Based in Cornwall, we fit bicycles with or tricyles with a variety of e-bike kits. We do the fitting to take the work from you and leave you to enjoy riding your newly fitted electric bike. We have a variety of options and these are listed below.
Road Legal Kits
Any 250 watt kit is road legal whether you fit it to your front or rear hub or add a mid crank drive kit.
All of these 250 watt electric bike kits will give pretty much the same performance. They’re designed to comply with UK law. The main question of course is will 250 watt be powerful enough to help me up steep hills? The answer is “Yes” with a pedal assistance system.
Front hub kits are easier to fit, primarily because you don’t have to disturb your gears. Rear hub kits look neater and will give better traction on a greasy surface. Mid drive kits look neat when installed and you get to keep your original wheels but in all honesty we haven’t found a great deal of benefit of crank drive over hub drive.
The more powerful kits are not allowed on UK roads. However, hub based off-road kits can be restricted down to 250 watt to make them compliant with UK law. We supply and fit either 500 watt or 1000 watt rear hub kits.
The installation of these kits is not as tidy as our 250w kits as they are bigger and add considerable more weight to your bicycle. The ECU controller is large and is fitted into a waterproof bag. The batteries needed to power the wheel are also larger and take up more room.
However, the acceleration and speed of the more powerful kits is amazing. It is a different level of fun to take your bike off-road with one of our kits added. The weight of the bike doesn’t enter your thinking as you accelerate through the gears to hit top speed. You will use battery fairly quickly (20 – 35 miles between charges depending on the choice of battery) but you’ll do it with a huge smile on your face. Deciding which of the 500w or 1000w kits to choose is relatively simple – choose the 500w if you want outright speed but don’t have hills to tackle or choose the 1000w kit if you want a combination of speed and hill climbing ability.
So, which kit should you choose? The 250 watt kits are the sensible options that will suit the majority of needs from commuting; leisure cycling and holidays. The higher powered kits will suit most thrill seekers who want to have some fun on their bike at the weekend. Whichever kit you decide to install on your bike you won’t regret it – we never tire of watching our customers take their newly converted bike out for a test ride and proclaim (whilst smiling) “that felt great – it’s makes cycling so easy”.
As previously said, there are various aspects of the law and electric bikes you should know before you make a decision. Please read our post on Electric Bikes and the Law for more information.