eBike Fan/Extreme DIYer
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Bowling Green, KY
Bikes: 2013 Motobecane Gran Turismo w/ 24V/900W motor and LiFePO4 30ah pack
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I convert regular "high quality" bikes to electric. Here is a pic of one of the conversions I've done.
Note: This is a prototype, (I don't want to picture my latest technology for fear of someone stealing/copying it). The batteries will be encased in the triangle of any conversion I do (in a professionally built, custom fitting, waterproof, fiberglass enclosure)
IMO, this is the best way to go. It seems all commercially available "off the shelf" ebikes are made from cheap frames and low quality components. Choosing an off the shelf ebike just severely limits your choices. Doing this type of conversion takes advantage of the technology and versatility that is currently available in the biking community.
I would recommend a road/commuter bike to accomplish your goals. I know what you mean about not arriving to work in a sweat (I have the same concern). With this type of conversion, you only sweat if you want to.
I can convert any bike for you but, I don't work for free. For around $1300 (depending on your specs) an excellent ebike can be had. The batt pack I recommend is LiFePo4 and 24V/30ah. The recommended motor would be a quality Currie 500-900 Watt motor (mid drive which allows use of all your gears). This setup will easily accomplish your goals.
I am currently converting a Motobecane Gran Turismo for personal use (900W Currie Motor, 24V/30ah battery pack, 17 mile all electric range (225 lb rider at full throttle (flat surface)), 28mph max all electric speed (both specs were tested by me (I'm a little on the heavy side)). This is a $2100 bike when completed ($800 for the bike and $1300 for the conversion). The end result is a high quality road/commuter bike that gets you to work quickly and sweat free.
If interested, shoot me an email @ firstname.lastname@example.org
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