Two Mate S / Unboxing and assembly Instruction

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turk123
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Front wheel

Post by turk123 » Sun Jul 16, 2017 3:28 pm

To add the front wheel you have to remove the shipping fork protector. Easy enough. Pull it off the fork.
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The skewer is zip tied to the front wheel. Cut the tie and notice how the springs and parts are on the skewer. To put the wheel on the forks, you are best to slide the seat and post onto the frame and lock it. Turn the whole bike upside down so the forks are pointed in the air. The wheel goes on the forks (no skewer yet) with the brake disk on the same side as the brake caliper. The disk may not want to fit into the caliper at first. Check to see that the brake cable is not pulled out of the brake cable holder on the nearby frame. See images. That brake cable end had slipped out of it's holder and will keep the caliper from fully opening.
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Re: Two Mate S / Unboxing and assembly Instruction

Post by turk123 » Sun Jul 16, 2017 3:41 pm

Once the wheel is on it is time for the skewer. Remember the order of the parts? Lever, silver washer black plastic against the lever, spring wide side out, spring wide side out on the other side, and end washer. IMPORTANT: put the lever on the brake caliper side. Not as the Mate manual tells you. If you want to know why? Look it up. You do need to understand the importance of tightening the quick release skewers properly.

https://www.sheldonbrown.com/skewers.html



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This is a very inexpensive and cheap part. It uses an external clamping and plastic parts that will compress and eventually loosen up. You do not want it to loosen up when you are riding! Replace it!
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Here is a skewer from Shimano with internal clamping (the best) for about $20.
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Re: Two Mate S / fenders

Post by turk123 » Sun Jul 16, 2017 3:42 pm

The fenders seem to be the hardest thing for people to get a handle on. The primary reason is that most are installing the fenders the wrong way or over the wrong wheel. Mate does not give you any instruction on how to install nor do they have images of the fenders installed.

The bolt everyone is saying is too short, is only because people are trying to put the rear fender on the front. Take a look at the two images below to see how they go on.


This is the rear fender installation:

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Here is how the front fender gets installed:

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Re: Two Mate S / Unboxing and assembly Instruction

Post by turk123 » Thu Jul 20, 2017 5:30 pm

It has been mentioned that the bolts that hold the brake calipers on the frame can be loose. Mine was not, but I would check these and all the bolts for how tight they are during your assembly of the bike.

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Re: Two Mate S / Unboxing and assembly Instruction

Post by turk123 » Thu Jul 20, 2017 5:32 pm

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Re: Two Mate S / Unboxing and assembly Instruction

Post by turk123 » Thu Jul 20, 2017 5:41 pm

The pedals supplied with the bike are folding. The problem with them is that they seem loose and click as you ride. I can see them getting looser as time goes by. I opted for a better brand and added a security feature at the same time.

At PeeWee's recommendation, I went with the MKS Cygma EZY Removable MTB Flat Pedals Quick Release Flat Pedals. These have quick release clips that you push in and pull the entire pedal off. This will make it harder for someone to steal or at least ride away. The battery will not work without the key. These are great and allow you to fold the bike without the pedals in the way.
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Re: Two Mate S / Unboxing and assembly Instruction

Post by turk123 » Thu Jul 20, 2017 5:57 pm

This is not a review of the performance or riding characteristics, but that said, I believe the bike is very well built for the price. Replacing the skewer and the pedals will help with safety. The seat is just OK and I replaced that with a Seatylock that also allows me to lock the bike. The Seatylock seat is very comfortable but does add more weight to the bike.

The two bikes I bought are the 350 motor and the 17amp hour battery. The bike has plenty of power and speed. It can reach 18.5 MPH on a flat road which is about as fast as you want to go with this small frame. Wear your helmet! The turning radius is very tight with the front wheel feeling like it is almost under you. Takes a little getting use to but still works very well.

The bike is very fun to ride. I purchased the two bike for my wife and me to take on camping trips. These are going to be fun and functional. They will fold and store easily in my truck bed and provide us with I'm sure, a great form of transportation for many years.

This is the end of the thread, but I will answer any questions you write here.



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Re: Two Mate S / Unboxing and assembly Instruction

Post by catharsis » Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:31 am

Doesn't the fork suspension break the lever of the fore fender?

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Re: Two Mate S / Unboxing and assembly Instruction

Post by timmarcum22 » Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:47 pm

The fenders are an issue. I followed a video on You-Tube that shows the fenders installed opposite of Turk's (front in back and back in front). This is partially because the front bolt was installed on the rear of the suspension fork. I ran the rear fender through the fork from the rear and attached the bolt through the metal holder.

I now believe Turk has them installed correctly. I will modify my MATE accordingly.

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Re: Two Mate S / Unboxing and assembly Instruction

Post by Lee » Sun Jul 23, 2017 8:30 am

Hi

Can you please tell me what the connector is on the charger? It the connector that plugs into the battery that I'm after.

Cheers
Lee

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