We haven’t had one of these bikes come in for a conversion for a while until recently and it’s a shame. They’re great bikes. Unfortunately, they’re pretty hard to come by with this whole COVID stuff going on, as are many other bikes. What makes this nice is that it’s a belt drive bike with a lovely Alfine 8 speed SHIMANO internal hub gear; a personal favourite. The only option is really to put a front wheel hub motor on it and that is what we did; along with a pedal assist control system and 14Ah Tiger Shark battery within the frame for a great riding range. This bike is a certain for clocking up thousands of kilometres a year for the next 5-10 years without a hitch.
Many thanks to Jim and Kay for their business and sending us some kind feedback. Here’s what they said in regard to getting a conversion kit and putting it on a relatively cheap but functional bicycle.
“We just wanted to send you guys a HUGE thank you for the service we received recently when we purchased two conversion kits from your Fremantle Solar Bike shop. They were the front mini-motor kits with 17.5Ah rack batteries.
Henry’s knowledge and customer service was excellent and his advice about the installation was fantastic. I managed to do the electric bike conversions myself within a couple of hours and my wife and I are now enjoying the benefits of our new ebikes and riding every chance we can get. I had a small question about which side the speed controller grip should be mounted during the kit installation and my question was answered immediately by Will when I phoned the store.
I just can’t thank you guys enough for the service and the fantastic products you sold me. No bull-dust salesmanship, just honest competent technical advice on the outcome we wanted to achieve. And at a fantastic price for the 2 kits! The original bikes were just plain old Anaconda Fluid 2 hybrid bicycles which are about 3 years old now. They’re not high end bikes but they do us especially well now with the eBike conversion. We have found that our weekend rides have expanded by more than double the distance we were able to ride prior to the conversion and the rides themselves are now much more enjoyable. We are both over 60 so the conversion to eBikes has enabled us to ride with far less pressure on our senior knees, especially up hills. We will be recommending Solar Bike and especially the Fremantle store to everyone we can. All the best and thanks again.”
Jim & Kay
The Norco Scene is probably one of our consistently best sellers. The stepthrough design seems to lend itself perfectly to the electric aesthetic, aswell as suiting a wide range of commuters. Gone are the days where the stepthrough frame meant womens bike, the Scene is truly a versatile model designed for both men and women. So enjoy the comfort and stability of a stepthrough design without feeling like you borrowed your sisters bike!
Norco’s Scene gives the rider a commanding upright riding position, which increases both confidence and stablilty when riding and gives the commuter an excellent field of vision which is perfect for the more urbanised areas.
This particular bike has been converted with one of our mini motors powered by a 36V 11.6Ah Solarbike battery. We find these bikes are an excellent choice for more senior clients who may be suffering from mobility impairment. Also people suffering disabilities/coordination issues will find it a lot easier to mount this bike.
Why not come down to our Fremantle store today located at the woolstores shopping centre, and have a chat with one of our friendly staff and explore your options?
The Roadrunner is a high performance hybrid e-bike designed by SOLAR BIKE that has a step-over frame geometry for those looking for a more traditional design. Versatile, svelte and efficient the ‘Roadrunnner’ is sure to meet your needs. It has been designed for both on and off-road use so you will be able to traverse any terrain without difficulty.Premium parts is just one of the things that makes this a great value for money ebike. Alivio gears, Tektro front and rear hydraulic disc brakes, and a Shimano Rapid Fire gear shifter. Suntour NEX Coil Suspension, 60mm travel.
The 36V 14.5Ah PANASONIC lithium ion battery is integrated into the frame and is powering a 250W rear Bafang Hub motor. Cruises around about 30km/h without even pedalling, with an estimated range of 30km-80km depending how much the rider uses the motor.
Front and rear mudguards, integrated lighting and a rear carrier rack are just some of the features that make this bike amazing.
Interested in test riding this beautiful bike?
Come in and have a chat to one of our friendly staff, we’re located at the north end of the woolstores shopping centre.
