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  1. Marco


    Very interesting..... Thanks! I came very close to getting a ST off flea bay the other week, but they seem so expensive!?? I can get cheap suspension pole for like.... fifteen quid, but the cane creek is effectively a zero on the end. Hmmm.... Probably do it, but would like to hear from others and well... Is it worth trying a cheap one first, or will that put me off for life??
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    Looking to upgrade and looking for advice

    Hmmm...... I think "you buy ya ticket, you buy ya ride" Put simply, whats the price differential? If its large enough, go for it! There are people on here (pretty sure @biknut had or even still has? a battery via AliExpress) so perhaps tap those folks up via private message?? Past that, any of the larger more reputable sellers, and you should be fine. I'd just steer clear of "building ya own with used cells" coz that's likely to end up as per the rather graphic illustration above, UNLESS! you know what ya doing
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    L48v 20.3ah battery charging problem.

    Just make sure you buy EXACTLY! the right model. I've fallen foul of this. I'd stand by what Matt puts together (for us all) as its a very cheap/reliable and easy piece of kit to pull together, but you need to make sure you get the right model. The power supplies are not quite so common here, so like a prat, I opted to get mine from Taiwan. Import duty and retrospective read of the manual later, and I'm all set up and ready to go, but try not to make the same mistake I did. (blushes)
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    2018 sondors fat tire upgrades.

    Hey Matt, not that its much good to me (tax, shipping, blah, blah, blah) but does their L3 20ah triangle not fit (without) modification? PS - I don't wanna spin this thread, but I took some of the ribbing out of my triangle today with the help of a mates oscillating saw and a dremel. Its a remarkably easy job. I'd suggest budgeting around three man hours for this task, based on personal first hand experience. Only one golden rule. You can always go back and cut out more, but once its cut. Its cut. So go slow. Still, I don't wanna sound like a health and safety public information advert, so I'd suggest that should know/feel confident wiring up plug; you should be fine with this job.
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    Good to hear you've tinkered. That is certainly my end game! Its always nice to have a project, I'll just be sad when mine is over I think... Still, the Thudbuster. Short or long travel? I'm guessing a ST post would be all that's needed, but wondering if that is true from people that have well.... done it, and therefore have the benefit of having tried and know. Albeit everyone has there own opinion, I'm always ready to listen as I'm on the fence about this particular upgrade.
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    How goes the work?
  7. Thanks for the feedback Brian/Saltydog! I'll update the AWD thread as/when things all come together, but for now, a quick update. @biknut - Thanks for the lead on the rims. These were the first things to turn up. VERY! impressed with Rob at Robs'son. I now have a couple of double walled rims sat in my office at work, waiting... @MattRobertson - Seriously... What a legend! I need to peg back my man crush for this fella, so lets just go with - The Magura brakes. Being of similar physical characteristics, I have taken the plunge here. @Reddy Kilowatt - Simply for keeping it real. You know what I mean by that. Its a bike not a motorbike right Reddy @Houshmand Moarefi - For being a/the pioneer (on here at least) for all things AWD. @e-bike-technologies.de - For humoring me. And of course Wendy at Pasion eBike, albeit I don't think she is actually on this forum is she? Shame really. So err.... yeah. I am building an AWD bike. My current predicament is lacing up the wheel sets. I have a couple of LBS (Local Bike Shops) that will do this for me, but I am yet to make a decision on what to do for the best here. Hopefully none of them are active on here I'll update the AWD thread once I've made some solid progress. Honestly. I will. Past that, the battery I'll simply put together myself. 2x 35a controllers from Pasion eBike. Rims from Robs'son - http://www.robsson.de/en/ Hub motors from Pasion eBike LCD - Cycle Analyst v3 that is VERY, VERY! likely to come from @e-bike-technologies.de Brakes - Read the Magura thread here: https://sondorsforum.com/topic/1668-the-magura-brake-project/ Sondors X due to arrive at the end of May, last time I checked with the live chat. A few odds and ends via AliExpress (which I never even knew about until I joined this forum, so thanks for that) & flea bay, that include a baby, and I mean baby torque wrench, gloves, pump, spare tubes, break bleed kit, a custom charger, and some other odds and ends. At this juncture (I don't even have the bike yet!) I think perhaps I will pause until the wheels are laced up and on the bike. I am going to review the gearing once I've got a few miles under my belt. Ditto the saddle. But probably in a reversed priority. AKA saddle/seat post before gears. I will probably do the handle bars when/if the saddle goes, so that all the ergonomics can all be taken care of in one go. Peddles/tires can stay - for now. If/when they brake I will revisit them. So yeah, when things start to come together I will start adding to the AWD thread. But in the mean time.... I've added a few things to the market place https://sondorsforum.com/forum/12-sondors-ebikes-parts-marketplace/ for those that might be interest? EG: 1) Stock brakes. Inc levers, rotors, pads and cables 2) Original wheel sets 3) KD51 LCD and the stock controller Photos to follow...
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    Battery Upgrade For First Generation

    @biknut - what config is your battery pack, and what cells are you using??? About all I know is the cells are Samsung 18650
  9. Thanks Matt, I think I will keep this on the back burner... In the UK we have to worry about nose weight. My limit is 90KG, so whilst I did spend a little time looking at motorcycle carriers, the whole thing is limited by this, and so I stopped looking after a short while. Next up, I wanted to try and get a rack for four bikes so that I could take the whole family. There must be a suitable rack out there some place or other. Just a case of finding the time to find it... My hope is, I can borrow some of the load from the other lighter bikes on the rack and offset it against my fatty :)
  10. I'll just float this, see if anyone has already solved it, and can therefore save me a lot of time and effort going down many a dead end. I'm looking for a towbar based bike rack, so that when we go away as a family we can take the bikes with us. Ideally, I'd like something like this eBay item ID: 263536822560 The issue seems to be both the tyres and weight "maybe" so has anyone faced this problem in the past and subsequently found a viable solution they don't mind sharing?
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    The Magura Brake Project

    Cheers Matt! FYI for anyone that comes later... I contacted hollandbikeshop.com (prior to reading your reply) as I thought it might have been nothing more than a type'o in a URL or some such thing, that had rendered the brakes unavailable to the public. Seeing as they seem to carry quite a bit of the Magura product range. So, for those of us that have keenly followed @MattRobertson and this project of his, you can still get the lever from Holland, but not the whole assembly. To cryptic? In a nutshell, no good unless you already have the brakes and ONLY! need a replacement lever: https://hollandbikeshop.com/en-gb/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=MT5e Past that, as Matt has already pointed out, the cheapest option (at the time of this post) is bike-discount.de Which incidentally, is well worth keeping an eye on, as should you be looking at this as your next modification, they seem to have some discounted take off front MT5e's (when I bought mine) so well.... BARGAIN! Circa half the regular price at £63.42 per axle. Or $90 USD before you take off the 20% VAT and presumably add it back on again for shipping!????
  12. Yep, I've done it again... Another old thread brought back to life. So... Phase 3. Has it happened? Or is that self employment lark still getting in the way??
  13. Seriously? You folks can get rims in Kmart now? http://www.kmart.com/weinmann-rim-wei-26x4.0-dhl101-36-bkw-origin-8/p-SPM8289369729 ...I really need to update my google search results filtering
  14. Hi, looking for steel forks please. Ideally silver or black
  15. Please PM me if interested. I will simply update this thread once sold. Display and controller will never make it on to the bike.

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