The Electric Vivente
Posted on October 04 2014
We've often thought about doing an electric conversion of our favourite city/touring bike, the Vivente World Randonneur. This week we did exactly that, to create the ultimate electric tourer: the Electric Vivente 'The Gibb' (pictured below with Ortlieb panniers, Tubus Duo front rack, and Brooks Flyer saddle).
We actually did it twice, as two people independently came to the same conclusion in the same week!
Here's Arthur's bike:
And here's Helen's:
'The Gibb' is the Vivente model with the Rohloff Speedhub, a miracle of German engineering which squeezes 14 evenly-spaced gears into the rear wheel hub. It's extremely durable, and a great choice for a touring bike that will need hardly any adjustment.
Our friends at Glow Worm Bicycles fitted the eZee conversion kit, with a powerful front hub motor.
We used the nifty GrinTech Battery Anchor to secure the battery to the top of the rear rack. The battery is locked to the mount, and it doesn't flop around. The Tubus Logo rear rack has a lower rail for panniers, so they don't interfere with each other.
The controller is fitted to the rack struts.
We're really happy with how this project turned out - get in touch if you're curious and we can talk you through it.