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731chopper 731chopper
10/2/2019 4:54 PM

Is anyone else having issues with their kid’s stacyc overheating? I have the 16” for my son who is 5 years old and under 40 lbs. He rides at our park in very short grass (think golf course fairway). After 10 or 15 minutes of riding his bike starts beeping with a yellow flash. It eventually shuts off. The owners manual is saying the ESC is overheating. I’m really surprised it can’t handle the workload. My son does not ride it very hard at all.

Has anyone experienced this and created a solution? I’m wondering if some sort of heat sink or fan on the ESC would help.

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SLOWTIME SLOWTIME
10/2/2019 5:01 PM

A friend of mine has to replace batteries constantly because “they aren’t supposed to be used in grass”...

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Brad460 Brad460
10/2/2019 5:08 PM

I posted some similar info in another Stacyc thread...We also have a 16” bike and I have a course mowed as short as possible and after 10-15 minutes it does the same thing. Overheats and shuts off.

Meanwhile the PW50 keeps going and going..

As much as I like the thought of electric bikes- they suck! laughing

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GuyB GuyB
10/2/2019 5:10 PM

Pedal a mountain bike through grass. You'll find it adds quite a load. Same goes for little e-bikes.

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731chopper 731chopper
10/2/2019 5:19 PM
GuyB wrote:

Pedal a mountain bike ...more

I get that but this is very short grass. He never had an issue with this on his 12” oset (my 3 year old riding it now doesn’t either) and my friend doesn’t have an issue with his son’s razor electric bike so this is coming as a big surprise. I bought an extra battery hoping to extend the ride time never thinking the ESC would overheat before ever needing it.

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731chopper 731chopper
10/2/2019 5:21 PM

Here are photos from today as reference.

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731chopper 731chopper
10/2/2019 5:24 PM
Brad460 wrote:

I posted some similar info ...more

The oset we have is an awesome bike. Electric bikes can be great. I’m not here to bash the stacyc. I’m trying to see if I’ve got a faulty ESC or if this is a common problem and there is a solution.

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Markee Markee
10/2/2019 5:28 PM

Umm. Electric motors have been pulling train cars around the world since 1879. Grass to much for a walmart bike with a drill motor power plant I guess.

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Nighttrain Nighttrain
10/2/2019 5:45 PM
Markee wrote:

Umm. Electric motors have ...more

Very true but there’s not many battery driven trains. Is there a way to make a PW50 or JR50 even quieter so as to be a back yard bike in a subdivision?

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SEE ARE125 SEE ARE125
10/2/2019 5:47 PM

My son just turned 3 and rides the 12” on the middle yellow setting in our yard. Maintaining our lawn is sort of a hobby of mine, so our grass is pretty thick and I cut it tall(4.25”) in the summer months. I’ve heard of this being an issue, but I haven’t experienced it myself, and he’s WFO everywhere he goes.

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BMc914 BMc914
10/2/2019 5:56 PM

Drill some more vent holes or bigger holes. Getting a little more air flow might help.

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731chopper 731chopper
10/2/2019 5:59 PM
BMc914 wrote:

Drill some more vent holes ...more

That’s what I’m thinking or maybe make a duct to blow air over the ESC.

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BMc914 BMc914
10/2/2019 6:12 PM

Wonder if you could wire and fit a small computer fan some where.

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CivBars CivBars
10/2/2019 6:17 PM

Grass tires
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soopah noviss soopah noviss
10/2/2019 6:26 PM

Yes. We've experienced the same issue with ours. We have (2) 16" models and they have been problematic from day one. My boys (3 + 5 YO, <50 lbs )ride them on a combination of pavement, grass and a compacted dirt track. I would say they do ride them pretty aggressively but certainly nothing I would consider abuse/misuse. I’ve replaced the throttle assembly, battery, gearbox, ESC and the motor before the issue was resolved.

One just recently started acting up again and blowing fuses. Installed a new motor and ESC a couple days ago (3rd one) and it’s behaving…for now. I believe the motors are the weak link in the chain here. I would reach out to CS and explain the issue. They will likely tell you the motor needs to be replaced and may offer a discount code. The problem is catching these while they are in stock. If/when they finally do appear, they go quick. Good luck.

