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Electric Zoo 2023 will take place on Friday September 1st, Saturday September 2nd, and Sunday September 3rd.

  • Valid driver’s license from any US state or Canada
  • Valid identification issued by the New York Department of Motor Vehicles (Non-Driver ID card)
  • Valid United States military identification
  • Valid passport or visa issued by your country’s government


The doors open at 3pm on Friday, September 1st; and at 1pm on Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and September 3rd.

Lockers will be available for purchase as an add-­on to your Electric Zoo pass and will remain available for purchase until the festival. There will be a limited quantity of lockers for purchase on­site and at higher rates; we recommend purchasing your locker ahead of time.

Lockers will be to your disposal Friday through Sunday. Each locker comes with a USB port, as well as your choice of the cord suited to fit your cell phones, tablets, or digital cameras so that you can remain charged and connected at all times throughout the weekend.

No. Once you leave the festival grounds, you may not re­-enter. You may only re-­enter the next day of the festival with your 3­-day pass or single day pass if valid for that day.

Lockers with built-in charging capability will be available for rent at the festival.

Unfortunately, there’s been a rise in cell phone theft at music festivals around the globe. Electric Zoo is no exception. We don’t want you to become a victim of such a crime. Thus, we have a few safety tips for you to take into consideration ahead of the festivities.

  • Whether it’s in your crossbody bag or in your hand, ALWAYS be mindful of where you keep your mobile device.
  • Set a lock screen.
  • “Find My iPhone” for Apple or “Find My Device” for Android is your best friend. Activate these apps in order to track down your phone and call it so you can retrieve it. The apps can also erase your data from the phone in the unfortunate event that it’s truly lost or stolen.
  • Don’t keep your phone or any valuables in your Doing so is like an open invite to thieves.
  • As an option, we offer lockers to safely store your cellphone and other valuables on site! They will also keep your phones charged.

Applying the above mentioned precautions will add to the merriment of your weekend!

No. Once you leave the festival grounds, you may not re­-enter. You may only re-­enter the next day of the festival with your 3­-day pass or single day pass if valid for that day.

Yes, there will be a wide variety of food options, including burgers, hot dogs and pizza, as well as many other local and vegetarian/vegan choices. These include some of our favorite New York City street vendors. There will be a variety of non-alcoholic beverages, plus beer, wine and champagne for those over the age of 21. Mixed drinks/liquor will only be available for purchase in the VIP lounge, VIP Table Deck, the Patrón Patio, and areas designated as a “Cocktail Lounge” on the Festival Map.

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While we make every effort to bring in food vendors with a wide variety of options catering to many different needs, we regret that we cannot guarantee that there will be a vendor to match each and every one of those needs. In keeping with our efforts, we will continue to strive to offer the greatest variety of food choices possible in an effort to something for everyone.

There are medical aid stations marked with a red cross in the four corners of the park to insure you’re never too far away from help. Check out the map in the center of the booklet that you’ll receive when you get to the festival to familiarize yourself with the location of the medical aid stations which are staffed with emergency medical professionals, and have plenty of water if you need it.

Yes, everyone is subject to search upon entry.

Electric Zoo is a rain or shine event. You can enjoy your time at Electric Zoo under all generally safe weather conditions. Our rain or shine policy is subject to safety requirements. We would never put you in harms way in extreme cases of dangerous weather.

At present time all New York State and New York City Covid-19 event restrictions and mandates have been removed. We will continue to follow all local, state, and federal mandates should something change.

Our ticket cancellation policy remains, that if the event is fully cancelled and unable to be rescheduled to another date due to COVID-19, all tickets will be refunded in full, inclusive of fees.

Please take good care of yourself and help watch out for the people around you. If you see someone slip, trip, or overheat, someone who needs medical attention, rehydration, or just a helping hand, please keep the positive vibe alive, and be a friend to a friend in need. Remember that it’s very important to stay hydrated, so take advantage of the free high-speed water refill stations around the festival grounds. Be aware of how much you’re exerting yourself and take breaks from dancing. When you sweat, your body is losing water and you need to replace it to make sure you don’t overheat.

The following items are prohibited:

  • NO PETS – UNLESS it is a service animal, and You are a person with disabilities, or service animals in-training and have appropriate apparel and have on Your person credentials from an accredited school for which the dog is being raised. Please email Your questions regarding service animals to the Company at or visit the official Company website for details at
  • Any other items deemed as posing a threat to the safe enjoyment of the patrons​.

If you have prescription medication that you must bring with you, you must bring a copy of your prescription to be evaluated by the medical staff.

If you bring any of the items on the above prohibited items list into the Festival, such items will be confiscated and discarded and You will be subject to removal from the Festival based on the sole discretion of Company. Under no circumstances will Company hold any prohibited items for You.


We’re so glad you asked! Everybody CAN:

  • Sit in the open or shady grassy space and relax on a small blanket or beach towel
  • Lounge, decompress and eat in our shade tents
  • Select some delectable nibbles from a wide variety of options, including crowd-pleasers like burgers, hot dogs, and pizza, as well as many other local and vegetarian/vegan choices. These include some of our favorite New York City street vendors.
  • Save the world, should the opportunity arise to do so
  • Boogie
  • Gaze at the New York City Skyline while getting down to some very, very dope beats
  • Get his number
  • Browse our vendor village
  • Meet some amazing new people
  • Count disco balls
  • Devour some icy treats
  • Shake it, but don’t break it, because it took your mother nine months to make it
  • Lay on your back in the grass and gaze at the clouds
  • Pretend you’re a zebra
  • Get her number
  • Feel your jaw drop when you see that famous Zoo visual production
  • Score some free swag from our sponsors
  • Wear a very silly hat
  • Meet some of the DJ’s as they cruise around and take in the festival
  • Feel Faaaaaaaabulous
  • Jam out to almost 100 of the world’s best electronic music artists
  • Purchase some essentials from the General Store (gum, sun block, visors etc.)
  • Get his and her number

If you are over 21 YOU CAN:

  • Choose from a selection of traditional and craft beers
  • Enjoy a refreshing wine spritzer, or glass of wine
  • Celebrate with a glass of bubbly
  • Or go all the way and live it up in the lounge with a VIP Experience or Platinum Experience

Empty clear plastic water bottles up to 1 liter in capacity will be allowed.

  • Large and Lovely sun glasses
  • Sun block (seriously. )
  • Rain poncho
  • A small blanket or towel
  • All of your favorite people
  • DANCING SHOES! (we discourage flip flops for comfort/safety reasons)
  • Your ID. (Please note that photocopies will NOT be accepted as valid ID.)
  • A small backpack or utility bag
  • Chapstick (must be new and sealed)
  • A positive attitude
  • Breathable mouth nose covering including N95 or similar, partial facial mask

Yes, Camelbak and Water Hydration Packs are allowed, but must be completely empty upon entrance.

