Blood, sweat and beers — 7 lessons I learned from building my first ebike

How hard is it to assemble an electric bike at home? I recently found out when a rather large box arrived at my apartment containing the Tenways CGO600 Pro, a $1,700 single-speed ebike boasting 53 miles of range, a carbon belt drive, hydraulic disc brakes and a relatively lightweight design (37 pounds).  

I consider myself to be fairly mechanically-inclined. As an avid cyclist, I often perform routine maintenance on my own bikes, from tire changes to chain cleanings to swapping out worn brake pads. I’ve even assembled a single-speed (analog) bike from its box, with only minor professional intervention. 

Admittedly, though, the prospect of assembling an ebike from its box made me a tad nervous. From my experience, bikes often get bumped around in transit and sometimes arrive with wheels that are out of true — where they wobble as they spin, sort of like a round Pringle — which is not something I’m comfortable fixing, nor are bent parts or hydraulic brake line assemblies. 

Tenways CGO600 Pro ebike

The Tenways ebike arrived in a five-foot-wide box.  (Image credit: Dan Bracaglia/Future)

However, with the encouragement of TG’s resident ebike expert (and my boss), Mike Prospero, I busted out my tool kit, donned my ‘safety goggles’ — oversized sunglasses — turned up the 80s punk rock playlist, and got to work unboxing and assembling the Tenways CGO600 Pro ebike on my apartment balcony.

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