'20 CRF250R
'20 KTM SX-E5
'18 CRF50
'15 PW 50
(2) STACYC 16eDrives

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GuyB GuyB
10/2/2019 8:24 PM
731chopper wrote:

I get that but this is ...more

Gotcha. I also get that grass makes for a much better landing spot. 😀

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CivBars CivBars
10/2/2019 8:56 PM

That grass looks pretty thick to me! We don't ride in grass and have never had any issues. Sorry to hear about everyone's bad experiences.

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mx216 mx216
10/2/2019 9:04 PM
GuyB wrote:

Pedal a mountain bike ...more

731chopper wrote:

I get that but this is ...more

The Oset system is way more robust than the Stacyc. The stacyc is more like a power wheels in the electrical department. Stacyc is meant for hard dirt and concrete and some mild grass riding. You're gonna be hard pressed to get that electrical system to handle the loads grass will put on it.

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mikec265 mikec265
10/3/2019 6:13 AM

I've never seen these Stacyc issues brought up before. My kids would be destroying parts on it.
They ran the crap out of a cheap Razor bike for a year before killing it. Don't get them muddy or wet and you'll get more than $250 worth of fun for sure.

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sesker15 sesker15
10/3/2019 7:14 AM

Is that what that yellow button means on the throttle after riding for sometime? Overheating?

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kage173 kage173
10/3/2019 7:23 AM

How about just buying the kid a bicycle? Gimme a break on kids learning throttle control.

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SEE ARE125 SEE ARE125
10/3/2019 7:45 AM
sesker15 wrote:

Is that what that yellow ...more

From what I recall, the LED means two different things. First, as I’m sure you know, whatever color the LED is when not giving it throttle is the power mode it’s on.
Red = Low
Yellow= Medium
Green = Fast

Then when you turn the throttle, the LED will change to indicate battery level.
Green = Full battery
Yellow = Partially full battery
Red = Low Battery

Again, it’s been a while since I read the manual, but that’s how I remember it.

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BMc914 BMc914
10/3/2019 7:46 AM
kage173 wrote:

How about just buying the ...more

Most kids have both. We like to have options so my son has all four. Staycyc,bicycle,stider,and PW 50. He messes around on all of them just depends what he wants that day.

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mxpro252 mxpro252
10/3/2019 8:30 AM

My son ran into overheating when riding his 12” in grass. I don’t think your bike has a unique issue. The Stacycs just don’t seem handle heavy loads well.

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mxpro252 mxpro252
10/3/2019 8:33 AM
kage173 wrote:

How about just buying the ...more

I down voted you for your bizarre assumption about why kids have these bikes. As stated above, most kids with these e-bikes also have a pedal bike. Mine started riding one of his multiple pedal bikes on his own just after learning to ride his Stacyc at 2 (with impressive throttle control). Feel free to raise your kids how you want but maybe don’t criticize others for teaching their kids useful motor skills.

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rob27ma rob27ma
10/3/2019 9:01 AM

We've had overheating problems on my son's as well. We've also had to replace 3 gear boxes and 2 motors since purchasing last summer. The most recent issue was the fuse melting.

The bikes are fun, but they definitely could be built better.

For reference, my son also has a PW50 which he has way more time on it and almost no issues over the last 2 years. Also, he spends a ton of time on his pedal bike, the stacyc is just another fun toy.

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731chopper 731chopper
10/3/2019 9:55 AM
kage173 wrote:

How about just buying the ...more

My boys have both. Odd comment from you considering this is a motorcycle forum...

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Mr. Afterbar Mr. Afterbar
10/3/2019 10:06 AM
BMc914 wrote:

Drill some more vent holes ...more

731chopper wrote:

That’s what I’m thinking ...more

Absolutely. I'm not sure where the ESC is mounted on a stacyc, but the more air flow, the better. I'd recommend a fan directly on the ESC if possible. The air flow at the speeds these go won't do much. Also, not sure if there is a way to change the gearing on these, but that would help too.

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kb228 kb228
10/3/2019 10:07 AM

Im kindof with guyb. Even that short grass is much harder to pedal through. Easy way to rule it out is to ride on the sidewalk.

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early early
10/3/2019 10:24 AM
kb228 wrote:

Im kindof with guyb. Even ...more

Doesn't change the shoddy components. It should be able to handle some grass.

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