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Commuter Electric Bike Kit

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Conquer that hill and grin big as you activate your new super powers! The compact & lightweight 250W motor provides a top speed of 16 mph at the push of a button. This is the original Hilltopper that started the e-bike revolution, updated for the 21st century. Fits most bikes with an easy 5 minute installation.

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Specifications

  • Speed16 mph
  • Range25+ miles
  • Power250 Watts
  • Motor36 Volt Front Wheel Drive
  • Battery36 Volt 7.8 Ah Lithium-Ion
  • ThrottleVariable Speed
  • Battery GaugeNo
  • Battery LockNo
  • Weight16 lbs
  • Free ShippingYes!

Install it like this

Your old bike is your new bike!

Convert your old bike to an electric one in just a few minutes. It's easy, quick and fun. All you need is a Hilltopper kit and a friend to race when you're done!

Components

  • Built by hand at our shop in the Sodo neighborhood of Seattle. Your wheel is built to order and customized to fit the wheel size of your bike. Stainless steel spokes are combined with a double wall rim. Cloth rim tape provides extra protection against flats. A complementary Kenda tire & tube is included to make installation easy (and save you money).

  • At the center of things is a Bafang 250 Watt Electric Motor in silver. Small & compact with a high torque to size ratio, this motor provides a 16 mph top speed (pedaling required). Torque roughly doubles the average persons pedal power. Bafang motors are legendary for their long lifespan, typically outlasting your bike.

  • Motor is powered by a 36V 6.6 Ah Lithium Ion battery. Range of 20+ miles depending on how much you pedal and the terrain. Built in a rugged and waterproof neoprene case, this battery mounts anywhere on your bike using the quick to attach velcro straps. On the top tube, your seatpost, on a rear rack or in a basket. Battery. One of our most versatile batteries, this battery fits any bike, oddball, or oddity.

  • Activates your super powers and allows you to control how much assist the motor gives you. Fits all handlebars (road, mountain, cruiser, etc.). Installs by sliding on, you must remove your grips first to install. Very easy to use and long lasting.

  • Charges your 36V battery in 3-4 hours. Optimized for Lithium-Ion chemistry, this charger ensures a long lifespan for your battery.

Frequently asked questions about our kits

  • Electric Bike Kits
  • Range of the Battery and Speed
  • Warranty, Returns & Shipping
  • Will It Fit My Bike?

Electric Bike Kits

  • Having trouble with your PAS sensor? Wondering if it will fit your bike before you place an order? To dot your i's and dash your t's, click the link below for a detailed over view of our PAS sensor.

    Will the P.A.S. fit my bike?

    Video Instructions - Installing the Pedal Assist System

    Our 36V Horizon kits and our 48V Summit kits both include the PAS as a fully optional component. For complete Horizon installation instructions check the next link:

    Horizon Kit installation instructions ver 2021A

    For complete Summit installation instructions click below:

    Summit Kit installation instructions ver 2021A (1)

  • Yes, all Hilltopper wheels are disc brake compatible with standard spacing and 6-bolt rotor attachment.

    All of our wheels are also rim brake compatible giving you the most options to fit your bike!

     

    For instructions on how to install a rotor on your new Hilltopper, check out the following video:

    https://youtu.be/ZxDQUXOZqps

  • Why are Hilltopper Bikes 1/2 the price of other e-bikes on the market? Because we sell direct to you, the customer. Our mission is to create a sustainable future, two wheels at a time and we do that by making e-bikes affordable for you. We intentionally don't sell through dealers, distributors, or retailers because that way of selling means a higher price tag for you. We build our kits and bike wheels with love and care here in Seattle and sell direct to you, so you won't see the large retail markup that would be present if you were buying from a third party. That way you're always getting the best deal on your electric bike.

  • It depends on how fast you want to go, and how steep the hill.

    The 36v, 350 watt kits and bikes can go 20 mph with minimal pedaling. This is the legal limit in most of the US for e-bikes so it's enough power for most bikes. This is a great power for steeper hills, faster commutes & carrying bigger loads. It's like having two Soul Cycle instructors also pedaling for you.

    The 36v, 250 watt Sprinter kit can go 16 mph with minimal pedaling on flat ground, but they perform best as a boost to your pedaling with pedaling required on hills. Perfect if you are looking for an added boost to your ride at an affordable price. Cuts your commute time by 25%, flattens out that hill by 50% & puts a smile on your face.

