So I have had this extra woman's Giant LaFree that I have been looking at turning into to something useful. I though about a trike, do not like the idea of three wheels, slow, difficult turning and too bulky. A recumbent was out, do not like the idea of not sitting up high, you lose the visibility advantage. So I thought why not a fast fully suspended street bike. The streets in San Diego are poor to begin with and I always find myself watching the condition of the road more then I should. A good front shock with a couple of inches of travel would be nice, the LaFree has one, but it does not seem all that great. Rear suspension would be a fairly big modification. I think I can get away with grafting a mountain bike on to the back half of the my bike. The pivot point seems to be key, there looks like there is a natural one on my bike.
Here is what I'm shooting for.
1) The bike does 22 MPH with pedal assist in stock form, would like to up that to like 30 to 35 with pedal assist.
2) Full suspension.
3) Good front shocks.
1) The bike has a 24V 400W 1,000W peak motor, can I get 30 to 35 MPH with pedal assist out of that motor? What voltage would I need to run?
2) If I make frame modifications can I weld to them, are they heat treated?
3) Whats a good brand of front fork that with a couple of inches of travel?
4) What about brakes, the brakes that are on it now seem pretty dam good, I can slow down coming down a hill at over 35 MPH feeling like I'm in real good control.