As with any bike, e-bikes require regular maintenance to stay safe and fun to ride.
1) Routine Maintenance
Below is a list of regular maintenance activities you can expect to perform while owning a bike:
How: Periodically and before each ride, check the bike components for signs of improper alignment, security and function.
When: As needed
How: Clean with a moist rag and non-corrosive biodegradable cleaners. Do not use a pressure washers or hose to clean the bike. This can cause water damage to electrical components and will likely void the warranty.
When: Once a year
How: Consult a local, certified, and reputable bike mechanic, or check if Nakto shops are available in your area. You can click here: https://nakto.com/pages/our-stockists.
When: As needed
How: E-bikes travel at higher speeds and have more momentum because of the weight of the powered components, so brake pads normally wear down faster than a traditional non-powered bike. Make note of any changes in brake stopping power or uneven brake wear. Brake pads must be replaced when the amount of pad material is less than 1 mm.
How: Visually inspect the paint on the frame. If the paint has become scratched or chipped in the metal, use touch-up paint to prevent rust. Clear nail polish can also be used as a preventative measure.
2) Bike Maintenance Schedule
Nakto E-Bikes Comprehensive Maintenance Guide
Regular maintenance plays a pivotal role in preserving your Nakto e-bike's peak performance and ensuring its longevity. It also helps reduce wear and tear on vital components. The recommended service intervals, as outlined below, are general guidelines. However, depending on your usage patterns and conditions, you may need to adjust them accordingly. If you are an aggressive rider, frequently carry heavy loads, or ride in challenging conditions, more frequent maintenance is advised. Additionally, always inspect your e-bike following a fall, crash, or accident, as these incidents may lead to hidden damages.
1. After the Initial Break-In Period of 50–100 Miles (80–160 km)
- Check all cables for signs of stretching.
- Ensure spoke tension and wheel trueness are within specified limits.
- Examine all bolted connections to guarantee they are securely fastened according to the prescribed torque values (refer to the "Tools and Torque Specifications" section in your bike's Owner's Manual).
Schedule a comprehensive tune-up with a certified and reputable bike mechanic.
During the initial break-in period, some components may experience stretching or loosening, potentially leading to component failure and safety concerns. Therefore, it is vital to arrange for a thorough tune-up performed by a certified mechanic after this period or sooner if you encounter issues or regularly subject your e-bike to challenging conditions or heavy loads.
2. Weekly, 100–200 Miles (160–320 km)
- Check all hardware for proper torque values (refer to the "Tools and Torque Specifications" section in your bike's Owner's Manual).
- Verify drivetrain components for proper alignment and functionality, including the chain, freewheel, chainring, and derailleur.
- Ensure that wheel trueness and spoke tension are within acceptable limits and that your wheels operate quietly without producing spoke noise.
- Examine your e-bike's frame for any visible damage.
Keep your e-bike's frame clean by wiping it down with a damp cloth.
Clean and apply a suitable lubricant to the chain.
If any components are identified as broken or irreparably damaged, either based on guidance from Rad Power Bikes Product Support or a certified and reputable bike mechanic, they should be replaced.
3. Monthly, 250–750 Miles (400–1200 km)
- Regularly check the wear, alignment, and brake lever tension of your brake pads.
- Ensure your e-bike's shifting mechanisms are functioning correctly and that derailleur cable tension is optimal.
- Monitor the chain for signs of stretch.
- Inspect shifter cables for any corrosion or fraying.
- Assess wheel trueness, spoke tension, and ensure that your wheels continue to operate without generating spoke noise.
Clean and lubricate the entire drivetrain system.
Verify the torque values of the crankset and pedal components.
Maintain your shifter cables in a clean and functional state.
Tension spokes and true wheels as required if you identify loose spokes.
If shifter cables or brake pads exhibit signs of wear or damage, they should be replaced as necessary, typically when the pad material becomes thinner than the backing plate.
4. Every 6 Months, 750–1250 Miles (1200–2000 km)
- Conduct a comprehensive inspection of your e-bike's drivetrain, which encompasses the chain, chainring, freewheel, and derailleur.
- Inspect all cables and housings to ensure they are in good condition.
Schedule a standard tune-up, carried out by a certified and reputable bike mechanic.
Apply appropriate grease to the bottom bracket.
Brake pads should be replaced during this interval.
Replace tires if their condition necessitates it.
Replace cables and housings if wear or damage is observed.
By adhering to this maintenance guide, you'll ensure that your Nakto e-bike continues to provide a safe, enjoyable, and reliable riding experience. Regular maintenance is the key to unlocking the full potential of your e-bike.
Over time, your bike may need adjustments to keep it safe and fun to ride. Check out our tuning guide below and learn how to keep your bike in great shape so you can keep riding Rad!
Disc brake: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMa9UqY9obk
Expansion brake: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePP5XkTCmJY