Converting a Birdy Folder

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My Birdy Blue folder wants me to convert it to a FWD ebike! There are, however, some complications and I was hoping I could get some advice here. I don't want to compromise the folding ability if at all possible.
  1. The front wheel is an 18" one. I have a new rim and was wondering if you could recommend a motor only deal that I could then have laced into a wheel. Are there certain windings that suit a small wheel better?
  2. Is there anyone who specialises in making these wheels?
  3. Once I have the wheel, what controller, display and wiring do you recommend?
  4. Panda have a kit for a Brompton that includes an 8ah battery with controller in a bag that goes onto the 'bars. That would be ideal, but I'm not sure if they'd sell me just the battery and controller. Are there any other such options out there?
Any other tips or guidance welcome.

TIA
That Panda kit (Swytch) is pretty cheap. I'd buy the whole lot and relace the motor into an 18" rim
 

Osirius

Finding my (electric) wheels
Dec 30, 2016
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Hi I have just noticed your request.
I was looking for something similar, but I needed to travel with the bike across the atlantic and occasionally across europe.
I chose a Birdy Mark 3 Rohloff rather than converting the bike to an e-bike because travelling with the batteries by air seems no longer possible :-(

I got an approximate £1100 upgrade quote for the DIY kit to convert my Birdy if I still wanted to go head with the upgrade at a future date.

I used these as reference links:

BVB Birdy

http://www.ebike-solutions.com/en/current-conversion-projects.html


If you are interested the company was:

Electric Bike Solutions GmbH
Carl-Bosch-Str. 2
69115 Heidelberg

Tel: +49 6221 871060

info@ebike-solutions.de
http://www.ebike-solutions.de
I decided to convert my mk2 Birdy to a foldable e-birdy and I tested the foldability on the ICE, Thalys and Eurostar as well as the Belgian trains :)

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Osirius

Finding my (electric) wheels
Dec 30, 2016
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Clacton-on-sea
Superb job!
Thank you, I am very please with the result. A MK3 Birdy cannot be converted using this technique because the disc brakes are installed in a non-standard manner (!).

But the end result with a mk2 works very well.

I now have "a real bike" that "is foldable" and "is electric" :)
 

jarob10

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Jan 22, 2017
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Thank you, I am very please with the result. A MK3 Birdy cannot be converted using this technique because the disc brakes are installed in a non-standard manner (!).

But the end result with a mk2 works very well.

I now have "a real bike" that "is foldable" and "is electric" :)
... and full suspension. You’ve something fairly unique right there
 

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