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28 thoughts on “Affiliate Disclosure

  • Szia Tony!
    Segítségedet szeretném kérni. Most karácsonyra kaptunk egy Neuzer Lido E.Trek. Női celeste színű kerékpárt. A problémánk, hogy a leírásokban mindenhol az szerepel, hogy GEENWAY 36V 16Ah akkúval szerelik (csomagtartós). Mi egy kínai gyártású DPLCO 58V29/DPLCO 94V42Y feliratú akkuval kaptuk a kerékpárt. Jó ez így vagy tévedés történt?
    Válaszod nagyon fontos, előre köszönjük.
    Üdvözlettel:
    Attila

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    • Szia Attila!
      A Greenway e-bike akkumulátorait Kínában gyártják, de fénykép nélkül nehéz azonosítani az akkumulátort. Itt van egy link a Greenway weboldalára.
      Üdvözlettel,
      Tony

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  • Hi Tony,

    I’m using a TSDZ2 and I’m very pleased with it, but I was having some issues with the stability. The diameter of the axle is 0,5 mm smaller than the Shimano thread, and it doesn’t matter how strong you tighten the motor, the forces by pedaling are bigger, and because of this 0,5mm gap, it’s going to wiggle / wobble. You don’t realize it until your paint is rubbed off, then it’s going to squeak.

    So I have investigated the problem and developed a threaded ring to reduce the gap to zero and that result in perfect stability. No more wobble. I guess others have maybe the same problem. The new version is without flange and it’s made of stainless steel. I would send you some pictures. Would you be interested?

    Thank you and have a nice weekend.


    Mit freundlichen Grüßen,
    Laszlo Pere

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    • Dobrý deň, čítala som Vás blog o elektrobikoch ?. Chcela by som Vás poprosiť o radu. Mám prerobený bik, ktorý mi jedného dňa,, umrel,,.Bolo dosť teplo a strmý, dlhý kopec ?
      https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32295717029.html
      Vypisuje mi chybu EO4
      Ďakujem pekne za každú radu.

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      • Vyzerá to ako chyba škrtiacej klapky – Tongsheng TSDZ2 nie je zvlášť dobrý na zvládanie najmä vysokých teplôt v dlhých prudkých stúpaniach. Skontroloval by som pripojenie škrtiacej klapky alebo odpojil škrtiacu klapku, či motorka stále funguje s pedálovým asistentom. Ak to nefunguje na pedálovom asistenti, môže nastať ďalší problém, napríklad ovládač vo vnútri motora.

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    • Hi Tony,

      Any chance you could review a electric bicycle called ‘Nero Blue’ which is on eBay being sold between £1199.99 – £1299.99?

      Nero Electric Mountain Bike Aluminium 27.5″ eBike 250W E-MTB 48V full Anil

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      • Hi Anil,

        I haven’t ridden one yet, but looking at the specification and customer feedback it looks like good value for money. I’ll contact the company directly to see if they can send me a sample to review.

        Regards,
        Tony

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  • Hi Tony, great site and I can see you have a wealth of experience in fitting bikes and advice. Could I ask you about mine? I have a cube hyde race 2017 which I put up on youtube as vinnychoff and wanted to show how it was to commute with. Like you I do not get paid but like to be honest and give a fair review.
    I had a lot of interest over time and recently wonder about converting to a ebike. I would like to keep the gates belt as view it as easier to keep clean and maintain although I use wax on my other bike and chain. I also have a old raleigh bike that could be converted to ebike but the wheels, brakes etc need updating. Out of the two I wonder which one to convert? The cost? as to use I am fairly fit and plan to use them for commuting. Last week I covered 40miles a day for four days. I am assuming that around 20/30 miles distance. Not very hilly but carrying laptop, clothes tools etc. I read about difficulty of the cube hyde race gates belt and it seems you comments on the Raleigh seem straight forward. Some of the spec from the cube is. shifters: Shimano Alfine SL-S7000
    brake system: Shimano BR-M315, Hydr. Disc Brake (160/160)
    crankset: Gates S150 CDN, 46T, 170mm, BB Thun Zumba
    gear teeth: Gates CDN, 22T
    chain: Gates CDN, 111T
    rims: CUBE UX24, 32H, Disc
    front hub: Shimano Deore HB-M615, Centerlock
    rear hub: Shimano Alfine SG-S700, 8-Speed

    thanks in advance Tony. Regards Vincenzo

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    • Hi Vincenzo,

      A Bafang should be a fairly straightforward installation on your Cube – I’ve checked the BB spec and it looks like a regular 68mm BSA threaded type. You will need to get a 130BCD chainring adaptor for the Gates (I think Brighton ebikes sell them). A gearshift sensor is recommended, especially if you want one of the more powerful motors – it’s not such an issue with the 250w version. You would also need a USB programming lead to reduce the pedal assist start current on the motor, this will prevent over-stressing the IGH components. As far as price is concerned, you’ll be looking at £650-£750 for a motor kit and battery combo – eBay has quite a few sellers shipping from within the UK. Here is a link to various Bafang kits.

