All of the HF1000 Founders Series frames got remade. We were not happy with the frame performance and just scrapped the entire batch of frames and started over. The new frames are much stronger and more capable of standing up to the powerful 1,000 Watt motor. We lab tested the frame with 33% more load and 4x more load cycles than what is necessary for production and it easily passed.
On these series of rides we are testing the frame and more importantly the 12T motor setup which we have not much time to run. The 12T motor has more torque at the expense of top speed. You can definitely can feel the additional torque and top speed is slightly lower, but still incredible performance especially when you factor in the massive tires.
The bike far exceeds any pedal-assist e-bike I have tried. It is just on a whole different level. Much beyond this power level and we are moving towards e-motorcycle territory where human input is not helping the motor too much unless you are incredibly strong. At the top speeds, moving your head down a few inches has more of an effect than pedaling harder.
The bike is fun to ride an you get an amazing workout in a short amount of time which is counter-intuitive. The feeling is like flying on the ground and 30 mph does not feel too intimidating once you get used to the speed. The big tires are very stable and you are not too concerned about the bumps. Maybe that is the advantage of the big ties beyond the “wow” factor.
The bike shown is nearly 100% stock with production-sourced parts without any special modifications. We did not have time to paint the frame and just needed to get testing as the project is very behind, but the frames will be painted black. All of the frames have been sent out to be painted already. We are running the 48V / 21Ah pack and the controller set to “off road” mode so the speed is not limited. This “Andi Zoo” run is mostly level ground. The frame that is shown is XL.
We are scheduling the assembly for after the holiday. Here in China it is something like the 4th of July week. So we will loose a few days. We will have updates from the assembly once things get underway. We are not taking any new orders until the initial batch of bikes ship which is estimated to be sometime in November.