How to Transport an E-bike

Are you planning on travelling with your E-bike? Whether you’re taking your E-MTB to the local trail or bringing your electric bike on your next vacation, these tips on how to transport your E-bike will come in handy!

E-bike Transport

Factors Affecting E-bike Transport

  • Weight: E-bikes are heavier than bikes that do not have electric pedal-assist
  • Battery: E-bikes have a battery and electronic components
E-bike Battery Removal

Top Tips for Transporting E-bikes in or on a Vehicle

  • If you have a van, sport utility vehicle or hatchback, you can put your E-bike in the back of your vehicle. Transporting your bike inside ensures your bike and components (like brakes) stay clean, dry, and free of contamination.
  • Removing the front wheel and battery before placing the bike inside your vehicle will make for a better fit and make the bike lighter weight and easier to lift.
  • When transporting an E-bike inside a vehicle, make sure cables and handlebar mounted control systems are not getting rubbed or damaged. Place a blanket over the E-bike to protect it from damage.
  • If using a bike rack, make sure the rack you have is rated for the weight of your E-bike(s), and can accommodate the size of the wheel/tire or frame.
  • Generally speaking, the best bike racks for use with an E-bike is are hitch/receiver-mounted, tray/platform-style racks. Not only do they require less of a lift to get your bike onto the rack, they are also more likely to be rated to hold the weight of one or more E-bikes.
  • Remove your battery before loading the E-bike onto the rack. Why? It will be lighter and easier to load and prevent possible theft or loss.
  • After your bike is on the rack, secure the E-bike properly with the straps on your rack. In addition, we recommend securing your bike with a lock.
  • When transporting your E-bike on the back of your car, consider covering your bike to reduce the chance of damage and contamination.