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  1. Thanks much for this review and your thoughts/recommendations on upgrades and accessories. My XS should deliver in August, really looking forward to it. Big Time! Haven’t ridden a bike since I crashed my Specialized Hard Rock. Shooting 8mm digital video (hint as to how long ago). Over my shoulder. Going down a mountain. Fortunately just suffered some road rash and a cracked helmet. Pretty decent video, camera flying through the air, landing on its side, recording me groaning and cursing. Anyway, my plan is, of course, to use mine for fun. But I’m also hoping it’ll work out as a secondary form of transportation. Running errands I’d usually jump in the truck for. So I appreciate your comments on the saddle and seat post upgrades as well as the lights. I’ll just take the easy way and go with you on the lights. Saddle and seat post, maybe, after a few months experience. Looks like you opted for the Sonders rack/fender/bag option. I’m leaning toward the Iberia rack and some sort of panniers, hopefully quick release for the errand running I mentioned. What is the bag you have on the bar? Looks like just what I need for carrying a few tools, spare tube etc. Enough for now, thanks for reinforcing my buy decision!
  2. Soon to be XS rider here. Been perusing the forum for a few days, educating myself on this e-bike thing. Would appreciate some links to what you guys would recommend for racks, fenders and lights. So far it seems Axion has a nice rack solution, any others? Haven’t found much on lights or fenders. Any help appreciated. thanks! EDIT: A bit more research, any opinions on this one? Ibera Bike Rack - Bicycle Touring Carrier Plus+ for Disc Brake Mount, Frame-Mounted for Heavier Top & Side Loads, Height Adjustable for 26"-29" Frames https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AA8GFSI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_aeYdFbYYSG208
  3. Ahh, ok. Thanks, didn’t know enough to ask an intelligent question. Not aware of Li power stations ‘til now. Other then Tesla anyway. No idea 150-500 w units available. What I love about new rabbit holes, learn new stuff! So, research panels and pick up a few. Get a Jackery 500 power station, plug in the SONDORS charger and battery. Done and dusted. Plus I have a light duty power backup as well as an off grid power source.
  4. I see a fair number of 150-160 watt 12 volt solar panel chargers are available at reasonable prices. I’m thinking I’ll DIY a charger for my just-ordered XS. First, am I correct in ASSuming that a 12v charger can be adapted to the task of charging a 48v SONDORS battery? Second, are the SONDORS battery connectors proprietary or generic? I know from my experience with UAV’s that safely charging li-ion batteries is not a trivial matter. Appreciate any advice.
  5. Thanks for the reply. The props are half of the propulsion for a 300mm Baltic birch quad I built a few years ago. Another of my rabbit holes haha. Appreciate your security suggestions, wasn’t aware of any of them other then the locks. See what I can find out today. Oh yeah, pulled the trigger on an XS this morning. My wife will be thrilled lol.
  6. Well hello all, just 2 days into my dive into the e-bike maelstrom. Looks like a lot of fun. I gotta get one of these! Most likely an XS. My old Specialized has been in the rafters for...a while. Kept it to convert to gas or electric but seems like too much trouble, too many compromises given what’s available today A few questions as I continue my research, is theft of e-bikes a problem? How sophisticated are the electronics i.e. ability to disable, track if stolen? Or do we still rely on two (or more) locks? Thanks
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