Electric Bike Conversions

Electric Bike Conversions
April 9, 2019 Charlotte Bebbington

The converts are convinced – electric bike conversions are the go-to for fast fun transport. It’s as easy as ABC, just bring the bike you want to electrify and we’ll do the rest.

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ELECTRIC BIKE CONVERSIONS

There are many benefits to riding an electric bike as they bypass many of the inconveniences of conventional transport (like the private car or public transport). They are cheap to charge (just 15 cents on average). Lighter, cleaner and more reliable and of course, you won’t need to work up a sweat or, only as much as you like for personal fitness and fun.

Over the years, we’ve seen so many e-bike companies come and go, leaving customers in the lurch, unable to get parts or service for an electric conversion that doesn’t work as it used to. At Action Bicycle Club, we supply electric bike conversion brands like Lekkie that have a solid track record of providing quality products with the after-sales service to back it up years after you’ve first purchased the product. From simple single speeds to full suspension and cargo trikes, we’ve converted a whole spectrum of bikes out there, we can anticipate what you need and deliver what you want.

How does it work?

We can convert any bike within reason to an ebike however, to get the most out of your conversion a modern disk brake, hardtail mountain bike or commuter would work best. We encourage this type of bike as they have good brakes and strong frames so make safe platforms for the electric systems.

Once we agree the best bike for the conversion all that’s left for you to do is choose your preferred kit. Lekkie offers two options:

  1. For the commuter or around towner The Summit electric bike conversion kit is perfect for commuting or trail riding. Also ideal for bikes with internal hub gears or small or special wheels. Choose from an ample 12.5ah battery for up to 30km on a charge or the 17ah battery for 50+km of riding flat or modest hills.
  2. For the speed junkie and cargo riders, the high torque 500w motor and 17ah battery hauls you. This system is not legal on New Zealand roads. However, if you have a cargo bike, or a tandem or are shifting above 80kg you can have this motor detuned to legal limits and still enjoy higher torque and greater load capacity. This motor is a real workhorse. For off-road applications, this motor rips along making exploring the outdoors fast and fun.
Installation

When we fit a kit like Lekkie to your bike we remove your bottom bracket and cranks and swap them out for the new motor and ebike cranks. If you previously had more than one chainring on the front you will lose that. However, you’re now riding electric so it is unlikely you will need it.

Electric bike specific cranks and mid-drive electric motor


The battery conveniently mounts to your drink bottle cage mounts or in some cases your rear carrier and can be locked in place as well as removed when desired.

Mid-drive motor and frame mounted battery


Lastly, we swap your brake levers for the electronic cut off leavers supplied with the kits and install your display on your handlebars. Time to plug the electrics in and volia you are now ebike ready! All in a days work.

Display fitted to the bike handle bars


FAQ

WHAT IS THE BATTERY LIFESPAN?

Battery life will vary depending on your riding style and charging practice. Typically, Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) batteries last around 600 charges where the capacity has decreased to 70%.

This can be extended by following a few rules.

  • Never leave the battery in a flat condition, always recharge after the battery is flattened.
  • Store your battery in a cool place.
  • Charge your battery every 2 months if it is not being used.
  • Avoid running your battery flat. Aim for 70% discharge.
  • Ride at a speed that draws lower watts from the battery. (avoid long high power situations)

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO CHARGE THE BATTERY?

A full charge will take around 4-5 hours.

CAN I RIDE IN THE RAIN?

Generally, yes. Though as a rule of thumb, if you’re not enjoying the rain, the bike may not be as well. Light rain is fine, heavy pouring, driving rain can cause issues. Lekkie takes water issues seriously and continues to improve on the waterproof quality of our systems.

Currently, all plugs are IP67 rated and electronic components are sealed or potted to avoid water issues. We encourage you to store your bike out of the rain and damp conditions where ever possible or invest in a lightweight rain cover if you are leaving your bike on the street.

CAN I STILL RIDE WITHOUT USING THE ELECTRICS?

Yes. The system can be ridden like a normal bike without using the motor. You can ride even with the battery removed. The motor has a freewheeling system meaning you are not turning the motor when it is not in use, the bike rides as normal.

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