The increasing trend in personal transportation is electric bicycles. They are more versatile than traditional bicycles and are an excellent alternative to driving, especially for shorter distances. However, when investing in one for commuting or leisure, you may be concerned about their lifespan. This brings us to the question, "How long can my electric bicycle, particularly the electric motor, last?"
The E-bicycle motor may be the component with the longest lifespan on an electric bicycle, and you can extend its lifespan by ensuring it is properly maintained. This may come as a surprise, but if you consider how electric bicycles actually work, it's not that farfetched. The motor is not likely to be running continuously while you are using the bicycle. Rather it only kicks in when you pedal to assist the work you are already doing. Unfortunately, it doesn't do all the work for you, but rather aids in work you have already completed. Depending on your usage, you may find that your E-bicycle motor can last for about 10,000 miles or approximately three to five years.
As previously mentioned, the E-bicycle motor may be the last component of your electric bicycle that you need to replace. However, proper upkeep and maintenance are the keys to ensuring it lasts as long as possible. There are three main types of motors you will find on electric bicycles, and they are direct-drive hub, geared hub, and mid-drive.
Here are five basic maintenance tips for E-bicycle motors: keep your motor dry; keep your motor and the rest of your bicycle clean;don't subject your electric bicycle to prolonged exposure to high temperatures (above 100 degrees Fahrenheit);oil the moving parts of your bicycle regularly such as the chain, gears, and bearings;take your electric bicycle to a professional for regular servicing and maintenance check-ups.
The general lifespan of a motor is within your control. The following suggestions will help you maintain its original level for as long as possible: keep your electric bicycle clean, including cleaning any dirt or debris that may accumulate in the drivetrain. lubricate the moving parts such as the chain, which is a very important task that you can easily do yourself. Take your electric bicycle in for regular maintenance and make sure you are keeping tabs on the overall maintenance of your bicycle.