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SOLAR BIKE is an Australian wholesale and retail supplier of electric bicycle conversion kits. We specialise in providing the greatest range of electric bike motors and lithium ion batteries Australia wide. We use batteries with the highest power to weight ratio commercially available for ebikes with the latest PANASONIC cells. There are bike shops Australia wide who stock and install our conversion kits and you can also purchase directly from us. We are located in Fremantle if you'd like us to do the conversion work for you and we also stock a range of great production line electric bikes there. Please contact us directly with any queries, we hope to be able to provide the best service in the country for electric bicycle related demands.
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ACE CYCLERY is a bike shop in Palmyra, WA. They specialise in retro and vintage bicycles. This is one of their choice bicycles to convert. It’s called the Felt. It comes together beautifully with the mini-motor tube kit. Please visit their store to chat to the owner and see a range of their stylish bicycles that can be made electric.
Ace Cyclery, 14 Carrington street, Palymra, WA.
I purchased a Solar Bike electric bike kit through George’s Bike Shop in Willetton just before Christmas. It’s great, the bike is a heavy beach cruiser with wide tyres, more style than efficiency, but the 350w Solar Bike kit powers it up the hills between Hilton and downtown Fremantle. The few times I have taken it downtown, there has been a crowd of people around it, taking photos too.
This bike was set up for someone who travels about 25km from here to there every working day. Not happy with a slow speed, he electrified a MASI with a 1000W motor and 48V 10Ah tube battery. To get a high pedal speed that could match the motor he had to change the rear gear (originally single speed) to an 8 speed internally hubbed Shimano Nexus gear. It is a real treat to ride and is possibly what I would consider an ideal solution for daily commuting. It gets going very quickly but you can still pedal to put in a decent amount of effort.
I have been riding a Solar Bike now for 2 months – highly recommended by a work colleague that has had one for 5 years. It was a fit out of my existing mountain bike done by Matt from solar bike in Perth. I can say I’m really enjoying the 42km round trip to and from work, the near empty cycle paths along the coast are far more enjoyable than driving stuck in traffic and it’s only several minutes slower than commuting by car. Not having to deal with traffic bottlenecks is a real blessing. I pedal the bike as well to give the battery maximum overall longevity and for fitness and in 5 weeks managed to drop 4kg to my ideal weight. In busy areas I will drop the throttle and just pedal.This world needs more green solutions. Taking my car off the road, saving money on fuel, not servicing cars and clocking up kilometers riding a solar bike is ideal and gives you a good feeling that you are doing something for yourself and the planet. I highly recommend getting one – you won’t regret it!
I fitted out my Giant Cross City 4 with a 500w motor and tube battery about 18 months ago. Matt was a great help regarding set up and discussing which of the many options was best for me. Since then I have ridden 180km a week every week on my commute to work. The bike has been fantastic and one of the best things I’ve ever done.
Firstly, it’s quicker than driving or public transport when you consider door to door times. Secondly, free but mild excercise out in the fresh air means you get to your destination refreshed and not sweaty – the motor assistance cuts into the Freo Dr with ease, past most of the struggling lycra set too! Lastly, it’s super cheap, I’m saving over $80 a month in train fares.
Here’s a photo of my well loved ride, resting at home after another full week of active duty. You’ll notice duct tape around the battery which is my low-tech method of adding some support to the battery cradle when going over bumps and potholes.
I bought my 200W conversion kit back in Feb 2011 and have now ridden over 21,000 km on it. The water-bottle-style battery and the motor are both still going strong. I travel 250km a week to and from work, I pedal hard and only use the motor to go up tough inclines. The Solar Bike stuff is great, but the Trek FX7 it was fitted to is now dead. At 16,000 km all the drivetrain had to be replaced due to the heavy usage, costing $300. The original rear wheel popped about 15 spokes, even though the battery was on the frame and the motor in the front wheel. Now the actual frame where the rear wheel is clamped in has snapped off. None of this is covered by warranty even though it has a lifetime warranty on the frame. How is that for reliability of the Solar Bike kit? It outlasted the brand new bike, complete with a ‘lifetime warranty’ – amazing stuff!
This is a 1000W beast set up for a customer on a dirt jump bike. The only way to do a high powered dirt jumper seemed to be to use the 48V 10Ah tube on top of the frame. It feels pretty solid and goes pretty quick. Pictured in front of Monsis Cafe, my favourite coffee place in Claremont.
I’ve had a couple of solar powered electric bikes running well for the last 6 months so it’s probably about time I wrote a review of the systems.
