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Kit turns any regular old bike into an e-bike
Electric bikes have taken the strain out of hills, but on the whole they don’t come cheap, with some even costing nearly as much as a car.
One man who knows this is Micah Toll, an expert in the field of e-bikes, who is now launching his own DIY conversion kit. He’s currently raising funds on Kickstarter, where he previously raised cash for a book about how to build your own e-bike. If there’s something to be known about how to electronically power a cycle, Micah knows it.
The kit is called Barak. Explained in the video below, it’s comprised of four parts: a battery which attaches to the frame; a controller, inside the battery housing; a motorised wheel which replaces your bike’s existing front wheel; and a throttle which goes over the handles and lets you adjust speed.
Conversion kits are already available, but speaking to CNET, Toll said: “I’ve used just about every e-bike part and kit out there. But after seeing so many low quality kits with over-rated specifications that often confuse or trick consumers, I decided I wanted to make my own e-bike that would offer not only great value, but better performance and range than many of the other products currently available.”
Fans of the kit can pick between 20-inch or 26-inch wheels, and either 350 or 500 watts of power. Set it up and you’ll give your bike a range of 32-49km (23-30 miles) on a battery that takes three hours to charge fully. Top speed is 32kph (20mph). As for price, we’re looking at $585 – $655 depending on power.
Read more about the Barak on its Kickstarter page.