I love my current non-e commuter bike. But I'm hesitant to put a conversion kit on it (I've ridden it for 22 years, I love it) because I don't want to over-stress it's lovely tubes . I'm heavier than I was in my 20's, so the frame is already hating me - why add another 20-30 pounds and risk breaking it (it's a 1996 Ibis Hakkalugi, steel is real baby!)
Anyways, after considering converting that one and stepping back, I've test ridden some purpose built e-bikes (from MTB like hardtails to A2Bs, to hybrid step throughs) I realized that the DIY resources and my specific bike tastes mean I'd be happier long term building my own. I am Ohms law fluent can fiberglass/solder/tinker at decent level.
So... Lynskey, you may know them from their Litespeed days https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EHpiO4b3kQ they have a frame that meets my criteria:
* 700c / 27.5"
* disc brakes
* rack and fender brazeons
* heavy duty
* a keeper/lifetime material/build quality (if i kept my steel bike for 22 years and running... this Ti bike should be buried with me)
in their words:
oh and 3 watter bottle mountsThe Backroad is Lynskeys' fully loaded touring bike. Its strong and stable for middle to long distances touring and commuting. Our fully loaded, self supported touring bike does not have a weight limit in the frameset, it is the strongest touring frame available. The employed disc brakes provide high stopping power and are resistent to water, mud and grime. The durability of the frame is unwavering with titanium craftmanship resistent to scratches and corrosion.
The massive 1.75 inch downtube matched with its 1.375 inch top tube sustantially improve handling and increase stability under heavy loads. We have made room for 45c tires on the rear by adding a stong titanium plate for clearance. The Backroad addresses and exceeds all expectations, its the strongest touring frame available. Using disc brakes provides the best stopping power under full loads. The frame is built around a stable tubeset, with precise steering. Room to run double or triple cranksets, all built around a fully durable and realiable rig.
this is the previous gen, with a straight head tube, the current gen has tapered headtube:
So, I plan on posting updates as I go. I applaud the other projects I've seen and understand the cost effectiveness of converting an old bike or even buying a beater, but I wanted to have something special, something I could build on for years to come.