Backcountry e bike Mule looking for input

klejeski

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Looking for any input from those that have used one
Your thoughts. Well built.? Would you buy again or go a different route?

I am considering purchasing one
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LivetohuntID

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$4000

I’m building one right now. same 1000 watt power, capable of about 40 miles under half throttle.

I will have under $500 into it.

But hey, mine won’t be Kuiu camo pattern


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Jake Larsen

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$4000

I’m building one right now. same 1000 watt power, capable of about 40 miles under half throttle.

I will have under $500 into it.

But hey, mine won’t be Kuiu camo pattern


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When you get that project finished, would you consider posting info/photos on how it was done? I think there's a lot of guys that would love to have one but the price point is a major issue lol

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klejeski

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If i were a bike junky and new how to build one i would. bu I'm not and then would be throwing away that time and money there are way more ebikes out there than i ever imagined. And yes at 4500$ a major decision. There are several that are even a few thousand more. Would love to do one for 500$ but even a good spare battery costs more than that that is why I'm asking for input from those that have made the investments and been happy or disappointed
 

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My personal opinion on ebikes is. You cant take them anywhere you cant take a dirt bike, at least around here. You can find a dirt bike for under 2 grand. Seems like a no brainer to me.
 

Pacific_Fork

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My personal opinion on ebikes is. You cant take them anywhere you cant take a dirt bike, at least around here. You can find a dirt bike for under 2 grand. Seems like a no brainer to me.
The purpose of the ebikes are going in quiet without letting all the critters for miles know your there isnt it?
 

Jake Larsen

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The purpose of the ebikes are going in quiet without letting all the critters for miles know your there isnt it?
Yea, that's definitely the point in the areas I've used them at least. Crusing for bears on old logging roads and old 2 tracks in the badlands for mulies.

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klejeski

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Jake. Sounds like you have some experience. What bike ir bikes have you used. Likes or dislike
 

Jake Larsen

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Jake. Sounds like you have some experience. What bike ir bikes have you used. Likes or dislike
I've used one of the backcountry bikes models. Not sure which one exactly, borrowed from a buddy. If you're wanting to cover lots of country quietly and with minimal effort, they are pretty sweet. Definitely a specialty sort of thing, at least where i hunt. I spend most of my hunting time in wilderness areas, so obviously they aren't applicable in those instances. I have used them on logging roads and old 2 tracks.

In an area with good trails, a good mountain biker could probably do some damage with one, even if just for packing meat out the last few miles or whatever.

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wesfromky

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I drove a few at ATA this year and they were nice. One of the guys I hunt with bought a quiet kat, and I rode it a couple times - pretty sweet. As was mentioned, there are places you cannot take them, but if the areas you hunt are allowed, they are pretty sweet. Very quiet - he will use his one a private area to be stealthy, as he also has a nice UTV.

I have a decent Trek MTB that I have looked at converting, but think I would probably just get a dedicated ebike, probably a Trek, for the higher end components and better service options should I need work, as I am not all the mechanically inclined.
 

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A few years back I bought a Norco Sasquatch Fatbike specifically to access a road closure grizzly hunt. A week later the same bike with an electric motor showed up at the dealer. I demoed it and really liked it. The pedal assist really lets you move! I stayed with my regular bike though as "exercise" was a big part of the purchase! The fat tires work very well off road. As a side note I didnt get a grizz on that trip. Sure was fun bikin with a 60lb pack on!
 

LivetohuntID

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I will make a little build thread for mine. Using brushless motor, it will be almost dead quiet, so thats one very big advantage vs a motorcycle.

The batteries are expensive, but there’s a kid I work with that is an electronics junky that’s building my battery packs for me. That way they come out to about $50 for each battery pack, vs. $3-400 for the equivalent.


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Kotaman

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I rode a Back Country Mule on a week long Black Bear hunt in BC in May. The Mule is SOLID. We had some battery issues that the company said was a bad batch of batteries, but other than that, those things are a blast. I have nothing to compare the Mule to other than regular Mountain Bikes, but this thing seemed like the real deal. The reason to buy one over a dirt bike is stated above. The ebikes are SILENT, a dirt bike is not.
 

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I built one this spring for hunting private land here in WV to replace using an ATV all the time. I used a Framed Minnesota 1.0 as the base bike and added the Bafang BBSHD and 52v Wolf battery pack and three speed internal gear hub with Maxxis fat tires. I have about $2400 total in the bike. It is a BEAST and a ton of fun. Makes almost no noise and I can cover a few miles quickly. Obviously can’t use it everywhere but it’s a nice option. My family loves to take turns riding it so it gets used a lot around here lol. Was worth the money to me



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