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Electric Bike Conversion Kits

sunstar electric bike kit Electric Bike Conversion KitsIf you’re intending to electrify a favourite bike, an electric bike conversion kit might be the answer for you. Electric bike conversion kits usually include a replacement front wheel fitted with a motorised hub. They are available from a wide range of manufacturers at a wide range of prices, from £300 to well over £1,000. Kits vary in quality a great deal too. The cheapest tend to be unbranded Chinese or Indian products… OK for leisure use, but with limited warranties and back-up, so don’t expect to use this sort of thing for daily commuting! More expensive electric bike kits are usually kit versions of proprietary electric bikes sold by manufacturers such as Izip (sometimes misspelt E zip or Ezip), Currie (sometimes known as the Curry), Heinzmann, Ezee and BionX.

Remember

  • Some electric conversion kit prices include fitting, others do not.
  • Most electric bike kits are supplied with UK-legal 250w motors, but many use motors of 500w, and a few are rated as high as 1000w. Remember that these powerful high-speed conversion kits are not legal in the UK and the fact that you are riding a machine powered by an electric bike conversion kit will make no difference in the eyes of the law!

Electric Bike Conversion Kits

Make / Model1 Last A-to-B Test Control / Drive Battery Size3 Battery UK Price4 Notes
Electro-Drive (also known as Currie Drive or ElectroPed) April 01 E-Bike / Rear Chain 288Wh La £325 -
Juicy Bikes - Hybrid / Front Hub 370Wh Li-ion £495 -
Brompton Freedom Ebike Aug 09 E-Bike / Front Hub 155Wh Li-ion £565 Exchange rates mean prices will vary
Smart-Pie Dec 12 E-bike / Front Hub 288Wh Li-ion £641 432Wh battery, £130 extra
Magic-Pie - E-bike / Front Hub 288Wh Li-ion £666 432Wh battery, £130 extra
Saddle Soar - Hybrid / Front Hub 360Wh Li-ion £695 -
Conv-E Oct 11 E-bike / Front Hub 324Wh Li-ion £699 -
Nano-Brompton 2.1 May 08 E-bike / Front Hub 180Wh Li-ion £780 360Wh battery, £100 extra
Ansmann Type A - Pedelec / Front Hub 324Wh Li-ion £799 -
Sparticle V.5 - E-Bike / Front Hub 390Wh Li-ion £800 -
Brompton Sparticle Nov 08 E-bike/ Front Hub 260Wh Li-ion £850 -
Ezee - Hybrid / Front or Rear Hub 370Wh Li-ion £895
Sunstar I-Bike SO3 May 08 Pedelec / Crank 90Wh Li-ion £1,070 Bigger batteries are available
Heinzmann - E-Bike / Front Hub 192Wh Li-ion £1,210 Also rear wheel option
Falco - Pedelec / Rear Hub 313Wh Li-ion £1,355
Heinzmann - Pedelec / Front Hub 355Wh Li-ion £1,470 Also rear wheel option
Heinzmann - Pedelec / Front Hub 384Wh Li-ion £1,570 Also rear wheel option
BionX SL250 DL - Pedelec / Rear Hub 317Wh Li-ion £1,600 -
Ansmann Type C - Pedelec / Rear Hub 324Wh Li-ion £1,699
BionX SL250 RL (rack-mounted battery) - Pedelec / Rear Hub 317Wh Li-ion £1,700 -
BionX SL250 DX - Pedelec / Rear Hub 423Wh Li-ion £1,900 -
BionX SL250 RX - Pedelec / Rear Hub 317Wh Li-ion £2,000 -
Heinzmann - Pedelec / Front Hub 710Wh Li-ion £2,090 Also rear wheel option

New subscribers can order a ‘get-started’ six-pack of magazine back numbers covering key electric cycles at HALF the usual price! See the subscription page for details.

All back numbers can be ordered by credit card – call 01305 259998 (+44 1305 259998 outside UK)

Electric Bike Conversion Kit Manufacturers or UK Distributors

The comments relate to our own experience with manufacturers or distributors. As a general rule, a company that supplies a good product can afford to be open and helpful with the press, and will give good service and back-up. The others are something of an unknown quantity, but if you think we’ve been unfair, do let us know. For a global list go to Electric Bike Manufacturers Worldwide

Alien Ocean
CEASED TRADING
AlienOcean European Hub, 1 – 9 Plantation Street, Lochgelly, KY5 9LP
tel: 01592 780528
email: jim@alienocean.co.uk

BionX
New distributor, steadily rebuilding trust in the BionX
email: bionxuk@gmail.com

Cambridge, Smarta, Sparticle (Brompton), Sunstar
Now well established and a pleasure to deal with
Electric Transport Shop, Hope Street Yard, Hope Street, CAMBRIDGE CB1 3NA (also in LONDON & OXFORD)
tel/fax: 01223 247410
email: sales@electricbikesales.co.uk

Conv-e
New British company
email: sales@conv-e.com

Electro-Drive
Not always easy to contact
E-go Personal Transport, 52 High Street, MARLBOROUGH, Wiltshire SN8 1HQ
tel: 07974 723996 or 01672 861186 / 512404
email: sales@electro-drive.co.uk

Ezee, Ansmann
New Ezee distributor from 2012
Cyclezee Ltd, 3 Guest Gardens, MILTON KEYNES MK13 0AF
tel: 07962 407799
email: john@cyclezee.com

Freedom Ebike
Very nice people, quite new to electric bikes
10/3 HaMelitz Street, JERUSALEM, Israel
tel: (UK) 0871 284 5225
tel: (Israel) +052 500 1309
tel: (Australia) +02 8004 5039
email: andrew@freedomebikes.com

Heinzmann
Whatever the official position, Kinetics appears to once again be the de facto UK outlet for Heinzmann
54 Switchback Road, Bearsden, Glasgow G61 1AE, UK
tel: 0141 942 2552
email: mail@kinetics-online.co.u

Juicy Bikes
Now well established. Helpful and knowledgeable
Busy All Year, 83 Park Road, BUXTON, Derbyshire SK17 6SM
tel: 01298 214040
email: uksales@JuicyBike.com

Nano & Nano-Brompton
Well established and consumer-friendly
The Electric Wheel Co, Unit 18, Manningford Bohune Estate, PEWSEY, Wiltshire SN9 6NL
tel: 0845 094 2735
email: info@electricwheel.co.uk

Diavelo, Euro-Ebike, Zap
More serious player of late, but hard to pin down
PowerScoots, Unit 5F, Wilmer Business Park, Wilmer Place, Stoke Newington, LONDON, N16 OLW
tel: 020 7254 9225
email: sales@powerscoots.co.uk

Eco-Ped
Fairly helpful and friendly
March Motorcycle Spares Ltd, 3 Nene Parade, MARCH PE15 8TD
tel: 01354 656150
email: spies@talk21.com

Saddle Soar
New to us, but the kits seem to be winning friends
Saddle Soar, Annexe to Hanger One, Car Park 16, Blue Zone, Shoreham Airport, SHOREHAM-on-SEA, Sussex BN43 5FF
tel: 07957 887826 or 01903 816173
email: enquiries.onyourelectricbike@gmail.com

Smart-Pie, Magic-Pie
Unknown to us, and a bit thin on contact details
Golden Motor Electrobikes

Sunstar I-Bike
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Braking Sunstar – UK OFFICE, 89 Warwick Rd, Leek Wootton, Warwickshire, CV35 7QR.
tel: 01926 863 163
email: rob.jone@uk.sunstar.com



  

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