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  1. Hey Albert Great looking bike. I just received my own MSX- still in the box. Here in Canada the weather is changing I have been trying to get a few last rides in before the snow makes it difficult. I like your idea- swapping out the tires for some smaller, less luggy, model. I have been planning on installing 2.8 Speedsters in the spring. Your Schwalbes look like low rolling resistance for an "all terrain" tire. I run 3.5 Speedsters on my "X". I also have a Thin and a Fold"X" and run mostly slick tires in summer. Luggy for winter. I see you have also swapped out the seat for something you have found more comfortable. Sondors is a great platform to make what ever you want. I put a larger crankset on all of my other Sondors bikes and that makes a huge difference. I see that Sondors has also increased the size of that component with the MXS model. I will be mounting fenders and bags, maybe a carrier -seems like a lot of room behind the seat. I don't want it to interfere with my leg when mounting thou. Anyway, thanks for the posting. Enjoy your ride. Really looking forward to riding my new MXS. -Brian
  2. Hi David Sounds like you have solved the problem. My Thin has worked fine since my earlier problems. I am now convinced my issue was just the connection. I think I wasn't pushing the motor connection together far enough. The arrows have to go together. This is the easiest thing to check if people get the noise and error code three. Brian
  3. Hi Folks. Coincidentally I today just received my new suspension fork for my Fold X. After installing the X fork yesterday this was a little easier. I did have to go online to find a proper procedure. There are some different procedures with the folding handlebar assembly. Anyway I installed it. It appears very similar to the new 2018 Sondo's X upgrade except for the shorter dimensions- a quality product. I spayed the tubes with silicon lube and rode it later today. The fork started loosening up and improved the ride- not as much as I had hoped - probably because of the hard tail and my aftermarket, low rolling resistant, smooth tires that I am running . I swapped out the seat for a large, well sprung, model with a new jell cover, and gave it a test. Much more comfortable but well padded isn't the same as well suspended. I will install a Thudbuster sometime soon or maybe a seat post, shock. Anyway a nice improvement in comfort and control- with a proper rear suspension solution to follow. The fork came with a new longer brake cable that wasn't really required. Also there was a Velcro strap that is apparently provided to hold the folding bike folded when you store it or travel with it- a nice touch. Good stuff- worth the purchase Rgds Brian
  4. Hi folks. I'm new here but just I received my new Sondors X front fork (Nov. 13.2018) and installed it today . I have only had one ride but it is a tremendous improvement. I have a Thud Buster seat post suspension on the rear. Now I can just glide over fields. The fat tires have fine floatation and the suspension takes care of the rest. I can also put a little more air in the front tire now without things getting too harsh. As you probably know fat bikes self steer when you lower the pressure to get a softer ride. I have a similar front suspension fork and an old Thudbuster on my Thin 7. That is very smooth on pavement and hard packed. Now I am waiting for my new suspension fork for my Fold X. It just shipped. One tip. There were some metal shavings in the head tube on my X. They should be carefully cleared out, with bearing and parts cleaned of old grease and new grease applied. BTW a new longer brake cable comes with the fork, An easy installation- just keep the bearings and washers in the correct order and orientation. Happy winter riding Brian
  5. Hey Marco Thudbusters are expensive. Let your butt be your guide. On one of my non ebike, fat bikes, also outfitted with Vee Rubber Speedsters, ( I call this my "Road Bike"), I use an old, well sprung, comfort bike seat, with a large gel seat cover from Amazon. It is very comfortable and fast. Received my Fold X couple of weeks ago. It is nice but needs some mods of course. Sondors gives you a platform, a canvas to express your creativity. I ordered a single speed so as not to worry about derailleurs, and the extra maintenance, especially for a folding bike that gets, thrown into trunks and vans.. As I expected this setup quickly over revs the pedal input, causing you to freely rotate the crankset for no other reason than to make the motor drive. I like to contribute to the driving force so I have removed the single speed 16 tooth freewheel cog and am waiting for a 14 tooth and a 12 tooth option to arrive from Amazon. I think this will be easier than swapping out the 44 tooth 1/2 x 1/8 chain ring. BTW my X and Thin7 appear to have a 40 tooth 3/32 x 1/2 chain and ring because they have gears. The way to operate my Fold X bike will then be to use the throttle to assist any initial drive away struggle (or for hills) then use the planned higher ratio gearing and variable PAS for normal travel. I'm also still waiting for my fender/rack option. My Sondors X runs really well with the earlier mentioned mods. I have selected a smaller 26 inch wheel size on the LCD. Speedsters are only 3.5 inch thick. That seems to make it quicker. Of course the speed limiter is set to 72 k. It is very quiet and rides lower. The Speedsters are not good on loose pack or mud, but are fine on wet pavement and grass, even shore line, hard packed, beach sand. I'm not changing the Thin 7 yet , (suspension fork with a LT, old Thudbuster). It is fine as it is, like as sports car compared to the lumbering X. I'm waiting for my spare extended range battery. This is fun for retired millwright. Enjoy your summer riding
  6. Hi Steve. I had strange sounds and error code 03 on my Thin a while back. I disconnected and reconnected the plug on the chain stay several times without success. I eventually removed the rear wheel and disassembled the motor hub. Couldn't see anything obvious. I put more lithium grease in the plastic hub gears and re assembled. To my surprise it worked perfectly. I don't know what I did. One thing it could be is a damaged wire in the cable near the hub, where the guard is. The cable could be damaged from a fall or even a bump up against a rock. Just the guard being there shows that there is a issue. If one wire was broken (Hall sensor) then put in a different position during my reassemble, it could complete the circuit . So try bending the cable a little around the hub, and see if anything changes. Or get a multi meter and check the continuity of the wires in the cable from plug to motor. Good Luck Brian
  7. I have the long travel Thudbuster on my X. I think every bit helps. I will probably order a suspension fork when they are available- Sondors says later this summer. I could go to lower tire pressure for a softer ride but the downside of that is screaming tires and self steer on pavement. I have a pair of low rolling resistance, quiet, VeeRubber Speedsters ready for after the suspension fork install. They require high tire pressure but the new fork will help smooth much of that out. I'm having a small problem with the Thudbuster. The actual seat keeps coming loose. I'll figure it out I have an old, long travel Thudbuster on my Thin. Along with the suspension fork it rides very smoothly and quietly.. To
  8. Hi. I just did a similar upgrade on my X with the same parts from Electrobikeworld and I just want to clarify that you need the Throttle with the black 6 pin HIGO connector. The OEM controller and throttle use a three pin connector. Good Luck. Mine works great. Nick at Electrobikeworld is very helpful.
