What Is The ebike Maintenance Cost? (Explained)

ebike Maintenance



Electric bicycles in general differ from ordinary bicycles in the presence of additional parts such as the motor, battery, and controller, which makes your question about the cost of maintaining electric bike a logical question.

But before we start explaining the details of maintaining the electric bike, the matter here needs some clarification.

What I want to clarify is that the cost of maintenance is in line with the quality of the electric bike and also with your riding style.


For example, if you have an electric bike that costs $500, it is natural to expect a somewhat higher maintenance cost.

Also, if you ride your electric bike on terrain and unpaved roads, it will cost you some additional maintenance expenses.


In order to give you an approximate cost of maintaining the electric bike, we will discuss the cost of maintaining each part of the electric bike and its maintenance cost.


What Is The ebike Maintenance Cost?


As a general rule,  electric bike maintenance costs range from 150 to 300 dollars, depending on the way the bike is used, as well as the quality of the electric bike.


Now let’s get into the details of the maintenance cost for ebike parts.


1- Motor Maintenance cost.

The electric bike motor is one of the least maintenance parts, and it may come to the point that it never needs maintenance if your use is
correct and you know how to take care of the motor.
But if we want to put an expected maintenance cost, we can add the cost of cleaning the outer part of the motor from the dirt that is stuck to it, and using a cleaner dedicated to this may cost you about 10 to 15 dollars.

2-Sensors & leads.


The second part that we can take into account when calculating the expected maintenance cost is the maintenance of the sensors and the wires connected to them, which are connected to the controller.

You should check these wires monthly and change any wire with pieces or even change one of the sensors.


One of the most sensitive sensors that can be quickly damaged is the speed sensor due to its place on the rear wheel. That is why you should check that it is well-tied and also clean to ensure that the speed readings on the bike are correct.

for the other sensors, you can check their wires and make sure they are clean and placed correctly on the ebike.


If we take into account the cost of checking these wires and cleaning them with a water dispersing spray cleaner, then one cleaner package may last you a year with monthly use, which will cost you about 10 dollars.


Note: Checking the ebike wires will make you notice early if there are any cuts or if the speed sensor needs to be tied well, so do not neglect this point, it is important and will reduce the total bike maintenance expenses.


3-Battery Maintenace cost.


As for the cost of maintaining the battery, it varies greatly. It is possible to damage the BMS inside the battery, which will cost you about

$ 35, or damage a group or more of the battery cells, which will cost you more.

But the good thing is that the battery has a life span of three to five years.


If you maintain the battery and know how to properly charge your ebike, the annual battery maintenance will not exceed the cost of the

water dispersing spray that you will use to wipe the battery pins every month to make sure that no dirt gets inside the battery.


4-Controller Maintenace Cost.


The controller in the electric bike does not need maintenance, because in the event that it has a problem, it must be changed directly, which may cost you from 30 to 80 dollars.

If you have an electric bike that has a conversion kit, we may have to add about $10 worth of the Controller Tester because you will need it to check the efficiency of the Controller.


5-Tires Maintenance cost.


The cost of maintaining the tire annually varies from one person to another. Some people prefer to change the tire annually, regardless of its condition.

There are other people who think that they can only change the inner tube. On average, the cost of a tire per year can be between 20 to 40 dollars

Tip: The use of tire liners or tire Slimer will protect the ebike tire greatly and will greatly reduce the cost of maintenance and will live with you a lot, so it is preferable to use them to reduce the total expenses of maintenance.


6-Wheel Maintenance Cost.


The expected cost of the electric bike wheel depends entirely on the way you use the bike and your riding style, it is possible to maintain it and it does not cost you anything at all, and it is possible to use it in mountainous areas and unpaved roads, which will increase the cost of maintenance.


Generally, monthly, it is preferable to check the SPoke manually and change which Spoke you need to change

The price of Spokes ranges from 12 to 20 dollars.


7-Ebike brakes.


The brakes in electric bikes are one of the things that you should be concerned with their maintenance cost as you should change its pads regularly to avoid any issues in the rotor which means that you will increase the annual maintenance expenses.


If we take into account that on average the brake pads are changed every 2 to 4 months (depending on your use), you will spend average maintenance expenses On the brakes about 20 to 40 dollars a year.


On the other hand, there is another maintenance cost that you should take into account, which is the cost of cleaning the brake parts, and you should clean the rotor with brake cleaning spray, whose price ranges between 10 to 20 dollars.


8-Drivetrain maintenance cost.


The Drivetrain in the electric bike is the most important area with which you will spend time in maintenance, and although most of its parts are not as expensive as the chain, it must be taken care of on a regular basis.


The cost of maintaining these parts may range from $15 for the chain to $400 for the cassette.


But you can reduce this cost by taking care of greasing the chain and cassette periodically, which may It costs you about 50 dollars a year, the price of a Drivetrain cleaning kit.


9- Cleaning tools cost.


Part of the maintenance of the electric bike is to take care of cleaning it from dust and dirt, because the clean your bike is, the longer the life span of the bike parts.


Therefore, the annual bike cleaning budget must be included within the annual maintenance expenses, which may range from 15 to 30 for cleaning tools.


And about $40 for the detergent itself, which means that the average annual cleaning budget will be about $40.



The average maintenance  cost for the electric bike can be calculated as follows:


Part Expected Maintenance cost $ Total Cost 
Motor 15 220$
Sensors & leads 10
Battery  15
Controller 10
Tires 30
Wheels 15
Brakes 45
Drivetrain 40
Cleaning tools cost 40

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