    The 48v, 750 watt Summit kit can go 20 mph with minimal pedaling. This is the legal limit in most of the US for e-bikes. The motor could go faster, but it is limited at 20 mph for safety and to remain street legal in the US (unlimited it could go 30+ mph). The 750 watt motor can carry large loads up steep hills and accelerates quickly. Perfect if you are looking to cruise consistently at 20 mph over varied terrain or climb absurdly steep and long hills while hauling groceries. It's more power then you might need. But its a lot of fun and gives you the piece of mind that you can accelerate out of any sticky situation.

  • All Hilltopper electric bikes and kits have a maximum speed of 20 mph. This keeps them street legal and compliant with state laws and city ordinances in the US.

    For choosing a power system, here's what to keep in mind:

    The 36v, 350 watt kits (Horizon) can go 20 mph with minimal pedaling. This is great for steeper hills, faster commutes & carrying bigger loads.

    The 36v, 250 watt kits (Sprinter) can go 15 mph with minimal pedaling on flat ground, but they perform best as a boost to your pedaling with pedaling required on hills. Perfect if you are looking for an added boost to your ride at an affordable price. Cuts your commute time by 25%, gives a boost up hills & puts a smile on your face.

  • There are many different types of bicycles and adult tricycles in the world today, but each Hilltopper conversion kit has been carefully designed to fit as many of these models as possible. All Hilltopper wheels are designed to be compatible with both rim brakes and disc brakes.

    There are a few more factors used to confirm that the Hilltopper will fit your bike. 1) Wheel Size. 2) Hub and Fork spacing. 3) Fork Dropout Type. See FAQ Will It Fit My Bike? for more information.

    • For all returns or warranty claims contact support@hilltopperbikes.com
    • 30-day money back guarantee. Returns of undamaged conversion kits may be issued full refunds less a $50.00 restocking fee. Returns of undamaged complete bikes may be issued full refunds less a $100.00 restocking fee.
    • Warranty only applies to original owner (non-transferable).
    • 1-year standard warranty on all batteries. 2-year standard warranty on all other components.
    • Warranties can be used for an exchange of a component only once.
    • Customer pays return shipping on warrantied component inspections. Please note some battery returns may require special documentation and packaging, and these instances will encounter extra fees. This is in order to correctly comply with lithium battery shipping regulations. For all return shipping we recommend using a local shipping service like FedEx office or the UPS Store.
    • If you have a quality issue with a product please contact support to help diagnose the problem. If a product does not meet our high quality standards, then we will issue you a replacement component or fix the original at no additional cost. Replacement components will only be sent after we have received your returned component and finished an inspection to determine the cause of any problems. Hill Topper Bikes is not responsible for return shipping.
    • Do-It-Yourself modifications, normal wear, and damage due to gross negligence or abuse are not covered by the warranty.

    Please contact support@HilltopperBikes.com to initiate a return.

    Return address:

    Please be sure to include a note with your items that has your name, email address, phone number, order number, and why you are returning it. Without this information, we are unable to process your return.

    Hilltopper Bikes
    Technical Support Team Attn: (Order Number)
    225 S Lucile St.
    Seattle, WA 98108
    USA

Range of the Battery and Speed

  • 36V 2020 Sprinter battery has 10 - 20+ miles of range.

    36V Universal Battery Replacement has 20 - 25+ miles of range.

    36V 2020 Horizon battery has 25 - 50+ miles of range.

    48V Summit battery has 25 - 40+ miles of range.

    Mileage rates are based on a 170 pound rider on a 30 pound bike on a flat paved surface, with no wind, using the motor and not pedaling. Your mileage may vary, though most people get more than advertised mileage. For the best possible mileage we suggest pedaling anytime the motor is engaged.

     

  • All Hilltopper electric bikes and kits have a maximum speed of 20 mph. This keeps them street legal and compliant with state laws and city ordinances in the US.

    For choosing a power system, here's what to keep in mind:

    The 36v, 350 watt kits (Horizon) can go 20 mph with minimal pedaling. This is great for steeper hills, faster commutes & carrying bigger loads.

