Electric Bike Maintenance

27 April 2023 by
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Electric bikes are a good investment because of their cost, and maintenance of an electric bike is absolutely important to ensure that you get the most out of your e-bike.


Usually, motors are prevalent in a self-contained unit, so there isn't any need to take them apart. And in case anything does go wrong, it's always best to get the manufacturer to sort it out. However, an electric bicycle owner will need to keep the motor housing clean and always keep an eye on any wear and tear. The guarantee plays an important role here, as in most cases, issues with the motor will require a replacement.


E-bikes use lithium batteries in general, and there are certain things to keep in mind. For example, the place where you store your e-bike batteries should be between 1 and 36 degrees to avoid any damage to the battery. In other words, the storage should not be too hot or too cold. 

The easiest solution is to remove your battery (if removable) and store it inside. Storing the e-bike for a long duration will also require charging the battery every 3 months. If this is not done, the battery will drop below residual power. 

It is worth noting that using your battery's original charger is important, as otherwise, it may impact the lifespan of the battery.

Lubricants and Grease

It is important to note that electric bikes last longer if you reduce the amount of resistance at key points on your bike. Friction between parts of your e-bike, damage caused by dirt and rust, are some basic issues why components of your electric bike wear out. Thus, it is advisable that sufficient lubrication of your chain drive, wheels, and brakes avoid surfaces from coming into contact too often. 

Bike grease can also be used to prolong your e-bike's life – make sure your bearings and bottom bracket are suitably greased to reduce wear and tear. Exercise care while using lubes or sprays on surfaces closer to your battery contact points or other sensitive areas on your e-bike.


Using an air duster to clean any dust or dirt from behind the buttons on your LCD is advisable. These are actually mini computers on your e-bike, so, just like any computer, keep an eye on possible updates and check the manufacturer's website to see if you can keep it up to date.

Tyre Pressure

Although you might be using puncture-resistant tyres, it is important to note that under-inflated tyres are a cause of poor performance on an electric bike.  Softer tyres increase the amount of drag, which can greatly affect the performance of your e-bike. The battery will run out more quickly due to long-distance riding, making it unstable. So, when you pay for an electric bike, the last thing you want to do is lose the benefits due to low care and maintenance. Checking tyre pressure consistently before your ride helps in maintaining the quality of your ride, especially on long-distance rides. Also, always consider your weight and the distance of your journey.

Basic Inspection

Basically, all parts of your electric bicycle need your attention. Understanding simple factors such as the following might help in maintaining your e-bike and prevent potentially bigger problems that could occur.

- Keep your e-bike clean and use bike-specific or recommended cleaners.

- Avoid using a jet wash or similar, as it can drive the grease out of the bearings and may cause corrosion in certain parts.

- Store your e-bike in a dry place when not in use.

- Make sure that your handlebars and the stem in the front forks are secure.

- Ensure the firm attachment of both wheels, and make sure all parts are well lubricated.

- Ensure smooth movement of gears from one to another before starting your ride.

- Make sure your seat and brakes are adjusted according to the requirements of your ride.

Periodical Maintenance & Checklist

Quite critical for the performance and efficiency of your e-bike and helps in enhancing the lifespan of your e-bike. Periodical maintenance is like a health check-up for your electric bike to make sure you have memorable and hassle-free rides over time. 

All assembled parts of your electric bicycle need care periodically; some might require your attention weekly, some monthly, and in some cases just annually, apart from your regular pre-ride and post-ride checklists. Of course, all of this varies based on the type of electric bicycle you ride, but we have listed the most generalized information for you. 


  • - Tightening the crankset as per inspection. 
  • - Cleaning the chain rings, cassette, and derailleur pulleys. 
  • - Inspection of brake pads. 


  • - Degrease and lube the drivetrain. 
  • - Lube the derailleur pivots and pulleys. 
  • - Lube the brake and shift cables. 
  • - Clean and lube the suspension sliders. 
  • - Check for firmware updates. 
  • - Inspect chain wear.

Six Months

  • -Out-and-out Tune-Up 
  • - Bleed hydraulic brakes
  • - True and tension wheels
  • - Inspect tubeless tyre fluid sealant
  • - Inspect battery connections

  • - Out-and-out Overhaul 
  • - Chain Replacement 
  • - Change tyres 
  • - Cables & housing Replacement 
  • - Brake Pads Replacement 
  • - Replace Tubeless Tyre Sealant 
  • - Service the Frame 

Maintaining a checklist for your electric bike is as important as checking the fuel gauge or tyre pressure of your car before you go out for a drive. Basically, you can maintain pre-ride and post-ride checklists, which will help you maintain your electric bicycle in the most desired state.

Pre-Ride Checklist

  • - Battery Charges
  • - Sufficient Tyre Pressure 
  • - Standard functioning of brakes and brake levers? 
  • - Clean and lube your chain 
  • - Inspect wheels for tightness 
  • - Quick-release tension check

Post-Ride Checklist

  • - Check tyres, rims, and forks for dirt or damage.
  • - Inspect shift levers and derailleurs.
  • - Inspect wheel alignment.
  • - Clean the bike frame.
  • - Clean the chain.
  • - Inspect pedals.
  • - Recharge the battery (if need be).

E-bikes come with a dealer guarantee, and any issue within the guarantee period can be easily handled, even in the case of replacements. However, maintaining your e-bike's health should be of prime importance since the day it is delivered to your doorstep. This is because it requires similar care as your car or motorcycle would require, but offers much more benefits than either of these. 

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