  9. Finished the Sondors X. Everything seems to work well. It needs a few more adjustments. softer start, speed limiter etc. Basically plug and play except for the battery connection, You have to recover the metal, aircraft type connector from the old controller, remove the plug type connectors from the black and red controller leads and connect to black and red wires from the connector to those wires of the same colour. You could solder. I just used Marr connectors and electrical tape. The controller itself was easy to mount using Velco tape, onto the rear of the enclosure- very secure with lots of room. The pedal assist cable was long enough and didn't require an extension but I did add an extension to the Green, HIGO, connector cable to the LCD. It has a good torque increase for hills, a modest speed increase, is a little jumpy in PA-05 or with throttle and uses the battery up much quicker. Best to use low pedal assist and save the extra torque for hills. Good thing the X has a large battery. I might not upgrade my Thin7 just to keep the good range. I have ordered a second, extended range battery for that. I find my Thin7 , with the suspension fork and Thudbuster more comfortable to ride on paved or hard packed. The X is like a tank, goes anywhere, powerful, weighs a ton.
  10. Hi Marco I forgot to paste related info from my contact with Nick at Electrobikewrold. His return email to me
  11. Hi Marco I will be modifying my X this spring. and my Thin7. I have a Fold X on order. My plan is to approach things gradually. I have received a 25A controller and accompanying LCD screen from Electro Bike World https://electrobikeworld.com/. I wasn't too impressed with the CS at Luna Cycle who once told me "We just sell the stuff- can't tell you what it works with.". Nick was very helpful and has a modified X of his own. I can try the controller on all my bikes before proceeding to the next steps. There are dimensional issues with larger controllers. And some set ups need extension cables. The stock Thin stock controller has cables coming out top and bottom. I have learned that you should order an LCD screen from the same supplier as the controller. They are programmed to work together. Also Sondors has changed the cable to the throttle from the more standard 6 pin to a three pin cable. You should order a throttle from the same supplier. Also the upgrade controllers I have seen do not use the newer metal, aircraft type, threaded battery connector used on the triangle batteries in the newer Sondors bikes. This requires a splice joining the black and red cables from an upgrade controller to a the black and red wires of a Sondors oem controller connector snipped off your old controller. You can splice this in several ways- solder, butt connectors then heat shrink, even wire nuts then taped. With the wires coming out the bottom you may need an extension for the LCD "green" cable. Depending where you mount he controller you may need an extension for the PAS "yellow" cable. ElectroBikeworld has all these parts I just want to use the OEM batteries-I have ordered a spare high cap for my Thin. and just wish to ugrade the controllers at this time. If that all works, then maybe move on to the next level. I think your X may be very similar in components to a NA model. Ebike manufacturers play games with ratings. Rad Rover uses the continuous rating to beat regulations. You may you have the same X as mine but is described differently due to local regulations. If that is true you should know as ElectroBW told me, they can sell you a 750W Bafang motor, then you take out the existing rotor and swap it into the oem 500W laced wheel- fits perfectly into the hub housing, and they sell an 35A controller, and LCD, and throttle for such a conversion. So I would examine your oem motor to see if it is really a Bafang 500W motor. If it is the same as the NA spec, start with a 25A controller, LCD, throttle upgrade. If not go to a new 750W motor, 35A controller, LCD and throttle that would have to be laced in by some local bike shop. I wouldn't bother with the headache of powering the front wheel. Your battery will empty faster and you won't need it after other upgrades - and you will have the smaller motor to put back in for after you retire. Good Luck Brian
  12. Hello. I am new to the group. I live in Toronto and I am proud owner of an X , a Thin 7 and have a Fold X on order. Currently we are covered with ice and snow, but spring will be here soon. My plans are to upgrade my bike s and am gathering info and parts. All three will have upgraded controllers to 25A, aftermarket matching LCDs and new 6 pin throttles, all from Electro Bike World www.electrobikeworld.com I see there is helpful info in this forum. I'll keep people informed
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