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How to maintain your AMX
A bike needs to be maintained to be kept in good shape. Depending on where you live your bike may need extra care and attention. Leaving next to the sea, for example, rust will quickly become your worst enemy! If you ride in a sunny place your bike will face dust, while if you live in a wet country like the UK, your bike will face the rain and dirt from the roads. Remember that winter is usually harsher on your bike so it usually needs a bit more maintenance around winter time.
Before you clean your bike
Remember you have an e-bike, so the first thing you need to do is to remove the battery. Do not clean electrical components with water or other liquids. Use a cloth and wipe them clean. Do not use any high-pressure water to clean your AMX. Make sure the disc brakes have cooled down before cleaning. Ensure the motor and other components are cool before cleaning
All those points are highlighted in our user manual.
Here are the main elements you need to keep an eye on your bike
Your tyres are the only point of contact between your bike and the road, they are one of the key components and can really affect your ride performance and quality if not taken care of properly. Tyre pressure recommendation can be found on the side of your tyre, find the one that suits you the best, higher tyre pressure usually means a faster ride but you will feel the road surface a bit more, they’re usually for smaller tyres. Lower tyre pressure is good for big tyres (like the one on our AMX LEs and Stealth), you’ll get a better grip and a more comfy ride. As a general guide, your tyres should last between 2000 and 5000km. Tyres have a wear indicator so you will know when yours will need to be replaced.
Your brake pads will wear out with time, it is good to check them regularly. They will usually pick up the dust particles from the disc rotor. You can clean them by sanding them down lightly and give them a good rinse with water. Do not put oil on your brake pads and rotor as it will render your braking useless.
If you have noisy rotors, they probably need to be cleaned. You want to choose a product that doesn’t leave any residues like isopropyl alcohol. Any residues left on the surface will make the braking worse. You want to avoid any contaminants going on your disc and brake pads, so always clean them last.
If you have a belt drive, you’re one of the lucky ones as some warm water and a toothbrush will be enough to clean it.
If you have a chain it is a bit more involved, you want to use some degreaser on the chain to remove any dirt and debris, you can also buy a chain cleaner to help you on that task. Once it is clean, wipe off any excess with a cloth and apply some fresh oil. You want to use wet lube in winter and dry lube in summer. Oil is important as it will increase your drivetrain lifespan. Do not put grease on your chain!
Frame and wheels
You can simply use dishwashing liquid and warm water with a sponge to clean your frame and components, make sure you rinse with clean water after you’re done. You can then wipe your bike, and leave it to dry.
You may notice that in wet and cold countries like the UK, some of your components will have some rust. Do not panic, this is completely normal, this is called surface rust and is harmless as long as it is taken care of. Usually wiping it off with WD-40 will be enough. Surface rust is different than structural rust which you shouldn’t have to worry about as our frames are made of Aluminium.
Grease is a good way to keep your components away from water. Most of your AMX parts won’t need grease but it is always good practice to put some grease on the seatpost or around the pedals threads before you install them. Grease will help prevent water to get in contact with the metal and also help in case you’ll need to remove those parts in the future.