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Panda M-Drive conversion kit

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Dave Atkinson

Dave lives at the top of a big hill and his office is at the bottom, so he's all in favour of a helping hand. Plus, e-bikes are fun! He's the editor of ebiketips and one of the founders of EBT's road cycling sister site, He used to work on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike back in the day, and he's a former mountain bike bog snorkelling World Champion. Really.


5 years 1 day ago

Both my brother and I have fitted this kit.We have had problems with both kits.Mine keeps showing error 7 on the display and at one time error 30.Plus battery issues !running down after only a few miles.we fitted the kits 11 months ago and my brothers motor does not want to engage fully so we don't know if there is an issue with the controller or the display.Plus response for Panda bikes has been nonexistent.We feel we have wasted our money.

5 years 6 months ago

Good discussion on gearing - many bikes get this wrong.  Especially important for this in hilly terrain, like Seattle or San Francisco.  I have found I can adjust the gearing for IGH's with both the chainring and cogs.  For example, Shimano Nexus cogs can be had from about 18 to 24T.  

I can see why you did not mount the brake cut-off due to complications with shifter, but wonder about pedal balance when coming into turns.  I'm always flipping the pedals when turning to keep the inside pedal high.  

Good to hear about the operation issues - that is important to know and can't be determined without a user review.  

With the potential for significant fires, etc. with such a high powered Li-Ion battery, are the battery and motor marked with basic details (e.g., CE certification, volts, amps, watts?).  From Panda's website, it looks like the M-Drive is rated at 250 watts?  

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