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DIY e-trike

setThe conversion kits to turn our Stowaway trikes into e-trikes are installed. The kits by Ebike Efos were delivered and complete, so last weekend I’ve started installing them. As this was the first time I’ve transferred a bike into an e-bike I was expecting that it would take over half a day to get it done, but it went pretty smoothly. Despite the rainy intermissions a week ago.

The original rear wheel was replaced by the wheel with hub motor from the set. It came with a 9 speed cassette, so after changing tires and installing the cassette the new wheel was ready to be mounted into the frame.

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The new rear wheel with hub motor and 9 speed cassette
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Original wheel removed from the Stowaway
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First step completed

Then it was time to install the pedal assist sensor. I wanted to place it on the left side of the “bottom” bracket, but that’s an internal¬† cup so I had to place it on the right side. Had to remove the smallest chain wheel, but that’s never been used and with the motor assist I guess I won’t be needing that at all.

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Pedal assist sensor and magnet disc

In stead of the standard LED display, we’ve opted for a LCD display that offers more ride info and setting options.

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KT-LCD1 display

Final step was placing controller and battery and hooking everything up. At first I thought about placing controller and battery in my trunk bag, but to keep everything dry I’ve bought a M-wave topkoffer. Keeps everything dry and has space for other stuff like rain jacket, first aid kit, etc…

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Controller
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Battery and controller in the “boot” of the bike
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Nicely protected

All in all the e-trike conversion didn’t cause any real problems and was pretty easy to do. Converting my trike took about 4 to 5 hours (including rainy intermissions), converting my wife’s trike was done within 3,5 hours.

After the conversion I did a short test ride. And even though it still feels a bit like “fake-cycling” it rides great! So, I’m glad I went for this option.

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The Trident Trikes Stowaway is now a DIY e-trike

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