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Thread: anyone into e-bikes? looking for a component

  1. #1
    Registered: Sep 2004

    anyone into e-bikes? looking for a component

    bit of an odd request, but hey, what do I have to lose - a (non-english speaking) relative is looking for a replacement e-bike battery (this is the original, and he is trying to find out whether it's possible to order them cheaper somewhere, as 1300E is a bit too steep).

    if someone has an idea (meaning, a solid place that sells them at reasonable price, and ships to central Europe), I'm all ears - thanks.

  2. #2
    Not familiar with e-bikes, but in the states you'd generally just have to go to the original source. They're a relatively recent market so you don't have a huge secondary market the way you would with something like Harleys.

  3. #3
    Still Subjective
    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Idiocy will never die
    I'd ask in the ebike subreddit.

  4. #4
    Registered: Sep 2004
    I'll probably try, thanks.

  5. #5
    Registered: Jun 2010
    Location: A Former Forest
    I quick search in the USA found a number of vendors selling them for about E1100. Still expensive, but less than 1300 E. Import taxes and whatnot may suck up the difference. It looks like a very “Specialized” part - pun intended. Maybe a retrofit can be done to use a generic battery not fitted into the frame. Best of luck.

  6. #6
    Registered: Jun 2003
    Location: Darmstadt, Germany
    If the original battery is not needed any more, you could try and open it and see what's inside. I wouldn't be surprised if it uses off the shelf 18650-type batteries. If that's the case, you could just swap out all the batteries inside for new ones. You'd have to know your way around Li-Ion batteries a bit, of course. You'd need about 70-100 batteries, which would come to 300-600 Euro.

    Or if you can live with a smaller capacity battery, you could get this 500Wh one.

  7. #7
    Registered: Sep 2004
    I'll check that out, thanks.

  8. #8
    Registered: Nov 2019
    Location: Restaurant at end of universe
    I've been riding bikes for years and seen people do a lot of weird things to their bikes. I seen a lady that had a 2 stroke engine bolted to a rack on the back or her bike. And some dude that converted his bike to, basically, a electric motorcycle because he obtain road speeds with it. Those factory bicycle conversions are expensive that's for sure. If it was me i would put a 12 volt electric motor on one the wheels and strap a 12 volt marine battery to a rack on the back of the bike. On second thought it might be a little top heavy. You would need a tow hitch and small cart to tow behind the bike for it work.

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