I see a lot of info out there on the interweb, and tend toward what Johnny has been preaching. I also take a lot of the "Stuff" out there on the Tube and reviews with a grain of salt. Whether I can get the product cheaper online, if what I'm getting is really on a par with what I might receive from a brick'n'mortar is actually superior/inferior, is a matter of perspective.
I'm more willing to give the Brick'N'Mortar a shot at my money at this point. Amazon has failed miserably for other ventures into online purchase, at least in my experience.
I'll be heading for a local, about 50 miles as the crow flies, a bit more considering gas and roads. I need to build a bike for my brother, an autistic member of our society that isn't going to be able to score a moped license. He needs a class 1 that will allow him to travel where he wants to go. He's expressed interest in an electric bike. He's figuring out how to secure it. He's got enough on the ball to know he can't leave it outside if he expects it to be there in the morning.
I've been looking at ways I can purchase the necessary parts to build him something out of one of my old mountain bikes to accomplish his goals. He's looking at about 40 miles of distance. I've already told him he's not going to do that without pedaling. He's OK with that, but to be honest, he's not likely to do what is hard when easy is available "Now."
TIme is a funny thing. Now is where he lives, so if it works "Now." an hour from now doesn't compute.
I'm trying to come up with a solution that helps him accomplish his goals, without leaving him peddling a forty pound beast home ten miles. Not sure how to proceed. Me driving to pick him and bicycle up in my Dually big block isn't a viable solution. (Haven't taken possession of my Electric pickup yet...) Let me know when I have that opportunity in a one-ton or bigger that can pull 10k+ trailers with impunity to wind and load. I'm in! I ordered a Ford F150 Lightening for my company daily driver, but that's in limbo at the moment, and not really provided for the purpose of helping family out when their e-bike quits.
At this time, I'm looking at two options, and the Hub motor is the last of those. Based on his weight and general flat land riding, a 750W mid-mount, with a 48volt 13ah battery seems like the right fit. IF he can learn to pedal with it to optimize his range. I still hesitate, as his ability to deal with, "Pedal now, reap the benefits later" as the ultimate goal, may not fully set in.
So what are your thoughts? I'm sure there will be plenty. I'd program the thing for low assist only, but he's very computer literate. If he's of a mind, he'll figure out how to hack the system, and crank it up. These ones go to eleven., Yep.