I have visited China many times and witnessed the large amount of the population on bicycles, many of which were electrical, and they were being used for everything from transportation to commercial vehicles. I have been bicycling for over 50 years and realized that in the present world environment, this is the future. I have investigated the Internet for e bikes and was overwhelmed by the myriad of “kits” available for converting a normal bike to e bike status…some good and some not.
I decided to search for a proper bike candidate for conversion. I settled on a 2010 Fuji Crosstown 4. The bike is perfect for conversion. It has a high quality aluminum frame as utilized on the entire Crosstown line and a steel fork. The derailleur is a basic wide range Shimano 7 speed cluster. Finding the right conversion kit was a bit of a challenge. I finally discovered Solar Bike, and I immediately realized that this was the quality Green thinking company that I was looking for. After initial contact with Matt, and expressing my needs to him, we assembled a proper kit. It is a Swift mini-motor kit with thumb throttle. Continuing exchanges modified the kit for my specific use.
The whole project took a little while as I am in America and there were lots of emails passed, assembly took me about 3 hours. I also slightly modified the stock bike, including a softer saddle to accommodate my aging 70 year old body as well as a bipod type kickstand to better support the heavier load, front and rear racks, and a cup holder for hot coffee – very important! I am extremely satisfied with the final result. The bike is awesome and has been exceeding all my expectations. The quality of the product shows! Many people are amazed at the results! All the parts supplied are of the highest quality and I thank Matt for all his help, I could not have done this without him. I have already recommended Solar Bike to several people.
Alan Simon, Oxnard, California, USA