I took the leap into the world of MB's. See what I bought and tell me what you think.

Discussion in 'Rack Mounted Engines' started by shawnshank, Dec 22, 2008.

  1. shawnshank

    shawnshank Member

    I just bought this bike, the perfomance pack and a couple of accessories. Tell me what you think.


    Bike:
    K2 Easy Street http://www.rei.com/product/761464
    Specs:
    Comfort > Easy Street Comfortable & convenient, with quicker handling & more efficient climbing than Big Easy models
    Suspension fork absorbs bumps in the road, adding confidence and control
    Parallelogram seat post gives the feeling of floating over potholes and cracks
    21 speed SRAM shifting system makes riding up and down steep hills easier
    > Detailed Specs FRAME - 6061 AL DREAM RIDE DESIGN
    REAR SHOCK - N/A
    FORK - COMFORT SUSPENSION, 50MM TRAVEL
    FRONT DERAILLEUR - SHIMANO C050
    REAR DERAILLEUR - SRAM 3.0
    SHIFTERS - SRAM 3.0 TWIST, DUAL INDEX
    FREE WHEEL CASSETTE - 7 SPEED FREEWHEEL, 13-34T
    CRANKSET - SR SUNTOUR XCC WITH CHAIN GUARD
    BOTTOM BRACKET - SEALED CARTRIDGE
    CHAIN - KMC Z51
    RIM - ALEX ALLOY
    TIRES - KENDA KOMFORT, 26 X 2.125"
    BRAKES - ALLOY LINEAR PULL
    BRAKE LEVERS - ALLOY COMFORT WITH REACH ADJUST
    HEADSET - 1 1/8" THREADED
    STEM - ALUMINUM, HIGH-RISE QUILL
    HANDLEBAR - DREAM RIDE DESIGN
    GRIPS - COMFORT DESIGN, DUAL-DENSITY
    SEAT CLAMP - ALLOY, WITH QR
    SEAT POST - SR SUNTOUR PARALLELOGRAM SUSPENSION - Oh My God the best seat post ever!! Like riding on a cloud
    SADDLE - K2 COMFORT, WITH COIL SPRINGS & DUAL MATERIAL COVER
    PEDALS - COMFORT WITH NON-SLIP SURFACE
    RINGS - 24/34/42
    FRONT HUB - ALLOY, WITH QR
    REAR HUB - ALLOY, WITH QR
    SPOKES - 14 GA STAINLESS WITH BRASS NIPPLES


    Tanaka 40 Perfomance Pack with Power Pipe, Velocity Stack and HP Carb
    http://www.powerequipmentandparts.com/performance_packs.htm

    22oz MSR Fuel Bottle
    http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://media.rei.com/media/695244Lrg.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.rei.com/pwr/product-reviews/Camping-Hiking/Containers-Bladders-and-Jugs/Fuel-Bottles/MSR/p/695244-MSR-Fuel-Bottle-22-oz.html&usg=__ORBOByRYpvZeNGoKYwkD6rWrIzQ=&h=440&w=440&sz=20&hl=en&start=3&um=1&tbnid=d4uatJ7SrK3eQM:&tbnh=127&tbnw=127&prev=/images%3Fq%3D22oz%2Bmsr%2Bfuel%2Bbottle%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN

    Topeak Modular (adjustable = sweet) Water bottle cage.
    http://www.rei.com/product/686223

    Total invested so far: $572
    Remaining cost est: $700
    Total investment est: $1,272 Ouch!


    My next purchase will be the 40cc Tanaka drive ring system from GEBE.
    http://bicycleengines.net/tanaka40info.htm
     

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  2. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    not really a lot to say -- except -- job well done !!!
    I was at REI a while back looking at their bicycles -- saw many I liked
    you got some good THINGS going on there -- or coming in there
    seems to be the way to go if one can afford it -- first class

    let's see that MB THING once it's up and running
     
  3. ocscully

    ocscully Member

    It looks to be a great bike, the only concern that I would have seeing as how you are doing a rack mount is that you will probably have to rotate the rack to the rear/back away from the seat to keep the seat from hitting the motor. The reasons for this interferance will be caused buy the laid back seat tube and the rearward motion of the suspension seat post. You will need some extra space between the seat and the motor. You might want to do some searches for how folks have solved this problem. Several members have mounted additional tabs to the rear seat stays to push the rack back a bit. (They can be either bolted or welded on) This solution also has the added benefit of keeping rear wheel removal simpler, as the rack is no longer depending upon the rear axle for support.

