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Monkeylectric Model 132s Installation Instructions

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This Instructable shows how to attach a 'Monkeylectric M132S' to any type of bike wheel, with many examples

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Step 1: What you need

Included with kit:
- Monkeyspoke electronic board
- 3 rubber Monkeyspacers
- 3 standard zip-ties

Not included:
- scissor
- 3 batteries (rechargeable works best)
- bike wheel

What bike wheels will it fit on?
Almost all common bike wheels work with the standard install instructions!

Bike wheels with standard install:
- Road bike wheels with between 18 and 48 spokes
- Mountain bike wheels (26"+) with between 18 and 48 spokes
- BMX bike wheels (20"+) with 18 to 36 spokes

Bike wheels with non-standard install (mostly fancy $tuff)
(see examples at the end)
- BMX wheels with 36 or more spokes
- Wheels with very far apart spokes
- Wheels with a great many spokes
- Non-spoked wheels

Wheels that do not fit
- wheels smaller than 20" BMX size

Step 2: Check that it works before installing!

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- insert 3 batteries and check that the device works before you attach to the wheel!

- Press the POWER button to turn on or off the device, and change brightness

- move your mouse over the photo below to see what the different parts are

- REMOVE THE BATTERIES BEFORE INSTALLING

Step 3: Check fit and placement

- device is mounted inside the wheel, between the two layers of spokes (for all standard wheels)

- line up the two "A" mounting areas over a single spoke, then use whichever "B" mounting slots fit your wheel.

- battery compartment faces away from the spokes we attach to.

- REMOVE THE BATTERIES BEFORE INSTALLING

Step 5: Attach the second "A" mounting point - also loosely

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Attach to the same spoke as the first "A" mount

Step 6: Attach the third mount point ("B"), also loosely

This step can be a little tricky depending on your wheel.

- place the 3rd spacer between the device and the spoke, line it up to whichever mounting slots fit.

- hold the spacer and the device against the spoke by hand, and flip the wheel over. check that the spoke is only touching the rubber. If it is touching somewhere else also, stack a second rubber spacer on top of the first.

- also check that the spoke is not blocking the velcro battery strap from opening. if it is, choose one of the following:
- slide the device in or out on the wheel until the spoke does not block the velcro
- cut the end of the velcro shorter so it doesn't go on the bottom side
- stack a 2nd rubber spacer like above, so the spoke is further away

Step 8: Tighten the Zip-Ties

- Squeeze the spoke and device together while you are tightening to squish the rubber a bit, this helps to get it tight.

- Tighten the "A" mount points first

Step 10: Trim the Zip-Ties

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Step 11: Add batteries and you are done!

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Step 12: Example: 36-spoke BMX wheel

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with the 36-spoke bmx wheel we can just barely squeeze the device inside the spokes to do the standard mounting method.

Step 13: Example: 40-spoke BMX wheel

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The spokes were so close together that we could not get the device inside

We mounted the device on one side of the wheel, on the outside.

Since it is a rear wheel, we put it on the side that does not have the chain.

We mounted the battery-end close to the rim, otherwise the batteries hit the frame.

If you are a good mechanic - instead of mounting on the outside of the wheel you can remove 1 or 2 spokes to make a larger gap, put the device inside the spokes, and then put the spokes back on.

Step 14: Example: 18-spoke racing wheel

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Step 15: Example: 24-spoke fancy Mountain Bike wheel, rear

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Step 16: Example: mounting close to the hub - for high speeds

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You might prefer mounting the device close to the hub, it will improve bike handling especially at high speeds.

Shown on a standard 36-spoke road bike wheel

- The spokes get in the way of the velcro a bit. you can either cut the velcro shorter, or use a double-thick rubber spacer.
 
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Big Bwana6 years ago
Dam those things look great...
LinuxH4x0r6 years ago
Awesome. To bad the contest is over.
thats pretty kool.