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12-03-21, 12:08 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,180
Posted By creativepart

Wow, I've built my one Specialized hybrid bike...

Wow, I've built my one Specialized hybrid bike into two different ebikes - one hub drive and one mid-drive - and neither one took a lot of time, research, trial or error. I'd add that by far the most...
12-01-21, 06:01 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,180
Posted By creativepart

I bought my Bafang BBSHD mid-drive kit from JNO...

I bought my Bafang BBSHD mid-drive kit from JNO and they were very prompt and easy to work with. Everything has worked well and I converted my bike in a day or two.

Previously, I had a rear drive...
10-28-21, 02:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 979
Posted By creativepart

I have a Dillenger battery - 13ah, 48v. I've had...

I have a Dillenger battery - 13ah, 48v. I've had it for going on 2 years in Dec and it's been a good battery. I got it with their Premium Off Road rear hub-drive kit and used that for 1000 miles....
10-25-21, 02:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,108
Posted By creativepart

No, you don't HAVE to have disc brakes but it's...

No, you don't HAVE to have disc brakes but it's certainly a plus. I see folks on here with a DIY eBike and rim brakes, but all of my eBikes have had disc brakes. My first eBike had mechanical disc...
10-24-21, 04:02 PM
Replies: 992
Views: 322,816
Posted By creativepart

After putting 100 miles since a tire change on my...

After putting 100 miles since a tire change on my 2018 Crosstrail Sport Disc I can wholeheartedly encourage others to put some larger tires on their CTs. I took off the OEM 700cX38c back in August...
10-23-21, 03:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,010
Posted By creativepart

I'd look for a Specialized Rockhopper hardtail....

I'd look for a Specialized Rockhopper hardtail. They quit making them and so there are a fair number on the market at very reasonable prices. They came with fairly good parts and are very sturdy...
10-16-21, 03:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 850
Posted By creativepart

Congrats on getting 1,000! I did my thousand...

Congrats on getting 1,000! I did my thousand starting in January so, it took me a bit longer than you.

My bike was a DIY rear hub motor kit that cost a measly $700 but I enjoyed it just as much as...
10-10-21, 03:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,999
Posted By creativepart

I had a Vika + and it didn't make this sound......

I had a Vika + and it didn't make this sound... by my DIY rear hub drive Specialized Crosstrail did and it turned out to be some loose spokes.

It doesn't make the noise when you walk with the...
10-06-21, 05:28 PM
Replies: 992
Views: 322,816
Posted By creativepart

After ensuring that the bike was "back to...

After ensuring that the bike was "back to original" and shifting and riding well I started today on the installation of the Bafang BBSHD mid-drive system. It's going well and quickly. I expect it to...
10-04-21, 03:49 PM
Replies: 992
Views: 322,816
Posted By creativepart

My 2018 Crosstrail has undergone more changes and...

My 2018 Crosstrail has undergone more changes and improvements.

For the past 1100 miles it's been a rear hub drive eBike and I've been super happy with it. But I've always wanted to try a...
08-22-21, 03:08 PM
Replies: 992
Views: 322,816
Posted By creativepart

Making lots of changes to my 2018 Specialized...

Making lots of changes to my 2018 Specialized Crosstrail ebike conversion. Besides changing out the front suspension fork I've now added a KINEKT 2.1 Aluminum Bike Seatpost with Suspension and that's...
08-21-21, 05:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 730
Posted By creativepart

When I looked it was $450 and up to find an...

When I looked it was $450 and up to find an appropriate rack. I ended up with a Vibrelli V70 Sport Bike Rack, but it sells for just under $500.

It is a good bike rack but didn't work well with my...
08-13-21, 12:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 269
Posted By creativepart

Yes, that's what I'm looking for. When I searched...

Yes, that's what I'm looking for. When I searched cargo nets I just found little nets for the rear bike rack on a bike.
Thanks
08-13-21, 11:07 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 269
Posted By creativepart

Elastic Netting to cover whole bike?

I carry my bike on a platform rack behind my car on long trips. I have a bike cover from "Pro" but it flaps around in the wind and is distracting. I saw a guy with the same kind of setup as me only...
08-05-21, 11:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,293
Posted By creativepart

Read up on Front Hub Drives, they are easy to...

Read up on Front Hub Drives, they are easy to install but you will find them problematic for traction. There's not a lot of weight on the front of your bike compared to the middle or the rear. And,...
08-05-21, 09:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,293
Posted By creativepart

I haven't completed such a conversion but I'd...

I haven't completed such a conversion but I'd recommend a mid-drive for that bike. Probably a Bafang BB0S2 or BBSHD depending on your goals.
I have converted a Specialized Crosstrail Hybrid with a...
07-24-21, 10:28 AM
Replies: 992
Views: 322,816
Posted By creativepart

I know I read this somewhere in this thread but...

