I do a lot of riding around town, and without assistance, I can get my 27 speed mountain bike up to 32mph, but I get tired fast at that speed, though I can keep up with most city traffic for short distances. My city has no bike lanes, and few sidewalks, and even where there are sidewals, it doesn't allow bikes on sidewalks, so if you can't keep up with the cars, you're asking to get run over by the rednecks around here.
I think a Bionx 500 would be good to help me with that.
However, I also ride frequently on muddy logging roads and when climbing slopes or taking corners, I find my rear drive wheel slipping and spinning out in the mud as it tries to push the front wheel over bumps and through thick mud. For that, I think an EZEE front wheel drive kit would be good to provide front end power while I pedal the back wheel.
What I would like to do, is do both. I notice that both kits use a 36.9V 10AH battery and brushless hub motors.
I think that if I buy a Bionx 500 complete kit, and just the front wheel and motor of an EZEE kit and install the two motors on a selector switch, I can use the front wheel assist and just the pedals in the rear when off roading, and switch to rear wheel assist for in town. If both the EZEE and the Bionx can be managed with the same controller and battery, I would just need the selector switch (easy to get from any auto parts store) to select front or rear wheel assist.
My questions are:
1. "Is there any reason this setup wouldn't work?"
2. "Does the percentage of assistance selection of the Bionx work with any brushless hub motor, or is there something special about the sprocket linkage on the Bionx's rear hub motor?"
3. "Does anybody know the actual torque output of the EZEE 350Watt motor and the Bionx 500 watt motor for comparison?"
4. "Can any hub motor provide regenerative braking/charging, or is that a unique feature of the Bionx?"
5. "Does anybody know where I can get just the motor and wheel from an EZEE kit?"
That's all I can think of for now.