The wait is over!
2 x V2 batteries.
2 x V2 charging extensions
1 x V2 charger
Fantastic service from freebuys.it. Left Italy on Tuesday, arrived in Hong Kong on Thursday. The only place I could find it all in stock. Hong Kong distributors don't even know it exists yet. My enquiry was the first that they had heard about V2 EPS. So, the good news for anybody waiting the availability is that at least it is now shipping from the factory.
1 set is for a new bike build (Moots Psyclo X RSL Disc, semi built just waiting for these parts). The other set is to replace a V1 set up on my Moots Road RSL. Both are SR EPS.
Both have a PF BB30, but I am in no rush to try Over Torque. I have never had a problem with the Ultra Torque cups, I love the SR Ti cranks, and I can't flex them. Plus, I really don't like the look of that fiddly non-driveside, specific tool atachment. Somebody else can be the guinea pig for that one!
Both bikes already have the V1 control unit fitted, so I will be able to confirm/deny the interchangability of V1 and V2. I wanted to test the compatability before outlaying for 2 new control units. The lack of onboard diagnostics isn't a concern. If something isn't working, it isn't that big a deal to trace back manually. Also, I couldn't face the pain (literally!) of peeling back the lever hoods to remove the side panel to change over the shifter wires. I still have the scars from the last time and have only just stopped swearing after the experience!
I won't be drilling a hole in my frame to thread the charging cable through. Instead, I will fit the charging extension (already fitted in the open box shot below) and attach it internally to my seatpost. A bit of a pain to remove the seatpost to charge it, but that is such a rare occurence that I am not bothered, and the whole set up will look much neater. Also, it does no harm to remove the seatpost every now and again to check for moisture (not too much of an issue internally on a ti frame), and regrease the post (more of a concern with a ti frame and to seapost in terms of corrosion).
What I can confirm already:
1) It is definitely a new charging connector (so you will need a new charger).
2) It is perceivably lighter in the hand, even without scales.
3) The charging interface is really delicate. You need to align a tiny notch in both the male and female connectors, then screw down a very fine threaded lock nut. Much more delicate than V1.
3) Why didn't they just do this first time around? This lot nearly cost US$1,200! That is a ridiculous amount of money for a couple of batteries, some spare wire and a charger. Plus the US$50 for the installation tool. I know that the R&D and tooling was probably considerable, and they need to amortize it over what must be failry low production niche volumes, but seriously?!
More news as it breaks.........
This will be one of the lucky recipients. Wave goodbye to that big bulge beneath the down tube! I have a couple of small dome head allen bolts to plug the holes. At least I still have the mounts 'just in case' (of what I don't know - I can't see me going back to an external battery).