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I wanted to put some things together about our eBikes, systems and batteries.  This will be just about batteries.
Currently, almost every battery unit we sell uses LG Chem 18650 cells.  We did for a time have Samsung 35e cells, but have not used those in some time.  We are trying to get a better battery case, where the mount works well on our bikes, but also provides a USB port for running devices.  Our first group of batteries we had with these specs worked well, but as the installer I wasnt happy with the mount. I had to modify it far too much for a simple easy installation.

On charging:

Two trains of thought, one is to plug it in, and let it charge until the light on the charger unit goes to green.  About 5 hours on full discharge. The theory is that the charger only puts out 54.6 volts, so it cant overcharge.
The other train of thought is to purchase a light timer, like what is used for Christmas lights. I have used one of the $9 versions from Home Depot where you pull pins for when the lights come on.  Hook up the charger to it, and program it to charge for 2 hours, rest 1 hour, charge 2. This up down cycle puts less charging strain on the battery, and could potentially lengthen the total life of the battery.

Charge Cycles

The batteries are rated for 600 or more charge cycles.  That is defined to be full discharge to full charged state.  The batteries have a similar life cycle as a cell phone battery has. If you look up LG cell phone battery deterioration   you can get an idea how most lithium ion based batteries perform.

Heat

Heat is a major factor in both the motor and the battery.  We recommend during hot times of the year to charge the battery in a cool place.  Since we are based in the Arizona desert, we see 120 degree and above garage temperatures, and know that is beyond the safe limits of the battery and charger.

With the advent of manufacturing bikes in Asia, the function of quality has changed significantly.  There used to be a hierarchy where products from Japan were better than from Taiwan and so on. That still holds true today. And, the adage that you get what you pay for rings true more than ever.

If you start studying all bikes on the market, you will see a line, where below you have budget minded choices and above you achieve a premium status.  It becomes quite obvious where corners were cut, and value takes a hit.  With Soul Beach Cruisers, we aim to build that bike that is simple, but offers great value and achieves a premium level.

We do that by offering an internally geared hub to start.  Budget beach cruisers will have cheap drivetrains that use basic derailleurs, poor quality chains and bottom end gears. These rust up, and require more maintenance over time. They are also not simple for the owner to work on and maintain

All of our bikes use premium KMC chains that are nickle plated as a minimum, and most have extra coatings that further protect from rust.  All the gears are chromed as well on our Stomper and XTR models.

We use Tektro hydraulic disc brakes on all of our Stomper and XTR models. Stopping is so easy! One finger is all it takes.

Our frames are purposely overbuilt. We use hydroformed tubing throughout, and then reinforce stress areas with added gussets. This allows bigger riders to enjoy our bikes. But the biggest added bonus is they can accommodate electric conversions very well.

On lower end bikes, you will see the frames are underbuilt, and use lower grade tubing of smaller diameters. These frames lack structural rigidity, so if you were to convert to an electric drive system you will feel less than confident.

Many people wonder why bikes dont last as long as they used to. Schwinn used to be a premium brand. The added cost meant something, and provided a better quality bike that you were proud to own. We feel the same way, and have thousands of proud Soul Beach Cruiser owners.

The XTR & steel frame STOMPER’s are identical in frame geometry sharing the majority of the same components. XTR’s are 7-8 lbs lighter with the 6061 aluminum frame topped off with billet aluminum pedals, stem, and seat post clamps. Additionally the XTR features aluminum bars and seat post and upgraded Brako brake rotors. These rotors provide better braking power with an aggressive look and you won’t find them on any production bikes due to their cost.

The July 2018 production run of XTR’s will also have the new performance Soul Fast tires that are 35% lighter and provide a better handling ride as shown on the pre-production Shark Grey XTR. For the performance minded rider the XTR has it all.

What does this all mean?

The XTR and STOMPER are both great bikes. The overall purposes of both bikes are the same, have fun!  Both feature wider frames to accommodate the 3″ tires and wheels.  Most people are surprised riding our fat tire beach cruisers the first time.  The extra 2″ of width of the frame plus the big tires makes it way easy to balance.

The lower weight of the XTR comes in handy. Whether it is lifting it up stairs or onto a bike rack, the 8+ pound lighter bike can make a difference.  Where we see the big difference on the XTR is with an e-Bike conversion.  When we build the XTR for electric, it is so awesome.  The lighter frame absorbs vibration at speed. The result is an ultra smooth ride that doesnt beat you up.  The cracks and bumps in the road are less harsh.

We love the XTR for so many reasons.  Try test riding one, and you will like it!

Yes, our new CAD drawings are done! Small changes mean so much in making the perfect eBike.  Just like they used to say, this is not your father’s eBike…..

Like a number of manufacturers, they believed that all they needed to do was slap a motor on a bike and their engineering was done.  Many are finding now that there is more to an ebike.  Integrating a motor or battery is not simple.  We worked hard just on getting better ground clearance.  To have a high wattage motor, at this time you need a larger case for the motor.  Until motors improve further to produce higher wattage in smaller cases, we will have to contend with specific bike designs.  And, we love our fat tire beach cruisers for that purpose.  It is an incredible e-Bike platform.

Updates include:

  • A more secure integrated battery
  • Better ground clearance
  • An even stronger fork
  • Soul Fast tires that are 35% lighter than our current tires
  • Improved Tektro brakes

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Entrepreneur Shawna from Paradise Valley AZ showing off her bad ass 1000W BBSHD Bafang powerhouse Miss STOMPER. She did an impressive 45 miles on her inaugural ride down the famous Green Belt in Scottsdale and around Tempe Town Lake.

 

If you’re looking for an e-bike that’s built to perform visit your friends at Soul Beach Cruisers have you covered.

 

See how we do it: soulbeachcruisers.com/soul-1000w-stomper/

You want power…. we got it!!

Premium Performance Ebikes

Soul premium performance Ebikes are hand built in Tempe, AZ. Our sleek and sexy oil slick fat tire STOMPER’s with Bafang’s mid-drive BBSHDs are guaranteed to dust the doors off the competition.  See how we do it: soulbeachcruisers.com/soul-1000w-stomper/

Turn to the pro’s at Soul Beach Cruisers for all of your fat tire and ebike needs.  We stock a full line of 48V go fast batteries, displays and gearing option. Full blown custom wiring and rigging. We are electric.

 

Go Green with SOUL     

 

This comes from our desert racer customer Michael who brought his 1000W XTR out for a moto session

“Superstition riding area Imperial County, CA. Seriously amazed how the stomper rips Offroad!!”

 

Still in development, our Sonic SS and Sonic Elite models will feature:

  • Top level componentry
  • Custom cranksets
  • Unique forks
  • Oversized hydraulic brakes
  • A variety of battery options dependent on frame design
  • Motors from several manufacturers such as Yamaha, Bafang and others