FROM BMX TO E-BIKE IN 60 SECONDS?
Save Your Legs for the Session
9 Mar 2020
Photos courtesy of Pulse
This little removable BMX e-bike kit has been causing quite the stir, with some riders loving the idea and some shredding it to bits. Naturally not everyone likes new stuff, and as riders ourselves we know that we are all pretty stuck in our ways sometimes. However, these guys aren’t trying to reinvent the wheel here - all this little black box does is get you from A to B without you having to pedal, saving your legs for the session.
How does it work?
The Pulse E-Bike motor is an accessory to any bike frame. These guys tried to design a product that was going to be simple to take on and off your bike so your BMX doesn’t turn into a full blown robot bike. The intention of this motor is to allow you to take your BMX wherever you want to go whether it be the local park, set of trails or a spot somewhere on the other side of town. Attaching it to your bike takes only one minute (we’ve done it in 45 seconds so good luck topping that) which makes it super easy to switch from cruise mode into shred your BMX mode.
Pulse uses two separate engines inside the motor: one that lifts the arm towards the tyre and the other to spin the wheel. Traditional E-Bikes use either a motor that is inside the hub of the back wheel or a complicated mechanism connecting it to your cranks and sprocket. Both designs require parts of your bike to be changed and adjusted which is a big no no for BMX riders. Pulse is designed so none of the parts of your bike have to be changed.
The best part about it? It’s a whole bunch cheaper than any other e-bike on the market. We are talking ¼ or less of the price of some of the electric options out there. You never know what spots you'll find on a big mission across the city - at least this way you'll always have your BMX with you.
Do you need one?
Pulse helps to ease the daily commute to your local skatepark, streetspot, trails, work, school, shopping, and anywhere else. Getting to work faster in the mornings, not being all sweaty when you get to your partner's parents house or simply having to get somewhere too far to pedal, Pulse has you covered. And a bonus for us - it’s a blessing for every filmer or photographer carrying a heavy backpack full of camera gear. For street riders we found another, and probably one of our favourite uses for the motors: spot searching. When do you ever pedal 30km/20miles (or 50km/30miles if you get Pulse PLUS) to search for spots? With the motor on your bike you simply sit down, cruise to that new suburb you haven't been to yet and find that perfect new handrail. Take it from ourselves - it makes getting somewhere a whole lot more fun and we've never run out of battery even after a whole day. Simple put, this encouraged us to get out there and ride more BMX, not buy a normal e-bike.
It’s also worth noting that while the engine is attached to your bike you can still pedal. That means you can additionally fang a couple of cranks and they fuckin' go. In the unlikely case of them running out of battery you can still pedal the rest of the way to the next power plug. It is also very helpful after having to stop (on a red light for example) to give it one or two cranks to speed up quicker, then sit down and enjoy not having to pedal. The looks you get from road bikers as you overtake them sitting down is hilarious!
There are three different ways of attaching it to your bottom bracket: if your frame has double tubing between the bottom bracket and your back wheel (90% of all bikes we’ve tried have this) you simply put the screw through the middle and tighten it. If your frame has a wishbone (for example T-1 frames) between bottom bracket and back wheel you can use the extra screw included in the kit and attach it with two screws on either side of the wishbone. In the unlikely case that the wishbone has an unusual size (we have only seen this on a 26” Subrosa cruiser so far) the easiest way to attach the motor is to drill a small 6mm through the middle of the wishbone and tighten the screw through it.
After you watched this short video, it should take you about one minute to attach the kit. Simply attach the motor with one screw between the bottom bracket and back wheel, velcro the battery to your toptube and slide on the thumb throttle. Pulse also throw in a super handy 6mm ratchet that is also sick for getting all your 6mm bits dialed for the session ahead. Once you're done it fits easily into any backpack, and the whole kit weighs only 5 kgs.
Where can I get one?
Pulse are currently offering free worldwide shipping on orders from their website, which costs them an arm and a leg so better be quick before they change their mind! Check out the different kit options HERE. You can change the currency to your country and then select the motor kit of your choice. Shipping usually takes 1-3 weeks depending on where in the world you are (due to shipping limitations on high power batteries).
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