Hello. I've recently gotten a serious bug for an Electric Bike. I have an old Bianchi 21 speed with 700c wheels that I would like to convert with one of those prebuilt kits. I'm basically looking for recommendations to the best Kit builders.
Here are the particulars:
I'm looking for a pre-assembled kits with the motor already installed in a new Wheel. I'd like to get a motor that won't create drag on the wheel when the motor isn't in use if possible, and I'd like the Lithium Battery Pack for the lighter weight. I want it to have a throttle and not just Pedal assist. A 20 mile range would probably be enough. I weigh 170 lbs. so something with a decent amount of Torque would be nice. Not sure how fast I'd need it to go, but I'm thinking the 20 mph ones would be enough. I'd assume that feels pretty fast on a bike, no? I've seen faster ones available (28 mph) at a higher cost and weight. My budget is around $1500.00 and I'm open to any and all suggestions. Any advice greatly appreciated.
The only kits I've seen online are some very inexpensive ones without a battery at Amazon.com and some pricey ones over at Electric Bike Conversion Kits | EBikeKit.com. Are there other reputable places that have pre-assembled kits?