My wife works 24 km away in West perth & used to commute by car. I always thought this was insane. Apart from the painful drive, it costs a fortune to park. My wife had a few goes at riding to work; starting by riding one way & then getting the train home She’d leave the bike at work and ride home the next day. This seemed like a pretty good compromise between convenience & physical effort and continued until one day when I found myself at a bike shop and saw a Malvern Star with a Solar Bike conversion kit on it. This was the first electrically assisted bike I’d seen that looked like a normal bike & not something your granny would take to the shops with a basket on the front. We took it for a test ride, mulled it over in the tavern with a beer and then bought it. My wife loves it! No more dealing with rude selfish people on the train, she gets a lot of exercise without killing herself and it’s just a lot of fun.
The best way I can describe it is: it completely flattens out the hills; you get all the good bits about riding a bike without the pain. You use the throttle to get you going from a standing start & to pull you up the hills or into a head wind and it’s even possible to tow the kiddie trailer with ease.
We were hooked & I wanted to join in. I bought the online special. At the time it was an 11Ah super tube kit with a solar charging set up. I fitted the kit to a Giant Cross City myself in about an hour. Really quite easy. The only modification I made was to put the thumb throttle on the left side, leaving my right thumb free to change gears.
I set the solar charging kit up in my shed, with the panel on the roof, this was a bit more technical but not complicated. The solar panel charges a lead acid battery during the day & then this charges the bike when you get home in the evening (when the sun is gone). This has worked very well for the three days a week my wife goes to work, but struggled a bit to charge both bikes if we used them at the weekend too. To be fair though, this is during winter with limited sun available. I expect this to change during summer. And even now in spring it’s worked perfectly. I also use it to charge my bike lights. Of course it’s possible to charge from mains if the solar system gets low.
I took the super tube kit out recently for a bit of a distance test. Using the power only when I needed it (up hills & into a head wind). It was going so well I decided to head home via the coast, unfortunately into a strong head wind. Eventually running out of charge at 56.76 Km. I believe if I hadn’t struggled into the wind, I would have made the last 7 Km home. Still a pretty good effort!
My wife averages 28Kph to work, passing many “roadies” along the way. I heard recently that the average speed of cars on the freeway at that time in the morning is 32Kph. Considering the bike takes you from door to door (no looking for expensive parking, & walking the rest of the way), then traveling time is comparable to the car.
The biggest difference is that riding the bike is enjoyable & something to look forward to, not a stressful, frustrating, chore of a car trip. My 1st choice for transport is now the electric bike. Our 2 year old son loves riding in the child seat or trailer. Trips to the shops are a pleasurable adventure and it gives me great satisfaction that the powered assistance comes from the sun.
We’ve just added a folding electric bicycle to our range of ebikes. We previously tried importing a few ready to ride electric bicycles but all of them were quite poor quality and were really wobbly on the road. We also found it hard to find a decent folding bicycle that could be folded well with a conversion kit – but finally we have one! The bike we will now use is the Giant Expressway (2), it is a lightweight folding bicycle with an aluminum frame. It has 20″ wheels and rides very smoothly. It can be folded to take on a train or put in a car but it is large enough to handle very well. We use a special 20″ conversion kit with a seat pole mounted Samsung lithium ion battery (36V 9Ah). The electric motor has lots of torque at low speeds because of the small rim size so it will pull you up any hill. This bicycle is extremely zippy and will ride far better than any production line folding bicycle due to the light weight quality bicycle and electric components.
Matt, Solar Bike, September 2013
This is my electric recumbent I made. It’s running with a mini-motor and a 36V 11.6Ah tube battery. I do about 4 rides a week on it for 2 and a half hours. My top speed ranges from 17 – 21 miles/hour but the motor tops out at about 16 miles/hour so anything over this speed means the motor is mainly free-wheeling. I’ve never dropped the battery to below 50% capacity during this time. Whilst excellent, like many others I’d like a higher top speed. I’m considering over-volting it with a 48V battery or getting a rear wheel motor, as the larger diameter will help with top speed.
This was made for a customer in Jurien Bay. Here is a slideshow of its making and a short video of a test ride.
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This is Dismantle’s cargo bike that has now been made electric. It uses a tube battery and 20″ disc front hub motor. It will be a mobile bicycle repair unit. Tool boxes are being made and soon Pat will be riding it around to various schools to teach bicycle skills to school children.
Matt & Pat, Dismantle, Fremantle, August 2013
40 ks of funking every day! No gas, no trash, no fumes, no rush, no sound, no traffic, no lycra, no car, no sweat, no worries!
