Let me first explain my use case. I do kite landboarding. It’s about 8 km to the kite spot I use most often. Easy to do on a MTB… if it has a motor. But once on the kite spot, a regular eMTB would not be practical for kiting. It’s just too heavy. If only it could be easily converted back to normal MTB.
Here’s my ideas. Batteries and electronics don’t seem to be a problem. I could attach them to (the top of) the board with straps and they should come off and back on easily. The motor and the motor mount is the hard part. I’m thinking of using two pairs of trucks – normal and motorized. Swapping them is a matter of dealing with 4 bolts and can be done in less than 5 minutes. It’s a bit of hassle but seems worth the extra fun from riding to the spot on the MTB (rather than driving).
Questions: Has anyone tried that before? Can it work or is it just a completely stupid idea?
Also, is there a better way than swapping the trucks? If the motor mount was easy to undo that would be ideal. Pulleys on the wheels could stay. That’s negligible extra weight. But it would be necessary to remove the belt/chain, so I guess it would have to be long enough to come off around the wheel… or use direct drive.
BTW: I’m not looking for a super-powerful/sturdy setup since I don’t plan to do any hard-core off-road riding. My commute is mostly a good road. It could be done on an electric skateboard, but then that would mean carrying the kite AND the MTB on my back.