We would love to deliver a fully assembled EB9 to your door. That’s not always possible. Fortunately, the steps to get up and running with your EB9 are simple and easy. And it’s even easier when you follow along with our how-to video.
EB9 UNBOXING & ASSEMBLY QUICK-LINK
- Prep for Success
- Assembling the Handlebar
- Installing the Front Fender
- Assembling the Front Wheel
- Installing the Pedals
- Connect the Front Brakes
- Adjust the Seat Height
- Charge the EB9
- Air Up!
FOLLOW ALONG WITH OUR EB9 UNBOXING VIDEO
As always, if you do not feel comfortable assembling the bike yourself, we recommend taking your new bike to your local bike shop for assembly and inspection. Give us a call if you need help finding an authorized bike shop closest to you.
If you are comfortable assembling the bike yourself, be sure to follow all instructions, properly adjust gears and brakes, and set tire pressure.
PREP FOR SUCCESS
REMOVE EBIKE FROM BOX
If this was delivered to you, always check for carrier damage before removing the EB9. If you find significant damage, contact customer service immediately.
You’ll need some really sharp scissors to cut open the box, so be careful.
- Hex key
- Bike wrench
- Quick-release axle (front wheel)
Then you’ll want to rotate the front fork so that the brakes face forward. This will make the bike assembly a lot easier.
ASSEMBLING THE HANDLEBAR
The EB9 comes with a top-cap bolt already installed on the handlebar stem. So you’ll need to remove it before assembling. Use the included Allen key to loosen the stem bolt.
Insert the stem into the headtube to the desired height. Make sure the end mark is completely inserted so that the end is below the lock nut. Use the hex key to tighten the screws and fix in place. Align the stem with the front tire and securely tighten the stem bolt.
Take this opportunity to remove the battery keys, if the bag is attached to the handlebars.
Now, gently flip over the EB9 @mdash; it’s fender time!
INSTALLING THE FRONT FENDER
TEST FENDER FIT
It’s always good practice to make sure the fender fits. Test it and make sure the slides in easily.
First, you’ll remove the nut, washers and bolt at the fork. This is what is used to secure the fender.
Then you’ll remove the lower fender bolts.
Next, slide in the fender through the fork, then re-install the bolt, washers and nut (in that order).
Now, reattach the lower fender bolts and tighten with the included hex wrench.
INSTALLING THE FRONT WHEEL
INSTALL FRONT WHEEL QUICK RELEASE
Having a quick release front wheel is extremely convenient and a lot of seasoned riders swear by it. And with good reason! It’s easier for maintenance and many riders use it as a theft-deterrent. Park the bike, lock it up, then release the front wheel and take it with you as you shop or grab a quick bite or whatever you need to do. (No one wants to steal a bike with just one wheel!)
The quick-release mechanism consists of four parts: the lever/skewer (rod) assembly, two coil springs and the adjusting (acorn) nut on the opposite end from the lever.
Insert the quick-release skewer through the center hub of the front wheel. It should slide all the way through to the other side. Then attach the second coil spring and the adjusting nut and tighten a little. (You’ll tighten more securely in the next step.)
ATTACH FRONT WHEEL
Pick up the front wheel and hold it upright on the floor. Note the direction marking arrow on the tire’s sidewall.
Line up the fork with the axle at the center of the wheel. Make sure there’s a spacer between the fork and wheel on each side.
Hold the nut on one side and close the lever of the quick-release to tighten the wheel onto the fork. The lever should be snug when closed. You can open it and tighten the adjusting nut on the other side until the lever closes securely.
INSTALLING THE PEDALS
Holding the crank arm vertical, use the included wrench to screw the pedal on the crank arm. Repeat with the other pedal.
Important: The threads on the pedals are not identical @mdash; both thread toward the front of the bike. So, the right pedal threads to the right (typical “righty-tighty”) and the left pedal threads to the left.