Yes, GoPro cameras are allowed. However, GoPro attachments such as sticks, selfie sticks or monopods are not allowed.

All tickets for 2023 will be refunded at the full face value if the event is cancelled due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

You can pay for your Electric Zoo pass in installments over time. Choose the Payment Plan when checking out.

Will Call serves as a way for our international guests and those who ordered their passes after the shipping cut­-off date to pick up their tickets conveniently when entering the festival. Follow signs for will call when you arrive on festival site. You will need your printed confirmation email, the credit card used to purchase your passes and your valid photo ID.

Will Call opens at 2pm on Friday, September 2nd and at 12pm on Saturday and Sunday, September 3rd and 4th.

All international orders must be picked up at the Will Call check-­in area, located next to the Box Office at the festival main entrance on Randall’s Island. Unless you plan to walk, bike, or arrive by car, you must print out your confirmation email and bring it with you to the ferry or shuttle bus departure point in Manhattan (check your confirmation email to make sure you’re headed to the correct place ­- either ferry or MTA). Your confirmation email will be checked, and you will be allowed to ride to the festival site on Randall’s Island. From there, you should proceed to the Will Call check-­in area. You will need the credit card used to purchase your tickets and your valid photo ID.

Please fill out the See Tickets Customer Service form for prompt email support, or call at (323) 908-0607.

Getting to Electric Zoo is easy. From your New York City location, the festival entrance is just a stop or two away. This year we’re offering a multitude of transportation options, including readily available MTA buses and subways, car service pick-ups and drop-offs, round-trip Ferry rides, walking and biking routes, direct-route Brooklyn shuttles and more.

From within New York City: – In two simple steps, use the Subway and MTA Buses to travel to Randall’s Island from your locations in Manhattan. – Ferries depart from and return to the East 35th Street Ferry Landing located at the intersection of East 35th Street and FDR Drive. They travel to and from Randall’s Island all weekend long! S tarting at 2:30pm on Friday, August 30th and at 12:30pm on Saturday and Sunday, ferries run continuously until 30 minutes after the festival ends.

From Brooklyn: – Electric Zoo is offering round trip shuttle buses with a direct Brooklyn route. These buses depart from and return to the corner of Wythe Avenue N 12th St in Brooklyn. Brooklyn shuttle departures begin at 2pm on Friday, and 12pm on Saturday and Sunday, and will be running continuously throughout the weekend. Round trip passes are now available with weekend-long and single-day options.

Getting to Electric Zoo courtesy of MTA is one of many transportation options made simply for you. Whether the most local Subway to your disposal or the Express Bus, Electric Zoo is working closely with MTA to ensure everyone has a convenient mode of transportation to the festival.

Here’s how to get to Electric Zoo via Subway/MTA Buses in two simple steps.

  • Take the subway train to the 125th Street Stop.
  • 5.50 roundtrip (1.00 new card fee not included)
  • Take the X80 Express Bus from 125th Street / Lexington Avenue to Randall’s Island Park.
  • 6.50 roundtrip (3.75 if coming from subway using MetroCard)
  • Monthly MetroCards cannot be used.

Monthly MetroCards do not apply to X80 Express bus.

You can walk across the footbridge from E. 103rd St. in Manhattan onto Randall’s Island Park. It takes about 20-25 minutes to walk from the Manhattan side of the footbridge to the festival entrance.

Pedestrians can also walk across the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge from Manhattan (about 15 minutes), Queens (about 30 minutes), or the Bronx (about 15 minutes).

BICYCLISTS PLEASE NOTE: Bikes are NOT allowed on the ferry or buses. Bike parking is South of the RFK Bridge Pedestrian Walkway, near the Ferry Landing on Randall’s Island. Follow signs from the main festival entrance.

We will be offering dedicated areas for drop-offs and pick-ups. Locations and more information will be announced as the festival approaches. Check back for updates on drop-off and pick-up options.

Parking will not be available on Randall’s Island this year, and we strongly encourage you to get to Randall’s Island by taking the Ferry/Shuttle options, by walking/biking, or get dropped off at the festival. There will be no parking spots available to purchase.

From Manhattan: Get on the RFK Bridge at East 125th Street or Exit 18 from FDR Drive (left exit from northbound or right hand exit from southbound Harlem River Drive). Once on the RFK Bridge, E-Z Pass users should stay left for the exit to Randall’s Island Park. Those without E-Z Pass should stay to the right and take the entrance ramp to Randall’s Island Park located about a half-mile past the overhead toll cameras on the right hand side.

From Long Island: Get on the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge from the Grand Central Parkway. Stay right for the exit to Randall’s Island.

From the Bronx: Take the Major Deegan or Bruckner Expressway to the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge. Once on the RFK Bridge continue toward Queens. Stay right for Exit 46A – Randalls Island – Icahn Stadium.

From Brooklyn: Take the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway East to the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge. Stay right for Exit 46 to Randalls Island.

From Queens: Get on the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge from the Grand Central Parkway. Stay right for Exit 46A – Randalls Island – Icahn Stadium.

From New Jersey: From I-80 or the New Jersey Turnpike, get on the George Washington Bridge. Follow signs for “Through Traffic” (on the upper level, stay to the left, on the lower level, stay to the right) to get onto the Cross Bronx Expressway, then take the Harlem River Drive/Amsterdam Avenue exit. Keep left onto the Harlem River Drive, then stay straight to take FDR Drive South to the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge. On the Bridge, E-Z Pass users should stay left for the exit to Randall’s Island Park. Those without E-Z Pass should stay to the right and take the entrance ramp to Randall’s Island Park located about a half-mile past the overhead toll cameras on the right hand side.

From Westchester: Take I-87 (New York State Thruway) southbound. I-87 will turn into the Major Deegan Expressway. Follow signs to the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, and stay to the right. Take the exit for Randall’s Island.

By air

Airports closest to the festival are:

  • Newark International (airport code: EWR)
  • John F. Kennedy (aiport code: JFK)
  • LaGuardia (airport code: LGA)

By train

New Jersey Transit, Amtrak, Long Island Railroad (LIRR) and Metro North have trains in and out of New York City on a daily basis.

New York train terminals are:

  • Pennsylvania Station (often referred to as PENN station) is located in the heart of midtown Manhattan – LIRR, Amtrak and New Jersey Transit
  • Grand Central Station – Metro North
  • Harlem 125th street (closest to the festival) – Metro North

By bus

The BOLT bus travels from Baltimore, Boston, Cherry Hill, Philadelphia and Washington DC to several New York City locations on a daily basis. Check out for more details

A number of bus companies travel daily to Port Authority Bus Terminal located in midtown manhattan. You may easily access many subways from there. For information on all carriers, call the Port Authority Terminal at 212-564-8484 or visit

This information is intended for information and planning purposes only and is not to be taken as endorsements or warranties of any kind. All information presented here is subject to change.

