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OwnerChip Gribben
LocationLaurel, Maryland United States map
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Vehicle Electric Low-Rider Beach Cruiser Bike
This is a homebuilt electric low-rider bike
featuring Wavecrest components, custom built frame
and handlebars and rear disc brake. The bike design
is more or less a semi-recumbent based on a beach
cruiser frame.
MotorWaveCrest TidalForce Brushless DC
Multiple-phase brushless DC rear-hub motor.
DrivetrainRear hub-motor
ControllerWaveCrest TidalForce
Built-in electronic multi-phase control module.
Batteries36.00 Volt, Nickel-Metal Hydride
Battery is mounted in the front hub. It's about 9
System Voltage36 Volts
Charger NiMH battery charger
Charger is fully automatic and tapers off into a
trickle charge state
InstrumentationWaveCrest Dashboard features keyswitch, LED battery
monitor display, regen LED, turbo mode and cruise
control options.
Top Speed20 MPH (32 KPH)
Top speed is a little over to 20 mph. It can go up
to 25 mph it the system is optimized to 1 kW
AccelerationTakes off pretty quickly in Turbo mode. But since
the bike is used for cruising acceleration isn't
that important.
Range15 Miles (24 Kilometers)
Seating Capacity1 adult
Curb Weight65 Pounds (29 Kilograms)
TiresReally big and cool Kenda 26 x 3.0 inch flame tread
Conversion Time2 years
Conversion Cost$1,000
Additional FeaturesRegenerative braking, Cruise Control and Turbo Mode
I wanted something a bit on the wild side so I took a perfectly
working Wavecrest TidalForce I/O Step-Thru bike and stripped all the
Wavecrest parts off of it and put them on a custom-made stretched-out
beach cruiser frame. The frame builder, who was recommended by
Roderick Wilde, builds great custom bicycle frames. I removed the
rear gear cluster and made it a single speed, more or less to keep it
simple and added a rear disc brake that I created using
software. The frame is shot with a couple coats of flat black
Rustoleum paint.

Because the bike is so stretched out I had to use tandem bike parts
including the chain and brake cable.

The tires are big 26 x 3.00 wide Kenda tires that have a flame tread

The bike is a breeze to ride and very comfortable. Great for cruising
around on a hot day. It gets quite a bit of attention.

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