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Voilamart eBike Conversion Kit Review

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The Voilamart ebike conversion kit – is it any good?

Voilamart are a global Chinese online retailer that sell everything from domestic appliances through to Beauty products. They also happen to sell budget ebike conversion kits. But just because they’re cheap doesn’t necessarily mean they aren’t any good.

The Voilamart 1000w ebike conversion kit represents excellent value for money, in this review I will go over the pros and cons, based on my own experience installing over 50 of these kits in the last 3 years.

What’s included in the Kit?

There are front and rear wheel kits available and a LCD display option. These kits contain almost everything you need to convert your bike to electric, apart from a battery.

voilamart 1000w 48v ebike conversion kit rear wheel

Voilamart rear wheel 48v 1000w ebike conversion kit (without LCD display)

  • 48v 1000w Rear wheel direct drive hub motor laced into a 26″ double-walled alloy rim with heavy-duty spokes
  • 48v 26A Motor controller
  • Controller Bag
  • Pedal assist sensor
  • Throttle with battery indicator display
  • Brake levers with cut-off sensors (for cable brakes only)
  • 7-Speed gear freewheel
  • 26″ x 1.75″ Mountain bike tire
  • Cable ties
  • Plastic wiring coil (for tidying up the cables)
  • Installation manual
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Voilamart rear wheel 48v 1000w ebike conversion kit with LCD display

  • 48v 1000w Rear wheel direct drive hub motor laced into a 26″ double-walled alloy rim with heavy-duty spokes
  • 48v 26A motor controller
  • SW900 LCD Display
  • Controller Bag
  • Pedal assist sensor
  • Twist Throttle
  • Brake levers with cut-off sensors (for cable brakes only)
  • 7-Speed gear freewheel
  • 26″ x 1.75″ mountain bike tire
  • Cable ties
  • Plastic wiring coil (for tidying up the cables)
  • Installation manual
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Motor Specification

The Voilamart kit uses a simple brushless DC direct drive hub motor. Direct drive motors have been around for years, and the principle is based on tried and tested technology. This kind of ebike motor may have seemed high-tech 20 years ago, but it is now considered old-hat when it comes to electric bike motors.

a voilamart 1000w ebike conversion kit fitted to a mountain bike

One benefit of direct drive hub motors, is they are cheap to manufacture, and fairly reliable. They do not have any internal moving parts (like geared hub motors) and they can generally handle quite a lot of power.

I have successfully run a 1000w Voilamart hub motor on a 45A controller with a 52v battery – producing over 2000w of peak power, with no reliability issues.

Legality

If you are in the UK, EU or Australia then the maximum continuous power output for an electric bicycle is 250w, with a speed limit of 15.5mph (25km/h) anything above that would be classed as a moped and subject to the same rules and regulations. You would only legally be able to ride your bike on private land.

This motor is rated at 1000w and is not speed limited. There is a plug on the controller, that when connected limits the output to 250w and speed to 15.5mph. I have looked into the law and it states quite clearly that the motor has to be ‘rated’ at 250w continuous.

US federal law is different and allows 750w and 20mph, so technically this motor would still be illegal there.

I’m not one for rules and regulations, but you need to be made aware of the potential legal implications before you purchase and install on of these kits.

Reliability

I have installed at least 50 of these kits over the last 3 years, and I have only ever had a couple of long-term issues reported off customers. Hall sensor failure has occurred on maybe 3 or 4 units, and I have had one controller failure, and one LCD display pack up.

Another issue you will encounter is broken spokes. If you here a ‘clicking’ sound when riding, you will need to check the spokes for tightness. If you need to replace a broken spoke, you will need the correct length and gauge. I would recommend buying a pack of spokes and a wheel truing stand, for ongoing maintenance.

bicycle wheel truing stand

Thankfully, because these kits are so cheap, so are the replacement components. The hall sensors can be replaced, if your are good with a soldering iron. The motor controller costs around £30 ($40) and the SW900 LCD display can be purchased off Aliexpress for about $50.

In my experience, Voilamart are quite helpful when it comes to warranty claims. The only issue being, the replacement part is usually sent from China, so delivery may take a little while.

What types of bike are best suited?

