Rad Rover Power Upgrade Results - Must SeeJun 08, 2021
Oh, what's going on, everyone? We are wandering and it is a special day. I do many things that have been waiting. I'm sorry and I've been bothering you. I'm sorry, but I wanted to make this video. as i could and try to present it to the best of my ability i'm NOT a professional videographer so let's see if we can get in here no dogs allowed in the field it doesn't say electric bikes but let's stop here and talk about the result of all these
roverrat updates what am I doing. I will try to be as fast as I can. to switch to our different camera view and I'm going to have to wear sunglasses look at my eyes I promise I'm not lying now
resultsI'm excited to show you all this and tell you all this but there are a few things I need to tell you.
Before we start the
resultsvideos, this is how we're going to set this up, I'll give you some information that you need to know as you watch all of this, and then I'll show you all the results videos of everything I've done. I'll probably insert those points to tell you about the tests I'm doing and then at the end I'll give you my conclusions and recommendations and all that kind of stuff, so here's the information you need to know up front. one is that I am NOT a professional at anything and in any sense of the word I am not a professional so I am not an ebike technician.
I don't know all the watts, voltage, amps, hours, all of that very well. i have a general understanding that i am not a bike tech i am not an ebike critic i am not sponsored by anyone i am not affiliated with anyone i am just a guy on youtube so keep that in mind as you watch all my videos the next thing i will say It's just that I'm not advocating you go out and do this to your bike and turn it into a 3+ 0 mph bike that you're going to go tear up the sidewalks of your local town and cause mayhem and break a law, okay , no, that's not the point of this, don't promote yourself by doing that, so you should know what else to do As you look at these tests, keep in mind that all tests from zero to twenty mountain climbs are all done on bike
powerjust acceleration just no pedaling there's no human involvement in any of these tests this is just the performance of the bike without pedaling anything else I want to mention the weight is ok so adding motors and batteries and stuff er still heavier than stock this bike is now five pounds heavier adding all the new equipment and it sits as it is now this bike is eighty five and a half pounds so that sure is the beast Blake and If you're curious about me, I'm six foot two and I weigh one hundred and seventy pounds or seventy-seven kilograms if you're not seeing this in America, I want to mention that I had to go. back in steel footage of ot his videos to put here you know showing all the stock tests so my way of testing and the way I like to time things and that's a little bit different on some of the videos, you'll see that, so I'm a guy. don't save my videos I shoot videos I import them onto my computer I edit them in an editing program and then delete them and save the YouTube video so I don't even have all my old footage.
I had to steal it from like YouTube videos so I guess I should start to remember that I just don't have the space to save that stuff and the last thing I'll say is I'm doing this just to show you what's possible if you're like me you bought a Red Rover ebike or maybe any 750 watt ebike and you got used to having an ebike now you're used to the
poweryou want a little more from it I'm doing this to show you what's possible how much is what you get of every component so that's ok just to recap we started with a stock Red Ro ver and I've changed at this point the controller, battery, rear motor and display so basically the entire powertrain of the Red has been replaced Rover and you'll see what you get of each thing and I'll give you the cost. of everything in the end so you know let's do it let's jump first I'm going to do zero to 20 top three two three-two-one we're going good I had to come in on the bench because it's 90 degrees and muggy and sunny in North Carolina so we need some shading, but that was from 0 to 20 anyway, you'll see I had to change the way I do the timestamp there so I could get a more accurate reading of the ramp up time like I did.
Just so you know, I went into my editing program and started at the exact point that I saw the bike move and then at the exact point that the speedometer hit the 20 mph mark, so I don't know how. I would get more. accurate than that it should be a very accurate time reading i have posted there and this is how i would identify it for all tests just so you know it's ok so next will be the hill climb video just so you know about the hill its not crazy steep at all i dont like climbing crazy steep hills with engine power i just thought thats probably a lot of stress on the engine i dont want to do i want it to last so this is just a nice hill and constant that meanders through the greenway that's where I like to do this test and that's where I started doing them so I'm trying to stay consistent and do it in the exact same area so let's take a look at how I do it I did on that you three-two-one three two one go three two one go good next is top sprint like you I can see this in these videos.
I am passing these test areas and will not use them again. These bikes are too powerful for that, but top speed racing is, uh, it starts out level and then drops downhill and then it's kind of like that. it flattens out at the end you'll see on some of them where you know I top speed in the middle of the downhill and it just doesn't go up anymore that's why it cuts right there and it doesn't cut the industry because that's where I maxed out so let's take take a look to see what happened there, here we go, we're as far as we can go I don't have much space.
You sent to the street to do this, so I'll do it once I find a new top speed point, but here we go. Throttle only no pedaling right and the last one is one I added at the request of some of the viewers, I actually said I should do an eighth in a quarter mile so I don't have any footage of that. I never did when the bike was completely stock. I'm not taking all this off to do that so if you want to know what a stock
rovercan do on your own bike in eight quarter miles but I couldn't do that test so you only see three here you know the driver motor a . battery I went out and got a measuring wheel and plotted out an exact eighth of a mile to the foot and a quarter of a mile to the foot.
So it should be very accurate and I just put, you know, sidewalk chalk on the road in line so I can call it out as I'm going through this spot where I do 8th and 4th is very level, very long straight run level, so if you want to know what the top speed of the bike is on flat ground these are going to be the tests to look at and this will give you an accurate picture of that check out three two one go three two one go three two one go right there You have some significant performance improvements on this bike.
