How Long Does A Cheap eBike Kit Last?

How Long Does A Cheap eBike Kit Last?

How long does a cheap bike electric bike kit last? In our case, we built a new bike from a kit we bought on eBay, and it lasted one year and four months. We don’t know what the brand name was because it was a super cheap kit, and it worked great until the motor finally failed and didn’t want to turn anymore. We suspect that the problem was bad bearings. If you want to know how long an Ebike electric bike kit will last, this video will tell you. I don’t know if it makes a difference if you buy a more expensive kit or not. The one that we bought to convert our beach cruiser into an electric bike was the cheapest one on eBay, and it doesn’t have a brand name.
Here’s a battery and Bike Rack Combo with lots of power:
Here is an electric wheel kit:
Here is where to buy a torque arm:

Readers Comments (50)

  1. It worked until it didn’t work! (Lol)

  2. Dr. Arnold Benitez May 2, 2021 @ 12:11 am

    Hello AfroMyrdal, I just got me a Catrike 559 and install a Bafang 750w Kit 11.6Ah Dolphin battery 48T and Color Display, I want to know how to keep up with the discs brakes, Tune-up, basically maintenance on this trike, I have never work on a bike or Trike, any help would be appreciated, have a blessed day sir.

  3. for the fun and the price it’s probably a great deal….I see Chinese people using no named chinese Ebikes here in Toronto zipping around and they seem to do well so they can’t be that bad…I will look to see what they ride next time and tell you the name.

  4. Powered by glucose May 2, 2021 @ 12:12 am

    I’m at 4400 miles on a voilamart rear hub 1000w motor, used it for 2 years, through 2 bad winters, still going strong , highly recommend for the price and reliability

  5. stevie's blues May 2, 2021 @ 12:13 am

    Volimart cheap but very good for the money.

  6. ‍1marcelfilms May 2, 2021 @ 12:14 am

    I think I’ll stick with my locally made Sachs 301 engines

  7. Harley Likes Magic May 2, 2021 @ 12:15 am


  8. I rode my since April 2017 til September 2019.  Checking for shortage.

  9. Nitro Donkey Garage May 2, 2021 @ 12:16 am

    I’ve built two mountain bikes using violamart 36v rear hub motor kits and they have lasted over two years of off-road riding so far

  10. Buckarooskiczek Productions May 2, 2021 @ 12:19 am

    Bearings are what wears out in a brushless motor (that has proper battery voltage.) Sometimes it’s easy and cheap to replace those…done a couple brushless motors myself but not my bike’s hub motor yet…

  11. KAISER FRIEDRICH WILHELM II May 2, 2021 @ 12:20 am

    My kit drove 4 miles then it stops. motor blocked

  12. Gonçalo Rodrigues May 2, 2021 @ 12:25 am

    I have a similar 1000w rear hub motor that I bought from a brand called yose power 2 years ago. Already have more than 6000 km on it and no problems at all.

  13. Did you ever lube the bearings?

  14. Love the Kids I The Hall reference! Wanna sell the old kit? Lol. I can rebuild it

  15. Ebikeling kits are good, i’ve made 3 ebikes with them, 1- 1200 watt and 5 – 500 watt

  16. William Vanderpool May 2, 2021 @ 12:27 am

    if you put it on backwards it will burn it out maybe that’s what you may have done

  17. Just Another Channel May 2, 2021 @ 12:30 am

    Ebikeling 2000w and I have some silver ebay battery. 1 year 1007 miles still rolling. I ride mine in -20 degree weather.

  18. What kind of battery do you have? I understand that it’s 48v 16ah, but what make and model? Do you know what kind of cells are in there?

  19. would this wheel work on a mountain bike?

  20. Morenkeji Awojobi May 2, 2021 @ 12:31 am


  21. Built a generic rear wheel ebike. Currently using a 52v battery with 30 amp controller. I’ve ridden 700 miles with 70% blue trails and it’s still going strong

  22. Vegas RoManiac May 2, 2021 @ 12:33 am

    i have the same motor 500 watt , rear wheel , 100 miles so far , on my new bike built , so far so good, battery sucks … i only get 7 miles out of it i got jibbed !

