Hey everyone, first post on the forum!
I have a Sun EZ1-SX recumbent bicycles (modded by the previous owner with 20" wheels... used to have a 16" front wheel), full fairing, and a few other addons... I got it specifically to convert to an electric setup.
I'll be purchasing an electric conversion kit pretty soon - and I've narrowed my choices down to ecospeed (ecospeed.net) or the crystalite Phoenix Racer (www.electricrider.com, and RSDistributers).
Although I've been riding bikes, and commute to school with my mountain bike... and also have a Ford Th!nk electric bike (which is so hard to get parts for - let alone trying to repair anything)... but I've been looking for something fast so I can go around town on bike than gasoline.
That being said, I'm pretty much a complete newb at fixing bikes... let alone trying to do my own wiring and whatnot to get a kit - so that's another reason why I've chosen these two.
Does anyone have experience with them?
After reading the thread on the crystalite - it seems that it may not be such a good choice? IE it seems like you need know-how to be able to work with the kit long-term (breaking spots and whatnot).
The crystalite is by far cheaper, higher e-power top speed (27 vs 25 for the 600W ecospeed), and I can get it far sooner. The Ecospeed is geared, and seems a better system and is FAR lighter... but a lot more expensive and it would take 6 weeks to get the ecospeed 600W.
The weight of the crystalite is about 68 pounds (which is including the wheel around the hub)... and my other concern is that this would be too much weight on the recumbent (I weigh about 125 myself).
Can I get any advice on which system would be more appropriate for me? I would really appreciate it!
I live in a very hilly area... commute to school is very short - 1 mile... but to get around town is longer
(and I'll be happy to report back how the system is!)