Question about complete kits

Discussion in 'Dealer Reviews' started by macarollo, Jul 18, 2008.

  1. macarollo

    macarollo Guest

    I am interested in building a motored bike. I think I want to go the kit route...

    Here are a few I am looking at... what do you think?

    Do you think there is a major difference in these different vendors?

    Only $190 plus shipping....

    $235 plus shipping...

    $170 shipped...

    Can anyone else recommend an inexpensive, somewhat reliable kit?

    Also, do they sell geaboxes that you can easily add to this kind of kit?
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  2. kerf

    kerf Guest

    macarollo, please, I implore you to take a little time and read this forum. The answer you seek is here but it's not as simple as you think, so READ, READ, READ.
  3. mbatl

    mbatl Guest

    overall the kits are the same, so for less than $200 with no warranty I'd get the cheapest one. If your going over $200, then I believe offers a warranty.
  4. kerf

    kerf Guest

    That's the reply I had hoped you would not get.
  5. macarollo

    macarollo Guest

    I have been reading the forums.
  6. crazeehorse

    crazeehorse Member

    check with blue collar bike, bob's kits are good as any , apparently better than the best on the planet, he has the best price, the fastest shiping, he is out till next week , but thats still 1 week sooner that you could have delivery with a 2 week waiting peiod. plus you can call him, & talk to him before you buy, & after too!
  7. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    For those kits, I'd concentrate on reviews about Powerking, King's Motors, and Boy Go Fast. Even if the products are similar, consumer experiences may vary. Dax and Chris Hill seem to get pretty good reviews. A penny saved is not always a penny earned, sometimes it's just one less thrown away.
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  8. mbatl

    mbatl Guest

    is what i said not true?
  9. kerf

    kerf Guest

    It's true, that's your personal opinion. As to what's best, I personally don't care but there is a wide range of views on that subject. I've read very many post that would take a far different position.
  10. mbatl

    mbatl Guest

    cool, i usually look at it from a price standpoint. In the future when i have more money for kits i would get the higher priced ones and consider quality and such more.
  11. Madwack

    Madwack Member

    I would disagree that all kits are the same

    POWERKING.....nice parts (seen at least 5-6 of there kits..all nice parts..all the same)

    ive seen another kit of the same engine..yet poor quailty parts ( i not here to ruin no ones business so i leave it at that)

    just my expereince

    Last edited: Jul 18, 2008
  12. atagent

    atagent New Member

    6/27/08 - Ordered kit from
    7/3/08 - Received kit from
    7/4/08 to 7/6/08 - Worked on bicycle with a licensed mechanic and found out motor is DOA. Emailed them immediately.
    7/7/08 - Got a call from Zoombicycles, saying they will see if there're any other suggestions on how to fix the motor before sending it back.
    7/9/08 to 7/20/08 - Called and emailed multiple times without hearing back anything.
    7/21/08 - Finally got a reply saying I need to ship it back. They will test and send out a new motor if they determine it's dead. I gotta pay for shipping.
    7/22/08 - Sent via UPS.
    7/25/08 - Packaged received, signed by JHON.
    7/28/08 up to today 8/7/08 - No emails, no phone calls, no status updates, no info what so ever from

    I'm not so sure about the people giving them thumbs up, since I certainly am not getting any support/responses from them. I'm still waiting for a working motor to be shipped to me... if it ever gets shipped. Very poor customer service if you ask me. Maybe I'm the only one?! If so, then lucky me!?

    Sorry, didn't know where else to complain...!
  13. rjwenzel

    rjwenzel New Member

    For what it's worth...

    I just built my first bike and I got it from The price was good, the response was good, and it was not very hard to put together. Obviously I've only put one of these together so you can take that for what it's worth . . .
  14. atagent

    atagent New Member

    Update from my previous post:

    I finally got in touch with John at, and first I have to pay to ship the defective product back to them, then after 4 weeks, and few emails/phone calls later, I finally get another motor shipped to me....

    GUESS WHAT -- IT'S DEAD ALSO! Same thing, the small sprocket won't turn at all. Took off the spark plug and thought maybe it's compression, but nope. Won't work what so ever.

    Emailing them again, and yeah, no replies. Surprised? No.... What a terrible experience for a newbie.

    Gonna dispute this with the credit card company, and glad gas prices are coming back down! For sheesh!!!!
  15. kerf

    kerf Guest

    I'm sorry that your first time out of the gate went south. Check out the vendor review section, there you will find vendors that will treat you right.
  16. atagent

    atagent New Member

    Update 10/5/08:

    I talked to John at on 10/2/08. Discussed the problems, and he sent over a motor dissection diagram. Worked with my bro-in-law the mechanic and took the motor apart, lubed them up, put them back together, and some elbow grease later, finally got the sprocket rotating.

    Glad I finally got some helpful hints from them, but certainly these motors are different each time. This motor I got from them didn't work well with my custom mount so needed to work on that a little bit again. Actually this motor is better than the last one.

    Anyway, I'll still need to do more tweaking so the motor will run smoothly, but I'm glad ZoomBicycles did finally get back to me and worked with me on getting the issue resolved. If I didn't know a mechanic, this would've been a lot tougher though.

    Now if you could only see my big smile when the motor first fired up!!!!