    The other area you may want to consider is the purchase of the Heavy duty rear wheel that GEBE offers with 12g spokes. If there is a weak link with this kit it is that most bikes the people mount the kits on have inexpensive machine built wheels with inferior 14g spokes and they seem to develope spoke breakage problems very quickly. Save your self the headaches and start with the heavy-duty rim and spokes. I believe the GEBE folks will even mount the drive ring for you if the purchase is made at the same time as the engine kit. Also if you decide not to use the added mounting tab solution above the GEBE HD wheel has a hub with a nutted axle and this is what GEBE says is required for properly mounting their rack.

    Also purchase a spare belt! The belt used is a propritary one and is reinforced with kevlar and are only sold by GEBE.

    ocscully
     
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2008
  4. shawnshank

    shawnshank Member

    Thanks for the suggestions.
    I hadn't thought of the laid back seat tube being an issue but now that you mention it, I could see that being the case. I opted for the laid back style for comfort but I have access to a master welder (my father) so welding some additional tabs for the rack would not be an issue.
    I also considered the heavy duty rim from GEBE so I may have to save a bit more cash to make that dream come true. This bike will be rock solid and expensive by the time I'm finished with it so I might have to call Geico and see if they'll insure it :)
    As for the axle, I'm going to have pick one of those up because mine has quick release and I know that's not the safest option to go with.

    SS

     
  5. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    It looks like a great bike and set-up. 309 bucks looks like a good price for that bike, too.

    One thing that I would suggest is that your suspensioned seat post could encourage you to hit pot-holes a bit more aggressively than you might have without suspension. This could result in wheel damage. So I'd encourage you to use your arms and legs as shock absorbers just as you would with a rigid bike.

    You're gonna be riding in real style. There's no doubt you'll have fun.

    Good intro post, by the way. Plenty of info about your set-up. We can't get enough of that.
     
  6. shawnshank

    shawnshank Member

    Thanks for the kind words. I took my time, did a lot of research and with a ton of help from many members here on MB.com I think it will be a good MB in the end.
    I thought it was a good price for the bike as well. I've seen used bikes that weren't as nice for the same price or more. REI is a great store. I recommend it highly. With my membership I got $46.00 off the prices listed on their website so I ended up paying $300 for the bike, fuel bottle and the cage. I ordered the perfomance pack from Chainsaws etc and that was $272 with shipping.
    Yeah I plan on avoiding all the potholes I can. I've ruined more rims than I care to remember so I always try to avoid them. It's the ones you don't see that scare me.

    SS

     
  7. seanhan

    seanhan Member

    Don't forget the tires !!! I did
    just installed a set of Serfas Drifter tires on my point beach and WOW !!!!
    it's like a whole different bike !!!!!
    I never reliezed what a difference tires would make .
    Wish I would have done it sooner..
    Yea Listen to the advice about the rear wheel !!!
    I noticed yesterday while installing the new tires that i had a broken spoke, it broke where it threds into the wheel. Guess it's time for a Eagle wheel ....
    My stock wheel lasted 600 miles !!!
    You will Love the Tanaka it's a great engine " always ready to go "
    Now go build that thing.... soo you can
    Ride that thing !!!
     
  8. shawnshank

    shawnshank Member

    I just checked out those tires online....very nice.
    I'd love to buy some high end tires but I've got to chill on the spending for a bit. Everywhere I look there could be upgrades so I have to take'er slow and do a little at a time.
    I'm still waiting to buy my engine and rear wheel. Got to wait a bit and pay off some bills. By the summer I plan on having it up and running then I'll start on the upgrades.
    The last things I bought for my ride were.....

    Planet Bike Blaze 1/2 Watt LED Headlight:
    http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41-ZGdo11RL._Planet%20Bike%20Blaze%201/2-Watt%20Blaze%20LED%20Bicycle%20Light%20with%20Helmet%20and%20QuickCam%20Mounts_.jpg

    and....
    Planet Bike BRT-1 Blinky 1 Rear 3-LED Light
    http://www.jensonusa.com/product/ls/LS602A02.jpg




     
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2008
  9. sabala

    sabala Guest

    I like that bike, it's a good choice and looks good too. I think the more upright position is ideal. After taking a 17 mile ride on my GEBE mountain bike the other day, I realize I want my handlebars higher and a bit closer.

    Plus you get free service at REI with your bike for a year right? Gotta like that! ...Speaking of REI, I got rid of my lame Aspire credit card and got an REI Visa, it came with a 30.00 gift card and I just bought some Ergon grips today with it! You should check out their free basic bike maintenance class and they also have a comprehensive 5 hour class that costs like 75 bucks (members).

