Want to build your own e-bike? Jeff Jones, maker of fully rigid off-road bicycles and components, just launched the perfect frameset for you to do just that – The Jones Plus LWB HD/e.
Those acronyms stand for Long Wheel Base and Heavy Duty/ebike. Its arrival is huge news for Jones Bikes, being the debut frameset of a new Jones Motorbikes brand. Here’s the details…
Jones Motorbikes is home to the familiar Jones Bikes frames you’re used to, only with electric motors. Jones have taken their Plus LWB frame and made a few key alterations to make it stronger and stiffer to withstand the additional forces associated with ebikes.
Jones Plus LWB HD/e
The information in this video is everything we know about Jones Motorbikes so far. But, for those of you who don’t want to watch a 4:30 video, here’s a quick summary:
The Jones Plus LWB HD/e is almost the same as the original Plus long wheelbase bicycle, only stronger, stiffer, a little heavier, and the chainstay is one inch longer. Why longer stays? Jones says the longer rear center helps prevent unintentional wheelies when the motor engages, and it permits sufficient chainring clearance for compatibility with mid-drive motors such as those offered by Bafang.
The frame has a standard threaded BB (not an oversized eccentric version), helping to save a little on weight and allow space enough for the installation of bottom bracket motor kits. Chainring clearance is massive allowing the fitment of up to a 50T chainring.
The LWB HD/e gets heat-treated Chromoly tubing that’s thicker with different butting profiles from the standard LWB to add strength and stiffness, making the frame more suitable for carrying big loads. In keeping with that intention, the bike gets a kickstand so you can prop it up fully loaded with all your bikepacking gear.
Jeff Jones calls this a DIY e-bike. That’s because you can pick up a frameset and spec it how you like, with the mid-drive motor and battery pack of your choice tailored to the power and/or range you need. It is specifically made to become an e-bike.
Pricing & Availability
The Jones Plus LWB HD/e is available as a frameset with either a uni-crown or Truss fork (in steel or titanium). It will also be available as a stock complete non-motorized bike, and as a complete ebike with a number of choices of motor size and battery pack. Hang in there for pricing info, we’ll update as we get it.