      I hope this helps, if you need any more advice please let me know.

      All the best,
      Tony

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      • Tony
        Good morning. Couldn’t find my previous comments, but figured I would reach out for your insight.
        I have purchased to build a rear hub motor 20″ wheel for a 08 ICE T/NT trike, and wanted to retain my current triple chainring and cassette setup in doing so:
        1. BaFang RM G020.500.DC.10/SWX02 Cassette Freewheel motor. (500w motor)
        2. Greengeria 18Ah and 22Ah UART controllers with higo connectors.
        22Ah controller/ ASIN: B088KJY9PT
        3. 500c display with UART protocol / ASIN: B083FHRTRF
        4. Sun Envy 406/20″ rim
        5. T-Cycle Dual frame mount battery platform
        Looking to purchase if necessary an Ebikeling 30 or 35+A higo controller.
        Both controllers:/ ASIN: B084P8WDKQ

        I currently have 52v batteries for my other ICE trike which has a BBSHD motor installed. All three batteries are set up with 40A BMS’s. I want to incorporate these batteries into the hub motor wheel/system and not go to the added expense of purchasing 48v batteries.

        In dealing with Greenergia and one other Chinese company, both have insisted that I cannot use 52v batteries with this motor and must buy 48v batteries. Their 18A controller seems to me to be borderline for use with the 17.5Ah/52v batteries and their 22A controller a wee bit better, but I am not sure.

        Finally got the spoke lengths figured out with assistance from Grin Technologies and will be ordering them this week.

        As a layman for hub motors, the journey so far has been challenging, yet based on your past advice, I just don’t see why the 52v batteries cannot be used with this motor, as long as I have some sort of controller with the higo connectors to run it.

        Thanks
        Kit

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        • Hi Kit,

          I checked the B088KJY9PT reference and it looks like the controllers are Greenergia own brand. It’s quite possible these controllers have been specifically designed to only handle 48v, which is not something I’ve come across before with other 48v controllers.

          All of the 52v rear hub conversions I’ve done in the past have used ‘KT’ controllers. The 18A/22A rating is the maximum continuous current that controller will draw from the battery, so it shouldn’t be an issue with a 40A BMS as the controller will only take what it needs.

          It looks like the Ebikeling controller might be your best bet as these could possibly be re-branded KT controllers, and I noticed someone in the Q&A section had used a 52v battery without problems.

          Please let me know how things go – I would be good to see a finished photo of the trike when it’s done.

          Cheers,
          Tony

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        • Tony
          Thanks so much with bearing with me on this journey. Have a number of folks wanting to know when I’m going to get started with the build. :). I will work with the Greenergia 18Ah controller first, but am going to order Ebikeling 48v/1200w/30a controller which has all the higo connectors to work with the motor and display. The smaller 25a controller is evidently specific to 36v systems. Ebikeling said that their controller has the UART protocol, but that they have never used one with a Bafang motor. Actually thought about doing a switch to the KT stuff, but didn’t really want the extra expense and really like the Bafang displays as well as being able to set PAS levels. Will keep you posted.

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  • Hi Tony,
    Thank you for all the content on your website, I am finding it very helpful for making my choices for my first DIY e-bike build. I have bought a second hand Specialized Rockhopper comp as the base bike ready for a Tongsheng TSDZ2. It’s going to be used for a commute of 16 miles roundtrip in Bristol with some hills and some bumpy terrain. I will get a 48v 17ah Jumbo Shark or a 48v 11.8ah Super Shark probably from Em3ev. The main thing I am unsure of is the display. I would like a discreet display like the XH-18 but I am not sure if I will be able to flash the firmware to get more efficient use of the motor. Do I need the bigger display for this like the VLCD6? I would be grateful for any advice you have to offer.

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    • Hi John,

      The VLCD6 is the most discreet display. It is the one I used on my B’TWIN hybrid build. There is a version of the opensource software where you can use any display. Here is a link to the thread on endless-sphere.

      I personally found the TSDZ2 to be incredibly efficient in standard form and managed to squeeze 120 miles with 11,000ft of elevation out of a single charge from a 36v13Ah battery (using a combination of eco and tour mode). It really depends on how much assist you use.

      If you need any more advice, please let me know.

      Regards,
      Tony

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      • Hello Tony..

