Here is an electric bike kit guide that I have put together for you to help sort out what kits are available for your bicycle. Some of these kits are just for converting your current bicycle to electric and other kits will only be speced on new complete ebikes. I will continue to add to this list as I come across more ebike kits.
Electric Bike Hub Motor Kits
Hub motor kits are the “norm” these days and they are a great way to power an ebike.
Clean Republic offers one of the more economical front hub motor kits. It looks like it is very easy to install and remove if you want to return your bike to a regular bike. Use this Clean Republic coupon code to get $5 off your order: peteprebus
Falco E-Motors makes electric bike kits with 5 phase direct drive motors in a variety of sizes and with the option of a wireless display!
Leed E-Bike Kits offers a wide variety of economical front hub motor kits with lithium batteries.
The Bionx electric bike kit is a very refined system that is becoming a standard kit for bike manufacturer’s to use for their electric bikes. Uses a rear hub motor design. Bionx is one of the “cleanest” electric bike conversion kits. Here are my thoughts on the Bionx electric bike kit.
The E-Bike Kit offers a wide variety of front or rear hub (geared or direct drive) motors with options for lithium ion or lead acid batteries.
The eZee electric bike kit has been around for a while and uses a front hub motor. This is one of the more economical kits.
Currie Technologies (Izip, Ezip) offers an economical rear hub motor kit.
Want a kit with a lot of power? Check out the Crystalyte rear hub kits. Please note that some of their kits go above the US limit of 750 watts and 20 mph to still be considered a bicycle. High power kits will make your bike a moped and should abide by the laws of a moped. Oh and be careful 🙂
Speaking of higher power here are the Phantom motors. See note above about high power kits.
Golden Motor offers front and rear hub motors. You can actually use their motors in both wheels if you want!
Amped Bikes has hub motors for front or rear hubs.
Mid Drive Electric Bike Kits
Mid drive motor kits allows the motor to power through the drivetrain or gears of the bicycle. This allows you to climb steep hills by using the electric assist in the lower gears of your bike.
Bafang is now offering a mid drive that fits in a traditional bike frame bottom bracket.
EcoSpeed offers what looks like a very solid mid drive kit.
Mid drive kits only available on complete bikes:
The Bosch eBike System is an electric bike kit that locates the motor at the cranks of the bike which requires a special bike frame.
Shimano will be offering their STEPS mid drive on complete bikes soon.
Friction Drive Electric Bike Kits
The Electric Bike Factory makes a kit that has a roller that rubs on the top of the bike tire to power the bike.
Electric Bike Trailer
Yes that’s right…..a bike trailer that has an electric bike kit that pushes your bike! Checkout RideKick for more info.
So far that is it. I will be adding more kits to this list as I come across them; so stay tuned!
If you know of other electric bike kits that I should add, please leave a comment below.
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