Truing a Bike Wheel (Regular Wheel)

Service Price: $45

One of the trickiest maintenance jobs on an electric bike is truing the ebike wheels. What does truing your wheels mean? When your ebike wheels need to be trued, that means the outer rim of the wheel is not perfectly round and has some spots where the rim bows out. This occurs through regular riding due to bumps and the rider's weight resting on the wheels during operation. This is extra true for ebikes, due to the extra weight that an ebike carries, there is more weight on the wheels. More weight on the wheels can make it so your ebike wheels need to be trued more often. Our ebike wheel true service helps make sure your ebike wheels are spinning as straight as possible, with no hops or wobbles in the rim. When we true your wheels, the spoke tension gets adjusted around the spots where the rim bows out. This spoke tension, when tensioned correctly, will help pull those sections of the rim back into place. Once the wheel is “true”, the wheel can be spun in a straight line and should not look like it is wobbly/warped.

Truing your wheels is important to stay on top of for a few reasons. The biggest and most important reason is for the longevity and health of your ebike wheels. When you ride on a wheel that is out of true, aside from any performance issues, it will start to gradually make your wheel less and less true with each ride. Once an ebike rim gets bent out to a certain point, it is no longer safe and reliable to ride on, even if it can be trued back to straight. A rim bent too far, even if trued back to straight, has had its structural integrity compromised and cannot be trusted to ride on long term, and would need to be replaced. This is especially true for ebikes, as they have increased weight resting on the wheels, and the wheels spin at very high speeds. When traveling at high speeds like on an ebike, it is crucial to be able to trust the wheels supporting you and your electric bike.

The other reason why you would want to be on top of your wheel truing is for performance. If you have rim brakes on your ebike and your wheel is out of true, the brakes are going to rub at certain spots, making it more difficult to ride and wearing out your brake pads faster. In addition to any potential brake rub, an untrue wheel will not roll as efficiently and can rub against the frame or the ebike fork.


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