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What To Look For When Buying E-Bike Motor Kits

What To Look For When Buying E-Bike Motor Kits

Riding an e-bike can be an enriching hobby, and it’s nice to be able to go faster on your bike. There are a lot of e-bike motor kits out there, though, and it can be hard to decide on the right one for your needs. This is what to look for when buying e-bike motor kits. Make the right call when you choose your kit.

Type of Motor Kit

E-bike motor kits come in three main types: front-hub, rear-hub, and mid-drive. These kits have some key differences. Front-hub motor kits attach to your front wheel and are generally the most straightforward type of kit to install. Ebike Essentials has a 500-watt front-hub motor kit that you can install today. Rear-hub motor kits attach to your rear wheel and are generally harder to install. However, the more challenging install can be worth it because rear-hub motor kits can feel incredibly natural to ride. Mid-drive motor kits attach to your bike’s center and send power to your bike through its chain rather than through one of its wheels. Mid-drive kits are often the most versatile for your bike, as you can use any chain, tire, or rim you like. These kits also feel very natural for riders, but mid-drive kits can be tough to install if you don’t know your way around your bike.

How Much Power You’ll Have

Power is an essential part of what to look out for when buying an e-bike motor kit. The primary way to determine and understand how much power each motor can offer you is by looking at the watts and newton meters of torque. Wattage is an excellent metric to determine how much power an e-bike will be able to deliver when you’re out biking. If you are riding on flat terrain, a 250-watt motor could be just fine, but if you’re hoping to ride up steep hills or challenging terrain, you may want a wattage model of 750-watts or more.


Many kits come with batteries included, but some don’t, so you’ll need to know what you’re looking for when you get your first e-bike motor kit. Certain batteries last longer than others, and there are many choices when it comes to e-bike batteries. Choose the battery with enough power to have you riding as long as you’d like on your e-bike.

Compatibility With Your Bike

Some e-bike motors may not be compatible with every bike. Hub motor kits will need wide enough dropouts to fit your motor and batteries and may not work with every cassette. Mid-drive motor kits must fit your bike’s bottom bracket and cassette too. Make sure the motor you’re getting will work on your bike before investing.

If you are looking for an e-bike motor, Ebike Essentials has you covered. We offer various e-bike motor kits and batteries to get you started. Shop for your e-bike motor kit with Ebike Essentials today!

by Andrew Jeffs