides. I got the battery and even after looking it I thought it would work (see attached photos). I used a Dremel to take out the bumpers that were in there and most of the cable guides in the top right. The battery looks like it was made for the box, dimensionally it fits like a glove, but (and I knew this was going to be the tough part) the hard box on the Thin just won't quite close even after my modes. I don't think I'm close enough to quite get it there either. I really like the look of the hard box case on the Thin, so I'm trying to figure out it: Is there some alternative idea to getting this thing to work in the stock box. I'd thought maybe there's some way to modify the hinges... or even cutting off the outer rubber on the battery might save a few mm. Any ideas folks? That's why I'm posting on the forum. Is there another form of hard box, maybe from the non-Thin Sondors, that might fit in it? Is there something dumb I'm just not thinking of here? I guess the final option is just remove the box and put in a soft triangle bag (such as the Luna Cycles one). Does anyone have any experience putts one of those on the Thin? And once I do that I might as well get an even bigger 52v battery, right? I've also got photos of it compared to the ElctroBikeWorld LT48. Appreciate any input anyone has. Thanks! @Reddy Kilowatt?
  6. I recently picked up the Topeak rack, trunk bag, and fenders. The installation was really easy and the fit seems to be great on the Thin. I'm not sure how the first would be on the fat bikes, but my guess is at least the fenders wouldn't fit. Here's the parts I bought: Topeak Explorer Bicycle Rack with Disc Brake Mounts: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FIAVHE/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Topeak MTX Trunk Bag DX: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B0187ZRLX8/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Topeak Defender Tx Front & Rear Set: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MSZLR7F/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 A couple install tips: I had to remove the velcro strap on the rear fender as it seemed to stretch the fender too much, but it still seems really solid. It's easier to put the fenders on first in my opinion, on the back, make sure you use the holes closest to the rear for the fenders as the others are for the rack. I found I needed to use the very last hole on the rear fender for the L bracket and the last of the three locations for the bolts on the rack. Here's some pics of my bike post install.
  7. Awesome! Thanks @MattRobertson for the tip on where to pick one up!
  8. Hey @johnc! I ended up not replacing my bottom bracket. It's basically impossible to find a direct replacement for it without going to Sondors. That being said on the crankset to my knowledge you have a large selection of basically anything that's a square taper. I just went to my local bike shop and found a crankset I liked and had them put it on. I got a crankset with a BCD 130 pattern so then I can swap on any chain ring that's 130 BCD. One thing I might do at some point is swap it for a 144 BCD (track bike) as my bike is a fixie it's easier to find fixie chain rings that are a bit beefier and setup for 1/8" chain on 144 BCD vs 130 BCD. Something like this should work... just depends on how big of a ring you want too: https://www.amazon.com/Crankset-Crankarms-Litepro-Folding-Protective/dp/B071LPKGT2/ref=sr_1_13_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1535735385&sr=8-13-spons&keywords=FSA+fixie+crankset&psc=1 I ride 53/17 right now. I hope that helps a little!
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