How fast can I go?
Federal law says that E-Bikes may have a maximum speed of 20 mph, must be able to be pedaled, and they can then go anywhere a bike is allowed. Our 36 volt kits easily do that. Further, our systems will handle 48 volts and go considerably faster if you wish…although that part is up to you…
What about accessories?
Any accessories that will fit your bike will fit your E-Bike. The possibilities are pretty much unlimited. We’ll help you in any way we can. One of the most useful additions for an e-bike is a Cycle Analyst that gives you readouts for speed, distance, battery charge, energy used, etc.
Does it charge while I pedal or when I’m coasting?
No, but every bit of energy you put into pedaling means that much less energy needed from your battery. In other words, the more you pedal the farther your charge will go. Even if you use up the charge, it’s still a bike. You pedal home; recharge.
Direct drive brushless hub motors offer superior service life due to the simplicity of the design. Utilizing powerful rare earth (neodymium) magnets and tested for both durability and weather resistance, these motors are an economical alternative that can often be retrofitted to your own bike or trike or purchased as part of a complete package. Various configurations can be chosen to give high torque or high speed depending on your personal specifications. E-BikeKit laces their own wheels for even better quality and durability.
Controllers are the brain portion of an e-bike equation. They take the power from the battery and mete it out to the motor in a complex way based on a simple demand throttle. Some controllers can also be configured for cruise control and/or regenerative braking.
Brake Switches Complete systems such as ours have brake lever switches that cut off the power as soon as the brakes are touched so you won’t be braking and powering simultaneously.
Regenerative braking is a means of using your weight and forward momentum when coming to a stop to help charge the battery. When enabled in the controller, every time you release the throttle you begin charging the battery. However, this also works as a sort of e-brake because the resistance created when charging will slow you down. Some people like it and some don’t. The actual return in terms of battery power is relatively small. We have read estimates ranging from 3%-8%. You may also end up pedaling against the resistance when you aren’t using the motor to go forward. We don’t enable it on our conversions.