We have put together a guide to assist you in purchasing an electric bike kit.
Having arrived at the Electric Biker website, I’m sure you are already curious about the features and benefits of electric bikes and might be wondering if investing in a conversion kit is the way to go for you
OK, let’s talk about some of the benefits. Over 90% of non-electric pedal cycles and tricycles can be converted with one system or another. So a bike you already own, the one that has been sitting at the back of a shed for years, or one that you use regularly can, in most cases, be the basis for electrically assisted cycling. Something really important to point out about kits is that if at some time in the future you decide to change your bike, it can be removed and fitted to another bike. Alternatively, you may be thinking of buying a new or used bike with the intention of converting it yourself or having it converted for you.
Types of Kits Available
There are currently 3 types of kits available
- Front Hub Motor
- Rear Hub Motor
- Mid Drive Motor
The most common kits have hub motors that can be either geared with a set of internal planetary reduction gears that drive the hub mechanically, or direct drive, which takes the power coming from a motor without the use of reduction gears.
These type of kits come with the motor already built into a front or rear wheel and replace the existing wheel. They are available in a range of sizes, commonly 20”, 26” and 700c or 28”.
One important thing to check before choosing a kit is will the forks accommodate the motor wheel? The crucial measurement is the distance between the front or rear forks where the axle locates. Electric Biker kits typically have a distance of 99mm at the front and 135mm at at the rear. Forks made from aluminum or steel can be spread or pulled closer together to a degree to fit the hub motor axle and there are acceptable tolerances of between +/- 5mm for this measurement. If there is a larger discrepancy, please seek expert advice.