What are e-bike conversion kits?
Electric bike conversion kits are exactly what they say on the tin; it's the addition of a electric motor system to a regular bike.
The usually contain a hub motor, a battery and controller system to deliver a ride experience similar to that on a bespoke electric bike.
These three parts work in unison to deliver electric power to a wheel, or through the pedal crank to add to the power you can produce with your legs.
Wheel powerThese type of systems deploy their power through a hub motor on the wheel, helping deliver assistance in a way exactly like bespoke electric bikes. These are our favourite kind of electric bike conversion kits, and probably the most popular out there.
Mid-drive MotorPotentially the least discreet conversion format, mid-drive motors are attached to the pedal crank, and deliver their power by helping you turn the front gear via the chain. These types of system may also require quite a bit of manual assembly to instal.
Friction DriveThese kits might look the strangest, but their concept is simple. A motor and battery unit attached to the saddle post has a wheel that spins and in turn helps drive the rear tyre around. Friction drive systems may lack the sensitivity and feel of the other kits.
Electroheads recommends - The Boost conversion kit
The easiest, most reliable, and highest performing option when it comes to electric bike conversions.
The Boost kit can be installed at your local bike shop, will fit almost every standard bicycle and delivers an organic and satisfying electric assistance that matches the ride experience of a bespoke electric bike.
We highly recommend their product as the go-to for anyone looking to upgrade thei bike.
Are electric bike conversion kits legal?
Yes! Electric bike conversion kits are legal provided they meet electric bike regulations where you are – so we highly recommend researching your local law.
For example, in the UK, the motor component in the kit must not exceed 250W of power, and the system cannot have a dedicated throttle that is deploys power without the need to pedal.
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