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Die TOTEM E-Bikes aus tschechischer Fertigung zählen in Deutschland noch zu den seltenen Erscheinungen. Das könnte sich in Zukunft aber schnell ändern. Denn die Pedelecs zeichnen sich unter anderem durch einen besonderen Antrieb und einen hoch-engagierten deutschen Distributor aus.

  • 1 B.W. Vertrieb
  • 2 Kundenorientierte Leidenschaft
  • 3 E-Bike TOTEM Delta
  • 3.1 Display
  • 3.2 Antrieb
  • 3.3 Akku
  • 3.4 Schaltung
  • 3.5 Ausstattung
  • 3.6 Verarbeitung
  • 4.1 Vertrauen
  • 4.2 Kultivierter Motor
  • 4.3 Endantrieb
  • 5.1 Performance Vinka-Antrieb
  • 5.2 Pannenschutz Sitzkomfort

B.W. Vertrieb

Ich stehe an einem Samstagmorgen in der blitzsauberen Halle des deutschen Distributors der TOTEM E-Bikes. Seit 2020 werden die tschechischen E-Bikes exklusiv von B.W. Vertrieb aus Kirchardt vertrieben.

Doch nur alleine mit dem Vertrieb gibt man sich nicht zufrieden, wie mir Lisa Unger, Geschäftsführerin von B.W. Vertrieb, nicht ohne berechtigten Stolz erzählt. Denn man nehme durchaus auch Einfluss auf die Technik und Optik der E-Bikes, die in kleinen, und auch großen Details auf die Belange der deutschen Kundschaft abgestimmt werden.

Mit leuchtenden Augen zeigt mir Lisa Unger die Werkstatt und erklärt mir, dass die Antriebe der E-Bikes bis zur letzten Schraube hier repariert werden könnten – wenn es denn tatsächlich mal dazu komme, das etwas kaputt ginge.

Der Vinka-Antrieb kann bei B.W. Vertrieb auch repariert werden.

Der Antrieb – das ist eine Besonderheit der TOTEM E-Bikes. Denn im Gegensatz zu den bekannten Platzhirschen setzt TOTEM auf Vinka-Antriebe aus japanischer Entwicklung. Die Ursprünge des Vinka-Mittelmotors liegen im Automobilzulieferbereich – ähnlich wie bei Brose. Die Akkuzellen der E-Bike stammen von Samsung, Schaltung und Bremsen von Shimano.

Kundenorientierte Leidenschaft

Lisa Unger erzählt, dass hier in der Werkstatt auch jedes neue Modell zerlegt werde. Zum einen, um die Dokumentation für die Händler zu erstellen. Zum anderen aber auch, um eventuelle Detailverbesserungen zu finden, die im Werk in Tschechien möglicherweise so nicht wahrgenommen würden.

Beispielswiese sei auf Anregung des Teams von B.W. Vertrieb die Befestigung der Motorbrücke überarbeitet worden, um diese noch robuster zu gestalten. Eine weitere Anregung war die werkseitige Verlegung eines Kabels für die Beleuchtung vom Motor zum Steuerkopf auch bei den E-MTB. Das macht die Nachrüstung einer Beleuchtung einfacher. Wer schon einmal versucht hat, im Rahmen eines E-Bikes ein Kabel zu verlegen, weiß das zu schätzen.

Es sind diese vermeintlichen Kleinigkeiten, die zeigen, wie sehr man sich bei B.W. Vertrieb der Verantwortung gegenüber den Endkunden, aber auch den Vertriebspartnern bewusst ist.

Der Erfolg gibt Lisa Unger und dem Team recht. Denn das Netz der Vertriebspartner für TOTEM E-Bikes in Deutschland wächst stetig. Nicht zuletzt auch deshalb, weil TOTEM E-Bikes lieferbar sind: Die Hochregale sind gefüllt mit Kartons der verschiedenen Modelle, teils sind sie auch schon auf Paletten kommissioniert und warten auf den Transport zu den Handelspartnern. Ein weiterer Vorteil der kurzen Lieferketten.

E-Bike TOTEM Delta

Auf mich wartet eines der neuesten Modelle: Das TOTEM Delta ist ein Tiefeinsteiger in gediegen-eleganter Lackierung, die im Sonnenlicht schimmert – und natürlich mit Vinka-Mittelmotor. Beleuchtung, Schutzbleche, Gepäckträger, lederne Schraubgriffe und Hinterbauständer: Das Delta scheint auf den ersten Blick ein City-Bike zu sein. Doch die profilierten, nicht zu schmalen Reifen machen es aber sicher auch tourentauglich.

E-Bike TOTEM Delta

Nach einer kurzen Einweisung verlade ich das elegante E-Bike auf den Heckgepäckträger und mache mich auf den Weg nach Hause.

In der Redaktionsgarage angekommen, nehme ich das TOTEM Delta genauer unter die Lupe.


Das LC-Display von Vinka am linken Lenkerende fällt sofort ins Auge. Mit der robusten Anmutung und den großen, eindeutig beschrifteten Tasten ist es ein Gegenentwurf zu den immer kleiner werdenden Anzeigen anderer Hersteller. Dieses Display sieht aus, als würde es auch einen Umfaller nicht übel nehmen.

Display Vinka-Antrieb

Die Anzeigen im Display sind groß und gut ablesbar. Neben den Gesamtkilometern und Tageskilometern kann man sich auch die Kadenz anzeigen lassen. Als Kadenz bezeichnet man die Umdrehungszahl der Kurbeln pro Minuten.

Als Richtwert gilt: Je größer die Kadenz, je geringer die Belastung der Gelenke und je weniger Kraft muss der Motor aufwenden. Jedoch ist die Wohlfühlkadenz bei jedem Menschen unterschiedlich. Meine liegt um 79 herum. Bei vielen Antrieben muss man sich auf das Gefühl verlassen, nicht so bei Vinka.


Beim E-Bike-Antrieb von Vinka gibt es vier Unterstützungsmodi: Eco, Tour, Boost und Auto. In letzterem regelt die Elektronik die Unterstützung abhängig von der Last, die gerade anliegt.

Der „Auto-Mode“ ist besonders praktisch, da man sich keine Gedanken machen muss, welche Unterstützungsstufen man gerade am effizientesten wählt. Das macht die Elektronik automatisch. Ich kenne das vom Bosch-Antrieb. So viel sei vorab verraten: Vinka hat das mindestens ebenso gut umgesetzt. Die meiste Zeit war ich in diesem Modus unterwegs.