I know I read this somewhere in this thread but can't find it. What's the largest tire width that will fit the stock rims? 700c x 50?? I'm running the original tires that were on my 2018 CT and the...
07-20-21, 12:56 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 7,712
Posted By creativepart

My Dillenger battery came with DLG branded NCM...

My Dillenger battery came with DLG branded NCM 18650-260 cells. They are not LG or Samsung... but DLG is pretty well respected in the battery cell business. I've been inside my battery because I...
07-20-21, 07:33 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 7,712
Posted By creativepart

Iíve had it completed since Dec 28, 2020 and have...

Iíve had it completed since Dec 28, 2020 and have 850 miles on it as of yesterday. The battery is doing great. My longest ride was just over 30 miles on PAS 2 without running out of ďbarsĒ on the...
07-19-21, 05:22 PM
Replies: 992
Views: 322,816
Posted By creativepart

Not this week. But just riding the rough chip...

Not this week. But just riding the rough chip seal roads here in south Texas now the front just floats. I upped my tire pressure 10psi and it's still smooth.
I used to own a Santa Cruz Tallboy (wish...
07-19-21, 03:28 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 7,712
Posted By creativepart

The folders are great for RVers. It's easy to put...

The folders are great for RVers. It's easy to put them in the back of the tow vehicle if you have a travel trailer and if you have a motorhome (Class A or C) that you tow a car behind (called a Toad...
07-13-21, 04:53 PM
Replies: 992
Views: 322,816
Posted By creativepart

I couldn't finish installing the Paragon fork...

I couldn't finish installing the Paragon fork yesterday because I was short of a few headset spacers. So, a quick trip to town today solved that problem and the fork is now installed in my 2018...
07-12-21, 06:58 PM
Replies: 992
Views: 322,816
Posted By creativepart

I said previously that I was going to change out...

I said previously that I was going to change out my "brain" fork front suspension to a 100mm Rockshox - but that was before I found a brand new Rockshox Paragon Gold RL 65mm front fork on Amazon for...
06-21-21, 11:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,256
Posted By creativepart

I have the Dillenger Rear Hub drive kit and it's...

I have the Dillenger Rear Hub drive kit and it's been great. It was complete and easy to install. I'm in the US and they have a California warehouse - the company is located in Australia.

Pretty...
06-13-21, 11:08 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,244
Posted By creativepart

I have a Blix Vika +. But no extra battery. ...

I have a Blix Vika +. But no extra battery.

Here's the battery and it's connection type:
...
06-10-21, 10:56 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 9,327
Posted By creativepart

I got the Vibrelli V70 rack which is rated for...

I got the Vibrelli V70 rack which is rated for 130 lbs (65lbs per bike) and works with frame hooks so it doesn't touch the fenders.

It's a nice full featured rack, but the truth is, I had a...
06-08-21, 11:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 892
Posted By creativepart

I converted my 2018 Specialized Crosstrail Sport...

I converted my 2018 Specialized Crosstrail Sport Disc with a hubdrive kit from Dillenger Bikes. It was an easy one day project. The kit cost $750 and had every part I needed - except the Dillenger...
04-27-21, 03:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,100
Posted By creativepart

Dillenger sells the BaFang BBSO1, BBS02 and...

Dillenger sells the BaFang BBSO1, BBS02 and BBSHD-1000 kits. The BBS01 is fully street-legal and has a 36-volt battery. The complete kit is $795 and their kits are very complete. I bought their rear...
04-21-21, 03:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,110
Posted By creativepart

I'm enjoying it immensely but had I gone with the...

I'm enjoying it immensely but had I gone with the mid-drive I could have kept the original wheel, freehub/cassette and 9-speed drive train. It's not really an issue now that I've got everything...
04-21-21, 02:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,110
Posted By creativepart

Here's a Specialized Roll Conversion video from...

Here's a Specialized Roll Conversion video from YouTuber JohnnyNerdOut:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0l8d395sJk0
04-21-21, 02:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,110
Posted By creativepart

I got the 750w "Premium Off-Road kit in January....

I got the 750w "Premium Off-Road kit in January. I used it to convert a Specialized Crosstrail Sport Disc. The kit came 4-days after I ordered it and it had everything I needed - well, almost. The...
04-21-21, 01:52 PM
Replies: 886
Views: 974,779
Posted By creativepart

DIY Rear Hub / Specialized Crosstrail Sport Disc

Loving my 2018 Specialized Crosstrail Sport Disc with a Dillenger Bikes 750w rear hub motor and 14 amp hour 48v battery. I built it in January this year (2021) and have put 550 miles on it so far...
04-21-21, 07:27 AM
Replies: 992
Views: 322,816
Posted By creativepart

Iím not a fan of the stock ďBrainĒ Suntour on my...

