Differences Between 50 L and V

Revision as of 10:54, 11 May 2010 by Hatepickler (talk | contribs)

Contrary to popular opinion, you can't just bolt a variator onto a 50L to turn it into an optimally running 50V.

A few of the differences between the 50L and 50V models are (for those interested in converting):

  • Rear (wheel) sprocket tooth count (L=44 V=54)
  • Front (pulley) Sprocket tooth count (L=13 V=11)
  • Chain length (approx. L=92 V=104)
  • Belt tension spring (V spring is much stiffer)
  • Spring retaining clip (V has a longer hook)

Add to that list, the lever on the driven pulley, it’s a different shape and the gear engagement gap is much deeper on the 50V version.

There are probably more differences, but these are all I've noticed so far. . .

  • (This is based on comparison of a 1977 50L to a 1978 50V)

Added 5/11/10: Also, if you're converting to the variator from the dimoby, you need the variator guard and two brackets to hold it in place. Per BJ at Handybikes, the brackets are part numbers F17661 and F17354.