How to Build Yourself

Lightning Rods Big-Block mid drive kit

The original Lightning Rods kit was the most powerful mid drive available when we wrote about it back in December of 2014. But now, he has produced an even more powerful kit that he is calling his “big block”. It is wide enough that it fits between the pedals on extra-wide bottom brackets, like those found on some downhill bikes, the recently popular fatbikes, some cargobikes, and the Qulbix Raptor.     You can find our article on the original

The original Lightning Rods kit was the most powerful mid drive available when we wrote about it back in December of 2014. But now, he has produced an even more powerful kit that he is calling his “big block”. It is wide enough that it fits between the pedals on extra-wide bottom brackets, like those found on some downhill bikes, the recently popular fatbikes, some cargobikes, and the Qulbix Raptor.     You can find our article on the original

 

Moped Rims and Tires for Hot Rod Hubmotors

If you want to rock a ton of amps in a hot-rod hubmotor street monster for the kind of sweet hard acceleration that can embarrass an expensive sports car, the latest trend is to mount the hubbie into a rear wheel that uses Moped rims and tires. This article will show you why you want this, and what parts are being used right now by garage builders to make this happen. ____________________________________________ Isn’t a moped just a light motorcycle? There

If you want to rock a ton of amps in a hot-rod hubmotor street monster for the kind of sweet hard acceleration that can embarrass an expensive sports car, the latest trend is to mount the hubbie into a rear wheel that uses Moped rims and tires. This article will show you why you want this, and what parts are being used right now by garage builders to make this happen. ____________________________________________ Isn’t a moped just a light motorcycle? There

 

One Hour Electric Bike Conversion; Installing a Kit

Editor Note: This is a repost of an important story we did back in our early days which shows a Mac geared motor kit  being installed in one hour. If you have been considering installing a hub motor on your bike, but hesitate because of the time and complexity involved in converting it…check out “The One Hour Electric Bike Conversion Procedure“. This Electric Bike conversion procedure is designed to be simple and quick. The entire process is performed in about an hour.

Editor Note: This is a repost of an important story we did back in our early days which shows a Mac geared motor kit  being installed in one hour. If you have been considering installing a hub motor on your bike, but hesitate because of the time and complexity involved in converting it…check out “The One Hour Electric Bike Conversion Procedure“. This Electric Bike conversion procedure is designed to be simple and quick. The entire process is performed in about an hour.

 

Ebike Wiring…Defining the Rats-Nest

Editor note: Part 2 of a 4 part series on the wiring of DIY ebikes Make no mistake about it…there is no great deal of expertise in building a drive system for an electric bike. It is not rocket science….it is not even as hard as tuning a car science. DIY ebikes have an array of wires that can quickly and often times turn into a rats-nest if the builder is not thoughtful. Wires are a messy problem. Where as the

Editor note: Part 2 of a 4 part series on the wiring of DIY ebikes Make no mistake about it…there is no great deal of expertise in building a drive system for an electric bike. It is not rocket science….it is not even as hard as tuning a car science. DIY ebikes have an array of wires that can quickly and often times turn into a rats-nest if the builder is not thoughtful. Wires are a messy problem. Where as the

 

Definitive Guide to Ebike Connectors

Editor note: Part 1 of a 5 part series on the wiring of DIY ebikes Choosing the right connectors for your electric bike battery can be a critical decision for a person who is new to electric bikes. If you become a real ebike enthusiast later, the connector you select now will impact your ebike experience for the next 10 years. The reason being is, you probably will opt to use the same connectors on your different battery packs so that you

Editor note: Part 1 of a 5 part series on the wiring of DIY ebikes Choosing the right connectors for your electric bike battery can be a critical decision for a person who is new to electric bikes. If you become a real ebike enthusiast later, the connector you select now will impact your ebike experience for the next 10 years. The reason being is, you probably will opt to use the same connectors on your different battery packs so that you

 

The 3 Critical Components: Motor, Controller, and Battery

Hot-rodding an ebike is not as simple as some people might think. That is because you need to consider three critical interlinked components when hot-rodding, and if you don’t change all three components, your ebike probably won’t go any faster, and in fact might go slower or roast something. Think of it as the electric bike bottle neck…if one of your components can’t hold up to the  extra power?…you’re not going anywhere faster, and…you might end up in the embarrassing

Hot-rodding an ebike is not as simple as some people might think. That is because you need to consider three critical interlinked components when hot-rodding, and if you don’t change all three components, your ebike probably won’t go any faster, and in fact might go slower or roast something. Think of it as the electric bike bottle neck…if one of your components can’t hold up to the  extra power?…you’re not going anywhere faster, and…you might end up in the embarrassing

 

A Home-Built Ebike Battery Pack from 18650 Cells

Editor Note: Affordable and powerful 18650 battery cells are the hottest thing in the DIY electric bike revolution (most well-known from their use in cordless tools).  If you are looking for ready to buy 18650 packs with BMS go to Luna Cycle website. Bike builders everywhere are discovering that clustering many 18650s together are an effective way to build not only an affordable pack, but one with unbeatable performance and safety. Note that even though they are safer than soft

Editor Note: Affordable and powerful 18650 battery cells are the hottest thing in the DIY electric bike revolution (most well-known from their use in cordless tools).  If you are looking for ready to buy 18650 packs with BMS go to Luna Cycle website. Bike builders everywhere are discovering that clustering many 18650s together are an effective way to build not only an affordable pack, but one with unbeatable performance and safety. Note that even though they are safer than soft

 

Lightning Rods 2800W mid drive kit

This is the most powerful production mid drive kit that you can run through the bikes gears, and the big surprise is how quiet it is. (edit: as of the spring of 2015, Lightning Rods now has his even MORE powerful “big block” mid drive, which can use twice as many amps as his basic kit, which is what is shown in this article) We bought the first two production kits before they were even produced. I say that up

This is the most powerful production mid drive kit that you can run through the bikes gears, and the big surprise is how quiet it is. (edit: as of the spring of 2015, Lightning Rods now has his even MORE powerful “big block” mid drive, which can use twice as many amps as his basic kit, which is what is shown in this article) We bought the first two production kits before they were even produced. I say that up

 

12 E-bike KIT power levels, from 360W to 8,000W

If you are fairly new to the idea of an E-bike, and you think you might want one, this article hopes to give you some info to help you get some kind of an idea about what type of kit will fit your needs. Factory E-bikes are very expensive compared to the kits that you can get and install on your own bike, but…some people don’t mind paying more to get good customer service from a local dealer, and getting

If you are fairly new to the idea of an E-bike, and you think you might want one, this article hopes to give you some info to help you get some kind of an idea about what type of kit will fit your needs. Factory E-bikes are very expensive compared to the kits that you can get and install on your own bike, but…some people don’t mind paying more to get good customer service from a local dealer, and getting

 

High Current Batteries that are NOT LiPo

High performance requires high amps, but LiPo batteries can be dangerous for someone who is inexperienced with them. LiPo is capable of putting out VERY high current (the C-rate), and if you are building a racing E-bike, they are simply the best choice. A LiPo pack will be smaller, lighter, and will put out more peak and continuous amps than any other pack you can buy. The problem is that…for E-bikers who want something that is much safer, but has better performance

High performance requires high amps, but LiPo batteries can be dangerous for someone who is inexperienced with them. LiPo is capable of putting out VERY high current (the C-rate), and if you are building a racing E-bike, they are simply the best choice. A LiPo pack will be smaller, lighter, and will put out more peak and continuous amps than any other pack you can buy. The problem is that…for E-bikers who want something that is much safer, but has better performance