Orbea Mahle 35 replacement

Pemberton

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Hi I have an Orbea Gain ebike. My LBS is fitting a new main battery and have told me that the installation is a full days work. Is this really true?
 

Nelson37

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You paid a lot of extra money for this feature, you should be aware of it.

The new battery has to be custom made, then ensues a royal PITA to install it inside the tubes of the bike frame. You wanted an electric bicycle that no one would notice it was electric, this is the price you pay.

Usually bike shops do not have electricians and spot welders for this kind of work, even a regular ebike shop. Battery might be available as modules from the company, pre-welded, but all wires must be snaked thru the frame, likely multiple battery modules. I have seen a detailed breakdown of a similar install, a full days work is not an unreasonable estimate, especially since they don't likely do very many, and virtually no commercial ebikes use such a system, for good reason.

Most e-bike batteries can be replaced in less than a minute.

Did they tell you about the available range extender that looks just like a water bottle, that you can install yourself? Which could be used instead of the in-frame battery?
 

Nelson37

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The frame has to be disassembled, batteries contained in multiple frame tubes, connecting wires snaked thru the frame, ALL in the name of stealth, some of these used be semi-competitive riders.
 
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