How hard to change 20" rear tire on hub drive (& shaft drive)?

Gene Keyes

New Member
In general, how hard is it to change a rear tire on a 20" hub drive e-bike, and in particular, disconnecting the shaft drive of the Energie Cycles Excursion 2.0, which I'm considering — because then I'd like to re-equip it with Tannus no-flat tires.

If I could have no chain, and no flats, that would address my two biggest bugaboos in 60 years of non-electric biking and no car. (Though installing the Tannus tire is very difficult.) See also https://electricbikereview.com/community/threads/a-real-flat-resistant-tire.3109/#post-38635


(PS: I accidentally said 16" in my original post.)
 
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Joe Remi

Active Member
Removing the rear wheel of a chain drive hub is a simple matter of decoupling one wire and and loosening the wheel bolts, then sliding the wheel out of the dropouts. I don't know how the shaft unbolts, but it should be obvious once you're looking at it. There will be a drive gear on the wheel which mates to a gear on the shaft. It looks like you'll disconnect the wheel and slide the whole assembly straight back away from the shaft, which should be simpler and cleaner than fiddling with a chain to get a wheel out.
 

RoyL

Active Member
Put it this way i wouldn`t like to be doing it by the roadside.
I have a 20" folder and i changed over to Schwalbe tyres front and rear.
Its a pain getting it back together again, though your drive may make it simpler.
 

Joe Remi

Active Member
Put it this way i wouldn`t like to be doing it by the roadside.
I have a 20" folder and i changed over to Schwalbe tyres front and rear.
Its a pain getting it back together again, though your drive may make it simpler.
That shaft bike is one speed, so no chain or derailleur to move out of the way to remove the wheel. I don't think you could ask for a simpler wheel removal.