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    Motobecane HAL5 + BBSHD

    My new trail bike arrived today. Installation was a breeze. Had to have the bike shop remove the BB, mostly I didn't want to bother with it.

    I haven't yet figured out how to install the magnetized brake cut off sensors on my Shimano M395 brake levers. Has anyone had luck with that? There doesn't seem to be a good surface area near the brake lever to mount the sensor.

    I'm really looking forward to shredding some hidden trails near my house, I should be the only one out there. My commuter bike is looking pretty sad right now, which sucks considering I just finished it last week!
    Last edited by WebEsquire; 07-01-2016, 08:54 PM.

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    I figured out a clever way to install the brake sensors. In the process, I discovered one of my brake sensors doesn't work. Hopefully Luna will send me a replacement.

    I super glued the magnetic ring into the lever (which is also metal), and used a zip tie to secure the sensor nearby. Works like a charm.

    I also tucked the bag back a bit since it was interfering with the rear suspension. I'm dialed in right now!

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      #3
      Great looking bike, how are you liking it so far?

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        #4
        Thank you! I love this bike. I find myself riding this bike the most, although I wish I had a much larger battery for it. From my measurements, no decent size batteries will fit in the medium size frame though.

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          #5
          I have a motobecane fantom29 and I where a back pack for longer rides and use a bag under the seat for shorter rides. The hal 5 may be my next build, I am thinking I might like a 27.5. What size chain ring in the front did you go with?? I cant believe how much fun these bikes are, I have not ridden my bike much in years, I put one of these motors on it and I cant wait to ride every day now.

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            #6
            Agreed! I did a 16 mile ride yesterday on this bike. I went with the luna mighty mini chainring. To be honest, it's a bit undergeared - I could've went with a larger chainring and been just fine. I hardly ever use gears 1,2, or 3.

            If you are thinking about getting a HAL5, I would recommend getting a large frame, if possible. The medium frame is just too limiting when it comes to batteries/frame bags.

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              #7
              Hi WebEsq!
              I'm a newbie (posted intro) and considering a HAL5 for my 4th build. One was a Motebecane Boris with a medium frame (using a Luna Shark pack) and I don't think I'd be happy with a Large frame.
              I'd like to use a Shark Pack on a Hal 5. Would you be so kind to provide a down tube measurement on your Medium frame? (top side from the top-seat tube joints).

              Thank you.
              e-hapa

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                #8
                Hi Jim,

                On my medium frame, there is maybe 13" of usable space for the downtube. I would be really surprised if you could fit a shark pack into this frame. I've measured it many times and tried to find something other than a mighty mini that will fit (besides custom), so far without luck. You are welcome to come dry fit, I would be very interested in the outcome. I live in Mission Viejo.

                Here are the official specs if you are curious: http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...5-hal6-geo.gif

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                  #9
                  I just wrote a response and it got lost somehow :(

                  I measured around 13" of usable space in the downtube, but here are some specs: http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...5-hal6-geo.gif

                  You are welcome to come try to dry fit it, I live nearby. PM if interested, I'd be very interested to see if it does fit.

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                    #10
                    I measured around 13" of usable space in the downtube, but here are some specs: http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...5-hal6-geo.gif

                    You are welcome to come try to dry fit it, I live nearby. PM if interested, I'd be very interested to see if it does fit.

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                      #11
                      Hi Jim, it's about 13". I sent you a PM if you'd like to come try to dry fit it, I'd be interested to know if it fits as well.

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                        #12
                        Thanks, went to read your PM and lost it. Sent you a PM.
                        e-hapa

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                          #13
                          At 300 easy miles, seems the motor is leaking grease around the seal. I'll probably have to open her up soon. Despite a wobble at around 18 mph, and a slight tick probably from low grease, she's still a joy to ride. Click image for larger version

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                          Last edited by WebEsquire; 01-21-2017, 08:13 AM.

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                          • cntclass1
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                            The bike looks great!!

                            What are the front fenders and how well have they worked for you over the last year? Thanks!

                          #14
                          Originally posted by WebEsquire View Post
                          My new trail bike arrived today. Installation was a breeze. Had to have the bike shop remove the BB, mostly I didn't want to bother with it.

                          I haven't yet figured out how to install the magnetized brake cut off sensors on my Shimano M395 brake levers. Has anyone had luck with that? There doesn't seem to be a good surface area near the brake lever to mount the sensor.

                          I'm really looking forward to shredding some hidden trails near my house, I should be the only one out there. My commuter bike is looking pretty sad right now, which sucks considering I just finished it last week!
                          what size bbshd dd you get ? 68mm ?

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