Der Antrieb wird von einem Akku mit satten 720 Wattstunden Kapazität versorgt, Reichweitenprobleme sollte es da nicht geben. Im mächtigen Rahmenrohr untergebracht, kann er im Rahmen geladen werden oder auch zum Laden entnommen werden. Der Mechanismus ist besser gelungen und deutlich leichtgängiger als bei Bosch.


Die Kraft wird vom Mittelmotor über eine Kette zum Hinterrad übertragen. Um die Antriebskraft an die Fahrwiderstände anzupassen, stehen 9 Gänge zur Verfügung, die über eine Shimano Altus-Schaltwerk sortiert werden können.

Shimano Altus beim TOTEMDelta E-Bike

Die Shimano Altus Gruppe steht in der Shimano-Produktfolge an zweiter Stelle nach der Tourney und gilt als robust und zuverlässig. Die hydraulischen Scheibenbremsen stammen ebenfalls von Shimano.


Das TOTEM Delta ist als City-E-Bike konzipiert. Da sind natürlich Federgabel, Gepäckträger und Schutzbleche Pflicht. Die Suntour Stahlfedergabel NVX30-DS-NLO-27.5 verfügt über 100mm Federweg, der Gepäckträger mit Federklappe kann bis 25 kg belastet werden und verfügt über kleine Traversen rechts und links um Spanngurte einzuhängen, sehr praktisch. Die Schutz”bleche” sind aus Kunststoff gefertigt und werden vom renommierten Hersteller SKS zugeliefert.

Bereift ist das Delta mit grober profilierten, 2 Zoll breiten All-Terrain-Pneus von CST, aufgezogen auf 27,5 Zoll Felgen. Die Beleuchtung kann vom Lenkerdisplay aus bedient werden, die ergonomisch geformten, ledernen Schraubgriffe, ein breiter Sattel von Selle Royal und griffige Plattformpedale komplettieren die vollständige Ausstattung des Delta. Zusammengefasste Züge und Kabel beim TOTEM-E-Bike


Der Rahmen des E-Bikes mit dem mächtigen Unterrohr ist routiniert und sauber verarbeitet, Kabel und Züge sind sorgfältig zusammengefasst. Das alles ergibt zusammen mit der Metallic-Lackierung ein geradezu edles Erscheinungsbild.

Bevor es zur ersten Fahrt geht, muss das TOTEM Delta, wie alle Testbikes bei VeloStrom, an die Waage. Das Gewicht liegt mit 28,73 kg für ein Tiefeinsteiger E-Bike mit einem solch großem Akku im erwarteten Rahmen.

Unterwegs mit dem TOTEM Delta

Am nächsten Morgen geht es direkt ins Büro. Den Otinga Flip eben am Gepäckträger eingehängt, den E-Antrieb aktiviert und los geht’s. Wie immer zunächst in der ersten Unterstützungsstufe, hier “Eco” genannt. Der Antrieb spricht in dieser Stellung sanft auf den Pedaldruck an, genau richtig zum Eingewöhnen.

Was mir danach sofort auffällt ist die Sitzposition. Erwartet habe ich eine aufrechte Haltung, tatsächlich sitze ich mit meinen 179 cm Körpergröße leicht sportlich nach vorne geneigt. Das passt zum elegant-sportlichen Erscheinungsbild des vergleichsweise schmal bereiften TOTEM Delta und bringt eine gute Kontrolle über das e-Bike.


Bei der Ausfahrt aus der Nebenstraße sorgt die Gabel des Delta für die nächste angenehme Überraschung: Sie spricht für eine Stahlfedergabel erstaunlich sensibel an. Beim Anbremsen vor dem Abbiegen auf die Hauptstraße glänzen die hydraulischen Scheibenbremsen mit sanftem, feinfühligem Ansprechen und guter Wirkung, das vermittelt viel Vertrauen.

Heute Früh ist der Verkehr lebhaft, da kommt es gut gelegen, dass die vertraute Bedienung der Schaltung wenig Konzentration erfordert.

Kultivierter Motor

Als ich sicher auf dem Radweg angekommen bin, schalte ich die Unterstützungsstufe zunächst von “Eco” auf “Tour”. Der Unterschied ist gut zu bemerken, bei gleicher Drehzahl der Pedale nimmt die Geschwindigkeit spürbar zu.

Vinka-Antrieb beim TOTEM-Delta

Bevor ich die Unterstützungsgrenze erreiche, geht es jedoch eine Brückenauffahrt hinauf. Mit rechts schalte ich in einen leichteren Gang und dank der griffigen Tasten ist der Wechsel in die Unterstützungsstufe “Boost” schnell erledigt, die Wirkung überzeugend: Kräftig schiebt mich der Vinka-Antrieb nach oben, die angegebenen 80 Nm der Papierform scheinen alle versammelt zu sein.

Oben macht der Weg einen scharfen Knick über die Brücke. Hier gilt es punktgenau herunterzuschalten, zu bremsen und langsam um die nicht einsehbare Ecke zu biegen. An solchen Stellen kann man einen nachschiebenden E-Bike-Antrieb überhaupt nicht brauchen.

Der Vinka-Mittelmotor gibt sich keine Blöße, die Entwickler haben ihn gut abgestimmt. Trotz zuvor noch kräftigem Unterstützen stellt er nach dem Stopp der Tretbewegung den Vortrieb sofort ein. Das TOTEM Delta verhält sich dann wie ein herkömmliches Fahrrad ohne Antrieb, super!

Nachdem ich um die Ecke gebogen bin, trete ich wieder in die Pedale, der Antrieb springt wieder an und sorgt mit sanftem, aber nachdrücklichem Antritt für ein breites Grinsen.


Die Brückenabfahrt naht, die Strecken führt in einer langen Linkskurve bergab. Das TOTEM Delta lässt sich sicher dirigieren und bleibt zuverlässig auf der gewählten Linie. Die Reifen von CST vermitteln viel Vertrauen und ich kann den Schwung der Abfahrt auf die folgende Gerade mitnehmen.

Ein Blick auf den Tacho zeigt knapp 30 km/h, im neunten Gang kann ich noch wirksam mittreten. Ein Hinweis darauf, wie gut die Endübersetzung gewählt ist.

Auf jede Abfahrt folgt auch eine Steigung, so auch hier. In diesem Fall ist es ein sanfter, aber langer Anstieg über einen Wirtschaftsweg, der mit einigen Kanten, Verwerfungen, Schlaglöchern und Flickstellen aufwartet. Hier überrascht mich die Stahlfedergabel von Suntour erneut mit sanftem Ansprechverhalten und guten Reserven. Die Stahlfedergabel am TOTEM-Delta überzeugt mit guter Funktion.

