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Questions tagged [electric-bike]

Electric Bike (e-bike) specific issues, including batteries, controllers, chargers, and motors -- as well as the legal or social issues surrounding their use. Not for liquid fuel bike kits.

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Understanding e-bike power/torque

In the UK e-bikes are currently limited to a maximum of 250W assistance if you wish to use them on public roads. However, it seems that the motors do vary in terms of the available torque - from ...
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Bosch 400Wh battery first led only is flashing and refuses to charge [duplicate]

On a long trip with a lot of wind my 400Wh battery went empty.When i tried to charge it at home it refuses to charge. The first of the five leds is flashing. Strange because in the manual is written 1,...
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What are all the ways in which E-Bikes can make MTB areas worse? [closed]

I want to pre-emptively say I am asking this as a devil's advocate. So, now that that's out of the way - Let's see if we can list all of the reasons given for why E-Bikes should be banned from ...
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Can I install/convert a Giant Quick-e+ 2019 to use an Alfine 11 speed IGH?

I have a Giant Quick-e+ 2019 and would like to install either a Alfine 11 speed di2 IGH. My first question is, is it compatible? I've been looking at the measurements and it seems all ok. But when I ...
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Levels of derailleurs, freewheels and chains

What are the levels of derailleurs (Shimano probably) I know Altus and Acera but don't know the higher end ones. I am putting this on my Sondors Fat ebike. I will be using a 7 speed freewheel, and a ...
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How much is average annual maintenance of a mid-range electric bike?

I'm considering buying a mid range e-bike for commuting (3 miles one way, all city road/bike lane). it's about £1000 to buy the bike, but how much is it to service the bike? I don't need an exact ...
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Battery not charging on a 3 year old fatbike? 36v10s 4AH battery

The bike and battery has been great and regular, with no issues until now. Top up charging every now and then as has been under used for a year, always good power on demand. This time the charge ...
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Front hub motor for fat bike?

Suppose I want a fat e-bike with front hub motor. What are my options? Are there special motor hubs? Or you can somehow use "normal" motor hubs?
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Is throttle-only possible for mid-drive?

Suppose I want an electric bike with throttle. Is mid-drive (crank based) even an option? I got impression that mid-drive means pedal assist only (PAS).
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Getting ride data from Bosch CX System

Recently got a Cube eMTB with Bosch CX system installed. Love the bike, does well for commutes and some bush bashing over the weekend. Being a nerd, I like my data. Considering the system already ...
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Is there such a thing as 'eBike specific' freewheel?

I've recently had the LBS replace the freewheel on my eBike after 500 ish miles of riding. The sprockets were not worn out, instead the freewheel bearing (not the hub bearing) had become loose. It ...
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Why would I use an electric bike?

I live in an extremely flat city that lies about 15m above sea level. One has to drive an hour or two to reach even rolling hills. Several decades ago, I rode quite a bit, and accumulated a decent "...
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Freewheel vs cassette geared hub motors serviceability

With ebike conversion kits there appears to be 2 types of rear hub motors: the ones that accept a cassette and a freewheel (see the image below from this aliexpress item) Is the freewheel option more ...
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Light for Giant Quick e+ 2018

I purchased a 2018 Giant Quick e+ for commuting. Giant uses a modified yamaha PW-X system they have branded "syncdrive pro". The bike is great but the headlight it comes with stinks. I would like ...
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Cons of using an infrequent use long range e-bike battery trailer using SLAs

So I've recently purchased an ebike and started thinking about how I could go long distances without charging. It occurred to me that whilst sealed lead acid batteries can't go through many cycles, ...
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Does using a DH fork reduced to 150mm (6") make sense on an ebike?

I recently found out that you can apparently reduce the travel of 8" DH forks such as Fox 40 to 6". This raises the question: would it make sense to do this for ebikes? I like dual-crown forks because ...
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Pedaling overhead with front vs rear hub motor

When pedaling with the motor not working, would a rear geared hub motor give more resistance when accelerating or a front geared hub motor? Given that the the torque from pedaling is applied to the ...
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Electric motor: rear, center or front?

I'm looking for an electric bike. I see motors available on rear, center, and more cheaper, a wheel with a motor to adapt to front. Any experience to help me to make a decision?
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E-bike rims: can I use them on my touring bike?

I am touring with my MTB, now for 4 months. I have been using really good Pacenti 29er rims, but just 2 days ago I cracked the rear one. I am carrying a lot of weight and Pacenti (after I contacted ...
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How to extend a chain for a cargo bike?

I have a KMC x10e chain which is 162 links long on my Xtracycle electric cargo bike. The chain is worn and I am trying to replace it. From what I can tell it is available only in 136 links. Is the ...
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Are there reasons not to use always the max level of assistance?

I'm using an electric bicycle to go to work. My goals are: Not to arrive late Not to sweat (too much) My bike, like most e-bikes I guess, let me choose the level of electric assistance that I wish. ...
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E wheel needs an 8sp free wheel instead of cassette

My new electric wheel requires a free wheel set up. I have an 8 speed Shimano cassette which obviously won’t work. Can I find a free wheel that will be similar to my cassette? I realize I may have to ...
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My e-bike wiring is damaged and I don't know where to begin [closed]

I was given a bike with an electric rear hub. I'm mechanically inclined but I've never had the opportunity to tinker with one of these. I'm fairly experienced with AC and DC electronics as well. If ...
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Shimano STEPS E8000 battery won't charge

I have a STEPS E8000 bike and wanted to make some improvements, like possibility to charge from any kind of CC/CV charger (even using solar panels when grid is not available) and to charge it to 41v ...
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Stuck throttle open on specialized turbo electric pedal-assist bike

The throttle is stuck open on my 2016 specialized turbo. How do I adjust or fix? Note there is no throttle switch, and is a torque pedal assist mechanism. (it senses how hard you are pedaling to ...
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My impossible quest for the ideal hubmotor, any suggestions?