ALIGN THE HANDLEBAR TO THE FRONT WHEEL
If you didn’t do this when you first installed the handlebar, now’s the time. With the front wheel on, align the handlebar to the front wheel. Once aligned, tighten with the hex key.
CONNECT THE FRONT BRAKE
For safe riding it is crucial that your bicycle’s brakes function correctly. Bicycle brake pads wear over time and will need to be replaced as they wear. Brake cables stretch and tension must be adjusted. So test your brakes prior to every ride and adjusted as necessary. Going is important; stopping, even more so.
ADJUSTING THE FRONT BRAKE
To make minor brake adjustments, you can easily tighten the cable tension of the handbrakes using the barrel adjuster near the brake lever. Turning the adjuster left (out) will increase tension on the brake cable. This will improve brake reliability and increase response time. After you tighten the cable tension, give both hand brakes a quick squeeze.
ADJUST THE SEAT HEIGHT
- Loosen the screw on the seat collar.
- Pull the seat up or push it down to adjust height. Check to make sure the seat post is fully inserted into the frame to at least the marked minimum insertion and the saddle itself is even.
- Tighten the screw to secure the seat post in place at the desired height.
Important Tip: Check the minimum insertion mark on post to make sure the seat post is inserted far enough into the seat tube. Do not raise the seat height above the minimum insertion mark.
A NOTE ON OPTIMAL SEAT POSITIONING
For better pedaling, safety and overall riding comfort, positioning the seat at the right height is important. The rider’s leg length is used to determine the seat’s position. When you pedal, your hips should remain level and your legs should be almost fully extended at the bottom of the pedal stroke, but not over-extended.
To determine the right seat height, sit on the eBike with one pedal at its lowest point and place the ball of your foot on the pedal. Your leg should be almost fully extended (not locked out) with a slight bend at the knee.
CHARGE THE EB9
For your convenience, the EB9’s battery can be removed for easier charging and/or an extra measure of security. The EB9 comes with two physical keys that you can use to lock and unlock the battery compartment.
UNLOCK AND REMOVE THE BATTERY
Insert the key and turn it clockwise to the unlock position. Pull out of the battery from its compartment. The battery can be charged either installed in or detached from the EB9.
To reinstall the battery, align the slot at the bottom of the battery and reinsert it into the frame. Turn the key to the locked position.
CHECK TAIL LIGHT
The rear tail lights are attached to the battery. If you need to change the battery, you can remove the light’s battery compartment with minimal fuss.
Pro-Tip: Always check that the tail light works before every ride.
CHARGE BATTERY BEFORE RIDING
Before charging, make sure the bike is turned off. Never operate the EB9 while it’s charging. Connect the charging cables and adapter if needed.
Plug the charger into a wall outlet (100V-240V) then plug the other end into the charging port. Remove the cap as needed.
Allow 4 to 5 hours for charging. The charging adapter light will turn red during charging and then green once the battery is fully charged.
AIR UP @mdash; MAX. 85 PSI
Tire pressure has a direct impact on the riding experience. So you’ll want to check tire pressure often, but especially before your first ride. We recommend a tire pressure of 85 PSI, depending on rider weight. On days hotter than 90 degrees Fahrenheit, reduce the tire pressure by 2-3 PSI, because warm air expands. Check tire inflation once weekly, at minimum, and after extended commutes.
Pro-Tip: Remember that any PSI marking on the tires indicates a maximum. DO NOT inflate the front tire to this value, only inflate it to 85 PSI as directed above.
A NOTE ON REGULAR MAINTENANCE CHECKS
Bikes require regular maintenance. Take your bike in to your local bike shop for a tune-up at least twice yearly. Complex components (brakes, gears, electrical systems) should always be inspected, serviced and adjusted by experienced bike mechanics.
And that’s it! Now all you need to do is grab a comfortable ASTM-approved helmet and other protective gear and you’re ready to go.
Last Update: October 9, 2019