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    Just an update...odometer just rolled over 4000 miles (in about 1.5 yrs now). Still no issue with battery nor bbs02 unit. Haven't done any maintenance on it either. Had to replace my derailleur on bike, but that was all. Haven't even had any flats in longer than I can remember. Schwalbe Marathon tires are great.

    Update 4/13/2018: Over 2 yrs later and still no issues and no maintenance on motor or battery. Mileage is now 5300 miles on bbs02. Still a reliable commuter.
    Last edited by e-dan-che; 04-13-2018, 06:13 AM.


      Latest bike has BBSHD and maiden run was mid-Feb [2017] and started getting ridden first of March - 3-1/2 months, 1330mi

      Only maintenance "issues" is the top gear (smallest cog, 11t) on the cassette has been replaced twice and looks good for about 500mi. They are about $8 and I stocked up. The next gear (13t) lasted about 1000mi.

      First bike was put on the road July 2016, has bafang hub, is pretty much only a loaner at this point and is at ~2500mi


        After 4800 km the lekkie was looking like this... A lot of broken teeth. Time to get it replaced.


          Did 280 miles in my first month with my bbshd. Riding only on flat roads.
          I love it!

          Edit 26-9-2017:
          874 miles!
          Last edited by Petal; 09-26-2017, 02:25 AM.


            First BBS02 had 6,411 miles on it before I sold it after replacing the pinion gear around 5,000 miles. (Upgraded to the new pinion gear and plate from Doug at California Ebike which is much stronger.)

            Update 12/19: Second BBS02 (from Luna Cycle) has 10,000 miles on it without an issue other than the display resetting itself occasionally. Amazing.

            Update 5/20: At 12,000 miles now and I can only get 600 watts out of the motor instead if 1,300. I don't need the power since I always pedal so I'll just keep riding it the way it is until the motor or display blows.
            Last edited by Darth Biker; 05-29-2020, 04:29 PM.


              1,100 miles on a BBS02-B. Just started to squeak while peddling with PAS at 1,000 miles. Tightened everything up, squeak is gone. I have not lubed the motor yet. Still Quiet. I tend to baby the motor. No wet conditions, rarely at full power. I tend to ride about 12 mile trips each way, 18 mph. Very nice.


                ~150 miles. ;)

                Lots of gremlins in my bike initially. Had lots to learn. The BBSHD has been great but everything attached to it needed TLC.

                Installed kit, battery charger was DOA. Lunacycle was great and fixed me up.

                Then realized that my beloved old Trek mtb bike was sorely needing alot of adjustments. New rear deraileur. New chain. Adjust everything.

                First trip across town and the cranks kept loosening up. Made it to my work place and lightened it all up and had a nice ride down a bike path. Pedals loosened up. Left one stripped on the way home.

                Got home throttle only. Yay!

                Second trip out with new Schlumpf crankarms. Right side was good but left side kept loosening up. Removed paint from BBSHD crankshaft, added Loctite and that problem fixed.

                Bontrager mtn bike tire had a pinch flat, ripped the bead out of the tire and broken a spoke entering a parking lot at too shallow an angle to the pavement lip. New spoke. Wheel trued.

                Schwalbe Marathon tires ordered. Big improvement. Lower noise and rolling resistance.

                Last night left side pedal stripped out.

                Order steel Sunlite unicycle crank arms. Parts here end of next week. I want to ride!

                I think that will fix it. ;)

                I did try installing the Luna BBSHD Aluminum Chainring Adapter and 42T Sprocket b/c I'm a big guy and the hills around here are steep. That chain ring is terrible for my chain line.

                Maybe after I wear out the original 46T sprocket I'll investigate the Luna Eclipse and see if that offset will fix my bike. I'd like to have more power for the hills and don't need major top speeds.
                Last edited by joeaverage; 07-14-2017, 07:47 AM.


