Re: How would you suggest putting a motor on, or should I get a new bike
People in dry climates are happy with friction drive. Friction drive may limit the days available to ride in Michigan.
They do make rack mounted, chain driven engine kits (Staton and Golden Eagle).
That would probably work best for your suspension bike and climate.
My advice is to get a steel framed mountain bike and mount a motor in the frame.
It's a matter of your budget and personal preferences.
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