Cycmotor X1 Pro review and retrofit onto a Trike

I’ve been riding the Cycmotor X1 Pro for a few months with over 1500km of testing and have been blown away by its performance and build quality.

I’m now promoting this motor to clients because I believe in the system. I’ve recently retrofitted a Schwinn Town and Country Trike and my customer loves it.

Another Specialized Roll Elite eBike

After spending a bit of time grinding the frame down to fit the TSDZ2 750 watt motor, the Roll Elite eBike is ready for pick up. The owner (Ron), wanted the same frame as the Specialized Roll Sport but with hydraulic brakes and a few more gears. I’ve just taken it for a test run and everything is running sweet. This frame calls for a very upright seating position and it’s super comfortable. With oodles of power to call on from the motor, drag isn’t a problem with sitting upright. Only 2 of these bikes exist in the country, I wonder if we can make it 3. Job done.

Specialized Roll Elite eBike - Bespoke Bionic Bikes

Specialized Roll Elite eBike - Bespoke Bionic Bikes

The CYCMOTOR X1 Pro has arrived

This motor is for everyone. You can keep it passive by selecting mode 1, putting out the New Zealand street legal limit of 300 watts. Or up it to 750 watts in default mode 2. Or if you want to unleash its full potential, choose mode 3 for over 3000 watts of goodness. All options are covered.

I’ve put this motor on my bike and tested it out in mode 2, getting around 42km/hr with ease.

This motor is exceptionally well made and every detail is spot on. I will be the dealer in New Zealand so if you are interested in getting your hands on the best eBike motor on the market, give me a call, or come and test ride my bike to put a big smile on your face.

Call Bret: mob 021576337.

file.jpg

Busy Building eBikes

It’s been a great week and I’ve helped out a number of customers with advice and build options.

I’m in the middle of building two bikes at present. One is almost the same as the one I’ve just finished (see image below). I’ve put excellent off road tyres on this machine to help with traction for my customer Brian.

My other customer has sent me the same frame and it will be set up for road use only, so I’ll be using the standard nylon gear and road tyres.

My third customer for the week wants something a little different. More info to follow…

Brians eBike 8.jpg

Specialized Roll Sport Low-Entry complete

Brian’s eBike is complete. I’ve attached front and rear racks and positioned the battery and case in front of the rear rack. Knobbly tyres are yet to be installed but that will happen tomorrow.

This is the most utilitarian eBike I’ve built so far. It’s purpose built to pick up possums and will be used as a great tool to reduce Brian’s workload. With 750 watts of power and plenty of low down torque, he’s good to go. As Brian will be working in low light I’ve also installed a front light that will draw power from the onboard battery. Job done. :-)

Brians eBike 7.jpg

Specialized Roll Sport Low-Entry coming together

After spending time reshaping the frame to fit the TSDZ2 motor, the next step was to make sure the cables and housing for the rear brake and shifter had enough space between the top of the motor and the bottom of the frame. I managed this by shaving a few millimetres from the base of the bottom bracket housing.

As Brian wants to use his machine off road, I suggested replacing the blue nylon gear for a more robust metal gear which can be seen in the images below.

Preparing the Frame

I’m currently working on a 2019 Specialized Roll Sport Low-Entry bike for Brian from the Marlborough Sounds. The frame needed to be cut to fit the motor so I prepped the cut area and applied an aluminium etch primer coat, followed by 2 high glow top coats. 

Aluminium Etch Primer

Aluminium Etch Primer

High Glow Top Coats

High Glow Top Coats

Temperature and Humidity are not optimal at the moment so to make sure I achieved a great temp/humidity combo I used a dehumidifier. This allows for the paint to adhere and bake on with maximum hardness. Enamel paint optimal conditions for drying are between 15°- 30° C and relative humidity 40% to 70%. Being a geek I’ve got this covered with real time sensors during the day. I’m using a Sonoff TH16 temperature and humidity sensor which is beaming details to my phone via wifi so I can check in on the room figures from anywhere in the world. 

FullSizeRender.jpg

Sonoff TH16 temp/humidity sensor

More images to follow as the bike gets built over the next few days. 

Specialized Roll Sport Low Entry - 750w of mid drive torque driven goodness

My latest build is taking shape and is being built for “specialized duties”. Brian wants a bike designed for off road use to pick up Possums on farmland. It’ll have a 750 watt mid drive motor, front and rear racks and will be sturdy enough to take a bunch of Possums. Build images will be uploaded shortly. This is a top looking all black bike. Motor, Battery, racks… all black. It’s a very stealthy looking unit.

86119-64_ROLL_SPORT-LOW-ENTRY-19_BLK-BLK-BLK_HERO_1600x1600.jpg

Two more reviews from happy customers

I pride myself in doing everything I can to make sure my customers are 100% satisfied with the process of the build and the final result.

Customer reviews below:

“Thanks for everything. I am very pleased with your conversion of my bike. It has been a pleasure to deal with you. As well as providing a very cost effective solution you kept me in touch at every stage of the process.

I have no hesitation in recommending you to more of my friends.”

Gordon - St Heliers

“It was a pleasure to engage with Bret who provided an efficient and professional approach to converting my road bike. The technology used and workmanship is of a very high standard. I will certainly recommend Bret to others who are contemplating a conversion to electric.”

David - Glendowie

Merida Crossway 300 standard to superbike!

