Motor on expensive road bike?

Discussion in 'Motorized Mountain Bikes and Road Bikes' started by thepetester, Jan 31, 2018.

  1. thepetester

    thepetester New Member

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    I am checking if anyone has done this with good results from what I understand most expensive road bike are light because they aren't built like a MTN to withstand lots of weight and such.

    I really want a road bike to train with but I'd like to put a motor on it and ride up the west coast.

    I'll probably get a touring bike but I thought that I would check on this first.
     
  2. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Active Member

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    The wheels are the main problem when motorizing a light road bike. They are more prone to broken spokes.
    I would buy an inexpensive mountain bike or beach cruiser for motorizing. Save the road bike for training.
     
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  3. Otero

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    [QUOTE They are more prone to broken spokes.
    I would buy an inexpensive mountain bike or beach cruiser for motorizing. Save the road bike for training.[/QUOTE]
    I agree, I've 2 nice road bikes, & also a Juiced Bike's electric CCS and a custom mtn.
    gas bike with a Tanaka/G.E.B.E. belt drive. Either one will smoke any road bike made.
    Unless you can find 11g spokes for your roady, don't even think about a gas bike.
    You could put on an electric kit I suppose, but a purpose built ebike is a better idea.
    Anything with more than a 500 watt motor really should have suspension. 033.JPG 002.JPG
     

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  4. Miscellonymous

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    I'm currently in the works in putting an engine on a cannondale quick 8. I had to customize the front mounting bracket, the spoke on the wheels are 32s but I ordered a rear 36 and sprocket adapter on eBay. I had to use metal straps for the fuel tank.

    Still a work in progress but it's getting there.
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