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First build: Genesis Onyx 29" cruiser

The beach cruiser has always been great bicycles to motorize. They just look good with a motor. Use this section to share and discuss about motorizing this classic.


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Old 06-03-2011, 01:51 PM
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Default 29 inch Road Tires

Here is a link to some 29 X 2.00 inch Road Tires. You will have to check at your local bike shop or online to actually buy a set as I don't think Serfas sell direct. Serfas 2011

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Default Re: First build: Genesis Onyx 29" cruiser

@happyvalley - Thanks for the good info, I'll give it a try.

@ocscully - Thanks for the link, but I'd really like to find tires that are at least 2.125 wide. If you look a couple pages back you'll see the tread pattern my current tires have. I'd like to find another set like them. The originals are made in Hungary, so not likely to find another set here in the US (and Kent doesn't stock -any- replacement / repair parts).
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Default Re: First build: Genesis Onyx 29" cruiser

Those are good tires. I am running the 26x2 on the OP. Good tread design for a friction drive and rated to 65 psi. I run it at 50-55.

Yeah, you have to buy at a bike shop and they are sold at list.
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Default Re: First build: Genesis Onyx 29" cruiser

The Schwalbe Big Apple is a kevlar tire.

http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ducts_id=30822
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Another update: Spent a couple hours trying to bend the FD mount in such a way that it would put the middle of the roller squarely above the tire, but finally got it. I gave it a quick test, but not enough of a test to see if anything has changed.

I also went to K-Mart and picked up a mirror ( Clothing, Toys, Electronics, Jewelry, Jaclyn Smith - Kmart.com ) but unfortunately every time I hit a bump the mirror shifted. It has one of those ball type joints which isn't nearly as tight as it should be. Unless someone knows of a way to keep the ball joint from slipping, I'm going to have to return this one and find something else.

At this point the bike is very nearly done. Now it's time to start putting some mileage on this puppy!
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Old 06-11-2011, 12:26 PM
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Default Re: First build: Genesis Onyx 29" cruiser

I want to buy a Genesis Onyx 29" Cruiser Bicycle from walmart like you did. Hows the ride on it? is it tough to pedal with the weight of your motor?

You think itd look good with 66cc mounted in the frame?
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I want to buy a Genesis Onyx 29" Cruiser Bicycle from walmart like you did. Hows the ride on it? is it tough to pedal with the weight of your motor?

You think itd look good with 66cc mounted in the frame?
The stock seat doesn't have springs, so after a while it starts to feel kind of hard. One of the things I may do is to replace the seat with a better one.

I haven't tried pedaling since I added the motor, but I don't imagine it would make it too much tougher. It's not really that heavy and the friction drive, when raised, doesn't add any drag at all.

There was a guy in Florida who installed a 66cc in frame to his. Plenty of room but you'll need some custom mounts for the oversized tubes. I chose not to go with a chain drive, the friction drive was much easier to install.
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There was a guy in Florida who installed a 66cc in frame to his. Plenty of room but you'll need some custom mounts for the oversized tubes. I chose not to go with a chain drive, the friction drive was much easier to install.
Do you know if he had any trouble installing the gas tank on the center tube?
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Didn't look like he had any problems. Did you see the other "29" cruiser" thread? He mounted a tear drop gas tank in his build.
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Default Re: First build: Genesis Onyx 29" cruiser

Thought I'd post a "final" picture of the bike. Only things I've changed were that I removed the chain guard because it was so wimpy and rattled badly, and I cleaned up the wiring for the kill switch. I also got the FD nice and level after a bit more tweaking. I'm happy with her now so I've decided to sell her and build another! The next bike will be a multi-speed mountain bike with an electrical drive.
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