Two Mate S / Unboxing and assembly Instruction

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Two Mate S / Unboxing and assembly Instruction

Post by turk123 » Sat Jul 15, 2017 7:59 pm

Hello

I received my two mates yesterday and spent the whole day assembling them and testing them. My wife and I ordered these in September. A bit of a wait, but I'm curious as to how well these perform.I took some hires photos with my Canon 5d Mark III and will include these photos in the pages that follow. Give me some time to complete the processing of these pages and I can answer questions afterward.

So we will begin soon!
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Re: Two Mate S / Unboxing and assembly Instruction

Post by turk123 » Sun Jul 16, 2017 6:09 am

They arrived in the two large boxes. Looked pretty good, but you could tell they travelled far. Cardboard was not fresh and new, felt like it went through a lot of high humidity and handling.
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Re: Two Mate S / Unboxing and assembly Instruction

Post by turk123 » Sun Jul 16, 2017 1:59 pm

Here is what you see when first opening the box. Lots of styrofoam held on with plastic zip ties. Get out the cutters!
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Re: Two Mate S / Unboxing and assembly Instruction

Post by turk123 » Sun Jul 16, 2017 2:02 pm

On top, in the box is a smaller box with the pedals taped to the top. The charger is in this box along with your Keys.
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Re: Two Mate S / Unboxing and assembly Instruction

Post by turk123 » Sun Jul 16, 2017 2:05 pm

Here are some shots of the bike wrapped in the styrofoam.
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Re: Two Mate S / Unboxing and assembly Instruction

Post by turk123 » Sun Jul 16, 2017 2:07 pm

I almost forgot! Here are the stickers that Mate puts on the outside of the inner box that Identifies what is in the box. Color, style, battery

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Re: Two Mate S / Unboxing and assembly Instruction

Post by turk123 » Sun Jul 16, 2017 2:22 pm

I would recommend putting down a blanket or work on carpet as I did as to not scratch the paint on the bike. It is really durable, but concrete will easily tear it up. This thing is not light and with the battery shipped inside, it is very awkward to work with especially when you are not familiar with it.

The tools I found that I needed are as follows: Hand cutters (for zip ties), scissors, Phillips screwdriver, a good set of Allen wrenches (the ones they give you (3) are adequate but not that well made.) and lots of patience and time. Don't try to rush into everything. The instructions are not very good, so throw those out! My main complaint, some of the parts like reflectors and fenders are not even covered. We will cover them here.

The pictures in the manual are from prototype bikes and are of no help when assembling. I had the handlebars backward till I realized my mistake.
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Re: Two Mate S / Unboxing and assembly Instruction

Post by turk123 » Sun Jul 16, 2017 2:31 pm

I wanted to get the battery out as soon as I could so I could start charging. It is easier to split the frame with the handle bars in the upright position and the front wheel on. Doing it as pictured below is much more difficult. If you want to get the battery out at this stage, just be careful you don't damage the cables! The hinge on the frame is very tight and you need to really push and pull to open it. Just go slow or get someone to help.

Later on, when the bike is assembled, you can use your knee against the hinge to get it moving. It's a lot easier. Here is an image of the battery. Quite large!
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Re: Two Mate S / Unboxing and assembly Instruction

Post by turk123 » Sun Jul 16, 2017 2:44 pm

I am also involved in flying drones. They use lithium ion batteries also. I've never had one explode, but it does happen especially if the battery has been damaged somehow and it's cells inside get split and short. For my first charging, I set the battery and charger in my office kitchen stainless steel sink.

Lithium batteries when they go off, literally send out a plume of fire at a very high temperature. They can easily burn your house down! Our bikes have one advantage; they come with their own battery case, the frame. Charging the battery inside the bike is probably the best thing you can do. It also puts the bike, for some of us, in the garage. I have steel ammo cases I use to charge drone batteries. Better safe than sorry.

For now, the Mate's battery is going to the sink. The image also shows the charger (fast charger 4a). Also, I found at first that the charger really got hot fast. I added a small fan to keep thing cool in case something was wrong with the charger. Turns out, these things run hot. They will start to cool as the charging cycle finishes. A good way for you to tell when it is almost finished is put your hand on the charger.
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Re: Two Mate S / Unboxing and assembly Instruction

Post by turk123 » Sun Jul 16, 2017 3:09 pm

Stand up the handlebar post and lock it into place. The handle bars are held in place by a lever clamp that you have to completely remove first. Once removed, place the handle bars on the post (brake levers in front!) and pass the bolt and lever assembly through the bracket and tighten the thumb screw. Not all the way, but enough so that the lever closes all the way and is tight.

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