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FAQ: Can you make my bike electric?

Some years ago, before there were so many good electric bike options on the market, it made sense to convert regular bikes into electric bikes.

We feel this less the case now that you get on a dedicated ebike for a similar price then it costs to convert a bike today. To further exaggerate this point, the  dedicated, entry level ebikes we sell come with motors by brands such as Shimano or Bosch, which are much better than conversion kit motors as they use a torque rather than cadence sensing system. All of our dedicated ebikes also have things like built in lights, mudguards and racks which you would otherwise have fit to an older bike.

If you buy a $1,500 bike and you're adding $2,000 for the motor plus a few hundred dollars for the accessories mentioned above, you quickly up to the same price as a basic eBike such as a Sinch, which go for around $3,800. For this reason, it now makes less and less sense to do a conversion, as you end up with what is an ordinary pedal bike with a motor strapped onto it, rather than a bike designed to both support and intergrate an electric system.

This is the Sinch Jaunt 1, a very good option for those of you looking for a great value ebike for commuting and light touring.


If you already have a bike that is suitable for a conversion then yes we can fit your bike with a conversion kit. But that will be a calculation you'll need to make on whether it's worth the money, particularly if it's a used bike that has a lot of servicing costs, or needs upgrades such as brakes to match the extra power and speed of an electric system. Usually we find it weighs in favor of buying a new bike and keeping the old one as a spare or a guest bike.

There are some times when it does make sense to convert a bike, usually when you have a particular project or bike that suits you much better than anything available on the market. A good example of this is if you have a recumbent that you want to electrify. If this is the case then feel free to come in and have a chat with us as we are always happy to discuss your options. But as a rule of thumb, we usually recommend against converting regular bikes due to the reasons stated above.