    The 36v, 250 watt kits (Sprinter) can go 15 mph with minimal pedaling on flat ground, but they perform best as a boost to your pedaling with pedaling required on hills. Perfect if you are looking for an added boost to your ride at an affordable price. Cuts your commute time by 25%, gives a boost up hills & puts a smile on your face.

  • Mileage rates are based on a 170 pound rider on a 30 pound bike on a flat paved surface, with no wind, using the motor and not pedaling. Your mileage may vary, though most people get more than advertised mileage. For the best possible mileage we suggest pedaling anytime the motor is engaged.

     

  • For all of our electric bikes and conversion kits we've made sure charging is easy as can be. Just a few simple steps:

    1. Grab the charger supplied with your Hill Topper and plug it into the wall. For the best possible performance we recommend plugging directly into the wall, avoiding the use of extension cords and power strips whenever possible.
    2. Once the green light on the charger comes on, go ahead and plug the barrel end into the battery.
    3. When the charger is connected to the battery the light should turn from green to red to indicate that it is filling up the battery.
    4. As soon as the battery is full the light will turn back to green so you know it's done.

    That's it! Follow these steps and you can rest assured you'll be ready to roll!

    Check out our video on how to charge your battery!

Warranty, Returns & Shipping

  • Hilltopper kits are hand built in batches by our team of craftspeople, and each kit is rigorously tested before leaving our shop.

    For full kit purchases and any purchases containing a battery, please expect 7 - 14 business days for our team to build, test, and ship your kit.

    For smaller items, such as accessories or components, please expect 1 - 3 business days for our team to process and ship your items.

    For more detailed information, please check the product page of each kit for the latest updates regarding availability or email us at support@hilltopperbikes.com.

  • You read that right, free shipping* on all orders!

    (*Applies only to orders in the contiguous 48 states.)

  • If you are unsatisfied for any reason with any of our products you can return it for a refund up to 30 days after purchase.

    • For new, undamaged items to be returned for refund, shipping is free plus a $50 restocking fee per kit and a $100 restocking fee per bicycle. Please contact support@hilltopperbikes.com or 1 800 805 9053 x 2 to initiate this type of return. While federal regulations prevent us from providing you with a return label, we are more than happy to reimburse you for basic UPS or FedEx ground return shipping (within the 48 contiguous states) if sent back within 30 days of receiving the item. Please contact support@hilltopperbikes.com if you’d like to initiate a return.
    • Customer pays return shipping for warrantied component inspections. Please note some battery returns may require special documentation and packaging, and these instances will encounter extra fees. This is in order to correctly comply with lithium battery shipping regulations. For all return shipping we recommend using a local shipping service like FedEx office or the UPS Store.

    Please contact support@hilltopperbikes.com to initiate a return.

    Return address:

    Please be sure to include a note with your items that has your name, email address, phone number, order number, and why you are returning it. Without this information, we are unable to process your return.

    Hilltopper Bikes
    Technical Support Team Attn: (Order Number)
    225 S Lucile St.
    Seattle, WA 98108
    USA

  • We stand behind the quality of our products:

    • 30 day money back guarantee on all orders. Returns of undamaged conversion kit may be issued a full refund less a $50.00 restocking fee. Returns of undamaged electric bikes may be issued a full refund less a $100.00 restocking fee. For free basic UPS or FedEx Ground shipping (within the 48 contiguous states) on items to be returned for refund, please contact us.
    • Lifetime technical support. Reach out to support@hilltopperbikes.com for help from our team of experts.
    • 1 year extensive warranty on all bikes and conversion kits. See warranty & return policy for details.
    • For all returns or warranty claims contact support@hilltopperbikes.com
    • 30-day money back guarantee. Returns of undamaged conversion kits may be issued full refunds less a $50.00 restocking fee. Returns of undamaged complete bikes may be issued full refunds less a $100.00 restocking fee.
    • Warranty only applies to original owner (non-transferable).
    • 1-year standard warranty on all batteries. 2-year standard warranty on all other components.
    • Warranties can be used for an exchange of a component only once.
    • Customer pays return shipping on warrantied component inspections. Please note some battery returns may require special documentation and packaging, and these instances will encounter extra fees. This is in order to correctly comply with lithium battery shipping regulations. For all return shipping we recommend using a local shipping service like FedEx office or the UPS Store.
    • If you have a quality issue with a product please contact support to help diagnose the problem. If a product does not meet our high quality standards, then we will issue you a replacement component or fix the original at no additional cost. Replacement components will only be sent after we have received your returned component and finished an inspection to determine the cause of any problems. Hill Topper Bikes is not responsible for return shipping.
    • Do-It-Yourself modifications, normal wear, and damage due to gross negligence or abuse are not covered by the warranty.

