The Phoenix (Crystalyte model 530X series) is the most powerful
electric bike kit available in the Crystalyte product line. The
Phoenix Racer (5303) on a
26" wheel with a fully inflated street tire is about all a 180 lb
rider can manage on a dry, paved surface.
These systems exceed power and speed limits established by the federal law that defines a
bicycle, so ride on-road at your own risk. We give you choices, but you must use good judgment. Choose a bike with good brakes,
inspect them often, and replace worn shoes or pads as needed. You'll be putting
a lot more miles on an electric bike than a pedal bike, and brakes become
very important at the speeds you will reach.
Our kits include motor mounted
in wheel, speed controller, key switch, connectorized wiring, fuse,
batteries, charger, throttle with gauge (thumb or twist - your choice), wire ties, rack,
battery bag, cruise control, brake inhibits. There is nothing else to buy.
Electric Bike Kits
from ElectroRide™ LLC come pre-wired. It
couldn't be easier unless you brought your bike to our shop.
There are three motors in the Phoenix Crystalyte 530X Series. They are all brushless
motors and are the same physical size. They can be used with either 36 volt
(3640) or 48 volt 40 amp (4840) controllers. Phoenix motors are available
for front and rear on 20
inch, 24 inch, 26 inch, and 700c wheels. Dropout width is 100mm for front wheels and 135mm for rear
wheels. The axle is 9mm in diameter. Phoenix motors are 75 mm wide,
extending 100 mm up the fork from the axle. Weight is 23.5 pounds laced to
Phoenix Racer (Crystalyte Model 5303)
Use the Racer when you want high speeds and ride on hard surfaces with
"normal" grades, or have a small wheel diameter. The motor is
wound more for speed than torque, yet it reaches 36 MPH in 19 seconds and
will spin easily in gravel or road debris with the 4840 controller. We recommend a racing
slick like the one pictured to take sustained high speed and reduce
Phoenix Cruiser (Crystalyte Model 5304)
Use the Cruiser when you have long steep hills or do not
want the speed of the Racer. Cruiser reaches 30 MPH in 13 seconds, and will sustain its top speed under more varying conditions.
The Cruiser with the 4840 controller will gain a little speed on our test
hill, the steepest one east of the KU campus. This is an extreme hill that
even the Racer will not climb without some pedaling.
Phoenix Brute (Crystalyte Model 5305)
Use the Brute when you have extreme hills, pull a trailer,
or do not want the speed of the Cruiser. With the 4840 controller, it
reaches its top speed of 25 MPH in 11 seconds.
Your bike needs to have a
very strong front fork made of steel. This motor is so powerful it will literally rip the dropouts out of an aluminum fork. Our test bike - and
the one we use for errands and joyrides - is an inexpensive mountain bike from a superstore.
We replaced the brakes (not just the shoes) with Bulldog brakes, available
from ElectroRide™ LLC. Note the racing slick tire pictured below. It's rated for 96 MPH.
We strongly recommend high quality high pressure tires, whether you
buy from ElectroRide™ LLC or your local bike shop.
TIP: While bicyclists pay big
money for a frame that is 2 pounds lighter, turns out the cheapest
frames make the best electric bikes. Two pounds doesn't matter much when
you're putting 50+ pounds of power plant on it. Take advantage of this.
Our bike, even with Bulldog brakes cost less than $110, and we can
out-run any bike on the road with a twist of the throttle.
Dave says: Phoenix is the most exciting product I have
ridden since the Tidalforce. Phoenix outperforms Tidalforce at a fraction
of the cost and makes the most useable, cost-effective
light electric vehicle available today.