  23. How many miles should I get with 18 ah lead acid battery pack on 36 volt 500watt kit?

  24. Electric stuff and games May 2, 2021 @ 12:38 am

    12mph what ever i have done like 1864 miles on my rear hub 2000w

  25. Any updates on this project?

  26. Hello, I do uber eats delivery and need to build my own ebike. My neighborhood has pretty steep hills and roads. I was wondering if getting a front wheel will affect trying to climb steep roads?

  27. I’m crushing your head…. I’m pinching your face… Good info thank you for sharing…

  28. I got a cheep 600 dollar ancheer already put 1200 miles on it (about a year of riding). no issues still get about 15 miles of range and i’m 225 pounds lol.

  29. The kits I see right now are about $200 for something like you have, $200 for a year and 4 months of use is not really cheap. Did you buy a lithium battery/batteries for it or lead acid? Thanks man

  30. Anthony Mayor Garcia May 2, 2021 @ 12:41 am

    So you bought this off ebay?

  31. Dr. Mantis Toboggan May 2, 2021 @ 12:44 am

    "I’m pinching your bike"@3:04

    Omg I busted out laughing. I totally remember that skit. Awesome vid. Im about to build my first ebike soon.

  32. How much did you pay for it?

  33. E-Bike Traveler May 2, 2021 @ 12:45 am

    Bearings are cheap and easy to replace.

  34. Leonardo Špiranec May 2, 2021 @ 12:46 am

    Buy a magic pie 5 kit , one of the best 1000w hub kits , arround 400 dollars .

  35. 1 Year now
    ..still runs like a champ

  36. If you had front shocks, the bearing would last a lot longer. Just sayin

  37. That feeling when you search for something on YouTube and find exactly what you’re looking for 👌🏻🙏🏻 thank you man, I’ll be ordering a kit here shortly.

  38. Use pedal assist take off throttle

  39. Faceless Vaper May 2, 2021 @ 12:53 am

    My first kit was a front hub 350w Dillenger that died after 2000 miles, I replaced the hall sensors and got another 2000 miles then it did die for good, that kit cost £500($600) with a good battery (that still works today) – now I use YOSEPOWER hubs, I don’t use their batteries as my original kit battery still works at peak performance – YOSE hubs are cheap, in their own range I feel some styles are made better than others, like my front hub 250w black that seems better quality than my silver rear hub however these are geared motors I do believe they do a 1000w direct drive – as for rear vs front I agree now I have a rear hub I would say defo front hub, seemed more fun, quicker up hills with less effort and better weight distribution either like yours with a battery over the back or mine with a mid mount battery!

  40. DALE thebelldiver May 2, 2021 @ 12:56 am

    Where do you get the battery?

  41. How long does the battery last

  42. Go look at the reviews for Electric Bike Review. They have a YouTube channel as well as a full review on their web site.

  43. I’ve had a few voila mart kits and they all lasted years with no issues. 150 bucks from ebay. I use 3 or 4 hover board batteriies power. 36 volt.

  44. Sean Andrew Magadia May 2, 2021 @ 12:59 am

    This didn’t pop on my head to consider how long the parts will serve me. Thank you 🤖

  45. When you make an e bike could you make a video that would be cool!

  46. Likely the crash damaged it? Thats just the time he told you

  47. E-bike beginners who are unsure about self-building should stay away from this 1000-watt motor and rather go for a 250 to 500 Watt motor which keeps things a lot more manageable.

  48. Triple Viktor May 2, 2021 @ 1:02 am

    I think, personally, putting the hub on the front works best because of the brake issue you mentioned, pedal starting it should solve the burn out issue, front wheel drive tends to be a bit more controllable in bad conditions too as it pulls the bike from the front instead of pushing from the rear, and mostly because it’s less weight in the back. Gotta remember the majority of the weight on a bike is on the rear wheel. The battery, electronics, hub, and the rider all pressing down on that wheel while it takes all the stress of pushing the bike along and the conditions of the road tends to snap spokes a lot faster. It’s an issue I’ve had with building motorized bikes, the rear wheel always had the majority of the weight and a good hole or bump and you could kiss a few spokes goodbye.

  49. why not just change the bearings?

  50. I just stuck 200$ in a good rear coaster & now I found out that a mid drive won’t work with a coaster brake.

    Anyone know if I can pick up one of these front wheels with a disc brake or brake built in?

    Fyi seems like lots of ppl struggle finding a rear hub due to chain complications, dropouts, etc

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