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    which front wheel/hub fits my needs/wants?

    Harry, this has seemed like the case to me as well. However, for me the Specialized Vado SL would get 60 miles out of it's 320WH battery in a mix of the low and mid setting on flatter terrain. And I've heard that the auxiliary batteries for the VADO SL, which are 160 WH (clever dogs over at...
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    which front wheel/hub fits my needs/wants?

    https://bafang-e.com/en/products/motors/hf-series/ The hf-series h600 seems to be a front wheel motor? 250w, 1.7 kilos ...
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    which front wheel/hub fits my needs/wants?

    this set up would be for my 135ish lbs wife, btw, just an equalizer set up so when we bike tour she can sometimes use some power and our ability levels align. I tried a couple store bought ebikes for her, but she loves her Fargo and doesn't like to tour on anything else. Hard to blame her -...
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    which front wheel/hub fits my needs/wants?

    indianajo thanks for the feedback, appreciated, particularly the warnings about market pitfalls. Too bad the Mahle 250 is rear wheel only. And yes watt hours - thanks - here's the language from TSA regarding what one can fly with. Might be best to have some less 100 watt hour options ...
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    Vado SL's - actual weights

    Ras sorry to take a bit to get back to you. 32T is too small for the Vado SL. I rode with a 12 speed 10-50 mountain bike cassette, and climbed some very steep trails that would have been quite hard on a regular bike even in the 32/50 gear. But the assist made a huge difference in this case...
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    which front wheel/hub fits my needs/wants?

    I'm looking to add an electric front wheel to a Salsa Fargo. Not interested in a mid motor (want to leave drivetrain alone), nor a rear wheel (148mm boost spacing). I am good at bike wrenching and DIY in general. I'd like it to be: disc brake on the lighter end of the spectrum (light...
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    New Vado SL 4.0 - harsh ride!

    Te.S, Before you change stems, really consider if you like where your handlebar is located. Changing stems is your opportunity to make your handlebar both closer or farther away, and also higher or even lower if any of those seem like they would be an improvement to you. Stem change is not...
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    New Vado SL 4.0 - harsh ride!

    I will say the Skitch, like most Santa Cruz bikes, is really good looking. Drool. I'd put two locks on it in my garage.
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    New Vado SL 4.0 - harsh ride!

    You could certainly flat bar a Creo if you wanted to. Just can't buy it that way. That might be the appropriate comparison ....
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    New Vado SL 4.0 - harsh ride!

    I think it's a mixed bag as to which would be better off road. In favor of the Skitch, 2 degrees slacker in the head tube at 69 degrees, which IMO is the magic number for when a bike gets truly stable on dirt (Salsa Cutty, Fargo, the best old school MTB's, etc). Skitch has more BB drop too -...
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    New Vado SL 4.0 - harsh ride!

    Maybe on the plus side for the Skitch geo, since it's designed as a drop bar bike, If you flat bar it, it's going to be relatively short in the reach. Which means you probably could size up for a flat bar version (If you're good with a standover), which means the stack is going to come up some...
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    New Vado SL 4.0 - harsh ride!

    Regarding rack mounts, there are so many racks out there nowadays with the explosion in popularity of bikepacking. It's not a problem finding good racks to fit frames without fittings.
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    New Vado SL 4.0 - harsh ride!

    Re Skitch, it's a rad looking bike for sure! But I really wish they had built it on its own frame, not borrowing from a speed-oriented non-E frame. The stack height is much lower than the Vado SL, so I know right off the bat that if I got the Skitch, I would have a silly-high stack of spacer...
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    New Vado SL 4.0 - harsh ride!

    Sorry about jittery - i meant the roads, not necessarily the perception of the bike. But again, my $1000 msrp, alu frame and fork Trek-made Diamant 136 is night and day damper than the $3600 Vado SL. E vs analog, and analog has advantage of hollow downtube. But still, ping the tubes on fork...
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    New Vado SL 4.0 - harsh ride!

    Probably true Stephan.😁 I'm definitely picky about my consumer products. But I'll definitely acknowledge greatness too. The current version of the Specialized Stumpjumper is an incredibly good mountain bike for instance. In all aspects it's essentially flawless within its terrain parameters...
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    New Vado SL 4.0 - harsh ride!

    And look, not to harp on it, but it's pretty much indefensible that the Vado 4.0 frame and fork are inherently harsh. I mean look at what happens when you upgrade just one level to 5.0. Specialized puts on a carbon fork and a built in headshock. That is a literal direct acknowledgment that the...
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    New Vado SL 4.0 - harsh ride!

    My fitness level is 5000-7000+ miles on non-electric bikes for my entire adult life, probably 30 years. I ride about 10 hours every week in average. Single digit body fat, resting HR in the 40's. I've been tapering off double-black trails on my MTB. In short I can ride a bike however I feel...
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    New Vado SL 4.0 - harsh ride!

    Sure! I don't want to sell the Pathfinder Pros short - they are a really good pick for an e-bike. A few more upside points: I can already tell they will last a very long time. This is a 2-3 year tire even if you ride a lot. If you ride less and less aggressively, they could last the...
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    New Vado SL 4.0 - harsh ride!

    here's my tourer up on Alp de Suisi yesterday, rode up from Bolzano, then up to Brixen. Pathfinder Pros made it up more than a mile of climbing yesterday, and are so nicely stable and sticky on long steep descents, both paved and gravel. I'd like to try this kind of touring on a light e-bike...
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    New Vado SL 4.0 - harsh ride!

    Personally i think smoothing out a harsh frame with suspension stems and suspension seat posts is lipstick on a pig. Hybrid style bicycles can have smooth riding frames and forks, even in all aluminum. The all alu Trek 1120 is smooth riding. MTB suspension forks and full sus mtb's a...
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