There is a ton of e-bike solutions coming to market that promise to help us go further and faster but I had always wondered what they were like to ride. I love riding my bike, why would I want this extra set of gear to make the experience easier?
Adding an electric motor seemed a bit too close to those folks that have petrol motors on their bikes, it’s cheating right? Nope, some of this e-bike tech is awesome and you can’t know how awesome until you get the chance to ride one.
This is my buddy Stew, he went out on a limb and ordered an aftermarket e-bike kit and has used it to lessen the impact of his work commute.
With this unit he has been able to bike commute 46 kilometers, five days a week while arriving less sweaty and tired. His previous average speed of 25kph has jumped to 35kph with the pedal assist.
After 3500 kilometers ridden, he’s not ready to give it up anytime soon.
This is a mid-drive setup, that puts the weight and torque on the bottom bracket rather than the front or back forks, comprised of a drive unit, battery and control unit.
The drive unit replaces the stock bike’s bottom bracket, chain ring and cranks.
The battery has a 300w output that lasts for 46-48k per charge, taking 5 hours to charge.
The control unit is a display and set of input buttons that govern the level of assistance.
This set up cost approximately $1100 from a supplier in China. Stew says it took him one evening to dismantle and install all of the parts. The total weight added to the bike is about 6kg.
In his six months of experience with the kit, the battery has kept a constant charge life and the drive unit has operated flawlessly.
This bike is an absolute thrill to ride, I take it out for a spin whenever possible. I do not have an e-bike of my own yet but it’s now on the horizon thanks to my experience with this one.
Would you buy a pedal assist e-bike kit? Anyone try an e-bike and decide it wasn’t for them?