Ich habe zwischenzeitlich in den „Auto“-Modus des Vinka-Antriebs gewechselt, der dafür sorgt, dass ich knapp unter der Unterstützungsgrenze bergauf fahren kann. Dabei wird er Motor nicht laut, er ist gefühlt sogar leiser als der Bosch Performance Line CX im Charger 3GT. Spätere Vergleichsfahrten ergeben sogar, dass der Bosch den Vinka übertönt.

Die Steigung geht in eine Gerade über, die ich nutze, um die Geschwindigkeit über die Unterstützungsgrenze anzuheben. Dabei zeigt sich, dass der Motor die Leistung sanft ausschleicht, ohne sie abrupt einzustellen. Fällt die Geschwindigkeit wieder unter die magische Grenze, steigt der Vinka ohne große Verzögerung wieder in die Unterstützung ein. Sehr gut!

Praxisgerechte Ausstattung

Im nächsten Ort halte ich beim Bäcker. Das TOTEM Delta verfügt als Trekking E-Bike selbstverständlich über eine Parkstütze. Die ist genau dort angebracht, wo sie bei einem solchen Rad hingehört: Am Hinterbau leistet sie bei beladenem Rad die besten Dienste.

Das Ausklappen, mehr aber noch das Einklappen wird von einem satten “Klack” begleitet, das große Solidität ausstrahlt. Gehört beim E-Bike mittlerweile gar Sounddesign zur Entwicklung? Auf ein Hinterbauschloss verzichtet TOTEM beim Delta, doch da ich E-Bike gerne anschließe und deshalb das Kettenschloß BC 680 von Trelock nutze, stört mich das nicht.

Performance Vinka-Antrieb

Wenigen hundert Metern nach dem Bäcker geht es mit dem TOTEM Delta (m)eine Gefällestrecke hinunter. Die verläuft in einem scharfen Rechtsknick, der sich mit dem Delta gut fahren lässt. Dahinter geht es dann mit zuletzt über 35 km/h bergab.

Das E-Bike von TOTEM bleibt, trotz einiger Wellen, verlässlich stabil. Nur am Ende, beim scharfen Bremsen vor der 90 Grad-Linkskurve, wird das Heck etwas unruhig. Doch das ist gut beherrschbar und der extremen Situation geschuldet. Im normalen Fahrbetrieb wird man so nicht fahren.

Zuverlässig und gut dosierbar: Shimano-Bremsen am TOTEM Delta.

Kurze Zeit später wird der Radweg zum glatten Asphaltband. Motor und Mensch fühlen sich bei einer 79er Kadenz wohl, das TOTEM Delta schnurrt bei 26 km/h dahin und zeigt, dass es durchaus auch für lange, zügig zurückgelegte Kilometer ausgelegt ist.

Pannenschutz Sitzkomfort

Auf dem weiteren Weg über einen Radweg entlang einer Hauptverkehrsstraße sehe ich nach dem Anfahren nach einem Ampelstopp die auf dem Boden liegenden Glasscherben zu spät – und fahre mitten durch!

Obwohl ich jetzt mit einem oder gar zwei platten Reifen gerechnet habe, lassen die scharfen Splitter die CST-All-Terrain-Reifen offenbar unbeeindruckt. Bis zum Testende zeigt sich weder am vorderen noch am hinteren Reifen ein Platten.

Am Büro angekommen merke ich nach gut 16 Kilometer meinen Allerwertesten. Der Sattel des TOTEM ist für meine Anatomie wohl etwas zu breit geraten. Doch dass ließe sich mit wenig Aufwand ändern.

Ich bin schon jetzt gespannt auf die Heimfahrt. Denn das Gefälle von vorhin wird dann zur Steigung, dann kann der Vinka-Antrieb zeigen, was er kann.

E-Bike mit Vinka-Mittelmotor bergauf

E-Bike-Fahren macht immer Spaß, aber besonders bergauf, so geht es mir zumindest. Denn Steigungen nimmt der viel zitierte „elektrische Rückenwind“ den Schrecken. Besonders spannend ist es dabei, wie sich verschiedene Antriebe verhalten.

Der Vinka-Mittelmotor am TOTEM Delta zeigt auf dem Weg nach Hause deutlich, wie gut die Entwickler die einzelnen Teile den Antriebsstrang aufeinander abgestimmt haben. Die Übersetzung der Shimano-Altus ist so gewählt, dass man auch bergauf gut mittreten kann. Der Vinka-Motor steht mit nominell 80 Nm Drehmoment gut im Futter und zeigt das auch: Denn die Steigung kann nur mit wenig Schwung angefahren werden.

Trotz zu Beginn noch leichter Steigung nehme ich weiter Fahrt auf. Mit strammen 21 km/h geht es bergan, erst als es nach der Linkskurve steiler wird muss ich in leichtere Gänge schalten.

Das Motorgeräusch bleibt, trotz Belastung, angenehm leise. Am Ende der Steigung bin ich im dritten Gang 18,5 km/h schnell, etwa 4 km/h schneller als mit dem Jeep FatBike MHFR7100, das mit Hinterradnabenmotor ausgestattet ist, und nur ca. 2 km/h langsamer als mit dem Charger3 GT mit Bosch Performance Line CX. Das ist ein hervorragender Wert und zeigt sehr deutlich, wie konkurrenzfähig der Vinka-Mittelmotor ist.


Das Wetter ist herrlich und ich habe noch Zeit, also nehme ich einen kleinen Umweg. Das TOTEM Delta, eigentlich für den urbanen Bereich gedacht, hat etwas grober profilierte Reifen aufgezogen. Deshalb biege ich unterwegs nach links auf einen Singletrail ab.

Metallic-Lack mit dicker Klarlackschicht am TOTEM Delta.

Der schmale Weg führt über leichten Schotter und Waldboden durch ein lichtes Wäldchen. Hier zeigt das TOTEM, das auch unbefestigte Wege kein Hindernis sind, solange man es nicht übertreibt. Der Grip der Stollen ist gut, das Rahmenlayout liegt aber eher auf der stabilen als der handlichen Seite. Bei forciertem Tempo fallen schnelle Richtungswechsel schwerer, auch die Gabel kommt ein ums andere Mal an ihre Grenzen.

Aber hier gilt es, die Kirche im Dorf zu lassen: Als City-Bike schlägt sich das TOTEM Delta prima und bei angepasster Fahrweise sind auch unbefestigte Feldwege kein Problem und machen sogar das Erlebnis E-Bike intensiver.


Nach knapp über 35 km Pendel-Tagesfahrleistung komme ich zu Hause an. Die Akkustandanzeige weist noch 4 von 5 Balken aus. Das ist hervorragend und zeigt, das mit dem 720 Wh-Akku das Thema “Reichweite” ernsthaft keines ist: Sie sollte beim gedachten Einsatzzweck des Delta für alle Belange mehr als ausreichend sein.