Dave, Perth 2013
I can’t remember exactly when I bought my 500w kit. At any rate, I thought you might enjoy this recent snap of my trusty steed, having made it up the steep climb to Crack Neck Lookout, Central Coast NSW, near where I now reside. Everything is performing perfectly.
Col, Central Coast, NSW, July 2013
Robert took advantage of The Big Issue electric bicycle project to convert a rarely used Raleigh into an electric commuting machine with a 500W super tube kit. The project offers a $100 discount and a year’s membership to Dismantle in Fremantle – which gives you free workshop use and help with any bicycle work from numerous mechanics. These were his comments after converting:
“I haven’t stopped smiling since we converted the Raleigh. I tried a long 40km + trip around the river on the weekend. It took 1hr 14min at an average speed of 32km/h. This was also into a head wind. I still had one green light on the battery after using quite a bit of power to counter the head wind. Mind you, I was giving the peddles a work out too! So with judicious use you might get 50k from the battery. Am loving it!”
My wife and I purchased this Nihola trike so she could take our son to school. It is an extremely well made cargo bike from Denmark but it is nearly impossible to ride up in the hills – especially with our growing son and groceries. We researched making it electric and Solar Bike seemed the best choice. I had a lot of correspondence with Matt and we sent a lot of pictures and ideas and in the end we put a rear wheel conversion kit on it. It makes an incredible difference now, it is truly a practical form of transport now and is well used and loved. We had to make a sacrifice with the gears, the bike came with an internal 8 speed hub and we had to lose that. The rear wheel has a 6 speed cluster on it but it is only setup as a single speed. If I get the time I may put a derailieur on it so I can use the 6 gears but it actually works very well with the single speed because the motor is very strong. We did have one problem with a failed Hall sensor in the motor after some extreme riding up a very steep hill with no pedal assistance. It was all resolved easily enough though, Matt drove over an hour to get up here and fixed it up for free because renting a trailer and a car was quite difficult for me to get it down to him at the beach. I am very happy now.
Shital, Perth, May 2013
I had a 200W Solar Bike 9Ah Swift Kit put on my cross-country bike and I must say I am absolutely wrapped with the performance and ease of riding. It is a real hoot! People look in amazement at me riding uphill without pedalling! I had the system fitted by Matt’s installer in Adelaide (Mic Chapman) and he did a super job. All round, a great package and a very good deal! If you live in Adelaide and would like to see the bike, let me know, I am more than happy to show and recommend this system to any potential buyer. My business is LEDsignSupplies, it’s in Kent Town.
Keep up the good work and thanks again.
Good advice is definitely what you get from Matt. I originally ordered the 1000W with 48V 10Ah battery rack conversion kit, thinking to mix commuting with offroad use. Matt called me and asked me heaps of questions on what I actually need (vs wants). Long story cut short, I ended up with a slightly cheaper and different system (500W super tube kit) for my 60km return trip. I can happily report that it doesn’t take much to overtake riders in lycra now – even though I’m one too. Regarding installation of the conversion kit, it’s easier than I thought. The torque bar was the hardest bit for me due to a fat fork on my mountain bike but I did get it on. I also purchased aCycle Analyst to measure all paramaters. These readings may be interesting for the more technically minded people, they were taken with light pedalling (no pedalling only consumes an extra 50-100W). Keep in mind, my mountain bike was already about 20 kg without the kit. The kit added nearly 10kg to the total weight.
Monitoring of 500W Solar Bike kit with 11.6Ah Panasonic tube battery:
1. The controller and battery take up to 700W – especially at slow speed, max crank
2. At cruising speed 34-35kph, flat, no wind, light pedaling, it consumes roughly 300W
3. When the voltage drops to 34V (when I’d consumed over 5Ah), the motor alone won’t go any faster than 36kph (maxed out at 360W) on flat ground. Looks like the controller struggles to get more speed once the voltage has dropped a little bit. When the battery is fresh (let say less than 3Ah consumed, where 36V is still available), I have no worries getting to 40kph (around 500W)
4. I’d consumed around 6Ah (of 11.6Ah available) after travelling 28km with considerable pedalling
All up, extremely happy with both product, advice and service.
|I came from Brazil to study at the University of Western Australia for a year. Getting around Perth isn’t too hard but it can take long times and it can be difficult to get home at night after 12pm if you’re in the city. I got an electric bicycle and it has made life so much easier and I save lots of time and money. I chose the electric fixie and put a 500W motor on it with a super tube battery. I can travel about 50km if I pedal heaps and about 25km if I don’t pedal much. My ride to university is 9km along Striling highway and it takes me 12 to 16 minutes on my bike depending on how hard I pedal. If I use the bus it takes twice as long and when there is traffic it’s terrible and can sometimes take more than 45 minutes. I love it and am wondering how I can take it back to Brazil.
