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NealH
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Mexico
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Posted - 02/01/2019 :  13:13:35  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looking to purchase tadpole - Trident, etc. Will eventually want to install electric assist. Rather than installing a mid drive motor or a rear hub motor - what would happen if I were to install a front wheel hub motor? I know it will likely pull to one side. My intention is to use the motor 10% of the time. Is this a fatal mistake?

Neal

estoudz
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Posted - 02/01/2019 :  16:27:34  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
From the other examples of tadpole recumbents I have seen with electric assist on the front both wheels had hub motors. Most likely for stability.

eric stoudemire
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estoudz
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Posted - 02/01/2019 :  16:30:24  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
From the other examples of tadpole recumbents I have seen with electric assist on the front both wheels had hub motors. Most likely for stability.

eric stoudemire
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warren
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Posted - 02/02/2019 :  08:25:41  Show Profile  Visit warren's Homepage  Reply with Quote
If you want a front hub motor you will need to machine a special hub for it. If you use one on just one side it will have significant torque steer.
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epower-1
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Posted - 02/10/2019 :  18:35:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
NealH
not a fatal mistake
but has great potential for a total nightmare
I checked out the trike you are talking about and a
small rear hub motor would serve you well
36v 800 watts basic ebay deal around $600.00 for the whole shooting match
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