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Cleaning Your Electric Bike

It's important to keep your electric bike clean, it'll lead to a longer service life and ensure your bike is in tip-top condition every time you ride. It's also nice to look after your investment and it'll make for an overall nicer eBike experience. 

By following this guide you'll learn how to properly clean and de-grease your new eBike. We recommend to clean your bike after each ride or as often as possible where time allows. It's easier to clean bikes straight after riding, rather than leaving the dirt to bake on. 

How to clean your electric bike

De-grease Drivetrain

By cleaning the drive train first, it'll help not spread the muck onto the rest of the bike during cleaning. 

Remove Battery

Remove the battery ahead of cleaning, this ensure safe practice and allows you to clean the frame underneath.

Clean Disc Brakes

Disc brakes can fade when soaked with soapy water, always finish cleaning with a disc brake cleaner on the rotors.

Cleaning Your eBike

You'll need a good cleaner like Muc Off and also cleaning brushes / sponge, which come as part of a kit like this

Also degreaser and a disc brake cleaner for the brakes. We'd recommend to apply a dry lube on the chain or wet lube if riding in very damp conditions. 

Important Cleaning Do's & Don'ts

It's important when degreasing the chain to not apply too much degreaser around the eBike motor and/or casing. Degreaser is very good at its job. It's also very thin, so spraying loads around the motor area risks pushing the factory grease out of the drive bearings. The same applies around the electric bike headset, suspension pivot bearings and wheel hubs. 

Don't do this

Don’t use a jet wash as this can drive out factory grease in the bearings.

If using a high powered hose be careful not to jet water in too close to the hubs, bottom bracket, headset, motor area or anywhere else that is normally greased throughout.

This is safe to do

Do use a chain oil to keep it lubricated after cleaning, make sure it isn’t left dry.

Some bike shine products can leave a layer of protection over the paintwork, helping keep your eBike looking like new for longer. Be careful not to get this close to any braking surfaces though!

This is safe to do

Do lube the cables with a spray oil, preferably one that dries.

If using lubricant that stays wet, on your next outing dust can stick to this causing more problems and can cause cables to seize. (With PTFE it will dry but leave a lubricating layer).