Iím not a fan of the stock ďBrainĒ Suntour on my 2018 CT Sport Disc. So Iím going the 100mm straight steerer route. But Iím also not too concerned about weight because Iíve turned my CT into an...
03-05-18, 03:19 PM
Replies: 992
Views: 322,816
Posted By creativepart

Thanks for the advice folks. I think I start at...

Thanks for the advice folks. I think I start at 65 lbs in the tires and test out the ride between 65 and 75 psi. I thought 45 seemed kind of low.

And... I'm going to put the kickstand back on. I...
03-04-18, 03:38 PM
Replies: 992
Views: 322,816
Posted By creativepart

Bought a new '18 Crosstrail Sport yesterday. I...

Bought a new '18 Crosstrail Sport yesterday. I have two questions:

1. Are the OEM rims tubless compatible?

2. What's the concenseus on Tire Pressure? Mine came from the LBS with 45 lbs. I'm...
03-17-12, 11:22 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,489
Posted By creativepart

One year ago I picked up my Trek FX 7.5 and...

One year ago I picked up my Trek FX 7.5 and posted here about it. I thought I'd circle back and report my "1st Bike Year"

So far I've ridden 2,793 miles in the past year. Wow, that's pretty good....
03-06-12, 05:04 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,203
Posted By creativepart

Hi, the Tallboy is a VPP suspension bike and the...

Hi, the Tallboy is a VPP suspension bike and the Superlight is a single pivot suspension bike. So, they are not the same. However, Santa Cruz has just announced a Superlight 29ner for about $400...
03-06-12, 04:04 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,203
Posted By creativepart

No mud on our trails lately and the dust has been...

No mud on our trails lately and the dust has been wiped off. That's why it's clean. Plus it's only 2 days old.

I'm very happy with my choice. I was selecting between the Trek Rumblefish, Trek...
03-05-12, 10:45 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,203
Posted By creativepart

Well, the decade old Fisher has been replaced. I...

Well, the decade old Fisher has been replaced. I picked it up Sat and then spent Sat and Sun on the singletrack (rock gardens) around San Antonio. Whoo Boy! Some fun.

Here's proof:
...
02-05-12, 03:30 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,646
Posted By creativepart

Did someone say I could get a Senior Discount on...

Did someone say I could get a Senior Discount on a new MTB with my AARP card? Count me in!
01-16-12, 10:24 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,203
Posted By creativepart

In South Texas the winter is warm and sunny one...

In South Texas the winter is warm and sunny one day and cold and windy the next. We can go from 75 and sun to 45 and drizzle the next day. But usually the cold doesn't last more than a couple of...
01-15-12, 02:50 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,203
Posted By creativepart

I haven't weighed the bike. I'd guess close to 30...

I haven't weighed the bike. I'd guess close to 30 lbs. I've set my Garmin up for that bike with a guesstimate of 28 lbs. I've read that a lot of Sugar's end up with frame cracks and out right breaks...
01-15-12, 09:33 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,203
Posted By creativepart

OK, I received the adapter and it fit perfect. I...

OK, I received the adapter and it fit perfect. I actually found the BB7 brakes on sale at Performance Bike this past weekend and bought them. They installed just fine and are working good and are...
01-06-12, 02:39 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,203
Posted By creativepart

I'm not retired, just self-employed and able to...

I'm not retired, just self-employed and able to set my own schedule. I still have to work on these vacations. Just not very much. I do all my work on the internet. So, as long as I have an internet...
01-03-12, 12:02 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,203
Posted By creativepart

Just put in 30 years of hard, hard work. That's...

Just put in 30 years of hard, hard work. That's all there is to it. I've owned my own business since 1987 and that's made all the difference.
01-02-12, 10:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 11,291
Posted By creativepart

I sold the FX and bought two real road bikes and...

I sold the FX and bought two real road bikes and have gone on to ride 2,500 miles since I posted this. I now ride a full carbon Ultegra group Felt Z4. Photo below. Good luck with your plan, but I...
01-02-12, 11:53 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,203
Posted By creativepart

I started doing some research and found an...

I started doing some research and found an adapter for my rear chain stay, made by Trek, that makes retro-fitting Disk Brakes easy on the 2004 Fisher Sugar's. And it only cost $35. Turns out you can...
01-01-12, 10:31 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,203
Posted By creativepart

Thanks for the suggestions guys. I really...

Thanks for the suggestions guys. I really appreciate it. Let me give that some thought.
01-01-12, 02:46 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,203
Posted By creativepart

Senior Citizen (almost) takes a MTB ride

OK, I'm almost 62 and pretty much a "Clydesdale". I started road bike riding in April, 2011 and have put in 2,500 miles on the road. I'm loving it. I have a carbon road bike with Ultegra group on it...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-23-11, 05:51 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 7,227
Posted By creativepart

Not a troll, just the surprised OP. I used to run...

Not a troll, just the surprised OP. I used to run charity races. Ran dozens and dozens of them in my day. They were all supporting some charity. You paid and got a T-Shirt and a number and you ran....
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