From what I gather, direct drive motors (DDM) are capable of bigger power. I suppose it's because their heavier nature allows them to withstand higher voltages and currents. They are also very quiet ...
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Any knowledge on LaFree Electric Bicycle?

I have this LaFree Electric Bike, all I really know about it is that it was made by Giant. I am an Electrical Engineering student and I am looking at bringing new life into it, would it be worth ...
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Electric road bike - Compatibility questions

I am building an ebike on a road frame. I am using a Bafang G310 rear hub motor & 8 Speed Shimano cassette. I plan to use a long MTB rear 8 spd derailleur (either Acera or Alivio). For my crankset ...
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My 1000 watt rated hub only pulls 6.7A (321.6 watts @ 48v) suggestions?

I am a big boy (~230lbs) living on a mountain. My 1000 watt electric hub powered by 78 18630 Lion batteries in 13 cells barely moves me level let alone up a hill (which was its intended purpose). I ...
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I keep getting flat tires on my E-bike

I got my first flat a month ago and it was a snakebite flat. I got it by hitting a small bump on the road with low tire pressure. Since then I keep getting flats after a few days of riding. Every ...
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Replacing a cassette with a freewheel

I am building an EBike. The motor manufacturer said I must replace the existing cassette with a freewheel. Why do I need to do this?
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What luggage carrying options exist for an e-bike

I am planning to build a DIY e-bike for my work commute and have the electronics already figured out (which motor, ESC, battery). After work I want to go directly to my other activities. Until now I ...
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Why aren't electric bikes mainstream?

I've lived in different cities in Europe and Australia, and I noticed more and more the creation of bike lanes, and increases in bike commuters. Still, the number of eletric bikes in the streets is ...
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RPM regulation of direct hub motors

I found this bike push-trailer. Because the trailer project is open-source I discovered that the used hub motor is MUXUS XF40 (specs here) In many places on the internet a learned that if such ...
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Does anyone know of a lightweight motorcycle style open face helmet for eBiking?

I'm relatively new to eBiking as I had always been able to pedal my bikes until a couple of years ago. One issue I found was the wind chill factor during winter. You can go faster than normal with ...
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Laws against electric assist bicycle with energy recovery? [closed]

Is an electric bike like this required any special license. The power applied comes from the collected kinetic inertia from going down hill or stored from the rider then the stored power can then be ...
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Bosch battery stopped charging

It is a Bosch powerpack 500 and the other day it stopped charging. The charger seems to have some output since one of the LEDs on the battery lights up. It is only one LED though and I believe I ...
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Increasing e-bike battery range by limiting speed

Can I get more range out of my e-bike if I put a speed limit on it? I got my bike a few days ago and I really am enjoying it. As of now I am getting about 35 km per charge. So I was wondering if I am ...
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Can a 26 Inch Controller Drive a 20 Inch Wheel?

My situation: A Bakfiets with a bad controller (hills too much for it I think) Supplier has offered to send me a new controller Supplier has also offered to supply a whole new separate battery - ...
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Why do most E-MTBs have 1x drivetrains?

I'm contemplating about getting an electric assist MTB but as much as I can see all (or at least majority) of e-bikes are equipped with 1x transmission. Is there a reason why there are no e-bikes ...
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What is this … electrical bike's setup? Is there a particular brand or model name for this? how to replace its battery?

Just bought it from someone, interested to get it fixed. he said it just needs to replace battery, I doubt it (after numerous experience with asking the sellers "what is wrong with the bike" and ends ...
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YouE planetary motor is having problems how do I pinpoiont the problem?

I was riding then I turned a corner went to turn the throttle suddenly it makes a loud grinding noise and is unable to accelerate. I got the motor open and it can only start turning when I roll the ...
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Shimano Steps E6000 battery charge percentage falls abruptly

When the battery charge gets to about 20-25% it drops abruptly to 5-10%. The steeper the hill and higher the load drop percentage is higher. Examples: from 25% to 6% steep hill from 13% to 8% small ...
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What is the process of adding a light to a Yamaha PW equipped ebike?

I recently got a bike with a Yamaha PW system. The bike computer has a light on/off button but the bike itself has no light and I want to add one. How do I do this? From what I understand, I need a ...
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E-bike drivetrain demagnetization

I've heard conflicting reports that demagnetizing drivetrain parts to prevent metallic debris sticking is a real thing I'm supposed to care about when servicing e-bikes, but I can't find anything ...
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Why do the majority of people on an ebike ride at a fairly low cadence?

Around the place where I live the electric bicycle is gaining popularity and it's easy to pick those on such bike from far away not just from posture (rather stiff upper body even on steep hills) but ...
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Retrofitting disc brakes on 2000 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR XC?

I just got an old 2000 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR XC that still uses rim brakes. I also have this 160mm rotor and this mechanical disc brake caliper. Since none of my wheels have 6 bolt holes to ...
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How do I identify the correct battery for my electric bicycle?

I would like to replace my heavy battery to a lighter one. My current battery lasts for 5 days, if I could replace it with something that can only last for a day, I'm fine with that but lighter. Is ...
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Experience biking with child trailer during winter?

What's your experience biking with child trailer during winter in the city? I live in Cracow, Poland. Recent winters were almost snow-less, but it's <0°C cold and slippery anyway. I am used to ...
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Should I lubricate a BBS01 clutch?

I am completing the rebuild of a BBS01 electric bike mid-drive motor from Bafung. Would like to lubricate and protect every part properly before reassembly. Should I lubricate the clutch and if so ...