Leed 30k E-Bike Kit Video Review – Mid Sized Front Wheel Electric Bike Conversion Kit

Leed 30k E-Bike Kit Video Review – Mid Sized Front Wheel Electric Bike Conversion Kit


>>Court: So this is two electric bike kits
from Leed Bicycle Solutions. They offer just a wide range of kits that basically you can
add to almost any bike and sort of electrify it. I opened this earlier and kind of sorted
through but I wanted to give you the full experience of what it would be like to receive
this in the mail. What we’re looking at here is a pre-spoked rim with a 250 watt geared
hub motor, along with the cable in there for running it. So this is what you mount to your
bike. And then a bunch of accessories in here, so this is actually the 30k Samsung battery
kit right here. It uses Samsung cells. And then a couple of bike bags here for mounting
it to your frame. And a Specialized Speed Zone wireless computer to help you understand
how fast you’re going and stuff. That might come in handy later… and then some Quick
Release Pro axle release levers here. And then there’s a charger and some instructions
and stuff. I’m going to dig in a little bit deeper and set this thing up and we’ll go
from there! So this is my regular bike, it’s just an older GT Timberline. Its got 26 inch
wheels with basically just V-Brakes, so very simple. So the Leed kits do work with disc
brakes but this is an inexpensive bike that I felt was sort of representative of what
people might have out there. You’ll note that it does have a suspension fork and they actually
recommend a steel fork for the Leed kits because it’s going to be a little bit more sturdy.
But, given the smaller 250 watt geared motor on this thing I thought, well it will probably
be okay… That’s my choice, I don’t want to recommend that to other people. Okay, so
I’ve flipped the bike over and I’m getting ready to install the front wheel. And what
you’ll notice is that the 8FUN logo here has an arrow and that arrow points the direction
that the wheel spins. So, we want the wheel to spin this way, to make the bike go forward,
so I’m going to point the arrow in that direction. And then I’m going to slide the wheel onto
the bike. This is just a basic test here, I’ll use this on/off switch here. [soft motor
sounds] There we go! It’s pretty quiet. Let’s get a little close-up action here. So there’s
the button and there’s the motor. Nice and smooth, there’s those quick release levers
we were working with earlier, getting it all set up. And there’s the switch showing that
it’s on, black is off. One thing I noticed is that the hub motor here can get pretty
close to your fork and actually, when I crank this down it can rub right there, so they
do include extra washers. And on this side you can actually add them to sort of create
a spacer so that you aren’t getting that rubbing. That’s just something to listen for if you
start the bike or you spin the wheel and it’s not spinning freely. One of the more impressive
parts of the Leed e-bikerig kits to me has been these bags. You can see, this is sort
of a medium sized one and it fits really well. It’s very well secured, its got one, two,
three, four Velcro pieces and then also two straps. So, here’s a super-wide one, sort
of a smaller one and then this is sort of a saddle pack that could go on a rear rack.
I’m going to go ahead and just hit the specs on this thing and give you some idea of the
power and the cost. So, this retails for $699 bucks. Its got a range of about 15 miles,
they say about 20; I think it’s somewhere, maybe in between. Top speed of 15, 16 miles
per hour. The wheel and motor weigh about 7 pounds combined and the battery back here
weighs, probably about 4 or 5 pounds. So, not super heavy. This is a way that you can
take a bike, electrify it. But you’re not getting a whole lot of extra weight and you’re
also not getting a ton of extra power. So, the battery size is 24 volts 10.4 amp hours,
so that’s 249.6 watt hours. That’s on sort of the small side compared to a custom built
electric bike or something, not custom, but something that you’d buy retail like a purpose
built electric bike but not too bad. Like I said, kind of middle of the line for them.
Charge time on that is 3 to 4 hours and that gives you about an hour of ride time. It sort
of depends on whether or not you’re pedaling along but it is a little bit more efficient
being so small and also so light weight. The motor is a geared hub motor design by 8FUN
and you can actually see the logo right there with the arrow pointing down. And it comes
with a two year warranty which is pretty good, the battery gets a six month warranty which
is, you know alright and it uses Lithium-ion cells so these are pretty good. They say that
they’re rated for about 1,500 charge cycles which isn’t too bad. As far as the options
on the wheel, you can get this in 26″ like we see here, this is 26″ wheel size, 29″ which
is like 700c or 24″ and if you’ve got a super small wheel for a kids bike or a scooter,
like a 20″ wheel, you can pay an extra $120 bucks to get that. Or, if you’ve got the new
27.5″ wheels, also known as 650b, you can pay a little bit extra $120 bucks and get
it setup for that. So, that is a quick overview of the system. You can see it’s all plugged
in and ready to go. And I’m just going to hop on and we’ll do a quick ride test and
show you what it sounds like and what it looks like. So for now I’m just pedaling along under
human power and it’s kind of nice. Because you get to choose where to mount the battery
you can keep the frame fairly even from front to rear and you can try to keep the battery
weight low. So I’m going to do a speed test just going from rest here to show you what
that sounds like. [motor whirring] Nine miles per hour, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17. Okay, we’re
at about 18 miles per hour and you know, we’re in a pretty flat neighborhood here. It’s not
windy here or anything so this is a pretty good speed test I think. You know, I’m 5’9″
I weigh 135/145 pounds and it’s doing pretty well. You know, it’s a relatively quiet system.
It wasn’t too tricky to install this thing. You know it did take some time screwing around
with the tire and stuff but it performs alright. And again this is an inexpensive way to get
yourself an electric bike, as long as you’re willing to screw around a little bit and you
don’t mind the unique aesthetics; having a bag strapped to your frame and stuff like
this. The other thing that I mentioned before but I want to highlight again is pressing
this button. You’ve got to hold it down in order to make the bike go. Right, so that
could get a little bit tiring after a while. But again, the system is so light that you
can kind of just pedal along again and it’s not a big deal. You don’t have to hold that
down unless you want that extra power. And again, in my case it’s sort of covering up
my grip shifter which is a little bit inconvenient but I’d rather have access to the throttle
than shifting gears, especially for this limited test. [electric motor sounds] It’s fun! [laughing]
Woo! Well there we go. That’s the 30k kit from Leed electric bikes E-BikeRig.com it’s
a pretty affordable way to convert your bike to electric and I’ve got the full written
review with pictures and comments back at the site. I’ll see you at ElectricBikeReview.com