Fazit: “Hidden Champion”

Das TOTEM Delta ist ein City-E-Bike, das den Vergleich zu den bekannten, großen Marken nicht zu scheuen braucht. Ausstattung und Verarbeitung liegen auf hohem Niveau, der Mittelmotor von Vinka braucht sich vor den etablierten Platzhirschen nicht zu verstecken. Weder was die Leistung, aber vor allem nicht, was das Betriebsgeräusch angeht.

Besonders sympathisch ist die Möglichkeit, dass im Falle eines Falles der Motor beim Distributor in Deutschland repariert werden kann. Das ist selten und im Sinne einer nachhaltigen Nutzung von Ressourcen wesentlich sinnvoller als der Austausch des kompletten Antriebs.

Zudem werden TOTEM Bikes, soweit wie es geht, in der EU gefertigt, demnächst soll das auch für die Vinka-Motoren gelten.

Verfügbarkeit Preis

Bleiben noch die Themen Verfügbarkeit und Preis. Nach Angaben von B.W. Vertrieb sind derzeit alle Modelle, dank vorausschauender Lagerhaltung und kurzer Lieferketten, innerhalb weniger Tage lieferbar.

Aktuell sind alle E-Bikes von TOTEM kurzfristig lieferbar.

Der Preis für das TOTEM Delta beträgt aktuell (Stand 10/2022) 2.898 €. Das ist ein faires Angebot.

Wer nach einem grundehrlichen, robusten und preiswerten Tiefeinsteiger E-Bike aus europäischer Fertigung sucht, das noch dazu elegant aussieht und nicht an jeder Ecke steht, und dazu noch verfügbar ist, der sollte unbedingt das TOTEM Delta zur Probe fahren.

Mehr Infos zu den E-Bikes von TOTEM gibt es online bei B.W. Vertrieb.

Transparenzhinweis: Das E-Bike wurde vom Hersteller für den Test kostenfrei und ohne Vorgaben zur Verfügung gestellt.

Totem MX1 Review: 27.5-Inch Mountain E-Bike 2023!

The brand-new city crosser from Totem, a Chinese manufacturer, is only 799 and comes well-equipped. Find out in this review how well the stylish e-bike with front luggage rack performs for the price and whether it is worthwhile to purchase.

Seven different bikes are currently available from Amazon, practically all of which we have already tested. The Chinese firm places itself primarily in the affordable market and often introduces new bikes.

Totem MX1: Design and Build Quality

Numerous stores offer the stylish city e-bike for online ordering. You may purchase the Totem MX1 directly from the manufacturer in addition to the usual suspects for Far Eastern items like Geekmaxi and via big marketplaces like Amazon.

Like the majority of bikes from direct sellers, our copy was shipped by the manufacturer directly to us and arrived at our location in Poland. The e-bike was packaged neatly and arrived after a brief period of shipping.

After unpacking, the pre-assembled bike only needs a few quick steps of final assembly. For instance, installation of the pedals, front wheel, handlebars, and baggage rack is still required.

In theory, this can be finished rather rapidly. But we left out the assembling instructions. Since the front luggage rack is made up of several elements and it is not immediately obvious where to place whatever part with which screw, some technical knowledge was therefore required for assembly. So, if you’re already having trouble with an Ikea Billy shelf, this presents a minor difficulty.

It is always possible that the brakes or gears on a bike purchased through the mail need to be adjusted. Additionally, make sure that all of the screws are tight. Once this obstacle has been cleared, you are presented with a wonderfully stylish, spotless, and well-built city e-bike.

I spotted a pretty sticker on the seat tube right away. Because it is clear that the Essen-based company that imports the Totem MX1 also sells it under this location. But it is clear that this is just a location that is likely utilized to market a variety of Chinese items. Anyone expecting improved assistance or customer service as a result will probably be let down. The overwhelming majority of negative Google reviews speak for themselves.

Running on public roads can occasionally be problematic, as anyone who has read some of our other evaluations of China e-bikes can attest. since it is frequently unclear exactly what kind of approval or test the motorcycles have.

A Shimano 24-speed gear set is additionally added. It pleases me that the Totem MX1 also has shifters, which is very uncommon in this price bracket. Even if the rear derailleur from the Tourney series is not of the highest quality, it nonetheless performs its duties consistently and effectively.

In city traffic, mechanical disc brakes also guarantee deceleration. These are made by an unknown company, but they operate adequately.

As was already noted, the Totem MX1 has a front luggage rack with an 18 kilogram weight limit. Additionally added are mudguards and a headlight. Included is a battery-powered rear light that attaches to the seat post. The Totem MX1 also has street tires with luminous strips, which I consider to be a plus. Another strong impression-maker are the wheels.

Overall, the equipment is pretty basic, and for the price, relatively inexpensive parts like the bottom bracket are also attached.

I was immediately impressed with the new Totem MX1 e-bike based on the price. Because of the efficient processing, the standard apparatus has an integrated battery, Shimano gears, and a rear-wheel drive with a torque sensor. That is the Totem MX1’s greatest benefit. because I have never seen an e-bike with a torque sensor for less than 1,000.

Furthermore, the majority of the cables are neatly run inside the frame. I therefore had a positive initial impression of the bike during the test ride. It’s not too light however, weighing in at just 27 kg. The numerous cables only make it appear a little erratic in front of the handlebar.

Due to the frame design, the seating position is also somewhat athletic but still comfortable, which I appreciate. A rider’s height should be between 165 and 200 cm, according to Totem. I’m about average height (1.80 m) and find the Totem MX1 e-bike to be quite comfortable. The frame nevertheless provides considerable room both up and down. But I would only advise using a pedelec up to a maximum height of 1.95 m. However, depending on the individual’s physique, it can also be restricted at 1.90 m.

Totem MX1: Motor and Battery

I’ve previously touched on the most notable aspect. The city crosser has a torque sensor added along with a rear-wheel drive. The engine’s 45 Nm of torque puts it well within the typical city range in terms of power. In actuality, this works for a variety of adventures. Even small ascents pose no difficulty. However, if you are in a region with a lot of mountains, it could occasionally become difficult.

To ensure that you don’t exhaust yourself after just a few kilometers, a 14Ah battery is installed. Totem claims that under ideal circumstances, it should be adequate for a range of up to 75 kilometers. I think a typical range of 50 km is realistic since the torque sensor control effectively uses the energy. The battery is securely attached to the frame and is both locked and detachable. For instance, you can charge it at home. The battery can also be changed if it is no longer providing the desired performance.

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For example, the batteries used in Jeep e-bikes or the Econic One Smart Urban appear to be extremely comparable to the integration and battery itself.

