Maintenance and Tools

Here I will take a look at recommended items you need to keep your e-bike in good working order. The most common items that need maintenance or eventual replacement are the brake pads, chain, tires and tubes, and the battery.


Foot pump should be the first choice at home.

Hand pump for longer trips as a backup option.

Bike Chain Oil

Puncture-Resistant Tires

Schwalbe Marathon E-Plus

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Schwalbe (which translates as “swallow” – the bird, not the act of drinking) are a long established German bike tire company, known for their quality bike tire products.

They are especially relevant for e-bike users as they have a product line designed especially for e-bikes.

These tires boast “outstanding performance with regard to riding experience, all-round puncture resistance, rider safety and durability.”

Schwalbe Smart DualGuard

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Schwalble tires offer 4 mm thick SmartGuard special rubber (1), combined with 2 RaceGuard fabric layers (2).

I personally use them on my e-bike, and since then I have ridden over multiple areas with broken glass, without getting a flat tire. This shows to me their worth, since my bike is not out of action for several days, which costs me money.

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Continental Continental Contact Plus Road Bike Tire

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Continental are another well-established German tire company, known for producing high quality tires for bikes, automotive, moped and motorcycle industries.

They offer a range of puncture-resistant road tires developed for e-bikes, but also for urban bikes, trekking bikes, gravel bikes, mountain bikes and racing bikes. They additionally offer tires developed for different speeds of e-bikes, such as the 25km/h (15.5mph) limit for pedelecs and 50km/h (31mph) for higher speed S-Pedelecs.

All Continental city or trekking tires are rated to a standard speed of at least 25 km/h, and those marked e50 are also certified for S-Pedelecs. They offer high levels of puncture protection and low levels of rolling resistance, while providing protection from premature wear exerted by the extra weight and speed of higher speed e-bikes.

The combination of speed with puncture protection make this a good choice for those who don’t want to be slowed by having to repair a flat or by the tires themselves. It’s ECE-R75-certified, designated for usage on e-bikes up to 50km/h.

Coming in a huge variety of different sizes, with 700c, 650b and 26-inch options, these present a versatile offering.

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Michelin ProTek Max City puncture-resistant tire

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Michelin is an internationally renowned French tire manufacturer, one of the largest in the world. They produce a range of bike tires for all types of uses, including for e-bikes.

The Michelin ProTek Max City certainly isn’t light, but it is a tough product that is also rated as e-bike ready and is most certainly durable. Standard 700c is available, 26-inch options, 24 and 20-inch versions are available as well.

It has reflective sidewall stripes for increased night time visibility and a 5mm thick strip running under the thread for resistance against sharp objects poking through.