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Old 06-06-12, 08:54 PM   #1
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Unhappy Do Not Wash an Electric Bicycle

The other week I spray washed my electric bicycle with the garden hose. Halfway in my commute the BionX system completely shut down. Hub motor was stuck in regenerative mode so I had to walk home. Battery wouldn't charge, computer wouldn't work so took the whole system to LBS for assessment.

Just got the bad news. The Hub Motor totally wrecked and other damage; and I said "say no more". "Sigh". Mechanic said its not worth it to try to repair, when a new system would probably cost the same. I've used my BionX in the freezing winter snow and thru summer rainstorms for 4 years without any problems. The Owners Manual never mentioned anything about washing it(the new manuals say do not spray/pressure wash).

So don't wash your electric bicycle if its dirty. Just wipe with a damp cloth.

Not sure if I'm going to purchase another electric motor. I've had my hopes for a recumbent tricycle due to much pain riding upright bicycles(and finances are limited right now).
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Old 06-06-12, 10:21 PM   #2
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Sorry to hear that. Damp cloth indeed!
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Old 06-07-12, 04:40 AM   #3
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This makes no sense. How would someone at a LBS be able to assess the damage to a hub motor? What does "totally wrecked" mean? Turn to turn short? Rusted bearings? Shorted Hall timing sensors?

Contact the manufacturer...
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Old 06-07-12, 05:29 AM   #4
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I contacted the manufacturer first and they referred me to LBS that sells BionX. LBS has diagnostic equipment and technical specs for electric motor. Mechanic said damage to a Hub Motor is not repairable.
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Okay. Can I have your motor then?
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Old 06-07-12, 06:32 AM   #6
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You say it's 4 years old. In that time did it ever get wet or rained on? Why did it fail now and not earlier? Should I be paying attention electrical seals?

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Holy cow! Thanks for the heads up!
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