I want to talk to you now about what it costs, so we're going to go piece by piece real quick. The controller was two hundred and twenty dollars which was for the controller and the new display the motor was two hundred and fifty dollars and the battery was five hundred and twenty. I think I'll put all the prices on the screen just to make sure and if you want to know what the total cost was, including all the other extra stuff I've got to buy it, I'll show it on the s Create now for you, okay, there you go, You want to make your bike just like mine, that's what it's going to cost you, so I know that's an incredible amount of money, but if you compare that to going out and buying an electric bike with you, you know Basically these same components you'll probably spend, you know twenty five hundred three thousand dollars to get a bike like that i mean i like it i said i did this to show you if you already have one of these bikes and you want juice you can do it and this is what it will cost you good so one bottom line on performance is that I have exceeded my test areas.
I will no longer try there. You can see the Hill Climb test where the Hill Climb ends as a t. -intersection so it was hard to navigate that I don't need to go that fast uphill so I'm done with that same with the downhill speed test it's not the street to do that I'm done with that area like I said I just wanted to keep consistency with stock footage so alr Well at this point the bike has exceeded my needs most of the time I'm doing this I'm just browsing so it's really beyond what I need but no he was really worried about the top. top speed is nice to have and keep up with traffic if you have to but i really wanted to do this with acceleration and the acceleration on this bike is just fantastic now i love it thats the main thing i want to achieve and i got a lot more acceleration out of this baby.
I love that it's actually a nice thing to check out while we're here. I know many of you ask me about the settings. I'll show you my setup. I have on controller right now here's a good look at my settings if you want to copy them you may need to adjust some of mine you can see I have c5 on 8 right now so that's the power settings I don't I have even got full power. I didn't want to do that right away on this motor and battery until I got a feel for it, so maybe I should burn go through that and see if it makes any difference.
I doubt it will do that much, though that's ok, let's keep reading because I want to give you my recommendations for what to do next on this bike after you get a feel for the power and acceleration of this bike. you'll probably want to
upgradethe brakes next because you definitely need that when you're going you know 36 mph so brake
upgrades probably in the future for this ok we stopped just to give you some final recommendations after doing all of this in my bike if you do it on yours it depends on what you need the bike for I guess but here's what I'm going to say and it has a lot to do with cost if you have money to spend and want a higher performance bike. bike sure do it all if money is tight and you're on a budget do the controller absolutely that will totally change this bike will give you a lot more acceleration for 220 bucks and you get the biggest or best known screen too so the controller is absolutely worth it gives a lot more performance for a small amount and is very easy to put up anyone can do it its plug-and-play just unplug the plugs and plug in attach a new screen the hardest part was putting it together which really the only thing i can do is flanges i had to do so the controller
mustbe a good buy for sure next if you have the cash motor the motor again was another drastic drastic increase in performance for 250 bucks now the problem is you have to know how to put it yourself you have to be willing to wreck your bite a bike and you know how to start the engine putting the new engine is not so m alo check out the video of the engine i did but that's another mega bang for your money 250 bucks you can get a lot more top speed a lot more acceleration power which was also good last one battery to me not even worth it the sorrow.
I pulled out of the engine what I thought it was. it's going to run off the battery the battery gave me a couple miles plus an hour top speed you know it gives you a little more power inhale go up it feels a little stronger but i mean not worth five hundred and twenty bucks I mean wow the controller and motor were much better upgrades and increased performance much more than the battery. I definitely wasn't recommending the battery and like I said unless you have money to throw away something that's a bad battery or it didn't work just didn't give me the other two give you the controller and motor they are definitely good for your money as well that it worked fine with the original 48 volt battery and that's fine and i left mine mine was all plug and play you can see the video of my battery i did in an update that how i hooked it all up so i can get back on battery 48 volt if I want if I want to mount it on the rear rack or something I can still do that so I saved all the stock plugs so there you go what else do I have to tell you?
So the last thing I want to mention if you know that when I was doing all these updates periodically, you guys were asking me if the motor got hot while the motor was hot, if the controller was hot, so I actually kept an eye on that while I was doing these tests. and Finally the motor got a bit warm which was after I did the final 52 volt upgrade test. You know they beat me to this for thirty minutes running multiple quarter miles, multiple climbs at top speeds, maxing out this thing.for 30 minutes at 96 degrees. Hot in North Carolina and the Sun and when I reached down and touched that engine, it was so I would say it's hot, very hot and very hot.
I would say it was very hot. worryingly hot but it was like you touched them you're like ok yeah this engine is definitely very hot so normal everyday driving i haven't had it warm up like that at all it was just when i was really hitting it se It did get a little hot, it wasn't too hot as far as I was concerned, but yeah, it did get warm eventually, so good, there you go. I hope you got an idea from all this. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments. I'll try to reach them and if you want, of course, I'll put links to all these things on my website. many of them are amazon affiliate links because i am an amazon associate so please know that the links may take you to amazon if you like what you saw please consider hitting subscribe and check out some of my other videos.
I'm thankful for everyone watching I'm very thankful to be able to get some of this information which, as I said, I really hope is helpful, just to show my perspective with the bike. I've had a great experience with Red Rover so far for two years, albeit correct. now I'm not sure how much of the RAD Rovers is actually left on this bike and I've pretty much changed the entire drivetrain, but anyway, like I said, please share this with others if you know anyone considering a radical power bike or considering doing updates you'll probably want to see all of this so you know to send the video to them so they can take a look and decide if it's right for them or not but that's about it and thanks again for watching
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