A broken spoke can be a symptom of many different things. When this happens, you should replace it and thoroughly inspect your wheel. To avoid this scenario, we have several recommendations as this can be a cause of normal wear depending on your usage or excessive wear due to load and route.
- Keep your wheels tuned up and inspected. You can run your finger along the spokes and listen to their sound. This is a quick way to note if anything is different between them.
- Use a spoke tool to keep your wheel trued. Remember that the rear spokes have different tension levels on each side of the wheel to accommodate the torque sensor.
- Keep your tire pressure in check. You should keep your tire pressure about 20% below the maximum range. This causes a dampening effect on all your bike's mechanical items.
- Check your load. The added weight and power of the e-bike requires adherence to the maximum load limit.
- Avoid bumpy roads and speed bumps at high speed. This will wear your spokes and mechanical items quickly.
- Apply smart braking techniques. Well-maintained brakes will stop your bike, but hard stops will put excessive stress on your spokes. Remember that your e-bike will assist you while riding and help you slow and stop properly when desired.
- Use your gears. The e-bike can move from a full stop while in high gear, but this will add stress to your motor and rear-wheel mechanical items. Be sure to break from standing still using a low gear to start moving your bike before more power is applied.