Please read below the Frequently Asked Questions that we get asked. If there are any questions that you have that are not listed please let us know so we can answer you and we can get added to this page.
Are your Electric Bike Kits Easy to Install? Yes, our electric bike conversion kits are generally simple to install on regular bikes. All requires parts will fit directly onto 90% of bikes without any modifications needed. You will only need basic tools such as screwdrivers, spanners, align keys etc to complete the conversion.
Fitting a front wheel conversion is easier to install than a rear as you avoid having to interfere with your rear cog set. A rear wheel conversion will require you to realign your gearing so there is some more technical work required.
Detailed installation instructions are provided with kits. You should aim to have the conversion completed within an afternoon presuming you are pretty handy.
Is my bike suitable to be converted? Yes, our electric bike conversion kits can be fitted to most bikes. Some bikes may need some additional work to ensure every part fits.
The main thing to check is that you have enough clearance between your forks to house your electric motor. You need 100mm between the front forks and 135mm between the rear forks.
Which conversion kit is best for me? It’s difficult to say really as all bikers differ in their needs. 250w conversion kits are popular as they are suitable for road use in the UK and EU. These will cut out at 15mph as per the speed limit for electric bikes. 500w conversion kits are popular as they have just over double the torque power than a 250w kit helping you on the hills and giving you speeds of upto and including 30mph. 1000w conversion kits are more popular with the speed thriving off road bikers as you can easily achieve 35mph. If you’re after more torque power then the mid drive kits could be for you. (more on these shortly)
Do I go with a front or rear wheel? Again, it’s difficult to say as all bikers needs differ. Main advantage of a front wheel conversion is the ease of fitting. There is no need for derailleur adjustment and you keep your current gear set up, popular if you have a high number of gears. The main disadvantage of a front wheel conversion is decreased grip when riding on steep inclines in wet conditions.
A rear conversion will of course mean more work on your behalf when installing your conversion kit. You will need to adjust your rear derailleur, adjust the stopper on the free wheel, lose some gears (depending on what your existing set up was) but you will benefit from better grip in all weather conditions.
What are the benefits of a Mid Drive Motor? Some of the most refined electric bikes on the market are mid drives. Up until recently, if you wanted a mid-drive electric bike/conversion kit you were restricted to buying an under powered, overpriced 250w electric bike. But now mid drive units are better than ever. They have become easier to fit, easier to ride, and have more torque power than ever meaning you will climb hills much easier compared to a hub motor.
Positioning of the motor has many advantages. Having the motor positioned low and centralised gives you a more balanced feel. The motor works through the bikes gears so the RPM keeps up in your bikes efficient range (More range per battery Ah). Keeping the motor in its best RPM range means lower peak amps drawn from the battery.
No more broken spokes from hitting potholes or kerbs and no difference to changing a flat tyre.
Will your Bafang Mid Drive Motors fit my bike? The Bafang BBS02 conversion kit will fit to a range of road, hybrid, cargo and mountain bikes. These kits are compatible with bikes with a 68mm to 73mm width bottom bracket with standard thread.
Do I have to pedal/Do I get a Throttle? You don’t need to pedal as you will receive a throttle with all conversion kits. Pedalling (pedal assist) is what helps give you the range. You can use just the throttle with no need to pedal but this will deplete the range.
Can I ride my electric bike in the rain? Yes you can ride in the rain but we recommend when you get to your destination wipe all electrical parts over with a cloth so you don’t leave any excess water sitting on components. We also recommend that you don’t submerge parts into water or use a jet washer to clean your bike as water can seep into the openings and cause damage. You can take extra steps like wrapping electrical wires in electrical tape and sealing connectors with silicone if you like although this isn’t a requirement.
How many miles range will I get per charge? This all depends on certain aspects like terrain, rider weight and more importantly how you ride the bike. We advertise 25-30 (36v Battery and 20-25 miles 48v Battery) but you can get more than this. To extend your range we recommend using just the lower levels of pedal assist and avoid using the throttle as this will deplete your range.
How long will my battery last? By looking after your battery you can expect your battery to last 3-4 years or 800-1000 charging cycles. To get the most from your battery please check our “Look after your battery” page
Will I save money using an electric bike/conversion kit? Yes you will. The average cost to charge up a battery is roughly 7p that will then get you roughly 25-30 miles while also keeping you fit and healthy. Think of the savings you will make on fuel and gym membership.