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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Is it possible to build a bicycle with magnets that somehow will ease required muscle power? [on hold]

Sometimes, when I have magnets in my hands, I think - maybe it is possible to integrate this magnets into wheels or chain and move using their passive energy, without muscles at all?
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Help identifying this $25 ebike

I picked up this folding bike for $25 thinking I would google it and have all the info I needed to get it functioning. Any help finding documentation would be great, what kind of battery can I plug ...
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Who grants ebike-ready certifications for tires (aside from manufacturers)?

I have tires with (among others) official-looking decals implying (with varying wording and symbology) that they are "ebike-ready" (EBR) and rated to speeds of either 25 km/h or 50 km/h. I recently ...
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Proper dedicated ebike frame with motor in the middle or the diy swap the wheel approach

I'm interested in converting my carpe 40 into an electric bike. I was wondering what are the pros and cons between having a dedicated ebike frame vs a DIY approach that involves a new front or rear ...
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Identification of non-standard frame feature and suitability of frame for mid-drive e-bike conversion

My question comes in two related parts: firstly, what is the piece of folded, drilled metal projecting rearwards from the lower bracket in the photo above? Secondly, does this piece of metal have ...
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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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Controller and throttle wiring question [closed]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...