    Please contact support@HilltopperBikes.com to initiate a return.

    Return address:

    Please be sure to include a note with your items that has your name, email address, phone number, order number, and why you are returning it. Without this information, we are unable to process your return.

    Hilltopper Bikes
    Technical Support Team Attn: (Order Number)
    225 S Lucile St.
    Seattle, WA 98108
    USA

Will It Fit My Bike?

  • Having trouble with your PAS sensor? Wondering if it will fit your bike before you place an order? To dot your i's and dash your t's, click the link below for a detailed over view of our PAS sensor.

    Will the P.A.S. fit my bike?

    Video Instructions - Installing the Pedal Assist System

    Our 36V Horizon kits and our 48V Summit kits both include the PAS as a fully optional component. For complete Horizon installation instructions check the next link:

    Horizon Kit installation instructions ver 2021A

    For complete Summit installation instructions click below:

    Summit Kit installation instructions ver 2021A (1)

  • Our variable speed throttle is just one piece of our kits that allows the rider to control the amount of power fed to the motor - kind of like a gas pedal!

    The throttle is a versatile piece that can be installed on your handlebars and adjusted to whatever suits you and your bicycle best. We recommend putting the throttle on the left, placing them between the handlebar grip and the brake/shifter levers. 

    The most common type of handlebars on the market today would be a flat or riser handlebar. Our throttle is specifically made to match these handlebars with its 22.2mm grip diameter.

    While the throttle grip is too small to fit most road bikes, drop bars, and any other handlebars with uncommon geometries, there is a pretty simple workaround - a handle bob (a quick Google search should get you plenty of result) can be attached to any of these handlebars for a quick and easy install.

    Check out our video on how to install the variable speed throttle!

  • All HillTopper kits come complete with a tire already installed so you can get going quickly. That said, our awesome tires might not be the best fit for you bike or your style.

     

    No problem, swapping out the tire to meet your needs or match your other wheel is super easy. Our rims can fit a wide variety of tires, everything from skinny road tires(25 mm minimum) to big 2.2" mountain tires.

     

    For instructions check out the following video:

    https://youtu.be/izcgolRzoko

  • Yes, all Hilltopper wheels are disc brake compatible with standard spacing and 6-bolt rotor attachment.

    All of our wheels are also rim brake compatible giving you the most options to fit your bike!

     

    For instructions on how to install a rotor on your new Hilltopper, check out the following video:

    https://youtu.be/ZxDQUXOZqps

  • There are many different types of bicycles and adult tricycles in the world today, but each Hilltopper conversion kit has been carefully designed to fit as many of these models as possible. All Hilltopper wheels are designed to be compatible with both rim brakes and disc brakes.

    There are a few more factors used to confirm that the Hilltopper will fit your bike. 1) Wheel Size. 2) Hub and Fork spacing. 3) Fork Dropout Type. See FAQ Will It Fit My Bike? for more information.

  • The type of drop out your bike has is very important. The dropout is the place at the end of your fork where the wheel attaches to the rest of the bike.

    For the longest time there was really only one type available; the "open" or "slotted" type. This is the familiar U shape you have likely seen on most every bike you can remember. Your bike must have this type for our electric bike conversion kits to fit.

    Another type of dropout that is found on a small number of high-end bikes is the "closed" dropout. This is for use only with "thru-axle" hubs, and our e-bike motors are unfortunately not compatible.

     

  • Our hubs have a 100 mm(or about 3.9 inches) axle, which is standard for most bikes. To confirm that our electric bike hub will fit into the fork on your bike we need to check the spacing of "the fork." The fork is the two metal arms that hold either side of your front wheel. If there is about 3.9" (100mm) the Hill Topper should fit great!

    Since our electric bike motors tend to be a bit taller than the average bike hub, there is another fork spacing consideration to look for. Most bike hubs are only about 2-3" in diameter, but an e-bike motor can be up to 7" tall. As such, we need to ensure that the 4" spacing mentioned above does not diminish too quickly above the dropout. For the best possible fit, that 100mm/4" spacing should be maintained at least 3" above the dropout.

