How difficult is Electric Bike maintenance?

Josiah12

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My parents have been looking at eBikes, what's the maintenance look like?
Some of them are 100% proprietary from the post to the chain & "derailleur." I'm trying to steer them toward either an established bike company (ie. Trek) or one using off the shelf components. The fancy looking Van Moof and Cowboy bikes look like a whole different beast...one even uses a belt instead of a chain.
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First question is the use. How heavy are they, what are the intended uses, Hills? or mostly flat. How far on average do they need to go. In most cases it is just basic maintance. Bikes like Trek are very costly and may not be needed.
 
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My parents have been looking at eBikes, what's the maintenance look like?
Some of them are 100% proprietary from the post to the chain & "derailleur." I'm trying to steer them toward either an established bike company (ie. Trek) or one using off the shelf components. The fancy looking Van Moof and Cowboy bikes look like a whole different beast...one even uses a belt instead of a chain.
Most of the e-bikes on the market today use off the shelf components. The issue is having someone local that will work on e-bikes they don't sell. Trek and other bike Mfgs are generally way overpriced for what they offer in reality. I would stay away from bikes using slick hidden batteries as they may not be available as easy a more standard mount on a tube type battery. Keep in mind the battery is the single most expensive part on a e-bike.
 
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Biggest problem is having a rear tire puncture with a rear hub motor. Being able to easily remove the battery pack from the bike for charging makes it a lot easier to keep the unit charged. Having a local dealer who will troubleshoot is more important than a bike where warranty support requires a long drive to another town.

I like the Giant e-bikes but the nearest dealer is 2 hours drive time away or 4 hours round trip and if I have to leave the bike at the shop and make a second trip then that is another 4 plus hours.

I would not assume that your parents' budget is the same as yours. A $5,000 e-bike or two may be affordable in their minds if it keeps them healthier and more fit in their later years. A lighter bike will be easier to lift up and put into a bike rack and that is no small deal and a lighter bike will get used more often.
 
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