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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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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Suspension compromise for urban use

I ride an eBike in New York City. About 80% of the roads I ride are relatively smooth and 20% pretty bumpy. On my non suspension bike the 80% is great but the 20% is a bit painful. I understand ...
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E-bike speed limit in Ontario, Canada

In Ontario, Canada, may I pedal my e-bike up to the road's posted speed limit without motor assistance? Like if my bike does 31 mph but the speed limit is higher, can I travel to that speed without ...
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Controller and throttle wiring question [on hold]

I'm in the process of wiring my key lock throttle to the controller and coming up at a loss for how to wire them. I've scoured the internet and haven't found an answer that helps me. I know I'm ...
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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 bike rear wheel spokes breaking

I have an electric bike with a 500w rear hub. The spokes have broken twice in the last month on the hub end of the spokes.The spokes are bent at the hub end and threaded. This is where they break. As ...
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What features does a mountain bike need to be converted to an ebike?

I'm looking convert a mountain bike and convert it to electric with a rear hub kit. I am wondering what features I should look out for to make this easier: Is there any way to keep the cassette that ...
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Shimano Steps error E010 and W013 [closed]

After the last update of the system, which allows optimizing the ECO option with three levels of assistance, Low, Medium and High, in the last 2 trips with the Medium option, several errors have ...
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Shimano Steps ebike E010 and E012 errors: DIY fix possible?

My Shimano Steps-powered e-bike is frequently but irregularly giving me the errors E010 and E012. In the E6000 Series Dealer’s manual and E8000 Series User's manual I found the following: E010: A ...
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E-Bikes - Is it bad for the bike to run out of battery?

Today, I ran my e-bike out of battery for the first time. Interestingly enough, the bike didn't actually turn off, but automatically moved the mode from "Eco" (light pedal assist) to "Off" (no pedal ...
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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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Can I use an RC motor to make my bike electric?

I would like to make my ebike to have the minimal look, so adding big hubs or mid drive motors isn't really an option since it also costs more. I found this Keda brushless outrunner 2000w 190KV motor ...
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Can I get an ebike with a 500 watt motor in Australia? [closed]

I'm a bit on the heavy side, so I'd like to purchase an ebike with something a little gutsier than the usual 250 watt motor so that I can go up hills. Can these be purchased in Australia at all?
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1999 Giant Lafree Sport ebike charger

I have a 1999 Giant Lafree Sport ebike which uses a 24 volt lead acid battery. Does anyone know how to bypass the battery management system/gauge? (Or have a battery box/charger for this bike?)
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To what extent should I insulate an electric bike battery during winter?

For temperatures between 0 F and 32 F, to what extent, if at all, should I insulate electric bicycle batteries? I have read that they do not like temperature extremes. Should I wrap a battery in 1 ...
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What can cause the front wheel to lock up when going over a small bump?

I was going over a bump. When the front wheel hit the bump, it suddenly stopped moving, the rear wheel lifted off the ground, and I was thrown face-first onto the road. I sustained injuries to the ...
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How can I troubleshoot battery issues on an electric bike?

I've got an electric bike with a GWA Easi-A36 battery (10.8Ah, 33.8V). The bike has a GWA electric motor. When I turn the motor on (on the handlebar "computer"), the battery indicator tells me the ...
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Fitting a display to an ebike kit

I have an voilamart ebike kit, https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Q7FJ8ZY/ref=sspa_dk_detail_3?psc=1 Is there an LCD display I can add to this kit, I've had my eye on this https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/...
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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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Cycling to work - 30 mile return

I have recently made the decision to commute to work via bike. It’s about 14 miles each way (so just under 30 miles return). I initially started on my old bike but it clearly wasn’t really appropriate ...
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E-Bikes and Kid Trailers?

Anybody know if you can attach a kid trailer (example: https://www.buybuybaby.com/store/product/burley-bee-bike-trailer-in-yellow/1061738171?skuId=61738171) to an EBike? I have a huge hill to go up to ...
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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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What is the regular maintenance on electric hubmotors?

I don't own a Blix bike/electric bike though I rode one once... I was wondering where are the technical docs/howtos on the rear motor's maintenance? I have to rework the back wheel, replace axle or ...
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Bike kit needs battery , need help choosing a battery and confused by specs

I have a 48v 1000 Watt rear hub kit, with a multifunction LCD display. Voltage:dc48v,Current:28A Booster1:1,speed set 1:1-42v/dual mode, brakes : low level. Now I'm unsure what battery to get. Can ...
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What to expect from an e-bike service?

My e-bike manufacturer recommends a service every 1000km. Tomorrow I'll bring my bike to the shop where I bought it for the first service. I already had a mini-service for free at around 300 km in ...
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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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Rickshaw electric conversion

Is it possible to buy a traditional pedal rickshaw and stick an electric bike conversion kit on it? The rickshaw I've seen is the type when the rider is at the rear and so has two wheels at the front ...
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How often should I charge my (lithium) e-bike battery?

I had a retrofitted e-bike running a Leed e-bike kit for 4 years. After 800 charge cycles the battery was toast. However this system is quite basic with both the battery management & charger. I ...
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Electric Bike (eBike): Freewheel or Regenerative braking?

Not asking for opinion which one is better, so please do not state without some reasons why one is better than another on eBike. Question is: Freewheel or Regenerative braking is more efficient in ...
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How to commute by (electric) bike in excessive heat

I am from India and this is beginning of summer. I rented an electric bicycle for daily commute during winter but now it is difficult to do during summer screeching heat. What should I do to continue ...
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Could the E-bike drivetrain wear down till needing replacement after 400 km?

The drivetrain (chain? gears?) of my E-bike started to make loud clicking sounds, with the impression that the chain is skipping over teeth. The gear switching itself still works well. I have tried ...
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Brake weirdness on my new E-bike

I very recently purchased an E-bike for commuting to work and other area locales. I understand with any new bicycle there will be some break-in time and after a few rides I did notice the brakes were ...
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Ebike battery - volts and wattage

Will a 36V 500W ebike with a 36V 17.5Ah battery go farther and faster than a 36V 250W ebike with a 36V 10Ah battery, or will I give up something by doubling that wattage?
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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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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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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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Has anyone tried this “poor mans” homemade electric bike idea?

I have a wiper motor from some car or van that has a shaft on it. When I apply 12 volts to it, with no load on it, it seems to spin at about 125 RPMs. I vaguely remember that when I load it, it can ...
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Hybrid electric bikes, how do they work?

I'm about to move further away from work, so my 5.5 mile commute is going up to 12 miles (24 there and back). I'm not interested in using an elecrtic bike because I can't be bothered to pedal.. I ...
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Lifespan chain and gear wheels on e-bike [closed]

If is possible to give an indication of the average lifespan of the chain and gear wheels of an E-bike? Assuming: Cycling in all weather conditions (commute); Western European climate (10% of time ...
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Ancheer electric mountain bike cuts out under load

My year-old 250W Ancheer electric mountain bike currently has an issue. When going up hills, the motor is put under a lot of load and the battery turns off. It remains off until reset by toggling the ...
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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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24V eBike Battery

I have an 2003 Merida PC550 24v ebike which uses two 12v 9ah batteries. Is there a converter available to use one large 12v battery to get the same output? I know that I can use two 12v batteries in ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...