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Home > Maintenance & Repair > eBike Maintenance & Repair > Removing or Installing the Front Wheel of your eBike
Removing or Installing the Front Wheel of your eBike
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Removing the front wheel of your bike is a simple process and may be necessary for several reasons including fixing a flat tire, fitting the bike into a smaller space such as a car, changing brake pads, truing the wheel, etc. Follow this step-by-step guide for removing and replacing the front wheel of your eBike.


Note: In this step your hands and fingers will be in close proximity to the disc rotor. Never place your hands near the rotor while the wheel is spinning, as this is dangerous and could cause injury. Also avoid touching the rotor with bare skin to prevent contamination of the brake pads. Brake pads can absorb oils and debris left on the rotor from your skin, causing undesirable noise and reduced braking power. 




1. Loosen Quick Release (QR) skewer and remove front wheel. 

  • Locate the lever for your QR skewer (1) positioned in the dropout (2) of your bike's fork.


  • Release tension from the QR skewer by unfolding the lever. Ideally this lever should be firmly closed but easily manipulated using only two fingers. 



  • Further loosen the QR skewer, if needed, by unthreading the end cap. After further loosening the QR skewer, the wheel should feel loose and should easily slide out of the dropouts.



Note: The end cap is removable and will fully unthread from the QR skewer if desired. This allows for the QR skewer to be fully removed from the wheel. However, it is not necessary that we fully remove the skewer for this process so you can leave the end cap on the skewer and the wheel will still come out.



2. Replace the wheel in the dropouts. 


Note: If your bike is in a work stand, we recommend that you take it out of the stand and place it on the floor at this point. This will make it easier to properly seat your skewer in the dropouts. If not properly seated, the wheel may be crooked and cause your brake rotor to rub against your brake pads. Refer to the photos below for proper dropout positioning. 


  • With the bike on the ground, use one hand to lower the bike onto the QR skewer while holding the wheel in place with the other hand. 
  • Check to make sure the disc rotor is properly inserting between the brake pads. In the picture below you can see that there is ample space between the pads and rotor on both sides. This will allow the brakes to perform properly, without excessive noise. 



  • Before tightening the QR skewer, check that it is seated properly in the dropouts. Let the weight of the bike rest on the loosened QR skewer and it should insert itself fully. 



(Not centered, do not tighten in this position)


(QR skewer is fully inserted, okay to proceed with tightening)


3. Properly tighten QR skewer to finish securing the front wheel. 

  • With the lever in the "open" position, twist end cap clockwise to further thread onto QR skewer. 
  • Check the tightness of the skewer by flipping the lever into the "close" position. If the lever still feels loose in the "close" position, release lever and continue to tighten the end cap. Repeat process until lever feels firm in the "close" position.



  • Once you have achieved a properly tightened QR skewer, finish the process by folding the lever up into the "close" position. Ideally, the lever will be facing upward in the final, tightened position. 


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