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    Just made a not so good purchase? I guess this is how I learn. Haha

    Hey Guys, Hope everyone is doing great! I purchased a huffy Oslo a few weeks ago not knowing anything about ebikes, i'm very impulsive. Only good thing was that i only spent $350.
    It's a pedal assist bike with no throttle, I'm looking to add a throttle, not sure if I should just go ahead and buy a new controller all together. I know nothing about ebikes and i'm looking to learn and gain some knowledge. Any tips or links to info would be great. I love how lightweight this thing is and I only need to go about 2-10 miles distance so not worried about millage too much.

    Thanks in Advance Guys! Looking forward to hearing from all of you.
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    #2
    Wow , that is cheap. The ads for them are for $1100 and now Ebay has them for $365 shipping included. Obviously there must be a reason for that. But for the money, it may be great for some people. A throttle may be a problem in several ways. First it may be no way to wire it into that bikes controller. Second, its only 250 watt motor. It will seem under powered. And only available when you peddle. That keeps the motor healthy, hopefully. But if you use a throttle, you will soon be flooring it from the start. And that may end up overloading the motor more than it can take. Hopefully that has a gear motor to help make it more robust. But if its the direct drive type, a throttle will certainly reduce its life span considerably.

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    • iamhugom
      iamhugom commented
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      Yeah I found it very strange that I was able to find it for 365 directly from Huffy. I would never have paid anything close to $800 for this bike, I just decided to wing it, but from the looks of this it looks like huffy keeps changing the available quantities everyday...... When I purchased it, it said only 2 available, now inventory keeps changing daily. Overall the quality of the bike is very good, just not sure if 1. If I should ditch it and sell locally (buy something different), or 2. take the time to modify it (depends on how much extra I would need to throw at this bike). I would love some insight as too how much work this would take and the average cost it could cost me.

    • stts
      stts commented
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      Yea, upgrading is most definitly a money pit. Battery alone is a money pit. And you likely will need more battery. Folding bikes used are all over the chart. Some guy sold a folding bike for $50 on craiglist before I even saw the ad. I dont like 20 inch bikes, but dang, I wish I had snagged that. A great starter for Ebikeing. If you can sell that for good profit, why not. You can add a cheap gear motor for $100 ish with a throttle controller. But you need decent mechanical ability. But you will certainly have to add another battery. So you see, the cheapest upgrade is not going to be very cheap. And it will be a rather clumzy upgrade. But it still could be upgrade enough for you. 2 motors and 2 batteries does have redundancy. All for way under $1000. I got $800 in mine and I only have half an eBike so far.

    #3
    Originally posted by iamhugom View Post
    I purchased a huffy Oslo a few weeks ago not knowing anything about ebikes,
    Only good thing was only $350.
    Check back in one week and let us know if it`s still worth $350.
    Electric folding bike. That should fit in my trunk or back seat.
    Pedal assist will it do a steady 8-10 mph over a 2%-incline on the local bike & hiking trails?

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      #4
      There can't be much battery there at that price. So 250W Torque sensing makes sense. If you can charge it up at work to make the round trip it should be OK. It's an assisted folding bicycle. Not what's considered a full blown E bike around this forum. The Luna Eclipse folder is about 4x as much, but 4x the power and 4x the battery to support it. If it get's you where you need to go without being a sweaty mess. Or fits in the car for short explorations i don't see anything wrong with it.

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      • iamhugom
        iamhugom commented
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        The issue i'm having right now is that once you reach full speed, it immediately stops the pedal assist and you must wait for the bike to slow down drastically until pedal assist kicks in again. Its not a constant pedal assist almost feels like it decides to kick in and stop working when ever it feels like it. Debating if I should try to make this work or just sell it locally and pick up something different.

      • lectrik al
        lectrik al commented
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        As a 2 week owner of a new Luna Eclipse, I would advise you to ride the huffy as it is, while saving up enough $ then sell it and order an Eclipse. You won't stop smiling for weeks. maybe months - my face muscles hurt but I can't stop smiling. My buddies hope I can get it down to a STUFF eatin grin soon!

        It's what a huffy and all the other affordable foldable ebikes want to be when they grow up.

