- February 10, 2020 at 2:14 pm #9593mjbassParticipant
I have one of the older ( 2015 ) model 30 bikes and have been advised at the MOT that I need to replace the rear tyre. Most bike shops don’t seem particularly interested in removing the rear wheel when I tell them it’s an electric moped, so I was going to do it myself and take it to a tyre specialist.
Does anybody have any experience of doing this, and does the motor have to come off before a new tyre can be fitted? I’m reasonably competent at basic maintenance, but don’t have any specialist bike tools at my disposal.
MatthewFebruary 17, 2020 at 11:16 pm #9614Paul IOMParticipant
Sorry i’ve only just seen your post, I stopped visiting the forum regularly as we seemed to have aquired a bit of a mouthpiece some months back who ali3nated a few people.
Anyway, you will need to take the wheel out without disconnecting the power feed to the motor as there is no way to disconnect it, there is just enough slack cable to do it, and then change the tyre yourself at the side of the bike, I had a puncture and ended up removing the tyre myself, taking it to get it plugged and then refitting it, its a fairly easy job as the tyre is very soft and compliant so easy to take off and re-fit if you can do a mountain bike tyre you can do one of these.
Dont try to undo any of the motor bolts just the spindle nuts, and take a photo or two before you start, its a tubeless tyre and easy to do with a bit of fairy liquid to ease the new one on and help it seal as you inflate it, mine inflated on a footpump no problem.
Hope this helps.February 20, 2020 at 10:58 am #9617mjbassParticipant
Thanks very much for replying Paul. Much appreciated.
I’ll order a tyre and give it a go when I get a quiet weekend. Do you know if the spindle bolts have a particular torque setting?
MatthewFebruary 20, 2020 at 11:52 am #9618Paul IOMParticipant
I dont think so Matthew, just nip it up and check it again after a few miles.
Its a fairly easy job just a bit fiddly as the cable is only just long enough to allow you to get the wheel out and next to the swingarm, from memory you might need to snip a cable tie on the swingarm to release the cable a few more inches, then re-fix afterwards
Its an unfortunate design oversight which omitted to consider tyre changes or punctures, they should have included a plug to enable the motor feed cable to be dis-connected for rear wheel removal.
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