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E-Bike Guide

E-bike tuning for beginners - a comprehensive guide

Electric bikes are a great option for anyone looking for an eco-friendly and affordable way to get around the city. However, like all other bikes, they can be tuned and customized to suit your needs and preferences. This guide will help you optimize the performance of your e-bike so you can enjoy a comfortable and enjoyable ride. Have fun cycling - and of course tuning!

You cannot tune the following e-bike motors.

There are a number of e-bike motors that you cannot tune even if you want to. This is due to the speed limit built into the engine. For example, many rear engines (except BionX, Neodrives and Xion) and all front engines cannot be exempted from this speed limit.

The right tuning product

When it comes to choosing a tuning product for your e-bike, there are a few things you should consider. First, you should make sure that the tuning product you choose is compatible with your engine. There are many different tuning options on the market, so take some time to research your options.

Once you've narrowed down your choices, weigh the relative benefits and limitations of each option. Ultimately, the decision should be based on your personal preferences. With a little research you can find the perfect tuning product for your e-bike.

The right kind of tuning

When it comes to tuning your e-bike, there are a few different options to choose from.

  • Software tuning is the most common type of e-bike tuning. The engine control is manipulated with a control unit or a display.
  • Another e-bike tuning option is clip-on boxes that connect to the speed sensors to split the signals.
  • Modules and dongles are also popular choices and can be installed in the engine bay or connected to sensors.
  • There are also special solutions such as kits, controllers or sensors. Which option works best for you ultimately depends on your needs and preferences.

Different options for activating the tuning

There are many different ways you can activate and control your tuning.

  • One way is to use an app on your smartphone. This is a convenient way to control the basic settings of your tuning.
  • Another option is to use the display on the handlebars. This display features a footswitch, light, and other buttons that you can use to control your tuning.
  • You can also use an external controller to connect, tune and turn off your tuning.
  • If you have a PC, you can also make changes to the module. Some modules have a push button that you can press to do something.
  • Others are always on and built into the engine. You can also control your tuning via the magnetic sensor on the rear wheel.
  • There are also several ways you can contactlessly pair your sensor, such as: B. with a plug or an attachment.

Adjust the display correctly

The e-bike display usually shows the speed of the bike as well as the time and distance traveled. The values ​​shown on the display can be divided into two categories: correctly displayed values ​​and frozen values. Correctly displayed values ​​are the actual speed of the bike, while frozen values ​​are speeds that have been set to a specific value and will not change. This can either be because the cyclist is already driving faster than 25 km/h or because he wants to maintain a certain speed.

The maximum possible top speed

The maximum speed of the e-bike is usually limited to 25 kilometers per hour. However, there are some e-bike tuning tools that can completely remove this limitation or even allow you to set the maximum speed to an individual value (e.g. 45 km/h or 50 km/h). From a maximum motor speed support of over 40 km/h, we classified the tuning tool as "cancelled" because the maximum speed that can actually be achieved depends on many other factors. Nonetheless, if you're looking for a faster ride, it might be worth considering. Just make sure you drive safely and obey all traffic laws on public roads.

With the above factors in mind, you should be able to quickly make a purchasing decision for your own tuning product. Now you can explore more options such as tools and accessories:

When buying an e-bike tuning, always make sure you have the necessary tools

When working on your e-bike it is important that you have the right tools at hand. Depending on the task, you may only need a few basic tools or you may need to use a professional tool kit. If you're just replacing the display or assembling something, your tool needs are limited.

However, if you want to retrofit a module (chip), sensor, kit, dongle or controller, you need more specialized tools. Our tip is that you find out what tools you need before you start working. This way you don't have to stop in the middle of work to get the right tool. When you have the right tool at hand, the job goes smoother and faster.

The default tool - Multitool

The best way to keep your e-bike in good shape is with a multi-tool. If you don't have one, you can use the included tool!

In most cases, a special tool cannot be avoided

Special tools are required for e-bike tuning. Most e-bike motors require a special tool to open the motor compartment. A crank puller is used to loosen the crank arm so the engine cover can be opened. For almost every e-bike motor that you have to open, a high-quality crank puller should therefore be in the shopping cart as standard.

Special tools are also required to install the tuning kit. The tuning kit must be installed in the correct position and with the correct torque. A torque wrench is therefore also required. With the help of a torque wrench, the screws can be tightened exactly according to the manufacturer's specifications. This prevents damage to the engine. Also, a multimeter is necessary to check the voltage and current before and after the adjustment. With these few tools, nothing stands in the way of a successful tuning measure.

This is how the e-bike tuning of special motors works

When it comes to tuning special e-bike motors, there are a few special things to consider. First of all, you need a spider tool to open the locking ring on the chainring. This is necessary to get inside the engine. If you want to change the chainring, you often also need a spider tool.

You should also keep in mind that you need a different tool for each engine type. So before you buy, check which tool is compatible with your bike. If you follow these simple tips, you can ride your e-bike like new for years!

Build a larger chainring

After installing the e-bike tuning, you may notice that the cadence increases sharply in higher speed ranges. For example, you may be pedaling as fast at 40 km/h in top gear as you are at 25 km/h in first gear. This is usually not very pleasant. A larger chainring with significantly more teeth can help.

Attach a longer chain

A longer chain for your e-bike can bring many advantages. Most importantly, it can help increase your top speed. It can also help shifts to be smoother and more precise. If you want to maximize the performance of your e-bike, a longer chain is definitely worth considering. Of course you have to make sure that your chainring is compatible with the longer chain. Otherwise you could damage your bike. But if you have the right components, then a longer chain can be a great way to optimize your e-bike.

Optimize the air pressure

Rolling resistance is one of the main factors affecting your pedaling speed and efficiency. That's why it's important to optimize the air pressure to get the best performance out of your e-bike. The correct air pressure depends on the type of tire you are using, so you should follow the manufacturer's recommendations. By compensating for the given values ​​with an air pressure gauge, you can reduce rolling resistance and improve your pedaling speed and efficiency.

Vary with crank length

Another option is to change the crank length. The crank arm is typically 170mm but can be shortened to 150mm or even less. This can be beneficial for several reasons. First, ground clearance can be improved, which can be important when driving off-road. Secondly, it can shorten the path of a crank revolution, which can be helpful when using a powerful e-bike motor.

final word

So you've decided to tune your e-bike. Congratulations! It's a great way to get the most out of your bike. We hope this guide has been helpful and that you have found the right tuning product for your needs. Remember that different engine types require different types of tuning, so make sure you select the right product before you get started. Make sure to read the instructions carefully and follow all safety precautions. And as always, if you have any questions, our team is here for you. Have fun driving!