This is what an ebike owned by a person who works at an electric bicycle shop looks like. This beautiful ebike is owned by one of our own friendly Solarbike staff members. The Montari by AVANTI is perfect for a conversion, this one has been converted with a high powered 1000W rear hub motor, the slim 48V 10.5Ah Solarbike battery is all you need to power a high powered 1000W motor. Larger 48V batteries are also available for those who want both speed and range. This particular model has been equipped for speed, with range being a secondary consideration, achieving 42km/h just with the throttle, its easy enough to get up to 50km/h with gentle pedalling, with an approximate range of 20-25km..
The advantages of a conversion as opposed to just buying an electric bike, are conversions are infinitely more customisable, want to build an ebike for range, to get you through a long distance commute (80km)? Want something purely to get you from A to B in the minimum possible time without you sweating or getting all flustered, we can do that. Want something in between that offers both speed and range in equal balance, we can do that… Want to start with a small battery and motor, you can do that and then gradually upgrade your setup as you get a taste for power? Perhaps you already have a bike you really like and would like to get that converted over. With conversions the possibilities are endless.
Come in to our Fremantle store located at the Woolstores shopping centre and have a chat with one of our friendly staff members and discuss some of your options!
The LEKKER Jordaan – brings Dutch efficiency and convenience to the streets of Australia.
The E-Lekker Jordaan is all about comfort and quality, with a superlight aluminium frame it is like nothing else on the market – combined with the comfort of extra large tyres, deluxe sprung saddle and ergonomic grips it is the ultimate cruising comfort. Lightweight and manoeuvrable, it stays true to the Dutch-style upright seating position so you really do ride like royalty.
It’s slim rear mounted battery is discrete and powerful packing a 36V 14.5Ah paired with a Bafang 250W brushless motor, also featuring integrated wiring this model is aesthetically gorgeous and rides like a dream.
Available in both womens and mens versions, it also comes in two different colour ways, Celeste/white and Black/brown.
Come in to our store at the Woolstores shopping centre in Fremantle and test rides one today and see what all the fuss is about!
The Zihni from Solarbike is our electric folding bicycle. This elegant design has the battery cleverly tucked away in the main tube of the frame. It is designed for comfort, elegance and convenience. Perfect for Camper Vans, Caravans or even just someone who doesn’t have much space. Zihni is truly the master of small spaces.
If you purchase a ‘Zihni’ before the end of July, we will happily throw in a hundred dollars of extras for free! (Helmet, Tools, Lock etc.)
It’s features include integrated front and rear lights powered by the main battery and operated from the LCD display on the handlebars, Shimano 7 Speed gears, Tektro mechanical disc brakes and both throttle and pedal assists systems. Electrified with a 250W Bafang rear hub motor, powered by a 36V 10.5Ah Samsung battery. The Zihni packs a suprisingly powerful punch for such a small bike.
Model: Zihni folding bike
Motor: Bafang 250W rear hub motor
Battery: 36V 10.5Ah Samsung
Operation: Throttle and Pedal Assist
Forks: Rigid Alloy
Brakes: Tektro mechanical disc
Gears: Shimano 7 Speed
Tyres: Kenda 20″
Lights: Integrated front and rear lights
Accessories: Mud guards and carrier rack
Sleek, beautiful and stylish the XDS Street 700 is the bicycle of your dreams, converted with a Solarbike 500W mid-drive motor powered by a slim 48V 10.5 Ah battery, this ebike packs a serious punch.
The metallic finish ocean/blue steel looks fantastic with the white rims creating a ride thats both practical and easy on the eyes, be the envy of all your friends on this beautiful bike. It looks like a fixie, but rides like a Flatbar.
Enjoy the flexibility of a 5-speed hub gear without sacrificing the style of a fixed gear bike. The internal hub gear cycles through 5 gears of resistance, while isolating the gears from exposure to the elements.
