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About ebike / electric bike conversion kits

Usually, if you would like to own an ebike or electric bike, you would have to get rid of your current bike and buy a brand new electric one. This is both expensive and, if your current bike is in good condition, pretty wasteful. At Panda Bikes, we prefer the clever solution, which is kinder to both your wallet and the environment: electric bike conversions. You can perform the conversion yourself to save the most money, or use our affordable conversion service.

So have a look below at what you would get as part of one of our conversion kits. And of course, not shown below but still very much included with the kit is all of the support and advice you might possibly need to ensure a successful conversion.

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Motor Wheel

Motor Wheel

Electric motor built into a reinforced bicycle wheel, simply swap it with your current wheel.

Installing your new motor is as easy as replacing a wheel… literally! This is because the motor comes as part of a new wheel which you simply need to swap for one of your current wheels. Only if your motor is very powerful do you need to add an additional component called a torque arm, which holds the wheel axle fixed in place

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Battery

Battery

There are a number of different battery types, but all can be taken on and off the bike, and charge in about 4 hours.

The battery which comes with your conversion kit is removable and can be charged from the mains. There are a number of different types of battery which attach to the bike on the bottle mount screws (“bottle type”), the rear rack, or to the seat post (“frog type”). If treated well, your battery should last for up to 1,000 charge and discharge cycles.

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Controller

Controller

Electronics box that powers the motor, screen and accessories.

Your motor needs to know how much power to output, for example based upon how hard you are pedalling. For this, you need a controller, which takes in various inputs and passes power from the battery to the motor accordingly. Controller are specific to a particular motor type so our “brushless DC” motors require (perhaps unsurprisingly) “brushless DC” controllers.

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Pedal Assist Sensor (PAS)

Pedal Assist Sensor (PAS)

Pedal Assist Sensor (PAS)

There are two ways to ride an electric bike. The first requires you to manually throttle the motor, whereas the second uses a Pedal Assist Sensor (PAS) to detect how fast you are pedalling and provide automatic motor assistance. A usual PAS consists of a metal ring and a solid magnetic disk which fit to the pedal crank and bike frame.

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Safety cut-off brakes

Safety cut-off brakes

Replacement v-brakes, or brake sensors that cut off the motor when you brake.

For security, you should always fit electric cutoff brake levers . They work like normal v-brake levers except they have an additional wire that goes to the controller to tell it when you are braking so that it can ensure the power to the motor is shut off. Alternatively we sell brake sensors that do the same thing but adapt onto your existing brake levers.

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Display

Display

eBike display that shows info like battery charge, speed, distance and allows you to adjust the controller settings.

The small handlebar display is where you can turn the kit on and off, select the level of automatic motor assistance, and read how much charge if left in your battery. These displays are most commonly simple LED readouts but more advanced kits can come with LCD displays which boast even greater functionality (e.g. speedometer and milometer)

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Torque arm
Recommended to hold your motor in place
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throttle
Throttle
Accelerator throttle (not road legal)
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