They also come with their own set of
challenges that many shops aren’t will-
ing to deal with or address just yet, but
maybe they should. In the earlier days it
was a lot of trial and error for bolt-ons.
Early on Dan found that MTB and
downhill frames seemed to work best,
while entry-level frames rarely, if ever,
worked. Sometimes the most dif;cult
issue isn’t the actual installation, but
sharing with the customer that their
existing frame isn’t built to handle the
torque and stress from an e-bike kit.
“There’s a market out there for serving existing bike owners that may just
want a simple e-bike kit installed, and
many shops seem to be ignoring it,”
As the bolt-on market has matured
over the past few years, Ichi Bike has
found success with several kit suppli-
ers, like EBikeKit.com, HPC and Lectric
Cycles kit, which seem to be the kits
most requested and preferred. But you
can’t just bolt these kits onto any old
bike. With safety, reliability and perfor-
mance usually being key factors when
choosing bolt-ons, it really boils down to
knowing how to pair the right bike frame
with the right kit, or having to make the
call that a customer may not want to
hear. 1. ) Dan’s electric trike mobile-repair setup complete with bike-tow service.
2. ) A rat rod-inspired board tracker. Look closely, the devil really is in the details.