Cheap MTB for conversion to electric

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Cheap MTB for conversion to electric

Postby kampua » Wed Feb 05, 2014 10:19 pm


I am looking for a cheap MTB (possible Kmart Kodak bike or Bigw Dunlop Armour) for conversion to electric bike. As far as the conversion goes it requires strong steel frame. Weight is not a problem as the motor will compensate it. It's my first project so don't mind a cheap one just in case I stuff it. As long as the parts are working fine and not giving me problems. Anyone knows what's a Kodiak bike? Is it the same as mountain bike?
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Re: Cheap MTB for conversion to electric

Postby AUbicycles » Wed Feb 05, 2014 11:32 pm

I would highly recommend avoiding a new supermarket mountain bike and instead look for a quality second hand (hardtail) mountain bike.

This will mean you have a basic bike with standard gear and not a poorly constructed BSO - Bicycle Shaped Object that will cause more trouble than it is worth. In a supermarket last week I saw two kids bikes (in passing) one had the handlebars mounted up-side-down and the other with the handlebars hardly clamped in and hanging to one side.

If you are in Sydney, at Pyrmont there is an e-bike specialist called Sydney Electric Bikes who specialise in conversion kits and I have seen their conversion on different types of bikes including MTBs so worth having a chat.
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Re: Cheap MTB for conversion to electric

Postby trailgumby » Thu Feb 06, 2014 6:44 am

Know the Kodiak. It's a piece of junk that creates more pain than it solves. AKA a BSO.

AUbicycles' advice is sound. Weight still matters as it impacts on range, and how well you cope when the battery runs out of charge.

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Re: Cheap MTB for conversion to electric

Postby bychosis » Thu Feb 06, 2014 7:05 am

+1. no-one should buy a new BSO from kmart etc. Potentially they could nearly be OK if stripped and reassembled by someone with bike mechanic skills, but will still be a bit dodgy. The gears and stuff are not easily adjusted to function, the brakes are poor and the whole thing is jut heavy.

If you have those bike mechanic skills, they are better put to use on a decent 2nd hand bike. The parts are so much easy to keep functioning, the brakes will effectively stop you (important when you are adding extra weight in the form of a motor and batteries). THe overall weight is not that important, the build quality is hoever important.
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