The built-in display is something more that I enjoy. It gives five distinct degrees of support and makes me think of the Bosch Purion control unit. The screen itself is kept very straightforward and displays the most crucial driving information, including speed and daily kilometers. Personally, I find the minimalist style to be really appealing, especially on city e-bikes. The pressure point of keys is not optimal, which is something I have noticed. For instance, you might have to push twice when wearing gloves. Unfortunately, I unintentionally changed the picture’s mp/h. However, this is not fixed by default and can be altered.

The Totem MX1 truly exceeds the majority of the competition even on paper when considering pricing and equipment. The riding characteristics of an e-bike are obviously crucial for me as a tester. However, exterior factors like street legality, integrated sensors, and finally the total price-performance ratio are very important to me. The Totem MX1 is situated quite well, in my opinion. Unfortunately, I am unable to include warranty or support services provided after the sale in this overall picture because I am unable to evaluate them.

The Totem MX1, however, does not just dazzle with the cold, hard facts. The bike surprised me on the road with a well-tuned drive and comfortable support. The stylish city bike is incredibly comfortable and easy to ride because of the torque sensor. The 5 support levels are also closely synchronized with one another, however their levels of severity are barely different. The Totem MX1 is highly sporty and exciting in the higher levels. However, you shouldn’t anticipate any performance comparable to, say, a Bosch drive with numerous sensors.

Totem MX1: Conclusions

The Totem MX1 is outfitted with every feature a low-cost city e-bike could possibly need. The bike nonetheless leaves a pleasant image despite the fact that some components, like the brakes, are not branded goods. At a reasonable RRP of just 799, the drive with torque sensor is a complete exception.

The Totem is a fantastic option if you’re searching for an e-city bike with strong sensors, don’t want to spend a lot of money, and don’t need to commute 50 km each way every day. I can heartily recommend this affordable e-bike to all infrequent drivers who use it to go on trips occasionally, travel short distances to work, or simply prefer to leave the car at home in some situations.

Troubleshooting Common e-Bike Problems: The Ultimate Guide

Maintaining an ebike in good working condition can be tricky business, especially if you’re a newbie ebike rider.

An ebike will work smoothly only when all the parts are functioning properly. Luckily, not every hiccup with your electric bike means there’s a major problem. Sometimes, it just needs a bit of DIY maintenance.

Not to mention, many ebike owners don’t live near an electric bike service shop, so getting the job done themselves can be a lifesaver. In any case, knowing how to troubleshoot common problems of ebikes is valuable information for anyone owning an electric bike or thinking about buying one.

In this article, we’re sharing a full guide on how to troubleshoot common ebike problems to help you get back on the road in no time. So without further ado, let’s get started!

Troubleshooting the Battery

If your ebike won’t start or keeps cutting off, the issue can often be traced back to the battery. Even if you’re just doing a routine troubleshooting session, the battery on your ebike should be the first component to inspect. Here are some ways to troubleshoot battery problems:

Check the Voltage

The first thing you need to do is check the battery voltage. The LEDs on the control panel and the ebike should light up, if this doesn’t happen, then there’s a chance that the battery hasn’t been charged or there may have been a blown fuse.

Checking the battery voltage can give you a clue as to whether or not the battery has been damaged.

You can check the voltage of an ebike using a voltmeter by simply attaching the prongs to the positive and negative sides of the prongs on the battery. Another way to get a reading is to fasten the voltmeter directly into the charger connector on the battery.

If you find that the battery power dies out too quickly, then the first you should do is determine how long the battery pack has been left without charging. Accordingly, you’ll be facing one of 2 scenarios:

  • If the battery pack hasn’t been charged for 6 months or less, you may be able to recharge it successfully.
  • If the battery pack hasn’t been charged for more than 6 months, then it’s probably defective.

If you know that your ebike has been sitting in the garage for some time without recharging and when you try to start it, the battery loses power too quickly, then it’s safe to assume that the battery is defective and will require a replacement.

If you’ve charged your ebike battery for less than 8 hours, try letting it charge for 8 hours and then check if the electric bike can run at full speed. We highly recommended not to leave the battery charger plugged into your electric bike for more than 12 hours. This is to avoid the risk of overcharging or damaging the battery if the charger malfunctions.

Check the Battery Charger

While you’re at it, you should also check the battery charger. You don’t need any tools to get this done; just plug the battery charger into the wall and see if one or more of the indicator lights are illuminated.

If the indicator light doesn’t illuminate or even blink on and off when the charger is plugged into the wall, then you’re dealing with a defective charger. To test the output voltage of your battery charger, you can use a multimeter or voltmeter.

The voltage reading must be a few volts higher than the battery charger’s rated voltage. If the output on the battery charger is lower than the battery charger’s rated voltage or if it’s zero, then the battery charger is defective.

For example, if your ebike is equipped with a 36V battery but the voltmeter reads 10 volts, then the battery is faulty. In this case, it’s a good idea to check if your ebike is still under warranty.

If so, then you can contact the manufacturer and file a warranty claim for replacement parts. But if not, then you should buy a new battery.

If the voltmeter reads a surface charge of more than 36V, then the battery is fully charged and you can try troubleshooting another component.

Check the Battery Management System

If your ebike keeps cutting off, one of the most common reasons for such hiccups is a failing battery. If your battery pack is particularly choking when under load, then the issue could be that the battery management system is shutting it off to protect your battery pack from overeating.

Typically, the battery management system will cut off the power if it senses the battery draining too fast below certain safe levels.

Often than not, a severe voltage drop means that one or more cells in your battery pack have been damaged. There are several reasons for such malfunction including aging, too frequent charge cycles, improper battery management, and a manufacturing defect.

If you’re experiencing power cuts with a new ebike that you’re just starting to use, it might be because the pack has been sized, engineered, or manufactured with less than the required high current capacity for supporting heavy loads.

When cells fail, it’s usually due to being under severe loads. One way to solve this is by dropping the assist level and pedaling a little harder when going up steep inclines or hills. This should reduce the load on your battery.

Another thing to keep an eye out for is the possibility of your battery arriving already pre-aged. This can happen in lower-quality batteries that are typically installed in cheaper bikes because they’re made by recycling batteries from other older devices such as laptops.

To find out if your battery is the culprit behind the repeated choking of your ebike, try using it on a different reliable electric bike with the same setup as yours. The same problem should happen if the battery is faulty.

If you’ve owned your ebike for a few years and you’ve used it almost every day, the frequent rides may have just pushed the battery pack towards the natural end of its lifespan. Here, buying a new pack from the manufacturer will solve the issue.

Check the Battery Prongs

A failing battery can be the result of improper lining up of its prongs. If this is the case, the electrical circuit can’t be completed so no power will be produced.

Using a wrench, you can easily fix this issue by slightly bending the prongs to realign them into the correct position.

Check the Battery Charger Port

Additionally, you need to check the battery charger port. Be sure to first unplug the battery charger if it’s plugged into the wall.

