My commute is 17 miles each way, including 12 miles on a highway without a bike lane, so I will be riding on the shoulder, followed by 5 city miles with 25-35mph speed limits, fairly decent pavement all the way to work. I'd like to get a bike that can go at least 30-40mph to keep up with city traffic and reduce my commute time.
I currently have a low end cyclocross bike(Motobecane Fantom CX), it has 2x9 gearing, no suspension, 26" wheels, and cantilever brakes, Ideally I'd like to just add a conversion kit to this, but at speeds exceeding 30mph it might be a good idea for me to look into a bike with at least front suspension and disc brakes? That's something I need help deciding though, and if I were to get a different bike, what type of bike?
I have never put an electric bike kit together and have not done a lot of bike mechanicing either, but I'm good at following youtube videos, and have a decent amount of tools, alan wrenches, wrenches, bike multitool, electrical odds and ends, etc.
there are a few LBS near me that fix bikes, they don't have any electric bikes and I'm not sure if they will work on them.
My budget is $500-$2500 depending on what all I'm buying. I will spend up to $1000 for a good conversion kit, up to $750 for a good battery, and up to $750 for a good bike. I understand value and want to get a good deal, whatever it is I buy.
What I've been looking at so far,
8fun BBS02 750watt - seems like I can get it for $500-$800 depending on the seller.
would this be a good option?
who is the best seller? em3ev? ebay? someone else? I don't need to receive this till around march, since I don't plan on biking until the snow and ice are gone, so an out of country dealer is an option if they have good support(I live in United States)
I think it would work on my current bike and just change the gears from 2x9 to 1x9, is this correct?
500-1000 watt conversion kit from ebikekit.com - $674-$774 depending on direct drive or geared
Would I want direct drive or geared? it seems like the direct drive has an option for a 9 speed freewheel like I already have on my current bike.
Would this be a good Option?
1000 watt generic conversion kits from Ebay - $240-$300
is it worth it to take the risk of buying from a generic seller?
is there reputable sellers that anyone can recommend?
Is there a better option than these? what should I go with?
For batteries: I think 15+AH would be good since I need to go 34 miles per charge at around 30mph,
I also want to get some type of lithium battery since lead acid seems to be too heavy.
Maybe it would be best to find a kit that came with a battery?
If I need a different bike, what would I want?
Front suspension? Full Suspension? Disc Brakes? What tires?
thank you all for your time and I appreciate any help I can get