Quality product and service
When the kit arrived, I was already impressed by the way Pirez bike had packed each individual components, the box itself was designed specifically to protect each individual item.
Everything from this kit arrived immaculately and in a timely manner despite some problems with my payment method earlier on.
I'm most impressed by the support team who promptly notified me about a custom item that they did not have in stock but will continue to ship the kit first. Allowing part shipment is a fantastic service, this meant that I had the parts asap. I had the bike about 2 weeks before the other item (Lekkie 42T ring) arrived.
The kit itself is really well made, all cables are included and Pirez also does very well to ensure that you get all the required information needed to do the conversion.
My own tips for anyone who wants to attempt the conversion themselves:
1. Watch a lot of BBSHD/Bafang installation videos on youtube, you will find an abundance of information from others who undertook the project. If for some reason you cannot find these videos, Pirez bikes will also send you the exact link for you to follow.
2. If this is your first bike project, i highly recommend buying the optional installation toolkit. With that toolkit, you will find all the tools required to both remove the current setup on your bike as well as installing the entire kit. The special spanner that it includes is priceless. I will review the toolkit separately.
3. Don't stress, take your time and don't be afraid to call a friend/family member to help out. Don't believe the hype when people say this can be done in under an hour. With my best effort, my conversion took closer to 6 hours, but the main thing is that it CAN be done even for someone who has never worked on a bike before (Myself)
As for the motor itself, it is extremely powerful, and i highly recommend buying the optional PC connection cable so you can tune/adjust it properly for your enjoyment. Please be responsible and don't unlock the 99km/hr speed unless you are able to handle it safely.
Another optional item that i highly, highly recommend is the gear shift sensor, if you love your bike and want your gears and chain to last, then this is a must item. The gear shift sensor basically cuts the power to your motor as soon as it detects any changes in gear. This results in a much smoother ride and reduces the strain on the chain and gears. I will also review this component separately, for now however, trust me, you won't want to ride without this part.
To maximize what this motor can do, chose a battery that best suits your need. For me, this motor is to be put on my delivery bike, so i opted for the largest battery and amp hour battery I can find, the result? ... with mild peddling uphills and on flats, the computer is estimating an average of over 1,000km per charge (52v 20ah Triangle Panasonic Battery). The motor itself hardly goes over 6-7amps when under load and since the BBSHD have a limit of 28amps, it means that I have plenty of power in reserves should i need to call upon it. We specifically de-tuned this engine to be road worthy. The BBSHD have better components and controllers than the BBS01 and BBS02. It is much less prone to failure, and if looked after, it will last a very very long time.
Overall, i'm super impressed about this kit, and i'm equally impressed that the service Pirez bikes have given me.
If anyone is after a conversion kit to bring some new life into an older bike, I highly recommend the BBSHD and Pirez as a company. They have me as a customer for life. I will again buy a 250w conversion kit for my wife's bike sometime this year, and it will be from no where else but Pirez Bikes.
Don't settle for a cheaper option and don't regret spending more money for quality. Both this kit and Pirez Bikes is nothing short of premium.