Recommended E-bike Vendors 2016

The electric bike builder marketplace is full of cottage industries.  This is a list of vendors for people who are considering building an electric bike themselves.  The shops below are owner operated with at most   a few employees.  Every vendor on this list is known to be reputable and knowledgeable.

Note the list i made back in 2012 has unfortuantely lost its relevance with over half the stores on my list out of business sadly. Check out the ebike graveyard for more info.

Since I now have started a store of my own on  Lunacycle.com in an attempt to jump start this industry with quality lithium I don’t feel i am in the position to recommend vendors, although i have strong feelings both negative and positive about vendors on the below list.

 

Trusted kit suppliers

These lists show supplier location as well as some of the products they are known for. Keep in mind that internationally shipped battery packs often have very high shipping costs. Many overseas vendors are quite good but it can also be expensive to do returns/replacement/warranty stuff, so bear that in mind.

SiteShips fromDescription
   
   
EbikesSFUSAMany high quality powerful motors (Crystalyte and BMC), kits, and batteries.
   
EMPowered CyclesUSAVendor for kits, parts and complete ebikes.
Greyborg USAUSAUltra-high speed ebike racing parts that go 50+ Mph. Frames, controllers, motors (Cromotor).
California EbikeUSAMid-drives, battery packs, a few obscure hub motors
GreenBikeKitChinaSource for several low cost kits including popular Bafang mid-drives. Competitive prices on battery packs.
Luna CyclesCA, USARun by the great folks at electricbike.com, stocks batteries, battery bags, kits including the Magic Pie 5, connectors, lights, fatbike cargo frame and accessories. Cheapest US supplier for battery packs.
YesComUSAUSASeveral types of direct drive kits. Some have fairly powerful generic motors at a good price.
Goldenmotor.caCanadaCanadian distributor for all golden motor products. Faster shipping times than the Chinese site, especially on batteries.
Leaf BikeChinaThe listings marked “newest” are high efficiency direct drive hub kits. Uses ‘thin laminations’ (.35 mm) for roughly 10% efficiency gain compared to normal motors
CNEbikesChinaWide variety of kits and parts including popular mid drives

Trusted Battery Suppliers

SiteShips fromDescription
Luna CyclesCA, USACheapest US supplier for battery packs.
em3ev.comChinaSpecializing in safe non-lipo high-current packs, and triangle shaped packs.
PingBatteryChinaComplete LiFePO battery packs, medium amps, but last years and very safe.
CaliBikeUSAComplete battery packs
BatteryspaceUSABMS, chargers, battery packs using LiFePO as well as the newer NMC chemistries
RawVelocity.comCanadaIndividual cells and large A123 batteries for building into high power LiFePO battery packs
Headway HeadquartersWA, USAComplete LiFePO battery packs
sun-thing28ChinaComplete battery packs and other battery parts
Su Power BatteryChinaComplete battery packs and many battery parts. Also runs the supowerbattery111 ebay store

 

 

 

Grouped by country

SiteShips fromDescription
EV-PowerCzech RepublicKits
FalcoIndiaNext-gen gearless motor kits, but at a much higher price
Lightning Rods Mid DriveUSAPowerful high performance mid drives
PropelUSAFormerly Long Island Electric bikes. They have BionX kits and BBS02 mid drives, battery packs, components.
EbikelingUSAKits
NYCeWheelsNY, USAA well known vendor that stocks high quality BionX kits. Prices are relatively high though
Leed e-bike kitsUtah, USAEasily installed low power kits
Clean RepublicSeattle, WA, USAEasily installed low power kits
ElectricRider.comTexas, USAHigh performance affordable Crystalyte kits. They also carry LiFePO battery packs.
Amped BikesCalifornia, USAkits
Kinaye MotorsportsUSAHigh power MXUS 3000W Fat Bike Kit
SuperpedestrianUSAMakers of the Copenhagen wheel, an all-in-one hub where all parts are in the wheel. Still in pre-order, not intended for hard riding.
FlyKlyUSAAnother all-in-one hub that is trying to copy the Copenhagen wheel design. Also in pre-order.
Electric CycleryCA, USAHigh end kits from BionX and Falco
ConhismotorChinaKits, parts, etc
Papa MotorChinaMany types of kits and parts.
Golden MotorChinaA well known vendor that sells kits and motors including the Magic Pie, good prices. Also has high powered e-motorbike kits. Their support has sometimes been unreliable in the past
GNG ElectricChinakits
Hallo MotorChinaKits, factory built e-bikes
JV BikeVancouver, CanadaMany popular kits and ebikes
Biktrix.comCanadaMostly Bafang BBS based mid-drive kits
RubbeeUKA one-piece friction drive ebike system
DillengerUKkits (2015 edit: possible report about refusal to honor their warranty)
OxydriveUKGeared hub kits
CicloTekSpainKits, batteries and parts
GreencycleFinlandKits and batteries
ElectrobikeFinlandKits and factory built ebikes
SuperpyoraFinlandKits with batteries
AF-TechAustraliaHigh effficiency geared mid drives
Hyena electric bikesAustraliaA few kits, frames and turnkey ebikes
SolarBikePerth, AustraliaKits, batteries, factory built ebikes
e4bike.ruMoscow, RussiaStocks kits, batteries and high powered MXUS 3000 motors

 

All the mid drive builders I listed in 2012 survived:

Mid Drive Builders Stuff

Astro Flight Make some nice but expensive electric motors that can be used for electric bikes (see our story on Astro motors on ebikes)

Hobby King Providers of affordable RC motors and controllers. Fun for the E-bike guys to try to adapt this slick looking (and small) technology to ebikes.

Sick Bike Parts – known especially for their freewheel crank arms, and other mandatory freewheel accessories.

Mid Drive kits – See our list of  10 commercially available mid drive kits

Eric has been involved in the electric bike industry since 2002 when he started a 6000 square foot brick and mortar Electric Bike store in downtown San Francisco. He is a true believer that small electric vehicles can change the way we operate and the way we think.


2 Comments

  1. I am in the early stages of opening an e-bike store in Michigan…how do I get some e-bikes for showroom..I can’t afford to purchase them..
    Help me please…I need a list of vendors that will send me product to sell at my store..

  2. trying to get a das kit L6BT (US)
    I live in Australia and the kit here is limited to 25km/h. I wish the unlimited kit that you guys get in usa.
    Can anyone assist?
    Ken

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