Why Choose a Custom Built eBike?

Because they’re better! And not necessarily more expensive.

Your Bike

It starts with the bike. Whether new or used, we convert your ride. Bikes in landfills just seems wrong to us.

Advantages of Mid-Drive Motors

We use mid-drive motors. With a mid-drive, which is integrated into the pedal assembly, the weight is centered on your bike. This allows for:

  • A more comfortable ride
  • Reduced or no maintenance
  • Cost savings over the long run

How can that be? Aren’t hub-motor bikes like the RAD cheaper and just as good?

Don’t get us wrong. The RAD business model, which emphasizes affordability at purchase, gets a definite thumbs-up. Millions of dollars in sales can’t be wrong.

But hub motors add weight to the rear wheel of your bike. You are more likely to feel all the bumps and grinds as you ride. In addition, broken spokes – caused by the weight of the motor in the wheel – are common. To fix this problem requires the expertise of a specialized bike mechanic, which can be costly.

Off the Shelf or Custom?

When you buy off the shelf, what you see is what you get. That can be terrific – if you purchase optional add-ons (more money) or just need the very basics.

Our eBikes are custom from the get-go. We aren’t obligated to use parts only from a specific source. We can add the best of the best as part of your regular build request. Features many manufacturers or shops would call “extras” like mirrors, racks, custom grips, etc. are standard for us. And we work with you to find the best solutions for your needs.

Key Takeaways

  • Try before you buy. We will happily arrange test drives any time! Discover for yourself the difference in comfort between hub and mid-drive motors. Don’t take our word for it, comparison shop.
  • Find out the real cost, not just the purchase price. What comes standard? How much are “extras?” Is installation free? How long is the warranty and what do repairs typically run if the warranty has expired? We believe you’ll learn that custom built mid-drive eBikes like ours are the better value in the long run.
  • Please shop local. Whatever you choose, please buy from a local dealer. Whether it’s a Mom and Pop like us or another local – it’s all good. We need to support each other and our communities.

REI Co-op Becomes Sporty, Fast eBike

How do you transform a mountain bike into a street-fast, BMX style ride? By giving it a makeover from top to bottom.

This latest eBike build features brand-spanking new:

  • Fast-rolling Maxxis Hookworm street tires
  • BMX tall handle bars for upright pedaling
  • Suspension seatpost
  • Hydraulic brakes
  • California eBike power group set, w/ long-range battery, throttle, pedal assist, and mid-drive motor.
  • Programmable controller – 750 Watt Class 3
  • Color display
  • Speeds of 30+ mph
  • Mileage range 35-40+ depending on rider, terrain, and throttle use

The extra tall front fork guarantees room for the big battery, mounted on the frame underside. Comfort is king during high speed runs over rough pavement or gravel with our suspension seatpost.

If you’re looking for a highly maneuverable bike that turns on a dime (remember those? Ha!) – this ride is for you. $1700.

Arrange a Free Test Drive Today

Interested? Call or text us at 541-977-1700 to arrange a free test drive.

See Our Specialized Roll Sport eBike at the 2020 COBA Tour of Homes

Come see our Specialized Roll Sport eBike at the Central Oregon Builders Association (COBA) Tour of Homes. The tour begins this Friday, July 10 and continues for the next two consecutive weekends. For details, including the tour schedule and maps, visit the COBA website.

This unique BMX/comfort cruiser eBuild will be on view at Matt Cloninger’s custom home located at 1315 NW Mount Washington Drive in the NWX neighborhood. Watch for the COBA tour signs!

The Specialized Roll Sport

As a hybrid, the 2020 Roll Sport was an ideal candidate for eBike customization. We purchased it “factory fresh” from Hutch’s in Bend.

Before

After

For the eBike conversion, we installed a Luna Cycle Wolf power group set, consisting of a 1000 watt motor, controller, throttle, power cut-off brake lever, bling ring, and color display. We also added a front basket, rear rack, and mirror.

With a range of 35-40 miles and a top speed over 30 mph, this conversion is the bomb! It not only goes faster and further than a Rad, it weighs less. Total cost: $2,000. Sold to one of our favorite customers, Tom.

Envious? Let Us Build for You!

You can buy off-the-shelf or you can own a custom eBike from High Lakes eBikes LLC. It’s that simple.

Why Should I Choose a Custom Build?

  • Our eBike conversions use what you already own and make it better by adding a motor. We don’t send bikes to the bike graveyard, we reclaim them to live another day.
  • Installations are specifically designed to fit your needs.
  • Your comfort and safety is King – from specialized seatposts to grips, mirrors, bells, baskets, and anything else you want on your bike.
  • We use only the highest quality eBike kits on the market and the difference shows. Our mid-drive motors outperform the competition and result in a smoother ride.

Whether it’s a dear, old friend like the Cannondale or a new build, like the Specialized Roll Sport, we can help. We’re only a call or email away.

A Word about Cloninger Custom Homes

We are honored to feature our Roll Sport in Matt Cloninger’s newest custom home at 1315 NW Mount Washington Drive. Why? Because Matt built our house 8 years ago and he’s awesome! He’s finishing a project now at Tree Farm and we’re excited to see what he builds next at Discovery West.

Postscript

Our friend, Matt Cloninger of Cloninger Custom Homes, won 7 COBA awards for his beautiful home. Congratulations Matt! We agree!

Local Bike Shops

Bend has great bike shops. Two of our favorites are Crow’s Feet and Bend Velo.

If you’re a local, you know Crow’s Feet is more than bikes. When it comes to back country skiing, they’ve got you covered.

We visit both shops for the camaraderie, which is practically Bend’s other name. Both sell eBikes, so check them out.

Need parts? Crow’s Feet is a great resource. We also frequent Sunnyside Sports on Galveston and Pine Mountain Sports on Century Drive. Adding custom bling rings, grips, seats, baskets, and racks is part of our mojo.

So now you know. When you work with High Lakes eBikes we buy local too!