Life span of an eBike

Manu

Active Member
Region
Europe
City
Spain (Galicia)
structure=frame and fork.......20000km,

possibly lasts much longer,

designed by engineers and manufacturers,

¿what guarantees or mileage can you give a din or normal bicycle with an electric kit ?when it has only been designed for human pedaling.......

It is not structurally reinforced to carry a hub or center unit with 1500w engine and 15kg with battery.

jayvee congratulations for your 8000kms, your route is almost all road,

the emtb suffer much more.
I installed a kit of 1500W with 6 kg in batteries would only do it with a bicycle structure in iron or cromalite, ¿aluminum? ajajaaj ........ ¿carbon? hahahahahahaha.......
I have very little desire to visit the hospital and appear with 1 piece of bicycle in each hand.
 
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Yukon 500

New Member
I have put on more than 7,500 km on my Volt E-bike (bought for $1,900 in November 2016 and used for commuting 50km each day, April to November only thanks to Canadian winter). Only replaced rear tire at about 3,000 km and it's about time to replace both the front and rear tires now. Other than that, things are working fine - brakes need to be adjusted and chains are cleaned monthly. The drive side of crank arm came loose a couple of times, but fastened and no issues any more.

I did not notice any noticeable drop in the battery and I hope it will last one more year and by then it will be around 18,000 km. But I have not figured out where to find a replacement battery. Have emailed Volt a couple of times, but no reply.
 

JoePah

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I have put on more than 7,500 km on my Volt E-bike (bought for $1,900 in November 2016 and used for commuting 50km each day, April to November only thanks to Canadian winter). Only replaced rear tire at about 3,000 km and it's about time to replace both the front and rear tires now. Other than that, things are working fine - brakes need to be adjusted and chains are cleaned monthly. The drive side of crank arm came loose a couple of times, but fastened and no issues any more.

I did not notice any noticeable drop in the battery and I hope it will last one more year and by then it will be around 18,000 km. But I have not figured out where to find a replacement battery. Have emailed Volt a couple of times, but no reply.

Don't they build your battery any more?

http://www.voltbike.ca/replacement-parts/electric-bike-parts.html
 

Yukon 500

New Member
volt does not have the battery on their website anymore and I have asked the owner (George) a couple of times with no reply. Maybe he is taking a summer vacation or short of staff. I will try later.

The battery is with 18650 Panasonic cells inside but it is bulky than current Volt bike models. it would be a shame if I cannot find a battery while the e-bike itself is still working perfectly.
 

jazz

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I have a 2013 Polaris ebike that still runs with no issues. Just rebuilt the battery after 5 years and now it is good as new. Other than regular maintenance, there is no reason why this could not last another 5 years easily
 

Ann M.

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@Yukon 500, consider getting the battery rebuilt instead of purchasing a replacement. The cost is generally less than new and there are several companies & individuals who could install a quality set of Sony, Panasonic, LG or Samsung cells, probably with a higher capacity which would improve range. If the BMS needed replacing, those are not expensive either.
 

harryS

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Voltbike's suppliers probably dropped the older bulkier battery. When it goes, and if they cannot find a replacement. you should be able to find a battery rebuilder or mount a newer battery/cradle on your bike if it is a downtube mount.

I expect my ebikes willl last many years. We have one purchased model. an LG beach cruiser model, but it uses the same parts I have bought for my kits, so everything could be replaced with generic parts, motor, electronics, controls, and batteries.
 

JoePah

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This comment will probably get deleted..

The genius in Sondors bike is the open architecture.. There are many many vendors waiting to sell you a sondors upgraded battery pack, motors controllers you name it.
 

rich c

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This comment will probably get deleted..

The genius in Sondors bike is the open architecture.. There are many many vendors waiting to sell you a sondors upgraded battery pack, motors controllers you name it.

The original Indiegogo fat bikes were open architecture. Then they changed protocol language in the controller for the second generation fat. You had to buy a Sondors display after that. You can still buy aftermarket displays, but now you have to buy a new controller as well. No idea about the availability of aftermarket batteries since the very latest battery models went to the triangular shape. Also some controller changes when they introduced the Fold. I don't think you can throw a blanket statement over the entire Sondors model line anymore.
 

jazz

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Pretty much everything on any Sondors ebike is still upgradable and available. The Sondors parts section alone has 64 parts listed. There are 3 other online stores which carry components for Sondors. When you sell 30,000+ ebikes, you have options for sure.
 

rich c

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Pretty much everything on any Sondors ebike is still upgradable and available. The Sondors parts section alone has 64 parts listed. There are 3 other online stores which carry components for Sondors. When you sell 30,000+ ebikes, you have options for sure.
You can upgrade most bikes, but you just can't randomly interchange controllers and LCDs. The Facebook owners page is awash with folks that upgrade the controller and then ask why their LCD doesn't work properly. The only Sondors that will accept the generic Chinese controller upgrade is the first Indiegogo campaign bikes. That's what I own. Their may be a Fold controller upgrade. I know some owners were working on that. Not sure it's available yet.
 

Yukon 500

New Member
If you need an ebike battery rebuilt, I recommend Nethers. They do good, work, reasonably priced and use quality cells. https://netherswholesale.com/. John will rebuild just about any pack

Thanks, I will check it out. I am in Toronto so it might be quite expensive to send the battery back and forth. But it seems to be the only option if I cannot buy the OEM one from the manufacturer.
 

Nabrxx

New Member
the structure of a pedelec made by a manufacturer should hold about 20,000km.
batteries, brakes, chain, disk, cassette ..... tires,a lot less


I like this reply and hope my Raleigh Lore with 4300 miles lives up to it. I hope th manufactures of these transportation changers have done their homework—shortblives will impact the technology being embraced?
 

NoDTMF

Active Member
Haven't posted in a while, my 2 KTMs/bosch mid-drive bought used in 2015 are still going. changed things like brakes, chains etc. Still original batteries.
only 2,000 miles. Had to clean the head unit contacts as there were some intermittent issues.