New-bee to the ebike world

jcountry

New Member
Hi all, just purchased 2 e-bikes for the misses and myself. I am liking this very much! It is turning into quite the exercise hobby as a I find myself looking for every possible gadget to enhance my ride. Does anyone have any suggestions on adding a wider range of gears? Currently I have 7 speeds and I was curious if I could add some type of gear/sprocket to enhance the pedaling at the higher end of speed. Excuse my crude terminology as I am learning about different parts on the bike. Thanks
 

indianajo

Well-Known Member
A triple front sprocket can change 7 speeds into 21, but you have to buy a different bike to have one. There are sprockets in catalogs that go from 32 teeth to 12, but nobody had one in stock when i was trying to buy one.
Some rear sprockets have 11 or 12 speeds, but the chain is thinner and the front sprocket is thinner, too. those chains tend to wear out in 1000 miles or 500 miles with a mid-drive motor. I have a hub drive and an 8 speed sprocket rear, 3 speed front. Ratios from 32:32 to 52:11. that's enough speeds. I get about 5000 miles per chain.
 

Bigal1463

Well-Known Member
Hello Jcountry, welcome to EBR. There is lots of friendly and helpful members here. I can not tell you how to as you say enhance your ride, but im sure that you can, but probably at an expense. Why not enjoy the bike as is and if you really want a good workout, just ride it without power. The purpose of an ebike is to make it easy for you to pedal. Just my opinion. Good luck and ride safe.
 

harryS

Well-Known Member
If you have a hub motor and you want 3 speeds up front, it's possible. Your bike probably doesn't have a derailleur mount, but there are derailleurs that clamp onto a regular bike tube. You'll have to buy a left side shifter and figure out the cabling. I did this for a fat tire bike that I had converted to electric. I had to hang the derailleur out another 3/4" because the gear is further out on a fat bike. It made for a nice puzzle that I enjoyed solving.

Let's take a different tack and say you just want to be able to keep up your pedal speed with the bike at higher speeds. Then you can go to a bigger gear up front. That's probably available on a store bought mid drive. I don't own one. Don't know. You can definitely add a larger gear on a hub drive bike, subject to clearance issues with the frame.

You can also change the rear gears to add a smaller one in the rear. Many owners have done the front or rear gear change. It's pretty simple if you know bike mechanics.
 

jcountry

New Member
A triple front sprocket can change 7 speeds into 21, but you have to buy a different bike to have one. There are sprockets in catalogs that go from 32 teeth to 12, but nobody had one in stock when i was trying to buy one.
Some rear sprockets have 11 or 12 speeds, but the chain is thinner and the front sprocket is thinner, too. those chains tend to wear out in 1000 miles or 500 miles with a mid-drive motor. I have a hub drive and an 8 speed sprocket rear, 3 speed front. Ratios from 32:32 to 52:11. that's enough speeds. I get about 5000 miles per chain.
Thank you for the good information! LOL not ready for another bike but who knows.. I will look into the 12 tooth.
 

jcountry

New Member
Hello Jcountry, welcome to EBR. There is lots of friendly and helpful members here. I can not tell you how to as you say enhance your ride, but im sure that you can, but probably at an expense. Why not enjoy the bike as is and if you really want a good workout, just ride it without power. The purpose of an ebike is to make it easy for you to pedal. Just my opinion. Good luck and ride safe.
You are right! Thanks Bigal1463.
I am getting a good work out.. No question about that.
 

jcountry

New Member
If you have a hub motor and you want 3 speeds up front, it's possible. Your bike probably doesn't have a derailleur mount, but there are derailleurs that clamp onto a regular bike tube. You'll have to buy a left side shifter and figure out the cabling. I did this for a fat tire bike that I had converted to electric. I had to hang the derailleur out another 3/4" because the gear is further out on a fat bike. It made for a nice puzzle that I enjoyed solving.

Let's take a different tack and say you just want to be able to keep up your pedal speed with the bike at higher speeds. Then you can go to a bigger gear up front. That's probably available on a store bought mid drive. I don't own one. Don't know. You can definitely add a larger gear on a hub drive bike, subject to clearance issues with the frame.

You can also change the rear gears to add a smaller one in the rear. Many owners have done the front or rear gear change. It's pretty simple if you know bike mechanics.
Thank you! Good info.
 

frizzen

New Member
You don't say what kind of bike you have. If it has a rear hub motor you can buy a bigger chainring (front sprocket) and raise the gearing. It will also raise your low gear, which may or may not be OK. You may need to add a few links to the chain also. Any bicycle shop could handle this.
 

jcountry

New Member
You don't say what kind of bike you have. If it has a rear hub motor you can buy a bigger chainring (front sprocket) and raise the gearing. It will also raise your low gear, which may or may not be OK. You may need to add a few links to the chain also. Any bicycle shop could handle this.
Excellent, thank you! Rear Hub motor, Sondors Fold X.