    If you find your measurements fall within the “Maybe” category, the best way to find out if it fits is to simply try and install! Thankfully we offer free and easy returns, so if it doesn’t work out, you can always return the kit! See our “Warranty, Returns & Shipping” section for more details.

  • We offer all of the most common wheel sizes on the market today, including; 700c/29", 27.5", 26", 24", and 20" wheels.

    You can find your wheel size printed on the side of the tire on your existing wheel.

    Please note:

    • We carry 700c/28"/29"(all the same rim diameter - 622mm), 27.5", 26", 24" and 20" wheels.
    • We do not carry 27".
    • No custom options are available at this time.

Reviews (75)

4.9 / 5
Joseph Baginski

My YouTube review https://youtu.be/dOagjVpl2-0

Kay (Michigan)

Easy to Ride, Easy to Load. I am a woman in my 70’s and had no problem installing the electric bike kit. I got on the bike for my first ride, and I wish you could have seen the smile on my face! I had ridden a lot of e-bikes before and found them heavy to ride without the battery going, hard to control, and one even bucked every time it turned on. I put the 250 W , commuter battery kit on an older Specialized Vita I had. I put a more upright handlebar on the bike and installed a back rack for the battery. The kit seemed to add little weight to the bike and I was able to zip along the flats without the battery on, but it was so wonderful to have something to get up those hills and against a head wind. I was also able to lift the front wheel up to go inside my van, a Ford Transit Connect. It is so much lighter than an e-bike that I did not have the strength to load. If i have helped you make a decision, please use my code for the discount: Bluejay.

william forrester (brooklyn new york)

great kit. waited 4 years to right a review i test for the long hall basic kit battery four years latter still commuting to work every day i have 7 mile round trip commute never had a single complaint best investment ever

Laurie E. (Washington, DC area)

Commuter was just what I needed. With asthma, the commuter was just what I needed to get up these hills in the DC area without having an attack. With the 20 miles range, that gets me though my day, I can almost get about 35 miles in, since I only use the assist for hills, and I call any incline a hill. It came in two days, was very easy to install. I did it myself. It took me over an hour because I was scared, and watch the video over and over. Before I install this, I never did any work on my bike, not even changed a flat. When I do group rides, people notice that I’m no longer the last person up the hills and tell me to slow down! They are impressed that I was able to installed it myself. I brought this in Feb. 2017, had one problem with the on/off switch which customer service addressed, sent me a new switch and instructed me on how to install it myself. They actually sent two switches, other than that, I had no problems with it. Great customer service that stands behind their product, great product, equals happy customer.

Randy Mealer (Defiance, Ohio)

Well worth the investment. I’ve ridden a Burley Jet Creek for nine years and the addition of this motor has been phenomenal in increasing bike riding time…wind and hills are no problem anymore and it is pleasre to ride again. I’m 70 yrs. Old and I feel the addition of the motor has made my two wheel recumbent safer crossing highways, a push to get going when pulling out into the highway and more control uphills with traffic at my elbow.

Anthony Davis

Love this product. I live in New York city and every time I go out with my bike, everyone is amazed at the aesthetic and performance of my bike. I love racing the delivery guys downtown.

Lynn Scholfield

a light weight front hub motor is the perfect solution for those that don’t want their bicycle to look or feel like an electric bike. The 250 watt motor is plenty powerful enough to assist a person up the average hill. Sure, It won’t pull you up without helping it by pedaling some, but isn’t exercise the main reason we ride our bicycles, otherwise, we would just get a motorcycle. Having a hub motor also is a safety tool, especially for those that are getting a little older and not quite as agile as they once were. I often find myself struggling a bit to get back in the saddle and pedaling across a busy intersection, especially if it is slightly uphill. How nice to press that hub motor button and get that extra boost to get safely across with or without pedaling. Pedal Assist bicycle have a disadvantage for this feature, because you often don’t have that power-on-demand button that hilltopper’s system provides. I love my hub wheels. I have one on all of my bikes, and I have 3. So little weight, almost invisible, but enough power to make bicycling fun, without taking away the exercise factor.

Mary P.

Easy to assemble, easy to ride. No problems

Anonymous

Great ebike kit. The battery is tough to attach to handle bars, I recommend mounting yours on the rear rack, or on the frame.