It's important to adjust the bike to the rider's comfort and proportions to ensure a comfortable and safe ride. For an in-depth approach to properly adjusting your E-Bike to your proportions, check out our Bike Fitting Guide before reading on.
With the exception of the X-Trail Urban and X-Trail Lite (which come with bolt-on clamps), all Bandit E-Bikes come equipped with quick-release seat post clamps. If you own this model, be sure to review the list of required tools below:
- A set of Hex Keys (Allen wrenches) ranging from 3-6 mm
- A torque wrench with a set of Allen bits (Optional)
The sections below will provide an overview of some steps to follow to adjust your E-Bike.
Adjust the Seat Height
Seat Adjustment Checklist:
- The rider is seated and should be able to place the ball of their foot on the pedal at its lowest position while their leg is almost fully extended, with the knee slightly bent.
- If the rider must fully straighten their legs and rock their hips from side to side while pedaling, the seat post is too high and needs to be lowered.
- For beginners or riders who are less confident in their riding ability, lowering the seat so the rider can put one or both feet on the ground without dismounting from the seat may offer a safer and more comfortable experience while operating the bike.
Adjust Seat Height:
Note: If your E-Bike does not have a Quick Release Lever, it will come with a hex bolt and end nut clamp that can be loosened and tightened with the corresponding hex key. The instructions below were written to be applicable to both types of release mechanisms.
- Loosen the seatpost clamp. Open the quick-release lever or loosen the hex bolt to allow the seatpost to travel up or down
- Adjust the seatpost height. Slide the seatpost in or out of the seat tube to a height appropriate for your leg length and preference. Do not extend the seatpost beyond the minimum insertion marking etched onto the seatpost.
- Close the seatpost clamp. For riders with a hex bolt and end nut clamp, twist the bolt until the seatpost is secured tightly (i.e. it does not move up or down, or rotate). With the quick-release lever, turn the nut opposite the quick-release lever while it’s open to adjust tension. Test the lever to ensure it has enough tension, and adjust if needed.
For riders with the quick-release lever, finish by closing the lever, this should require enough pressure that it leaves an imprint in your hand. When closed, the seat should not move up, down, left, or right. Repeat the previous step if necessary.
Fine-tune the Handlebar and Brake Lever Positioning
Whether your preference is for your brake lever and handlebar grip to be parallel with the ground or angled slightly downwards, you must always ensure you can easily squeeze the brake levers whenever needed while riding.
To adjust the angle of the handlebar:
- Locate the stem faceplate bolts and loosen them to the point that you are able to adjust the handlebar’s angle by applying pressure to it.
- Adjust the angle of the handlebar to a comfortable level and position, making sure to stay within the markings on the handlebar, if applicable. Ensure the handlebar is centered on the stem and the display is easily accessible to the rider. Hold the handlebar in place.
- Once all adjustments are complete, re-tighten the faceplate bolts.
To adjust the angle of the brake levers:
- Locate and loosen (but don't remove) the brake lever clamp bolt on the underside of the brake lever.
- Adjust the angle of the brake lever and ensure the lever is easily accessible to the rider. Hold the brake lever in place.
- Tighten the brake lever clamp bolt until it’s secure.
- Repeat steps 1-3 with the other brake lever.
Turn the handlebar from side to side to ensure there is enough cable slack. The handlebar should turn fully to each side without pulling the cables taut.