The following short Australian video will give you a snapshot of what is involved in a conversion. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pw0y5XNoEBI
Around $600 for a good kit that includes a lithium battery. See below for a subsidy we are offering. The kits we have negotiated to purchase are good mid-range kits produced by Dillenger. You can buy a more expensive conversion kit however we want a conversion to be within the reach of most people. This is why we have chosen to use ‘mid range’ kits. There should be no other costs although you may want to install a rear pannier rack to mount you battery (approx cost for rack $45).
3. How does a conversion compare with buying a new bike with electric assist?
Any bike can be converted but the easiest bikes to convert are ones with 26″ (mountain bike) or 700 (hybrid) wheels. The kits we are purchasing will fit over 90% + of these bikes but because there are thousands of bikes out there you will need to take a measurement of your bike to make sure the kit will fit.
7. How long will the conversion take?
A one day workshop will do the trick in most cases
8. Can I legally use my converted bike on Tas roads?
Yes – all the kits we will purchase comply with Tasmanian regulations – no bike registration is required. It is really important for you to know that many of the kits on the market do not comply so if you use these kits there is a legal requirement to have your bike registered if you are riding on the road.
9. What is the range of an Ebike?
This depends on how and where you ride. Most converted bikes use an 8 to 12 Amp hour battery which will take you around 40 km if you assist the motor by pedalling. Simply increase the battery capacity to increase the range.
10. Why use a lithium battery?
Lead acid batteries are very heavy and even the ‘deep cycle’ ones are damaged by constant discharging/ recharging. While lithium batteries are considerably more expensive, they are much lighter and will accept many more charge cycles than lead batteries. A lithium battery should manage at least 1000 charge cycles if you look after it.
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