    I would've gone for the heavy duty rear wheel before getting the performance kit though, but that's just me. There are some threads here that show you how to zip tie your spokes to reinforce them in the meantime.

    Oh yeah, I got the 32 oz MSR bottle and I can fit that into my water bottle cage, I'm sure with your adjustable holder you could go with the bigger bottle too, especially since you'll have to mix your fuel ahead of time.

    *Quick question for other members*

    I'm curious, could there be any problems with throttle attachment having grip shifters on his bike?
     
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  10. shawnshank

    shawnshank Member

    Oh the riding position on this bike is so sweet. The seat is kind of set back over the seatpost so it gives a sort of cruiser feel (with front shocks) minus the single gear and caster brakes. The handlebars are also swept back a bit so as you said...you can sit up straight. I tried so many bikes in my search for the perfect ride and this one seemed like the most comfortable.
    I agree...REI is awesome. Yes, when you buy a bike from them it comes with free service for a year and I do plan on taking the maintenance class in the spring some time.
    I'm not planning putting my bike together until I have all of the parts purchased. I got the performance kit first because they only had a small amount left and I wanted to be sure I got one before they were sold out.
    As for the heavy duty velocity rim, I'll buy that when I buy the engine kit because I don't want to damage the rim that came on my bike. It's a nice rim so i'll just hang onto it as a backup.

    As for the twist shifter...that was the one thing I didn't like about this bike and you found it lol. I have them on the bike I have now and I never liked them. They switch on their own sometimes and it caused me to crash once on the bike I have now (sending me over the handlebars).
    I prefer the thumb / trigger finger shifter style they had on the K2 Easy Street Duece I was going to buy but it had disc brakes and the caliper would interfere with the GEBE rack so I had to compromise.

     
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2009
  11. shawnshank

    shawnshank Member

    It came....

    My 40cc tanaka power pack arrived in the mail and I'm psyched.
    Check it out!

    :evilgrin:

    SS

    Tanaka Air Filter 2.JPG

    Tanaka Carb 1.JPG

    Tanaka Power Pipe.JPG

    Tanaka PP Packaging.JPG
     
  12. seanhan

    seanhan Member

    nice kit

    I want one !!!!!
    hey is you fuel tank mounted vertical or on the bottom...
    Just trying to figure how the muffler would fit up.
    I have my fuel tank vertical so I can fill it to the top.
    :cool2:
     
  13. shawnshank

    shawnshank Member

    I don't have the engine kit yet but I do have a picture of how it looks setup on the engine. This is a pic of another MB.com members bike (I forget which one though so I apologize to both you and the owner of this bike).
    Check it out:






     

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  14. shawnshank

    shawnshank Member

    O.k. I just bought this Cateye Eduro 8 bike computer for my MB project and then went to a union meeting where they told me about all the layoffs that could be coming. I am scared at the prospect of losing my job so this is the last thing I'm buying until I find out for sure one way or another. You may be seeing all the other things I already bought (listed in this thread) end up in the classified section of the forum so keep your eyes open if your interersted.

    SS

    Here are the stats for the computer (see pics below).

    http://www.cateye.com/en/product_detail/254
     

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  15. DetonatorTuning

    DetonatorTuning Active Member

    hate to see you have to give it up, might want to think about it some more. if you have no work, which do you want to drive to your essential errands, the bike or the pick up ?

    my lumberyard work is slowing WAY down too, it's getting pretty tough to keep the guys under me pulling enough hours to keep them qualified for benefits , insurance, etc.

    i sold my car last spring, don't think i'll be getting another any time soon. it's full tilt/ b***s to the walls motored biking for me !!

    if you've GOT to sell, PM me first !!

    best of luck,
    steve
     
  16. shawnshank

    shawnshank Member

    I hope I won't have to.
    I will keep you posted if I do.

     
  17. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    we hope not for you

    yes -- some stressful times for many
    hope you don't get laid off

    no matter if we have it real good
    or down right hard

    motor bike may be the THING to always keep around

    ride that thing
     
  18. loquin

    loquin Active Member

    I really appreciate the shocks on my trek. WAY easier on the arms.

    You might want to pick up a UCO fuel faucet for the MSR fuel tank. They only cost a few bucks, but, it's way easier to get gas into the engine tank without spillage.
     
  19. shawnshank

    shawnshank Member

    That's cool. I never saw one of those before. I might have to pick one up.

    I never thought there would be so many things I could buy for this project. I wonder who has the most expensive Mb on here? I'm going to make a post to find out.

     
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