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    Most affordable Kit for new rider.

    I am looking to purchase an affordable (cheap) electric kit to get my feet wet in the electric bike world and would like to do so as cheaply as possible! Any tips as to what sites to look or where to find deals would be great! Thank you so much!

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    I've been telling members to go for the most powerful kit you can afford. Trust me, you'll want more power fairly quickly. If you are concerned about the torque and top speed just set the Cycle Analyst for example to restrict the power output. There are plenty of examples when you'll need more power and it will be easier to just change a setting on a computer than to swap out a hub motor, controller, etc.

    My kit was a 48v 1000w Papamotor's kit from China. Their customer service has been amazing...far better than companies just a block from me here in the states.

    Check out my write-up on this forum: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...+of+papamotors

    http://www.ebike.ca is also another great vendor. Take the time to go through their website and you'll be very informed on all things e-bike.

    http://www.goldenmotor.ca also has received great reviews along with their magic pie 3 hub motor.

    If you do decide to go with Papamotors PM before you order. There are a few components you won't need and others that you can upgrade. I'll list them out and give you the inside scoop.

    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EBikeFL View Post
    I've been telling members to go for the most powerful kit you can afford. Trust me, you'll want more power fairly quickly. If you are concerned about the torque and top speed just set the Cycle Analyst for example to restrict the power output. There are plenty of examples when you'll need more power and it will be easier to just change a setting on a computer than to swap out a hub motor, controller, etc.

    My kit was a 48v 1000w Papamotor's kit from China. Their customer service has been amazing...far better than companies just a block from me here in the states.

    Check out my write-up on this forum: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...+of+papamotors

    http://www.ebike.ca is also another great vendor. Take the time to go through their website and you'll be very informed on all things e-bike.

    http://www.goldenmotor.ca also has received great reviews along with their magic pie 3 hub motor.

    If you do decide to go with Papamotors PM before you order. There are a few components you won't need and others that you can upgrade. I'll list them out and give you the inside scoop.

    Good luck.
    Hi, am xtremely new to the concept of ebikes and after quite some reserch i think i have decided on papamotors rear wheel kit, so any advice on parts to include/omit would be much appreciated, likewise if anyone has any other suggestions on kits they would be greatfully received.
    i will be using the bike mainly on the weekends for recreation and it will be replacing the gas schooter that i use now.
    thanks guys

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Ben View Post
    Hi, am xtremely new to the concept of ebikes and after quite some reserch i think i have decided on papamotors rear wheel kit, so any advice on parts to include/omit would be much appreciated, likewise if anyone has any other suggestions on kits they would be greatfully received.
    i will be using the bike mainly on the weekends for recreation and it will be replacing the gas schooter that i use now.
    thanks guys
    Congratulations, Uncle Ben.

    Let papamotors know you won't need their free wheel; instead, order it from ebike.ca and also get the new cycle analyst from them too. I also bought their version 4 torque arms since the ones that Papamotors offers are for front wheel setups. Also, get Papamotors to give you a larger PAS magnet ring. Measure your bottom bracket and relay the dimensions to Papamotors. I had to dremel mine. If you use the PAS you will only use the thumb throttle to get you moving after you've stopped completely.

    Order the cargo cache to hold the battery, controller, etc. If you'd like I can get you the same setup I built for my bike. I can put a price list together and you can pay for me to get the materials and shipping to you via PayPal once I have made the changes. I have a lot of extra material left over. Of course, you'll first need to make sure this bike rack can fit your bike: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o05_s00_i00

    Have Papamotors also take off the price for the rear tire and inner tube and just ship you the hub motor and double walled rim. Order these parts instead: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o00_s02_i00
    http://www.amazon.com/Sunlite-Thorn-...schrader+valve or get the inner tube for your size rim. Also install Mr. Tuffy tire liners: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o02_s00_i00

    Do you have a bike you plan to put this on? Pictures?

    There are more parts outside the Papamotors' parts but this list is a good start and it's what I have on my e-bike.

    Oh, you will end up riding the e-bike every chance you get...it's addictive.

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    if you want an easy conversion to ebike, say from 5minutes to 1/2 hour, try this... comes with everything to start with...

    http://www.electric-bike-kit.com/hill-topper.aspx

    front wheel drive, don't have to worry about gears, use existing one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chi6er View Post
    if you want an easy conversion to ebike, say from 5minutes to 1/2 hour, try this... comes with everything to start with...

    http://www.electric-bike-kit.com/hill-topper.aspx

    front wheel drive, don't have to worry about gears, use existing one.
    Interesting, just thinking about making a bridgestone mb1 electric, have horses and running downhill in the trees is much more exciting then mt biking(to me, try it), just use it for camping and beach, but... the page is the order page, anybody else have anything to say about this front wheel drive ready to go gizmo?

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