This is a recent setup we performed on an Urban 20 from ORBEA (retails for $650). The bike is nearly perfect for electric conversion. It has a high tensile steel fork so you can put any motor you like up to 1000W on the front and it comes with a 7-speed rear cluster that you can re-use on a rear wheel kit if you’d prefer rear wheel drive. Here, we’ve set it up with a 500W rear wheel kit and tubular lithium ion battery ($1050 for kit). The bikes are available in medium, large and extra large. This one here is the medium but it’s more like a small. The bike has a single gear on the front so we mount the throttle on the left hand and shifters stay on the right. It rides well, is very tough and has that Spanish style that ORBEA are known for!
Matt, Perth, October 2014