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.
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.
- All Converted Bikes
- Mountain Bikes
- Cargo Bikes
- Full Suspension