Guest Blog – By Jeff Johnson
Electric Bike Conversion Kit: How to Choose the Best One
Electric bikes are becoming more commonplace — from enjoying a more exciting ride to the ability to carry more weight with the added power, there is a lot that an e-bike can offer for every type of bicyclist. If you’re new to e-bikes, you’re probably wondering whether to buy a new e-bike or convert your existing bike to an electric bike.
E-bike conversion kits are the most popular option when you want to switch to electric bikes. This is because they are an easier and cheaper option for many of us who don’t have the cash to buy a brand new e-bike. There are a number of e-bike conversion kits available in the market. How do you choose the best one?
Consider Your Riding Needs and Budget
When it comes to buying an e-bike conversion kit, you’ll want to get a kit that suits your riding needs and budget. Do you plan using your e-bike for commuting to work? Is it for leisure cycling or mountain biking? Is it to help you get over hills or carrying groceries or other small cargo? Each of these scenarios will help you decide what conversion kit best suits your needs.
Think of compatibility too. Is your standard bike compatible with the e-bike conversion kit? Your budget plays a key role in choosing the best e-bike conversion kit. Conversion kits range from $1800 to cheaper $250 kits. Ultimately, you get exactly what you pay for. Different factors may determine the pricing but you should get the best conversion kit you can afford for your budget.
Where is The Conversion Kit Made and Assembled?
If you read e-bike conversion kit reviews from different sources online, you’ll definitely find mixed reactions from different customers regarding the quality and reliability of the conversion kits. To ensure you’re only buying the very best kit in the market for your riding needs, make sure to do some background homework on the where the kit is manufactured and assembled.
While most e-bike conversion kit parts are made in Asia, it’s advisable to go for American made or assembled e-bike conversion kits. Companies that specialize in assembling and selling conversion kits are the ideal pick due to their dedicated approach to meeting quality standards and ensuring customer satisfaction. Such companies also provide reliable support services and are able to handle orders and meet your needs more efficiently.
Look for the Right Features
If you want the best e-bike conversion kit, then it has to meet your specific riding requirements to ensure an enjoyable riding experience. What type of motor suits your needs? Do you want a direct-drive motor or a geared hub motor for your e-bike? What about the battery size? Do you want to increase your cycling range or just some extra power to run a few more errands on your e-bike?
What about e-bike controls? Maybe you want a combination of pedal assist control and throttle control. E-bike conversion kits vary from one brand to another, but the difference may not be that huge as the basic concept for all e-bikes is pretty much the same: a battery, a motor and controls. Some conversion kits may come complete with everything you need including controls while others may only have only basic parts needed for the conversion.
Compare Conversion Kits and Options
Compare the different conversion kits and options available in the market. From hi-torque motor kits to hub-based kits, extra-powerful conversion kits with robust batteries to drivetrain e-bike motor kits, there are different options to choose from. Choosing the best one is all about knowing what is on offer and selecting a kit that best meets your riding needs.
Read E-Bike Reviews
Read online reviews about different e-bike conversion kits you’re interested in. You want to make sure that you’re buying your kit from a reputable vendor with a reputation for selling high-quality products and offering reliable support. What are customers saying about the kits? If they are happy and providing positive feedback, you could consider purchasing the kit.
Reading reviews alone will not help you get the best e-bike conversion kit. The best kit should be easy to install and maintain, ensure a smooth and simple ride and have easily available kit components to ensure simple serviceability.
Jeff Johnson is an e-bike enthusiast based in Colorado with a love for testing new e-bikes on the market. When he’s not testing and reviewing new e-bikes, find him off-road biking on one of his converted mountain bikes, made with a kit from LEED Electric Bike.