Getting hold of your first electric bike can be exciting and nerve-cracking too! Compared to a conventional bicycle, an electric bike comes with more components that make it a little more complex. Don’t get intimidated, though, because you’ve got all the things you need in the package, plus we’re here to guide you every step of the way!
Before we officially start putting the parts together, make sure to open the box carefully, take the e-bike out, its components: charger, derailleur, toolset, pedals, etc., and most importantly, the user manual. Don’t get too excited, and remember to do this with caution.
Also, having a work stand gives a lot of convenience but don’t worry if you don’t have one, you can assemble your e-bike on the floor. So let’s get started!
Step #1 Attach the Handlebars
From your tool kit or the tool set that came in with the electric bike, grab an allen key tool and loosen bolts one at a time. Once you have the clamp off, it’s time to attach the handlebars. Flip it up and make sure the fork is forward. The gear shifters go on the right side while the pedal-assist with the red button goes on the left.
Mount the handlebars and screw in each bolt, but not too tight though. And don’t worry about getting the handlebars perfectly yet because you’ll probably adjust it when we get on the e-bike once it’s complete.
Step #2 Installation of Pedals
To install your pedals, you’re gonna need a little bit of grease. When attaching the pedal, apply a minimum amount of grease around the part of attachment.
Looking at the pedal, you should see an L and R so you know which goes where. For the left hand side, install the pedal in a counterclockwise manner. Take a 15mm wrench to tighten the pedal. And do the same for the right hand side, but this time in a clockwise approach.
Step #3 Front Wheel
Now that we have the handlebars attached and pedals installed, it’s time we do the front wheel.
Most electric bikes come with disc brakes, so be careful when placing the wheel (either front or rear), make sure to do this with care.
Grab your quick release tool. It should come attached to the wheel. Unscrew the knob at the end and take off one of the cones. Place the quick release lever at the left side of the front wheel and screw in the spring cone on the other side.
Put the front wheel into the fork with the discs between the pads and screw the quick release lever tight.
Step #4 Place Accessories
Some electric bikes come with accessories like fenders, lights, and rack, so here’s how to properly attach them to your e-bike.
Rear Rack: on the frame, there are mounting points with bolts where you’ll screw in the rack. Put the rack properly in place and secure the bolts. Make sure to tighten joints and attachment screws. Also, be aware of your e-bike’s maximum carrying capacity and be sure not to go over that.
Step #5 Put on the Derailleur Cover Guard
There are two bolts down the cog set that secure the derailleur, take those off with a 4mm Allen key and install the cover guard. Having this installed protects your rear derailleur from getting bent when you’re in a crash or when the e-bike falls on the side.
Step #6 Charger
Unwrap the packaging and you will see that an electric bike’s charger is similar to that of a laptop’s.
Before charging, make sure your e-bike’s turned off. On the charger, there’s a light that indicates whether your e-bike’s already fully charged (when the red light turns to green). It takes 4-6 hours on average for an electric bike to fully charge.