        While saving and waiting and wearing out the huffy, read everything you can about ebikes, That's how I found the Eclipse ( it filled out my checklist of must have options for my intended use). I promise the Eclipse is worth every penny it costs

      • AZguy
        AZguy commented
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        I really doubt it's torque sensing - most likely cadence sensing

        Sounds like the controller is setup poorly - likely only remedies are replacing the controller... they're not expensive but it's a project

      #5
      It's probably set up for some low level E bike class where assist stops at 20mph or some lower speed. A lot of the E bike magazines accept this crap to please their advertisers. Usually you can spoof this on a 26" bike by setting it for 20" wheels. But you're already small there. if there is an option for 2 sensor magnets instead of one that would do it but the speedo would be off also. If it did go faster under power the size of the battery would become apparent soon anyway. 2x speed =4x power required. So if you went form 20mph to 24mph you would lose 44% range doing that. +20% speed =1.2x1.2=1.44x power needed.
      Last edited by Retrorockit; 1 week ago.

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      • Retrorockit
        Retrorockit commented
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        Don't add a second magnet. Tell it there are 2 when there is only one. The TSDZ2 has an option for how many magnets you have, default is one.
        But with a small battery you will either run out of speed or run out of range. It is what it is.
        Last edited by Retrorockit; 1 week ago.

      • AZguy
        AZguy commented
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        Ahh, I see... I wonder why anyone would want to use two magnets...

      • Retrorockit
        Retrorockit commented
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        I was thinking better resolution for low speed walk assist or other low speed issues.

      #6
      Patience, have fun, it works just kick your feet, no effort required and works every day, no worries be happy.
      Because the $$ is a sunken cost, fugetaboutit. it looks like a nice bike, it's summer, enjoy it for a good long time.
      'full speed' ? how about riding downhill , keep going, ride it further or for purpose.

      "The issue i'm having right now is that once you reach full speed, it immediately stops the pedal assist and you must wait for the bike to slow down drastically until pedal assist kicks in again. Its not a constant pedal assist almost feels like it decides to kick in and stop working when ever it feels like it. "

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      • Retrorockit
        Retrorockit commented
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        The slow down drasyically part doesn't seem right. But I've never ridden an OEM bike.I don't know how many people here have. maybe ask in the motor programming thread. I think you need to get into the settings and see what's going on.

      #7
      Thanks for the info guys, it's getting the job done so far with minimal sweat. I havent done too many miles maybe 5 miles max in one trip.
      Im going to list it on offer up and see if I get any bites.

      What ebikes would you guys recommend for an 18 mile round trip without getting range anxiety?

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      • Retrorockit
        Retrorockit commented
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        It depends a lot on what performance level your looking at.At the 750W legal limit level 12Ah would be enough. But a BBSHD that's being run hard could come up short. I like 16-18 Ah for a BBSHD. But 12Ah is common for lesser bikes. A 750W BBS02 conversion with 12Ah would be a nice mid range setup.
        I take a 22 mile ride for lunch almost every day. if I'm riding into a 20mph headwind (sometimes both ways) and want to make 20mph 12Ah would be cutting It Close. Twice the speed needs 4x as much power. If you're looking for prebuilt Costco online has Sondors, and Luna, and Electrifybike have several options. I would not buy direct from China or discount sites. The establishe US vendors have already whipped their Chinese suppliers into shape for you. I can fix my own bike so Costco looks good, But if you need more support I would go with a US specialist.

      #8
      Originally posted by iamhugom View Post
      Hey Guys, Hope everyone is doing great! I purchased a huffy Oslo a few weeks ago not knowing anything about ebikes, i'm very impulsive. Only good thing was that i only spent $350.
      It's a pedal assist bike with no throttle, I'm looking to add a throttle, not sure if I should just go ahead and buy a new controller all together. I know nothing about ebikes and i'm looking to learn and gain some knowledge. Any tips or links to info would be great. I love how lightweight this thing is and I only need to go about 2-10 miles distance so not worried about millage too much.

      Thanks in Advance Guys! Looking forward to hearing from all of you.
      ebikeschool.com is a great resource for ebike into.

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