Turning a 2007 Globe Sport into an e-bike.

supramax

Member
I've checked out all the possibilities. Now, I'd like to hear opinions. I want to keep the 24 speeds and the integrated brake/gear levers. With tax, the latest Bion-X is almost $3000, so that's out of the question. I'd really appreciate the feedback of experienced e bikers.
 

supramax

Member
This is my bike. It's a tank and I love it. The frame has a lifetime warranty, whereas every e bike I've seen so far, no matter if it's $2500 or $10,000, have frame warranty's between 1 and 4 years. For me, the major task is keeping the integrated brake/gear levers, but having the engine cut off when I brake.
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Al P

Active Member
There is a less expensive alternative to the Bion-X. I have a kit from Leed. It mounts on the front wheel and is a fairly easy install for about $500-$1000. There is no option for motor disconnect though when braking. I have never used that feature on my other ebikes. The company has excellent customer service. Here is my 17 year old Mongoose set up with the kit:
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supramax

Member
Thanks Al P. Leed is one of my favourite conversion kits. I've also read on the forum that a lot of people don't think the motor cut off is necessary. Very nice bike, btw. :)
 

supramax

Member
Thanks for the tip. I checked out the site. I tried to chat, but the guy was busy. He'll email me his suggestions for converting a Globe Sport into an e bike via a front wheel kit. When you say 'two speed hub', are you talking about the double gear/double torque motor?
 

Lost

Active Member
Thanks for the tip. I checked out the site. I tried to chat, but the guy was busy. He'll email me his suggestions for converting a Globe Sport into an e bike via a front wheel kit. When you say 'two speed hub', are you talking about the double gear/double torque motor?
Yes. I have a 20 year old hybrid bike that is going to get one of those.
 

supramax

Member
Does the lifetime frame coverage remain in effect if you add a motor? Most warrantees are void if you substantially modify the original setup.
That is a mighty fine question! :) Thanks for asking. I'll contact Specialized and get back to you on it.
 

Al P

Active Member
Thanks Al P. Leed is one of my favourite conversion kits. I've also read on the forum that a lot of people don't think the motor cut off is necessary. Very nice bike, btw. :)
Thanks for the compliment supramax. Leed has several kits in both 250w and 500w. I went for the 500w. It was a good choice.
 

supramax

Member
When I do it, I am going to pay for the upgrade rim/spokes.
Well, I wouldn't want to lace an entire wheel, either. :) Once upon a time I could easily true a majorly buggered up wheel, but I'd rather not anymore, unless I had no choice.
 

Lost

Active Member
Well, I wouldn't want to lace an entire wheel, either. :) Once upon a time I could easily true a majorly buggered up wheel, but I'd rather not anymore, unless I had no choice.
I think it's vs. the basic no-name Chinese wheel that is the standard. So pay to upgrade spokes / rim for my heavy butt.