                  Originally posted by joeaverage View Post

                  Maybe after I wear out the original 46T sprocket I'll investigate the Luna Eclipse and see if that offset will fix my bike. I'd like to have more power for the hills and don't need major top speeds.
                  As soon as you start going less than 46t the chain ring will need to offset more to the outside since it will need to clear the BBS housing that covers the reduction gear.


                  • skymon
                    skymon commented
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                    (actually 42t is smallest chainring with significant "inside" offset)

                  • Rider
                    Rider commented
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                    Highly recommend the 42T Lekkie Bling Ring to get that chain line back where it should be on most bikes. Helps a bunch when climbing too, over the stock 46T+ Bafang rings.

                  BBSHD 5000 km without issues.


                    Put a little over 1,000 on my first BBS01 350W/36V equiped eMTB, then sold it and built a BBS02-B 750W/48V eMTB. Just passed 1,500 miles on this one and going strong!

                    ADDED 9/6/17: Surpassed 2,000 miles on the ride above and built an eCruiser BBS02B that now has its' first 100+ miles on it. I share the 21Ah/1008Wh battery between my two rides to save costs.

                    ADDED 10/24/17: Over 500 miles on the Electra eCruiser build now...

                    Want to ride so bad, but we are having record USA temperatures here in Anaheim/Fullerton California. Fullerton was the hottest place in the USA yesterday at 107*!
                    Last edited by Rider; 10-24-2017, 10:11 AM.
                    MOVING BACK TO PEDAL...
                    2020 Banshee Paradox V3 1x11 (pedal)
                    2018 Soma Wolverine 3spd IGH Belt Drive (pedal)


                      Over 1200 miles, zero problems. About 50/50 trail and street riding.


                        Originally posted by Galroc View Post
                        BBSHD: 7100 Miles
                        Beast mode!


                          Just hit 1000 miles on my BBS02 in four months. Super fun!
                          Last edited by jaymz77; 09-11-2017, 01:43 PM.


                            I hit a meager 2000mi (although I did it in 6mo's) on my BBSHD and decided to do a tear down, inspect and lube just for PM [and curiosity] reasons. No noises or anything concerning.

                            After years of working on dozens of motos I'll say this machinery is extremely easy to tear down and maintain. The only exception is all the RTV between the motor core and controller bulkhead. This stuff is a mess. I usually view RTV as a very useful material but outside sealing gaskets I see it more as a band-aid and shouldn't be required (outside gaskets) in properly designed machinery.

                            Regardless, everything looked great. There was adequate grease and it was higher quality than much of what I usually see coming out of china. I went ahead and cleaned out all the old stuff and replaced it while inspecting. There was very minor visible wear on all the components but none of it could be felt to the touch while running a finger over the areas of wear and no-wear. Bearings were all tight and smooth. No evidence of any contamination. Good stuff.

                            I went ahead and used an electronic grade RTV (if it smells like [corrosive] vinegar it has no place near electronics!) to reseal the bulkhead between the motor and controller - not with the gobs that were used originally but with a much more judicious application using toothpicks and tie wraps as application tools.

                            But it got me wondering... What the heck is the reason to seal this bulkhead? Both sides are gasketed and they both have electrical. The motor side might throw a little lubricant but if the motor electronics can handle that the controller side should only be better since it's mostly potted. Maintenance would be so much easier and *much* less time if we could avoid the RTV altogether. I also wait for it to cure before reassembly so that adds to the turn-around a chronological time ( of another day. Without the RTV to remove and replace I could do the complete overhaul in less than half an hour including removal and replacing it on the bike. With the RTV it adds at least another half hour to the man-time and a day to the turn-around if you are like me and let RTV cure before reassembly - it needs air (actually moisture in the air, not the air itself) to cure properly and sealing it up into a gasketed compartment is bad since it causes it to cure much more slowly, probably never curing fully and out-gassing undesirably during whatever cure happens.

                            BTW - the motor wire grommets were easily replaced by a visit to Ace hardware.


                              A little over 2,000 miles on my build since its maiden voyage mid-March 2017. Haven't done a thing to it.