The Etek motor is a brushed 25-pound pancake shaped motor that puts out enormous power for its weight. Depending on amperage and voltage the Etek can easily provide between 15-horsepower and 30-horsepower reliably and consistently (11-kW / 22-kW). A perfect platform for a powerful electric bike if you do not mind the weight. Although brushless motors are considered more modern, a brushed motor like the Etek allows the builder to use very affordable controllers.
It was invented by Cedric-Lynch (read story here) and the technology was sold to Briggs and Stratton which made the Etek at a somewhat affordable price (around $600). In the late 90’s early 2000’s it was the way to go for a high-power / light-weight electric vehicle. Many small E-vehicle records were set using the Etek motor. Finally, we had a relatively lightweight and powerful electric motor available to the masses.
In essence, the Etek invented the hot rod electric bike. Before the Etek very few people had ever achieved 50mph on an electric bike. Even today, Etek motors (and newer incarnations of the Etek motor) are used to make some super fast electric bikes…and in the case of Liveforphysics, the fastest E-bikes ever. Liveforphysics used a newer version of the Etek (the Agni motor), to achieve speeds of over 70mph, and dominate a recent hill-climb event.
Check out our list of the top 10 fastest electric bikes on the planet here.
Every Etek I have ever ridden has been characterized by brutal off-the-line acceleration, usually to a point where you have to apply the throttle very carefully or get thrown off.
Check out this video of the Lifeforphysics Agni-powered bike for an example of this phenomenon:
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However, it is possible to run an Etek at a lower voltage or lower amperage and have a very manageable, safe, and sane electric bike that will guaranteed not burn out on you, no matter what size of hill.
This is a photo tribute to the Etek motor and the original electric bike hot rodders:
This etek did 80mph on the salt flats.[img src=http://www.electricbike.com/wp-content/flagallery/etek-tribute/thumbs/thumbs_etek6.jpg]3110Original Gangster
The quintessential electric bike hotrod...cheap frame to start with...blazingly powerful Etek bolted on any way possible with lead acid battties. [img src=http://www.electricbike.com/wp-content/flagallery/etek-tribute/thumbs/thumbs_eteccreation.jpg]4240
Beautiful custom framed etek bike...a shame it has heavy lead acid batteries instead of lithium.[img src=http://www.electricbike.com/wp-content/flagallery/etek-tribute/thumbs/thumbs_etekbike2.jpg]4320
A beautifully clean Etek creation[img src=http://www.electricbike.com/wp-content/flagallery/etek-tribute/thumbs/thumbs_etekbikejpg.jpg]4330
The creations creator...complete with the "Etek Grin"[img src=http://www.electricbike.com/wp-content/flagallery/etek-tribute/thumbs/thumbs_lukeagni.jpg]3650Liveforphysics 2011
A more modern incarnation, liveforphysics uses a lithium powered agni motor (a newer version of the Lynch motor) to dominate a ebike hill climbing race in San Francisco.[img src=http://www.electricbike.com/wp-content/flagallery/etek-tribute/thumbs/thumbs_p1010597.jpg]3230HIll Climb Race 2002
Back in the day, 2 etek powered monsters are lined up at starting line for race up steep hill. They would hit speeds of 50mph...up a steep grade.[img src=http://www.electricbike.com/wp-content/flagallery/etek-tribute/thumbs/thumbs_trike.jpg]2810Monster Trike
This trike i an example of a modern day creation, etek propelled and lithium powered. A lethal combination.[img src=http://www.electricbike.com/wp-content/flagallery/etek-tribute/thumbs/thumbs_jackal2.jpg]3080Thunderstruck Jackal
The Jackal was is a Etek powered scooter capable of speeds of over 50mph produced by thunderstruck motors and co-designed by author.[img src=http://www.electricbike.com/wp-content/flagallery/etek-tribute/thumbs/thumbs_etekbmx.jpg]3220Etek BMX
Etek garage build bikes are usually not safe and sane.[img src=http://www.electricbike.com/wp-content/flagallery/etek-tribute/thumbs/thumbs_motorc09.jpg]3090Thunderstruck Jackal
[img src=http://www.electricbike.com/wp-content/flagallery/etek-tribute/thumbs/thumbs_bike-etek-detail.jpg]2840Etek detail
A close up of an example of how an etek can mount to the driveline of a common day bicycle, thus converting it to death machine.[img src=http://www.electricbike.com/wp-content/flagallery/etek-tribute/thumbs/thumbs_motor_mini_bike.jpg]2980Etek Style
Gotta love the style of this builder...cheap chinese scooter turned into death machine[img src=http://www.electricbike.com/wp-content/flagallery/etek-tribute/thumbs/thumbs_eteckpocketbike.jpg]3070Etek Pocket Bike
The author of this article did 70mph on this etek powered pocket bike at a drag track in Woodburn Oregon at an EV drag race.[img src=http://www.electricbike.com/wp-content/flagallery/etek-tribute/thumbs/thumbs_moto15_3.jpg]44003 Lynch Motors
3 incarnations of the lynch design motor, the etek on the far left and the agni on far right.[img src=http://www.electricbike.com/wp-content/flagallery/etek-tribute/thumbs/thumbs_motorman.jpg]3230
Lead acid powered etec motorcross bike...not exactly a bicycle...but an etek.[img src=http://www.electricbike.com/wp-content/flagallery/etek-tribute/thumbs/thumbs_radtogoetec.jpg]3350Etek
Gotta love this guy. A $100 chinese rad-to-go scooter converted to 50mph etek death machine[img src=http://www.electricbike.com/wp-content/flagallery/etek-tribute/thumbs/thumbs_radtogoetec2.jpg]3910Etek
close up of the rad-to-go etek driveline[img src=http://www.electricbike.com/wp-content/flagallery/etek-tribute/thumbs/thumbs_thunderstruck.jpg]4520