I’ve completed a retrofit on a Merida crossway 300. The frame is light and agile and connects well with the 750watt TSDZ2 motor. On the first test run all systems ran perfectly and the bike topped out at 45km/hr with little effort due to the super light setup with mighty mini 52 volt battery weighing in at 1.36kgs and TSDZ2 motor at 3.6kgs. A total additional weight of only 4.96kgs. This frame is a perfect match for my stealth combo deal. Check out the videos below showing performance.

REVIEW from Nev the proud owner of the Merida Bespoke Bionic Bike.

“I test rode 6 eBikes then noticed Bret's TradeMe info. After our first meeting and a ride on Brets e-bike I knew this was the conversion for me, plus, I get to keep my own Merida Crossway now with awesome power when required. Bret is a top guy, knows his stuff and importantly he delivers exactly what he said in our discussions. The bike looks excellent, is a pleasure to ride. Highly recommend Bret, if you want a retro fit then he's the guy to go to. I am one very happy eBike rider. Thank you Bret.”

Merida Crossway 300 with 750 watt motor.

Merida Crossway 300 with 750 watt motor.

First test of TSDZ2 750 watt motor on Merida Crossway 300 bike.
The Merida frame plays nice with the TSDZ2 motor, moving me along at 45km/hr.

Turning your eBike charger SMART

Home automation is "The Internet of Things". It simply means the way all devices or appliances are networked together to provide users with a seamless control over their home equipment. I’m starting this journey now by smarting up the home. One of the first smart devices is the eBike battery of course, so the question is…

How do you keep your eBike battery operating at peak health? The theory is to keep the battery in the 20%-80% charge range most of the time but it’s totally fine to have it sitting at 100% as long as you use the battery within 4-5 hours…

Smart-Home.png

The fix is to turn your charger smart. This is done simply by retrofitting your current charger with a wifi relay switch that enables you to set a time to start charging. Let’s say you rise at 7 am before you commute to work. The smart charger will allow you to set a start time of 4 am which will charge a mighty mini battery to 100% in a few hours. Using this technology allows you to always use the battery within the 4-5 hour window. This will maintain peak performance of your battery for years to come.

So now I’m offering a retrofit of your eBike charger for $50. Just call Bret on 021576337, drop your charger to me and I’ll get it done overnight and send it back to you. You’ll be able to remotely trigger a charge from anywhere and turn it off. Or you can set a start/stop time. The options are infinitely flexible. All this from your smart phone. Full instructions will be given on doing this simply and effectively.

 

eBike Charger.jpg

Another awesome review from a fellow eBiker

When I take on a job to retrofit a bike, I do all I can to keep you fully informed on how the process is developing. Communication is paramount in making sure you’re happy with the final result. Warwick from Gisborne recently reviewed his experience with the process and I’m proud as always to mention it here.

“Bret recently converted my mountain bike to a power-assist eBike. I couriered the bike all the way from Gisborne to Auckland and Bret collected it, did everything he said he was going to do, kept me updated with progress and then couriered it back. I was really happy with the end result and found him excellent to work with.

Thanks

Warwick”

The Brown Giant eBike

eBike Giant Sedona complete

Jane has just picked up her retrofitted Giant Sedona. The unit is solid and performance is awesome. The build process required a little bit of tweaking with cable gear wires and locking the engine into place but the end result is bullet proof and will get Jane up steep hills with no issue.

I always offer a 6 month and 1 year check to make sure the eBike is performing as expected.

Please check out Janes review here.

eBike commute performance

Averaging 29.2km/hr was a good result for last nights cycle from Auckland Airport to home. These figures are fairly consistent unless I’m riding into a big headwind, but even that’s no bother with power to spare.

FullSizeRender.jpg

Below is a graph of my speed breakdown for the trip. 

FullSizeRender.jpg

Below you can see that I was putting in some effort with an elevated heart rate and that’s a good thing, but I do have a choice on how much effort I put in.

FullSizeRender.jpg

eBike Giant Sedona

IMG_0395.PNG

My latest eBike retrofit is that of a Giant Sedona which cyclist Jane will be using daily to commute to work. The frame doesn’t have a top tube so the question begs, where do you hang the battery when installing the eBike Stealth Combo kit?... easy fix. The 52 volt mighty mini battery being very small, fits under the back of the seat.

The standard kit also comes with a 42t chain ring which concerned me when Jane tackles the Bullock Track which is steep and most standard eBikes wouldn’t be able to perform well. To confirm the standard chainring is geared correctly to cover such terrain I tested out a recently built bike on the Bullock Track and  it blitzed the ascent without issue. The video below shows the test run.

I managed 14km/hr whilst peddling with the torque assisted motor, and 10km/hr using throttle only. Jane will be very happy with the result. 

eBike build review from Christchurch

I travelled to Christchurch a few week back to retrofit another bike.

Not all retrofits go swiftly but after building too many ebikes to count, I’ve seen all the issues. I had to grind out the bottom bracket by a millimetre to fit the motor into the bracket. The bike in question wis 15 years old and quality control for the frame wasn’t up to standard. After a bit of effort I fixed the problem ending up with another awesome Bespoke Bionic Bike.

Feedback from Jo.

“Bret did an excellent job converting my bike to a power-assist e-bike. It runs really smoothly and is awesome to ride ... so much fun! Bret understood my requirements well so I now have a bike that's perfect for my needs. Was also given helpful advice on additional parts for the bike. A totally professional job - couldn't be happier. Thanks Bret! Jo, Dec 2018.”

IMG_0319.jpeg