Semi- Recumbant Trike conversion

Spullon

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Wanting to add front wheel motor. Rider weight on rear wheels, worried about traction. 20” wheels, but could convert with bigger fork. Confused over choices of motors.
 

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Wanting to add front wheel motor. Rider weight on rear wheels, worried about traction. 20” wheels, but could convert with bigger fork. Confused over choices of motors.

If you're mostly riding on dry pavement, you can add a front hub with minimal riding adjustments. For a wet environment or gravel grinding you might need to change out tires and adjust your starts on low, minimum or no assist. You can adjust your riding style to manage front wheel traction. Switching from a human powered cycle to assisted cycle is always an adjustment for anyone.

You note some confusion. You will get more feedback if you provide more information and ask specific questions. How much power and speed do you want from this conversion? Are you riding paved or gravel? Hills? Weight of rider and cargo? Is the bike and fork steel or aluminum? The welds give the appearance of steel. Anything you can add will help.

You can get there from here... with assist;)
 
Thank you for your reply, I appreciate the help

Trike is steel construction with no suspension. Weight of rider is 220 lbs and speed desired is 25 MPH. Live on an island, so mostly flat riding on paved bike trails.I own a 40 ft. class "A" motorhome with a motorcycle lift mounted on the rear and plan on caring the trike around to parks located on lakes which usually are hilly with unpaved surfaces. I like the idea of a thumb or twist throttle rather than the sensor. Caliper brakes on front wheel and disk on rear axle. Only way to power this is with a front wheel as the rear is too complicated with 14 speed derailer. 2 front 7 rear.

Thanks again.

Scott Pullon
Hilton Head Island, SC
 
Thank you for your reply, I appreciate the help

Trike is steel construction with no suspension. Weight of rider is 220 lbs and speed desired is 25 MPH. Live on an island, so mostly flat riding on paved bike trails.I own a 40 ft. class "A" motorhome with a motorcycle lift mounted on the rear and plan on caring the trike around to parks located on lakes which usually are hilly with unpaved surfaces. I like the idea of a thumb or twist throttle rather than the sensor. Caliper brakes on front wheel and disk on rear axle. Only way to power this is with a front wheel as the rear is too complicated with 14 speed derailer. 2 front 7 rear.

Thanks again.

Scott Pullon
Hilton Head Island, SC
with a mid drive you don't need the two front gears. We've seen proof on scores of conversions. But each to their own! All good!
 
Thank you for your reply, I appreciate the help

Trike is steel construction with no suspension. Weight of rider is 220 lbs and speed desired is 25 MPH. Live on an island, so mostly flat riding on paved bike trails.I own a 40 ft. class "A" motorhome with a motorcycle lift mounted on the rear and plan on caring the trike around to parks located on lakes which usually are hilly with unpaved surfaces. I like the idea of a thumb or twist throttle rather than the sensor. Caliper brakes on front wheel and disk on rear axle. Only way to power this is with a front wheel as the rear is too complicated with 14 speed derailer. 2 front 7 rear.

Thanks again.

Scott Pullon
Hilton Head Island, SC
I have a friend with a rear conversion from ebikekit.com. Great kit, solid customer service and his is about 4 years old and going strong. They have a front wheel, 20" version of the same motor. It's not the least expensive kit on the market.

https://www.ebikekit.com/products/e-bikekit-performance-front-lithium-48v

Even though you have a steel fork it's advisable to add one or two torque arms. Grin Technologies makes good torque arms. Speaking of Grin, check out their conversion kits as well. You can't go wrong buying from them.

https://www.ebikes.ca/shop/electric-bicycle-kits.html
 
Ima two arm front guy, except for 250-350w. I’m a fan of MAC with the rest from Grin, battery from EM3ev.
 
Hallo everyone, I bought the Bafang BBSHD 1000W for my trike. What do you think of this battery pack? Is better the pack Luna Cycles? or these in the link...Confused over choices of battery pack :eek::confused:o_O

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