You have likely seen people riding their electric bikes and think it looks fun. However, after seeing some of the prices on ebikes, you're probably worried about spending a lot of money. Plus, you like the feel of the bike you have. You just wish it were a little easier to pedal.
Electric bike conversion kits may provide a solution to your problems. They are an inexpensive way to turn your traditional bike into an ebike.
But you must ask yourself: Are electric bike conversion kits worth it?
We'll show you some of the ebike conversion kits we like and how to install them. Then you can decide whether to convert your traditional bike into an ebike.
Electric Bike 36V/250W DC Motor Brush Conversion Kit
The Electric Bike DC Motor Brush Conversion Kit provides the essential components to turn your traditional bike into an electric bike. This kit includes the following:
- 24V/36V 250W rare earth DC motor
- Freewheel adapter
- Motor controller
- Mounting plate and bolts
- Handle with throttle and brake lever
- Switch and key
- User manual
Like most ebike conversion kits, you must buy or build the battery pack separately.
Waterproof Electric Bike 48V 1200W 700C Conversion Kit (Rear/LCD/Twist)
This Waterproof Electric Bike 48V 1200W 700C Conversion Kit has a hub motor installed on a double-walled rim. All you need to do is swap your tire. You will still be able to use your brakes and freewheel. However, it does include a pedal-assist system/brake levers.
The kit has an LED display, but you can upgrade to an LCD showing battery percentage, speed, trip distance, wattage, pedal-assist levels, headlight switch, and error codes. The battery pack is sold separately.
Rear Wheel 26”x1.75” LCD Display 48V/1000W E-Bike Conversion Kit
The Rear Wheel 48V/1000W E-Bike Conversion Kit provides a powerful motor for speed and distance. The 1000W 48V brushless hub motor comes pre-installed on the complete 26" wheelset, which includes the tire. In addition, your ebike conversion kit comes to you with the following:
- LCD that shows battery, power, time, speed, mileage, and gears
- Electric controller with two brake pullers
- Speed throttle with two handlebar grips
- Pedal Assistance System (PAS) with controller bag
- Battery connection cable
- Fuse, rope, cable ties
This ebike conversion kit does not come with a battery.
How Do You Install an Electric Bike Conversion Kit?
Ebike conversion kit manufacturers will have specific instructions for their models, but here are some general steps to get you started:
- Secure your bike in a stand to keep it stationary. A bike stand with adjustable heights will allow you to stay comfortable while installing the components.
- Remove the original parts according to the kit's instructions. For example, some conversion kits require you to replace the entire wheel.
- Install the motor first. Once it's in place, you can add the battery and controller.
- If your kit comes with a pedal assist system (PAS), you will also need to install that.
- After installing everything, take your newly converted ebike for a test ride.
These are general steps, and the exact process will depend on the conversion kit you purchase. If you are still deciding whether to install your ebike conversion kit, consider taking it to a professional technician with the skills and tools to do it for you.
What to Consider When Shopping for an Electric Bike Conversion Kit
When shopping for an electric bike conversion kit, there are several key factors to consider:
Make sure the kit is compatible with your bike. Different kits are designed for various types of bikes, so it's essential to check if the ebike conversion kit will fit your frame, wheel size, and other components.
Type of Kit
Most ebike conversion kits are either hub motor kits or mid-drive kits. Each has its pros and cons. Hub motor kits are installed on either the front or rear wheel hub. They are usually cheaper and easier to install. Hub motors are good for casual riding and flat terrains.
Mid-drive motors are located near the pedals in the center of the bike. They provide better balance and efficiency and are more suitable for hilly terrains.
Some kits are easier to install than others. Consider your skill level when choosing a conversion kit.
Battery Type and Placement
Ebike conversion kits typically use two types of batteries. Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are more common and known for their reliability and longevity. Lithium-polymer (LiPo) batteries are lighter but don’t last as long.
The placement of the batter is also important, as it can affect your bike’s balance and handling. Some conversion kits come with rear-rack mounted batteries, while others have integrated options.
Power and Speed
More power means faster speeds and the ability to tackle steeper hills. However, more power also means a more rapid drain on the battery.
You will want to look for kits from reputable manufacturers with good warranties. Read reviews from other customers to see what they say about the kit's quality and performance.
Check the regulations in your area regarding ebikes. Some trail systems and municipalities have restrictions on power and speed.
Making Your Final Decision
When you've narrowed your choices, go through the following steps to make a well-informed final decision.
Identify Your Needs
Consider the primary use of your ebike. Will you use it for your daily commute to work, leisurely riding on paved trails or off-road mountain biking? This can help you decide on the placement and power of the motor.
Determine Your Budget
Decide how much you're willing to spend. More expensive is sometimes better; however, while a cheaper kit may cost less upfront, you may pay more for repairs or be dissatisfied with its speed and power.
Compare Power and Battery Life
Consider how fast and far you want to ride. If you plan to ride long distances, consider using a higher voltage and amp-hours battery.
Consider Customer Service
Look for a company with a reputation for excellent customer service that will be available if you have any questions or problems.
1.What types of bikes are compatible with electric bike conversion kits?
Most traditional bikes can be converted into an ebike, but you will want to check the compatibility of any conversion kit you use.
2.How much does an electric bike conversion kit cost?
The cost of an electric bike conversion kit can vary depending on the motor's type and power and the components' quality.
3.What's the difference between a brush and a brushless motor?
A brush motor is mechanically driven, while a brushless motor is electronically driven.
Electric Bike Paradise
With an ebike conversion kit, you can easily convert a traditional bike into an electronic ebike. Electric Bike Paradise has a variety of ebike conversion kits to choose from. However, if you want to avoid converting your bike, we also have a wide selection of ebikes to fit any budget.
Contact us, and we will help you find what you need.