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Can you convert a regular bike to electric? In most cases, yes. Modern bikes are generally straight forward to convert to electric. Here is a guide to help you decide if your bike can be converted.
Find your bike style below to get an idea if it will be easy to convert to electric. We suggest you get in touch with us to make a final confirmation. The easiest way is to fill in the online bike check and we will let you know.
Here are some points to note when you are deciding if your bike can be made electric. If in doubt, contact us or use the online bike check.
The bottom bracket is the part of your bike where the pedals are mounted. When we fit a motor, we remove your pedals and the motor fits through this tube in your frame. Right now we can fit to BSA (English), BB86, BB92, PF30 bottom bracket tubes. Guide.
Some frames have very little space for batteries. Especially step through style frames and full suspension mountain bikes. Usually we can fit a rear carrier and mount the battery on that or fit the battery under the frame.
If your bike has coaster, or brakes you operate by pedaling backwards, these brakes will no longer work when a motor is fitted. Ideally your bike will have a rear brake operated by a hand lever.
If your bike has a carbon fiber frame, the thickness of the carbon around the bottom bracket may prevent the motor from fitting. Sometimes this can be fixed by removing some carbon from the frame or material from the motor.
If your road or touring bike has drop bars, the levers and throttles can not be fitted. In order to fit the throttle a accessory mount needs to be fitted. You can still use the conversion system with out the throttle.
Paul converted his 2013 Avanti Pacifist with a 300w Summit system.
Marion converted her Pilen Stepthrough with a 300w Summit system installed by Bicycle Junction in Wellington.
Irene converted her Bicicapace Cargo Bike with a 300w Summit system installed by Bicycle Junction in Wellington.
Rory converted his Pilen Sport with a 300w Summit system installed by Bicycle Junction in Wellington.
Nick converted his 2014 Trek Alpine with a 300w Summit system.
Babu converted her Yuba Mundo Cargo bike with a 300w Summit system installed at Good Rotations in Wanaka.
Surly Big Dummy with a 300w Summit system.
Classic Cruiser bike with a 300w Summit system.
Linus Classic Step-through with a 300w Summit system.
Merida Commuter bike with a 300w Summit system.
Merida Big Seven 300 with a 500w Summit system.
Specialised MTB with a 500w Summit system.