What To Expect In An E-Bike Tune-Up
Regular tune-ups will help you detect any problems before experiencing any major faults. Tune-ups will also ensure that your e-bike performance is at its peak. If you're a weekend rider, a tune-up should be performed at least once a year and twice a year for daily commuters.
A tune-up generally includes adjustments of the brakes, drivetrain, bearing systems, a basic wheel true, and also a safety check on all fasteners. An inspection and cleaning of all electrical connections are also performed.
If you're a heavy e-bike user, you might've realized that parts of the drivetrain require periodical replacement. Additional lubrication will not restore a worn-out chain's original functionality.
A worn chain can sometimes cause excessive wear on the rear cassette and front chainrings in extreme cases. During the tune-up, any worn parts may need be removed and replaced.
CLEANING AND DEGREASING
In addition to the tune up Your e-bike drivetrain may need a detailed cleaning. If this is the case the chain, chainrings, freewheel, derailleurs, brakes, and rims will be degreased and dried.
Parts that need replacement will be replaced once the bike is clean. A high-quality lubricant will be used to treat the chain and other key parts of the drivetrain.
Once your bike is cleaned, the wheels will be targeted next. Adjustment of the external tension on the bearings of both wheels and alignment of the rims in relation to the axle will follow. Tension of the spokes and straightness of the rims is also checked.
HEADSET AND BOTTOM BRACKET
Even during regular riding, bearings inside the headset (between the handlebar and the fork of the bike) and the bottom bracket (inside the shell between the crank arms) can easily take a toll. Setting up the correct tension of these bearings will maximize your e-bike's lifespan.
During this part of the tune-up, a considerable amount of time will be spent on coaxing the parts into the perfect adjustment. Necessary replacements to the cables, housing, brake pads may need to be performed depending on wear.
Your e-bike's front and rear brakes will be adjusted to be quicker and stiffer by adjusting the cable tension and the position of the brake arms.
If needed the derailleur cables will also be lubricated and/or replaced and the cable tension set, while derailleurs are positioned for accurate shifting. The limit screws on the derailleurs will also be set to ensure that the chain doesn't come off the cogs.
Finally, the tires of your e-bike will be filled to the recommended pressure, parts and accessories checked for secure attachment to ensure your safety. Once safety is ensured, a test ride will be carried out to inspect any issues and rectify any lingering problems.
For your safety, and to enjoy the best performance of your bike while maximizing its lifespan, don't avoid that much-needed tune-up for your e-bike.
Do you just have the feeling that something is off? Have your local bike shop give your bike a once-over. A tune-up will get you back to pedaling smoothly and safely.