rubber drive roller or steel?

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  1. masterx1234

    masterx1234 New Member

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    well im going to be getting a friction drive kit soon and it has a choice between a rubber drive roller and a steel one, my question is, which one will perform better, i live i a town where theres lots of hills, so i want the best drive roller possible...

    heres what im getting

    engine: titan xc50 from thatsdax.com (going with 4-stroke for its torque)
    friction drive kit from bikemotorparts.com

    im gonna buy it when tax return money comes around
     
  2. masterx1234

    masterx1234 New Member

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    someone please respond
     
  3. Dave31

    Dave31 Moderator
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    I don't have enough experience with friction drive to help you masterx. When I first built the Jdog I made it a friction drive and used a fence post as a drive wheel. Worked okay just did not like the friction drive so I swapped it over to chain.

    I would think the rubber drive wheel would work better but I guess the steel one would last longer. But with out having much time on a friction drive and never using a rubber drive wheel I just don't know. Be patient I am sure others with more experience will jump in.
     
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    well i did some research and the rubber drive roller is for lighter riders and that doesnt apply to me cuz i weight 232 pounds, guess ill go with the 1.5 inch one way bearing drive roller
     
  5. deacon

    deacon minor bike philosopher

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    Well here is my humble opinion thought it is antidotal not real side by side comparison. I have used metal friction drive wheels and found them adequate but also found them to be rough as heck on tires. small rubber wheel like a skateboard seem to do well. I think they actually have more grip but thats just me. My weight runs between 200 and 220 lbs these days.

    I now use a 12" scooter rear wheel on my ebike friction drive and find it perfect. It is best not to run knobby tires on a small wheel friction drive, it will beat the motor and drive to death. Constant and deep vibrations you see. On the drive I use, it makes no difference for some reason. I guess that is because the wheel is large enough to roll right over the indentations. No vibrations. Of course it does look weird. That's why I call it a rhino drive. It looks like one giant horn on the bike either front or back.

    Good luck and I love friction drive best. If I were going back to gas and I do threaten to every few weeks, I would go with gas friction drive on the rear wheel.
     
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    When I built mine I did a lot of reading on this forum. It seems that by and large the steel is the best all around. I have about 375 miles on mine and it appears that the tire will last in excess of 1000 miles. I have very little slippage. I use a heavy spring for tension and and have a small turnbuckle for fine tuning.
    Elmo
     

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