Front wheel or rear wheel hub motor kit?
Front wheel or rear wheel?
People often ask about whether to get the front wheel or rear wheel version. That depends on the bike. We slightly prefer the front wheel version, because then you have an all wheel drive bicycle. The weight is nicely balanced between front and back, and the motor pulls, which especially helps in slippery/wet conditions. However, we don't recommend using a high-torque motor like the BMC V1 on suspension forks or carbon forks. It can be made to work in some cases, but most suspension forks are made from aluminum. So if it doesn't work, aluminum is prone to failing rapidly and without warning. Ouch. So if you're going to put it on the front of your bike, we recommend that you put it on a bike that has a steel fork (steel is more resilient, and less likely to fail without warning).
Or, if you really like your suspension fork, then that is a good reason to just get a rear motor kit. The rear motor kits are compatible with up to 7 speeds, and we can add a freewheel to your kit before shipping. If your bike is set up for more speeds, it is usually very easy to adjust it for compatibility with 7 speeds. And don't worry, you won't need all those extra gears once you have the motor installed!