Core-5, 500 Series, Cafe Cruiser, 700 Series, and LMT'D Rear Wheel Removal (Roadster V2: Roadster V2 Rear Wheel Removal)
In addition to the video above, review the steps below to avoid damage to your ebike and common mistakes.
- Removing the rear wheel, whether for repairs or replacing a tire or inner-tube, needs to be handled correctly by someone with bike maintenance experience. Damage resulting from user error is outside of warranty coverage.
- When the rear wheel is removed, do not lay it down where the motor cable is exiting. This can damage the cable, causing the motor to lose functionality.
- When re-installing your rear wheel, make sure it is fully seated in the drop outs and stays in place as you tighten the axle nuts. This is critical for safety.
- Once re-installed, please be sure to install a new zip-tie and verify your motor cable is routed properly to avoid damage or premature failure.
- If you decide to turn your bike upside down, be mindful of your display, brake levers, throttle, and any other accessories. Often placing a book under each handlebar grip will provide clearance.
- If you have hydraulic brakes and you turn the bike upside down, avoid squeezing the brake lever. This will introduce an air bubble into the brake line or caliper. Often when the bike is turn upside right again and the wheels (rotors) are installed, if you pump the brakes it will resolve the issue. If it does not, you may need to bleed your brakes.
- Cut the zip-tie that holds the motor cable to the frame. Take care not to cut the motor cable.
- Loosen the 18mm axle nuts on either side of the frame and remove them from the axle along with washers so there is room to pass the derailleur.
- If you have a LMT'D, you may also have small torque plates. Simply remove the small bolt and slide the torque plates off. The bolt on the right is shorter and should be reinstalled at this location.
- Lift the bike frame off the wheel. Many times this is easier than turning the bike over. However it may require a helper to remove it carefully.
- To reinstall wheel, ensure the torque spacers are on the inside of the frame and line up with the frame dropouts. This is critical for correct wheel fit and safety.
- Ensure the axle cutout is facing forward (see image below video). By doing this it prevents excess strain on the motor cable and damage.
- Place the motor cable and cassette between the two hanging chains and lower the bike frame on to the wheel. When doing this, orient the axle notch for the moto cable facing forward and keep the spacer configuration in mind.
- Tighten axle nuts to 30nm.
- Plug in motor cable paying attention to the orientation. Line up the two arrows on the connector and do not bend any pins when reinstalling. Zip-tie this cable back down when installed.