E-Bike Kit: Specs, Pictures, & Video for Geared Front Motor & Lead Acid Battery.
The E-Bike Kit that recently arrived for riding and review.
This is the 350 watt geared front hub motor with 36V 9ah lead acid battery kit.
E-Bike Kit offers other kits including front or rear direct drive hub motors, rear hub geared motors, and lithium ion batteries. They offer their kits in many wheel sizes: 700C, 26″, 24″ and 20″.
In this post I will go over the specifications and installation of the kit. There are a bunch of pictures as well as a video that should give you a good idea of what this kit is like.
In the next article I will give you the full review with info on what the ride is like, pros, cons, and more.
E-Bike Kit: Geared Front Motor & Lead Acid Battery Specs
Motor: Internally geared hub motor with 6-bolt ISO disc brake rotor mount, quick connect/disconnect waterproof wiring
Power: 350 watt continuous with 450 watt peaks
Wheel: USA hand built wheel w/ heavy duty double-walled/eyeletted rim & steel spokes
Hub Weight: 7 Pounds
Battery: Lead acid 36 volt 9 ah battery, assembled in the USA, professionally soldered wiring, Anderson Powerpole Connectors
Charging Time: 2Amp Charger = 2Amps per Hour. 9ah battery = 9/2 = 4.5 hours
Cycle Life: 250+ (charge – discharge cycles before nominal capacity falls below 80%)
Battery Bag: Durable handle, reflective strip for safety, extra wide velcro straps for securing to a rear rack
Controller: 36/48V 20A brushless motor controller, 3-wire intelligent controller with on/off toggle switch, easy connect waterproof connectors
Throttles: 2 included in the kit: 1 thumb & 1 split-twist
E-Brake Levers: “Left, Right, or None” E-brakes w/ TRS connectors; equipped with switches to cancel electric assist when brake is engaged
Max Speed: 20 mph
Range: Range is between 14-34 Miles (rider weight, rider input and terrain contingent)
Warranty: 1 Year
Price: $668 (at the time of the review)
Voltage Note: The E-BikeKit electric bike conversion kit system will work with any 36v or 48v e-bike battery pack.
Installation of the E-Bike Kit
E-Bike Kit has an extensive tutorial on their website on how to install their kit on almost any kind of bike. They have easy to follow videos and text versions of the installation guide as well as downloadable owner’s manual, installation guide, and a maintenance guide.
Overall the installation of the E-Bike Kit was pretty easy and straight forward.
What you will see in the box when you order an E-Bike Kit.
The E-Bike Kit unboxed in preparation for installation on the Critical Cycles fixie.
From clockwise: The hand-built front wheel, an E-Bike Kit t-shirt, the controller, brake levers, 2 throttles (thumb throttle and half twist grip throttle = you decide which is best for you), throttle/brake cable connector & extension cable, small parts, installation guide, charger, battery and bag.
A Closer Look at the E-Bike Kit
This video and the following pictures will give you an idea of what this kit looks like and how it all goes together.
The 350 watt (450 watt peak) geared front hub motor.
The E-Bike Kit has a quick disconnect at the motor as well as all of the other cables.
The E-Bike Kit comes with a torque arm to spread the motor force along the fork.
Here is the torque arm and the bolts for mounting a disc brake rotor.
The E-Bike Kit comes with a hand built wheel with a double-walled/eyeletted rim.
This is the thumb throttle. The E-Bike Kit also comes with a more traditional half twist grip throttle and grip. You get to decide which throttle works best for you.
The brake levers that come with the E-Bike Kit have built in switches that will stop the electric assist when the brake lever is pulled. The cable from the brake lever connects to the controller that I placed in the battery bag.
The electrical cable routing is under the top tube, the brake cable (orange) runs on top. The 3 electrical cables are: the motor, the throttle, and the brake lever (electrical).
This is the durable battery bag that has Velcro straps that mount it to the rear rack. Note that the rear rack is not included in the kit.
Here is the controller and the 36V 9ah lead acid battery in the battery bag.
The 36V 9ah lead acid battery.
The controller has 3 cables attaching to it, all with quick connect/disconnect wires: the motor, the throttle/brakes, and the battery.
This is the on/off switch on the other side of the controller. It was easy to access the switch by unzipping a little bit of the battery bag.
This is the charging plug from the battery.
And here is the E-Bike Kit charger.
Not a bad looking bike or view!
Out test riding the E-Bike Kit on the Critical Cycles Fixie!
Here is a link to E-Bike Kit for more information on their kits.
Now, go to the full review of this kit!
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We’ll spoke their hub onto your critical rim for you if you’d like… would be nice to see the rims match. How’s the handling with the front hub motor? We’re curious about that.
Hi Mitch, thanks for the offer on the spoking but the Critical Cycles rim is 32 holes and the motor is 36 holes.
The handling of the front hub motor is pretty good. You do need to be a little careful in gravel but at 350 watts it is not that bad.
Is there any differences in the gear chain of normal bike and Electrical bike?
Hi Bvk, traditional bike chains will work with an electric bike. There are some chains that are designed for the higher stress that mid drive motors put on them. Taya for example has some eBike specific chains.