I would personally go for an old ChroMo steel mountain bike, or cruiser. Steel bends, alloy breaks! All older mountain bikes and cruisers have 26″ wheels. It would be advised to upgrade the brakes if possible, as these kits add a lot of weight to a bike once fitted.

A Vintage mountain bike fitted with a 1000w rear wheel ebike conversion kit

Installation and Compatibility

The Voilamart electric bike kit is only available in a 26″ wheel version, to my knowledge they do not supply any other size. This is probably to keep costs down and simplify things.

If your bike has disc brakes fitted, you could get away with fitting a smaller 26″ rear wheel to say, a 27.5″ wheeled mountain bike. I have done it before, without any negative impact on handling. This wouldn’t work with v-brakes, as the drop on the brake calipers would not reach the braking surface on the rim.

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The motor axle can sometimes be a tight squeeze to get into the dropouts. On occasion you may need to file the dropouts slightly to accommodate the larger axle.

Although the specification states that the kit is suitable for 135mm rear dropouts, you will nearly always have to pull them apart slightly to get the axle to fit in. You will also need to use the spacers provided, otherwise the rear brake caliper will rub on the motor hub casing.

Torque arm kit for electric bike hub motor

When you are indexing the rear gear shifting, you will need to set the ‘low’ limit screw on the rear derailleur, otherwise it will rub on the motor casing when in 1st gear (largest cog on the rear freewheel).

If you have hydraulic brakes, the brake levers supplied will not be compatible, so you will either need to purchase separate cut-off sensors or not bother at all. On a motor with this kind of power output, it would be wise to purchase the sensors (especially if you are using a throttle).

I would not recommend the front motor if you have disc brakes,  I have fitted a few of the front hub motors and the brake caliper nearly always rubs on the motor, regardless of adjustment.

This kit does not come with a torque-arm. I would highly recommend purchasing one of these, as it will prevent the motor axle from popping out of the dropouts. Something you definitely don’t want happening at speed!

Performance

When installed properly, these kits will turn your humble bicycle into quite a fast electric bike. I have recorded speeds of around 30mph on the flat (without pedalling). At the very least you will need a good 48v or 52v battery with a minimum continuous current rating of 30A – the controller will draw a maximum of 26A.

voilamart 48v 26a motor controller with wiring diagram

Another thing to consider is battery range. A direct drive hub motor is the least energy efficient electric bike motor, so you will not get a particularly good range out of something like a 48v 10.4Ah battery, unless you are really frugal with the power, and pedal a lot.

A good starting point for a battery would be a 48v 17.5Ah battery with a 30A BMS. This is going to be the most expensive part of the conversion. Of course, if you are only planning on using your bike for relatively short journeys then a 10Ah battery should be fine.

What if I run out of battery power?

Good luck pedalling! Direct drive hub motors are not only heavy, but you have the resistance of the motor to overcome. Pedalling one of these with the power off (particularly uphill) can be quite a challenge. I know, I’ve been in that position before! If you want a motor you can pedal comfortably with the electric assist off, then I would recommend a geared Bafang hub motor.

Conclusion

If you want to build a fast electric bike on a budget, then the Voilamart kit offers excellent value for money. It’s a simple, low-tech solution to building your own ebike. The motor is heavy and inefficient, but it will provide you with enough power to put a smile on your face, and it will get you up most hills with ease.

Factor in the cost of a medium-sized 48v battery, and you can build your bike for less than the price of the cheapest Chinese ebike.

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These kits are generally reliable, more so than the more expensive Bafang mid-drive motors. If they do go wrong, everything is fairly cheap and easy to replace. You could even buy a second kit so you had a back-up of spare parts.

Just keep in mind the legal aspect. And most of all – ride safe! If you’re planning on using your creation on the road, try and keep your speed down in built-up areas, and always ghost pedal. That way you won’t draw any unwanted attention to yourself.

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Voilamart 1000w 48v ebike conversion kit

7

Value for Money

10.0/10

Performance

8.0/10

Efficiency

3.0/10

Pros

  • Excellent Value for Money
  • More than enough power
  • Fairly straightforward installation

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Inefficient
  • Antiquated

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