        I am a Senior who rides a lot of hilly terrain. I bought an ebike with the BBS02B 48V 750W Bafang motor. Unknowingly, I have used the thumb throttle a lot for assistance going up hills. The other day my motor lost most of its power, although still seemed to be trying to operate. I was only getting a funny intermittent pulsation, but no power. I stripped the motor down and found signs of overheating on a few copper coil wires on the stator. However, I am unsure if I need a new Stator or if it might be the Controller? Any guesses?

        Thanks,

        Kevin

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        • Hi Kevin,

          Did you get any error codes come up on the display, and does it still work using pedal assist? The Stator doesn’t usually fail on the BBS02 although it’s not unheard of. One of the most common signs of controller failure is when you wheel the bike backwards if there is significant resistance that usually points to blown MOSFET’s in the controller. You can also test the controller using a multimeter just to be sure – here is a link on how to do that.

          Let me know how you get on. If the controller has failed, it would be better to re-configure the controller settings when you fit a new one (using a USB lead and software). I usually set the maximum current to 18A and the start current on the throttle and pedal assist to no more than 10%.

          All the best,
          Tony

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  • Hi Tony
    My wife & I have ice adventures each & are thinking of having electric assist motors fitted. Can you help with this ? What sort of costs are involved for you to supply & fit ?
    Does more voltage & wattage give longer distance or more speed ? I realise there is a limit in the UK .
    Many thanks
    Colin

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    • Hi Colin,

      If you can send me your phone number via email at: cycletek@outlook.com, I will give you a call to discuss options and pricing.

      Regards,
      Tony

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  • Hi, I want to make an e-bike from my tandem (Sparta Double X). What (parts) do you recommend. My tandem has rollerbrakes.

    Regards,
    Geert

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    • Hi Geert,

      I have checked the specification on your tandem and the only option, I can see would be to fit a front hub motor and fit a disc brake system for the front wheel. Your bike has a Nexus 8 geared hub, so a rear motor would be out of the question. A mid-drive unit would not fit, as your front crank is on the left hand side.

      The only other option I can think of would be a friction drive system, like this one here. The best place to mount a battery would be on the rear rack, or possibly on the front downtube (if there are bottle holder holes).

      If you need any more information, please let me know.

      Regards,
      Tony

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  • I would like to ask your advise regarding theinstallation of a new sensor.I compiled an email containing some photos. I would send it to your mail address if youprovide your address to me.

    Agnes Furedi(Hungary)

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  • WHY is it so hard to find these bikes? Everyone is sold out. Do you sell them? The Cyclamatic GTE PRO?

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    • Hi,

      I have just checked Amazon UK and the bike is still available there. The link is here. I can’t find it on any other Amazon site, it seems to be sold by and distributed by a UK company.

      Regards,
      Tony

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      • Hi tony .
        Do you know where I can get a replacement battery for my 2017 carrera vulcan & is there a more powerful battery replacement to give me better mileage that you could recommend .and also my display is playing up it keeps powering off intermittently . Any advice would be appreciated

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        • Hi Owen,

          I did some work on a Vulcan E a couple of years back, and the motor control unit (ECU) is hidden inside the battery compartment. You could, in theory fit a more powerful battery, but you would need to re-house the control unit. Another option would be to re-cell the battery (using the existing case) with modern cells that have a higher energy density. It might be worth contacting Jimmy at ebikebatteries.co.uk to see what he can do. Regarding the display, it would be worth checking the connection to the main wiring loom. If all the connections are okay, then it may need replacing. There’s one available on eBay at the moment but it’s a bit pricey. Here is the link.

          If you have any more questions, please let me know.

          Cheers,
          Tony

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      • Hola Tony,

        Llevo disfrutando de las ebike con motores Bafang bbs02 desde hace muchos años . Ahora una de mis bicis tiene un problema que ni consigo resolver.
        Le hago un mantenimiento importante, desmontando el motor, engrasando bien… hace tiempo, me empezó a dejar de asistir el motor, funciona a veces y a veces no, cuando funciona produce un silbido bajo, cuando deja de funcionar pedaleando, tampoco funciona el acelerador. Los sospechosos: sensor de pedaleo/controladora. La controladora es nueva, queda el sensor, me podrías ayudar? Donde podría comprar las piezas del pedaleo asistido . Muchas gracias

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        • Hola,
          Su problema puede deberse al circuito de asistencia del pedal. Puede ser el sensor o el anillo magnético (dentro del motor). Sería un buen punto de partida. Aquí hay un enlace al sensor de asistencia al pedaleo. Es bastante sencillo de reemplazar y requiere algo de soldadura. También comprobaría el imán, ya que a veces esto puede causar problemas. Espero que esto ayude, por favor avíseme cómo van las cosas.
          Saludos, Tony

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