The buyer has a choice between buying an e-bike or alternatively a conversion kit. What is better? Each option comes with pro’s and cons.
Keep in mind that an e-bike is a complete package. It was designed with a purpose in mind. The final product is the result of what the engineers had in mind which includes the technical workings of the bike. It includes balancing the motor output with the frame design; a tried and tested result. No issue of whether it is going to work or if the installation will be successful. You hop onto the bike well knowing it will do what it is designed to do.
A conversion could be fun. The DIY enthusiast will have a project and if successful, a very satisfying experience. But there is a risk here. The bike is not designed as an e-bike and the question is whether the bike can actually handle it. Is the frame strong enough to carry the extra weight and the force coming from the motor? If this is not done properly, it can be a safety risk as this may result in an accident. Maintaining the upgraded bike may also result in higher maintenance.
So why then should you opt for the conversion? Well, it is for starters a much cheaper option. You can use your existing bike (trusting it warrants an upgrade) instead of buying a complete new e-bike. So if you are technically orientated, want to use your current bike and you are turning your penny’s over, it is an option to consider.
If a complete package is important and you do not want to risk technical issues, buying an e-bike is probably a better option.