I thought it was time to write a little bit about the ongoing maintenance you should expect as a smart e-bike owner.
Service tuneups are recommended once per year and we recommend you do this annually at your local smart service centre where they are qualified to work on smart e-bikes. Although a good bike shop can do most of the work they will not have access to all of the necessary service information to adequately tune up your bike. Any warranty service must also be done by a certified smart e-bike specialist.
Here is what the manual advises to have done at a qualified specialist workshop:
- work relevant to safety
- service and maintenance work
- repair work
- modifications, installations and conversions
- work on electronic components
- work on the drive system
After the first 30 km and after a break-in period of 1,000 km, the tightening torques should all be checked. This includes the:
- rear wheel
- brake system
- drive system
- battery/electrical system
I know it sounds like a lot, but really it is very straight forward. You will find a complete list in your user manual along with the required torque tightness settings.
If you are not mechanically inclined or do not want to do basic work on your e-bike, stop reading here. And make sure to consult with your smart service centre to arrange to have this work done for you. However if you want to work on your e-bike there are things you can do yourself. Many of these are outlined in the e-bike manual and many are just common practice for any bike owner.
We use Park tools, which are the industry standard for bicycle tools, for the job. If you work on your bike now, you probable have everything you need. If not, a basic set of bicycle tools including sockets, hex-keys and torx hex-keys along with a bicycle torque wrench are all that is needed. To make things easier, we use a Park bicycle stand, so the e-bike is elevated for easy access and so you can check to make sure the wheels, crank and brakes operate as they should.
It is also very important to keep your e-bike clean and free from dirt and grime as both can interfere with the normal operation of your disk brakes and carbon belt drive system. Keeping it clean and tightened to specifications will keep your bike riding smoothly for years to come.