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Don't know where you came up with Al gears? The first set was off my Moots and is a $90 cassette. Second set not much heavier. THe last set looked solid in pictures and was an IRD cassette. When it arrived it was drilled out and only slightly thicker.
I didn't even know there is such a thing as AL cassette! I made my own 30T STEEL chainring. This bike has nothing to do with light weight anything. I was testing the HD and the programming of it more than anything.
THanks for the note. I am looking into it now. They are drilled out too but I hope there are pins of some kind to support the gears together further out on the gear close to the teeth.
This project was a test on the HD motor, not the bike. I fully expected to have to upgrade components, which I have, to test the BBSHD more than anything. The programming is totally different than the old BBS02. I don't know why they changed it so much. Even the new 02 controllers had program change on the firmware side. I have spent well over 20 hrs programming and countless hours researching and email support with MFG's and distributors and finally just turned off the pedal assist completely. Have 10% power on start up and after trying the 3 types that are available with these kits, I upgraded the throttle to a real one ($90) so it is more progressive and predictable. I have 2 controllers for it now, one stock and the other has the PAS resistor mod. This is not my first rodeo.
I will share my program with anyone if they want to try it.
Cheap walmart bikes are cheap for many reasons. To start it is the components. Get rid of all that matters and upgrade which I have done here. Frames are all made by the same few companies. Cheap frames are made from mild surprise tubing but there is little wrong with this outside of weight. They way over build the frames because of the production time they are willing to spend on those frames. The stays are 7/8" to 1" and probably .049 or heavier wall. I do not suspect frame flex. Most issues with cheap frames are the brazeons on every level. THey have thickened up the tubing so few failures if any are happening at the dropouts especially. I see NO frame repairs or even get calls these days on cheap bikes. Way more on expensive light weight bikes. I used to repair tons of mild surprise frames and now none are being brought in. Maybe they are just disposable and not being repaired anymore?
A little note: I was hired by the Derby Corp. as a production consultant to go to the Raleigh factories and evaluate production and to cut costs even more. Number crunching A-Holes get in the way of quality products and sound production techniques. They were happy with a 2% failure rate back in the day, so off I went.
Little things like DO and hanger alignment are suspect but easily checked and fixed. I don't suspect the stamped steel vertical drop outs (which are insanely thick) but more so the QR axle. The hub spacing is a whopping 192mm so chainline is much better than most.. Together with the width and 10mm QR axle in this hub, the problem maybe there. I feel that a 10mm axle this length is the issue although it is staying in adjustment fine. I should of got a bolt on axle. The derailleur is off of my Moots so nothing cheap there, XTR. Shifter is cheap but works fine.
She won't even ride it around the lot till I get it working better. She is smarter than me! She has a pricey store bought ebike but wanted to go on the long rides I do. They no longer make a battery for her bike to upgrade or even one to carry as a spare. We got the biggest battery available at the time for it. It is way under powered Bosch at 350w and no throttle which she wanted. 5 yrs later and her $4000 bike is now waiting for the junk yard because of battery.
It is one thing to toss a cordless drill because they discontinued a battery for it, but a $4000 bike because of it! Realy? 10.5Ah is just not large enough.
Pricey is an understatement! Forged gears YEA!!! 48 too big but I don't have to use it.
I think I will make my own to test and then I can use a BMX chain too. The Rohloff is looking better all the time at $1700. Just hurts to spend that much on a proto to try this motor which so far I don't like the programming of it or the lack of being able to reprogram it to my liking. I like to be able to PA and use the throttle to override the PA.
You could also just lace a Nexus 3 IGH into the wheel. Then you can use a single speed chain. I made my own sprockets by buying cheap nexus sprockets and welding steel chainrings to them. My bike was a singlespeed $300 Bikes Direct fatty that had horizontal dropouts which made chain adjustments easy. You could use a tensioner to keep it aligned and tight.