Can you convert a regular bike to electric?

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.

Call us on 022 6922 966 or fill out the form below.

Classic
Men's

Classic
Men's bike

Some very old classic mens bikes have coaster (back pedal) brakes. If you fit a mid drive you will no longer be able to have rear brakes. If your bike has rim brakes, no problem.

Classic
Women's

Classic
Women's

Your bike must have lever opperated brakes.The battery may need to be fitted on the rear carrier.

Classic
Stepthrough

Classic
Stepthrough

Generally good for conversion. The battery may need to be fitted on the rear carrier.

Vintage/
Cruiser

Vintage
Cruiser

These bikes often have coaster (back pedal) brakes. US size bottom brackets and no where to mount batteries. Very difficult to convert. Please contact us.

Road
Bike

Road
Bike

These convert well. Some carbon frames can not fit the motor (sometimes can be modified). To run a throttle a special bar mount is needed.

Hardtail
Mountainbike

Hardtail
Mountainbike

These are a great bike for conversion. Fat tire bikes may cause issue with motor fitting.

Full Suspension
Mountainbike

Full Suspension
Mountainbike

Due to the complex nature of the frames, each bike needs to be evaluated. Please contact us.

Cargo
Bike

Cargo
Bike

These convert well. Some extension cables may be needed.

Box
Bike

Box
Bike

Depending on the bike often frame modifications are needed. Please contact us.

Unsure/
Unlisted bike

Unsure/
Unlisted bike

Not sure what you have? Get in touch through the chat or call us and we'll be able to check compatibility with your bike.

What features make it hard to convert a bike to electric?

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.

1. Bottom bracket size.

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.

2. Battery placement

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.

3. Coaster brakes

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.

4. Carbon Frames

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.

5. Drop bars

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.

 

Take a look at some of the bikes we have converted.