Is my bike Suitable for Conversion to Electric?
Most bikes can be converted to electric, however some bikes can be converted easier than others
The notes below will provide information to make your conversion as easy as possible
Steel or Chrome Molly frames are considered the best, as they are strongest. Aluminium frames with sturdy forks can be used for a front wheel conversion, or a rear wheel conversion is always fairly secure. Early Carbon fibre frames were not considered appropriate for conversion, as they were not believed to be designed strong enough. However current Carbon Fibre is considered as good as steel or Chrome Molly
The stronger the dropouts (where the axle sits in), the better your bike will handle a motor with torque running through the axle. This is not an issue with the road legal 250W kits but will need to be considered when using the 500W and 1000W conversions. The axle on the motorized hub wheel is extra thick, but is trimmed to fit standard dropouts, it is 10mm wide across its flat sides, which will fit in most dropouts (your bike may require some paint in the dropouts to be filed away).
If you have "Lawyer Lips" (a concaved ridge around the bottom of the dropouts, normally for 'easy drop-out wheels), you'll need to ask us for C washers when you order, to allow a flat tight surface to tighten your nuts against
Many bikes have the brake lever and gear shifter integrated into one unit. Some conversion kits will supply a brake lever kit with their conversion kit and tell you that they are not required if you have integrated gear and brake levers. At Electric Biker we supply all kits with “in line” electric brake sensors that are activated at the same time as the existing brake lever. The cabling for these sensors is integrated into the electric bike wiring harness and there are dedicated plugs in the wiring harness for easy connection
Electric bike kite are suitable for cable and hydraulic operated disk brake applications
There are two primary styles of battery. The rack style battery that sits on a rack at the rear of the bike and the bottle type battery that is attached to the frame where the water bottle would normally be positioned
Rack style - Mounting the battery above the rear wheel distributes the weight between the front and rear wheels. The drawback is the weight is high and at the back of the bike. If you are intending to use a rear rack you will need some attachment points holes near the rear dropouts, and also on the seat stays to bolt to. If you have a full suspension bike, it is more difficult to securely fit the battery to a rear rack.
Electric biker racks are supplied with a rack which is also usable as a normal carry rack. The battery is removable and can be charged on or off the bike. The battery slides in and out of a carrier and is locked in place with a key
Bottle type – Keeps the weight lower and more central on the bike. This offers better weight distribution particularly with rear mount conversions. The battery mounts onto the existing water bottle mounting brackets