|My mountain bike was sitting around hardly getting any use. My friend got a Solar Bike kit put on his mountain bike and said it changed his life so I decided to do the same. I wanted something that gets about 40km/h so I chose the 1000W kit. I didn’t want the rack battery because I like to keep things compact but the 48V tube battery didn’t fit in the frame so I mounted it on the top bar. Works like a charm. It’s so quiet and fast but still very safe. My friend was right – changes your life! It’s simply just faster, cheaper and much more fun that driving a car in traffic. Get one!
|We have responded to popular demand and produced a box cargo bike with a Solar Bike conversion kit! This can be fitted to both our Longhaul and Shorthaul cargo bikes. It is a great value for money option for electric box bike enthusiasts who would like some extra power. Available in Melbourne or parts can be shipped Australia wide.|
|My fantastic brother put this electric solar bike kit on my Canondale for me for my Christmas present this year! It’s the greatest present I’ve ever received and I’m loving it. I use it to get from Kingston, through Taroona, into the city and back – about a 25km ride all up. There are many big hills around Hobart and this just flies up them all. I still ride a lot so get a lot of exercise but it makes it so much more comfortable with the electric assistance and is now my first choice of transport for journeys less than around 30km. I generally just ride normally on the flat and only push the throttle from time to time but I hold it full throttle on all the hills and with a bit of pedalling it can get up even the steepest hills around here – and there are a lot of them. It’s a really convenient form of transport and it’s great not to rely on the car so much.
|This was a conversion done for a local customer. He was looking for a road bike that could use the higher power kits and that also had disc brakes. It’s sometimes hard to get the kits onto disc bikes, especially if using the larger direct drive motors as there is limited room to get the disc caliper between motor and disc itself. Thankfully, the Apollo Trace (model 2) came together nicely and posed no problems. It’s also great for conversion due to the strong rigid forks. The bicycle itself typically retails for around the $600 mark and kits are between $1050-$1200. This kit used the super tube battery (11.6Ah) and I tested it and found it to still have battery power after 30km with light pedalling (using 500W motor).
|This was an electric protobike for the WA Department of Agriculture and Food. They monitor their crops for photosynthetic rate and other parameters using quite heavy machinery and batteries. The poor workers used to have to carry things and walk up and down the rows all day. Now they’ll be doing it on some specialised converted electric bicycles. We were testing this one here with a 500W front motor; it worked well on most fields but bogged down when it got really sandy. Impressively, the 200W geared mini-motor with a 500W controller was a bit better but still struggled in the really soft stuff. The end product will be 200W mini-motor on front and 500W motor on rear. All the monitoring gear will be mounted in the middle of the contraption. Will make taking measurements of their wheat and barley trial crops a lot easier.|
|This is a very good commuter bicycle for the money. It’s the Malvern Star Sprint – a flat bar road bike with the 200W mini-motor and Panasonic tube battery. Range about 35-50km depending on rider input. Great Value for $1750.|
|This was a Chopper that was converted by Matt from Brizzie Bikes (in Brisbane) for a Gold Coast customer who is considering plans to rent them out. The Chopper is an amazingly in-practical form of transport and it takes a bit of getting used to – whether no power, electric or petrol powered – but they are comfortable. Not sure how these plans will pan out but it does look pretty damn cool! This Chopper is using the street legal 200W mini-motor and long range battery (36V 16Ah) so it should have a range of about 60km. Plans are under way to test a high-powered version out.|
|This conversion was for a customer that brought his bicycle into the shop. It’s a retro style Schwinn road cruiser bike. It came together quite nicely and rides a lot easier for having the kit put on it. The black and yellow colour scheme also worked well. It is using the 200W mini-motor and an 11Ah rack battery that will give it a range of about 40km, cruises on the flat at around 28km/h without pedalling.
PERTH ELECTRIC BICYCLES, 926 Hay st, Perth CBD.
|Thanks for a nice kit, it was easy to assemble. I got about 38km last night and had one green bar left so the range is good. Thanks for providing the small zip ties and bag, it is a very complete kit.
|I’ve had this tricycle for a while but now that I’m over 80 I found I didn’t have the power to pedal it up some of the hills around King’s Park. I rang up Matthew and he came over and converted it to electric. It’s absolutely fabulous now, I use it for a 14km round trip to get the shopping and for exercise. I absolutely love riding and this has now enabled me to get outside and do some exercise whilst being comfortable in the hilly areas. It’s wonderful to ride around King’s park and I don’t know how I managed without it. Thanks.|