Next, plug the battery charger into the battery charger port on your ebike and observe the indicator light on the battery charger. If the indicator light illuminates when the charger is plugged into the electric bike, then the wiring and the wiring connectors going to the charger port as well the charger port itself are working.

If you have a voltmeter or a multimeter, you can test the voltage of the battery charger port. The level of the voltage measured at the charging port must be the same as the one rater for the battery pack.

Alternatively, you can test the battery pack on another reliable electric bike where you ride the ebike at full throttle on flat ground. Note how long the battery pack will last.

On flat ground, most ebikes have a battery range somewhere between 30 and 45 minutes. If your battery pack lasts less than 30 to 20 minutes, chances are it’s worn out and you have to replace it. Severely worn out batteries have a maximum range of 5 to 10 minutes.

  • If your ebike features a headlight, you can perform a load test by fastening an arch-shaped piece of cardboard over the headlight so you can see the beam from the headlight while riding.

From here, you can fully charge the battery pack and ride your ebike with the headlight on. Keep an eye out for the headlight’s beam shining on the cardboard.

If the battery is good, the headlight will dim just a bit when you give the ebike full throttle. If the beam on the headlight dims severely when you give the ebike full throttle, then you’ll know that the battery is worn out.

  • If you can get your hands on a multimeter, you can perform a battery load test while your ebike is running. Start by fully charging the battery, then jack up the rear wheel by connecting the multimeter to the battery. Give the electric bike full throttle while engaging the brake on the rear without locking it up.

When you engage the rear brake, the battery pack will go through a load so you can then read the voltage and find out how much it drops. If the battery is working well, the voltage will drop by a few volts only. Otherwise, the voltage will massively drop.

Troubleshooting the Brake Motor Inhibitor

If you’ve dropped your ebike, then a part of the handlebars may have been damaged. You can easily spot this by visually inspecting your handlebars and brake levers for signs of any cosmetic damage.

If you find that the brakes have been pulled back because of damage and can’t seem to break free, this will cause the motor inhibitor switch to stay turned on. To get your ebike running again, you’ll need to fix the jammed brake levers.

If the damage is significant, then the switch itself may require replacing. Such a process will need the skills of an expert electric bike mechanic.

  • Some people may suggest that you use your controller to figure out which wires are for the brake inhibitor so you can disconnect them completely to get rid of the problem. However, we stress that you never do that as it can be extremely dangerous on the road.

If your brakes aren’t functioning properly, then you should check the shoes or the brake pads for signs of wear. If they’re damaged or worn out, replace them right away. You should also check the brake cable tension and adjust it if necessary.

If you find the brake pads or the brake shoes in good condition then you may want to tighten the brake cable adjuster on the brake lever or the brake itself until the brake becomes more responsive. Make sure that the brakes aren’t rubbing on the rotor or rim when the brake lever is released.

Once you’ve adjusted the brake cable adjusters to the end of their limits, screw them all the way in. Then, tighten the brake cable by loosening the brake cable stopper, pulling the brake cable tight, and re-tightening the brake cable stopper.

You can make a final adjustment to the brake cable tension by unthreading the brake cable adjuster until you get the right tension.

  • It’s crucial to your and others safety that you maintain the braking system; keep discs and rims clean and straight, promptly replace any worn-out brake shoes and pads, replace frayed or worn cables and housings, and lightly lubricate brake pivot points.

Troubleshooting the Controller

Think of the controller as the processor of your ebike operating system. As a result, it’s also one of the most common reasons why your electric bike may not be working properly.

The controller’s job is to take input signals from all the controls and sensors on the ebike, analyze them, and then determine the best way to transfer the power coming from the battery to the motor.

Since the controller serves a huge yet sensitive purpose in the functioning of an ebike, the slightest technical glitch could ruin the established balance in any aspect including power transfer and distribution.

Inspect your controller for any wires that may be loose, disconnected, or misconnected. If you do see disconnected cables, reconnect them to the proper port. In general, the wires should be color-coded so you can match the same color wire with the same color the outlet.

If the controller doesn’t work at all, make sure that the power switch is turned on. Also, check the fuse or circuit breaker.

If your ebike comes with a circuit breaker, you can reset the circuit breaker by pushing the breaker. However, you should be aware of any problems that may pop up as circuit breakers are designed to protect the system and there could already be an ongoing problem that’ll seriously damage components.

For ebikes with a fuse, you can simply remove it and hold it against some light to see if it’s burned out. If so, replace the fuse.

Troubleshooting the Throttle

A lot of ebikes on the market come with throttle control. If you overuse the throttle control, it may get stuck when pulled back and won’t return to the off position on its own.

If you do this repeatedly, the throttle will eventually loosen or get damaged. If this happens, you’ll tend to experience power cut-offs.

The safest way to use the twist throttle is to pull it back and then slowly release it back into its original position once you’re done.

If the throttle is feeling loose or missing out on strokes from time to time, you can just replace it after testing whether or not it’s receiving steady power. This way you’ll know for sure that your throttle is to blame.

Troubleshooting the Pedal Assist

Malfunctions of the power or pedal assist system on your ebike may cause issues associated with pulsating or occasional power cut-offs. Different ebike models feature different pedal assist systems; some are built around the front sprocket chainring while others are built into the bottom bracket.

If you’ve recently made mechanical adjustments to the wheels, pedals, sprockets, derailleurs, and so on, this could be why you’re encountering power supply hiccups. Another reason for such issues could be the ring of magnets on the front sprocket; the sensors may be out of alignment due to being dirty or knocked around.

You can adjust the pedal-assist magnet position using a flathead screwdriver to push the disc nearer to the sensors. If this doesn’t work and you’re having a hard time determining whether or not your pedal assist system is faulty, it’s best to take your ebike to an electric bike service shop so they can remove and replace the faulty parts.

Troubleshooting the Motor Connections

As we mentioned earlier, loose wire connections are one of the most common reasons why you may be experiencing issues with your ebike. As such, the wires connected to the rear hub motor can often get loose, frayed, or damaged over time.

If the wires are loose, you’ll probably have to replace the loose or damaged portions. Check if there are any melted or burned wires connected to the rear hub motor.

Melted or burned wires are a sign of overheating. If the insulation on the copper coil wires melts due to overheating, occasional short circuits may occur causing the power to cut off.

If the coils in the motor keep overheating, you’re potentially risking the motor’s integrity and may end up having to replace the motor to avoid damaging the controller.

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Check the motor’s power transmission system for missing parts. Worn-out, missing, or damaged components could lead to problems in power transmission resulting in unwanted interruptions of power flow.

Wrap Up

There you have it, a comprehensive guide on how to troubleshoot common problems of ebikes. Even though DIY maintenance can be easy to perform, it’s still best to bring your electric bike to a service shop if you’re not fully confident in your skills.

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