This is a review of my experience with Golden Eagle Bike Engines or GEBE.
I called several vendors of both in-frame and rear mount kits at about 2 pm Central time last week. GEBE is the only one that answered the phone. I chatted with Julia or Julie
for quite a while and she was able to answer all of my questions. I was leaning toward a belt drive system and the responsive phone call clenched it.
I ordered the Tanaka 32cc kit, with an extra drive belt and a "highway" drive gear for a higher top speed after I break it in. I also ordered one of the solid rear axles that they recommend. You can't use a quick release setup unless you modify your kit to a frame mount (lots of info here on the forums).
I placed my order on 3-31, and received a receipt from Pay Pal. On 4-1, I received a notice from UPS that my kit had shipped. My kit arrived on 4-3 as scheduled. I live in Tennessee, and shipping was FAST! I like that.
I unboxed my kit and found that everything was there. The quality of GEBE kits are what I expected; Good American made quality. The Japanese made Tanaka engine is a little work of art as well.
Assembly was fairly easy, and after I had the axle installed it took me about 3.5 hours to install, route cables and wires and tidy things up. I don't rush, and always double check everything.
I took a quick test ride last night and everything works great. The Tanaka 32cc is not loud at all and runs very smooth. There are no vibrations and I'm sure all will go well on my first real ride.
The bike I purchased for this build is the Novara Metro from REI: Novara Metro Bike - 2009 at REI.com
It's a great mid-priced bike, comes in several sizes for a proper fit, looks a bit Cruiser-ish, but has the heart of a mountain bike and the gears to prove it. It weighs 31lbs in a 20 inch (X-Large) size. All of the parts are good quality, and it's a perfect match for the GEBE kit. Total weight with kit installed and fueled up ready to ride is 46lbs.
I'll update this review after I put a few miles on her.