Frame Size: 53cm
Fork: Steel (700C 28.6 x 25.4 x 30 x174mm)
Handlebar: Alloy (540mm x 40mm)
Stem: Alloy (28.6 x 40 x 70mm)
Seat Post: Alloy (25.4 x 350mm)
Seat Clamp: Quick Release
Saddle: Zero Sports Saddle
Pedals: VP-530 9/16″
Brakes: Tektro R340
Brake Levers: Alloy
Shifters: Sunrace 5 Speed
Freewheel: Sunrace CSISW. 16F (1/2″ x 1/8″ x 16T) KMC
Chainwheel & Cranks: Prowheel Solid-246T-F-1
Chain: KMC Z410A (1/2″ x 1/8″ x 16T) KMC
Chainguard: PVC Clear
Bottom Bracket: Steel
Headset: Alloy A-Head
Front Hub: KT (14G x 32H 3/8″ x100 x140)
Rear Hub: Sunrace 5-SPD Internal (14G x 32H x 13/32″ 119 x 175mm L:32mm R24mm)
Spokes: 14G Stainless Steel
Tyres: Kenda (700C x 25C x 30TPI)
Rim: Alloy (700C x 23C x 14G x 32H F/V)
Battery: 48V 10.5 Ah Panasonic Lithium Ion
Motor: Solarbike 500W Mid-Drive Motor
Interface: Pedal Assist and Throttle
The AVANTI Discovery 1 (conversion) is one of our entry level electric bicycle conversions. For as little as $1630 you can have a truly versatile vehicle, and join the worldwide movement of people using electric vehicles. Equipped for both on and off road use, the AVANTI Discovery 1 is an excellent all rounder. The Discovery 1 is built for comfort, the soft seat and upright riding position make cycling a breeze, even more so with the addition of an electric motor and conversion kit.
Model: Discovery 1 (conversion)
Sizes: S, M, L, XL (this one is medium)
Colour: Dark Silver/Orange
Frame: Alloy 6061 Formtech Alloy
Fork: SR M3010 Suspension fork, 50mm Travel
Front Derailleur: Shimano TY510
Rear Derailleur: Shimano TY500
Shifters: Shimano EF41 21-Speed
Crankset: Shimano TY301 48/38/28T
Brakes: Alloy V-Brake
Brake Levers: Shimano EF41
Wheelset/Rims: Alex DC26 Double-wall Alloy 36H
Hubs: Alloy QR/ Solarbike 200W rear hub motor
Spokes: Stainless Steel
Cassette: Shimano MegaRange 14-34T 7-Speed Freewheel
Handlebar: Alloy Riser, 31.8mm, adjustable
Handlebar Stem: Allow Ahead 31.8mm, adjustable
Headset: Integrated Aheadset 1-1/8″
Grips: Zero Comfort
Pedals: Nylon Comfort
Tyres: Kenda Komfort 700 x 45c
Saddle: Zero Comfort
Seat Post: Alloy 27.2mm Micro Adjust with Suspension
Bottom Bracket: Cartridge
Chain: KMC Z8
Stand: Centre Mounted
Motor: 200W Rear Hub
Battery: 36V 9Ah Solarbike Lithium Ion
There are an increasingly varied range of box bikes available but the best one that we’ve electrified and test ridden is the French model called the Douze. It’s the best handling model of all – but damn you pay a premium for it. What makes this bike stick out from the rest is 1) light weight, 2) the steering mechanism – it has had the best French engineers work on and it works a treat and 3) in our opinion the low basket and seat contributes to the handling. It all sits close to the ground so the centre of gravity is optimised.
Electrifying the Douze isn’t too easy but it’s not that difficult either once you know the trick. We have 3 different types of mid-drive kits and the only one that we could make work was the Bafang mid-drive kit. This is because the space in the frame is limited. The Bafang kit is a very popular kit; it’s extremely reliable and widely available. There is one small trick to getting it in though; you need to actually pull the motor apart and then re-assemble it in place -it’s actually quite easy, just 4 or 5 bolts either side then you can bend the motor enough to slide it into place.
Now, the next thing you need to know before you read any further and are interested in an electric box bike is the price. This thing costs more than an average bike mechanic can save in a couple of years. The bike itself is imported by a company based over East called Dutch Cargo Bikes and will set you back around $5000, you’ll then get stung another $1000 for the baby seat and seat belts. Then, unless you are a fitness freak and are happy pedalling all by yourself you’ll likely want to bring it to us to electrify. The kits and batteries required for this system will sell for between roughly $1300 – $2000 depending on motor and battery combination needed. So, all up you’re not going to have much spare change from $8000! But you’ll have the best electric cargo bike on the market! If this sounds like about 2 or 3 times more than you’re willing to pay for such a functional bike then we recommend taking your dollars to our competitors at South Beach Cycles, they have a great range of cargo bikes and box bikes that are potentially more within your budget and highly functional too.