The kickstand test is a test used to check how a bike is operating and to diagnose any common errors. Throughout the test while running the bike’s motor you will be listening for any abnormal sounds coming from the drivetrain and observing to see that there are no loose parts. The drivetrain of your bike includes the front chainring, chain, rear cassette, motor, rear brakes and derailleur.
Watch the following video or read the below instructions for how to perform this test:
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- Make sure your battery/batteries are fully charged
- Shift your bike the largest cog on the cassette/lowest gear. This should be the lowest gear on your shifter ie gear 1.
- Turn on your bike and hold it like in the following picture, using the kickstand to support the bike and keeping the rear tire off of the ground. You will be holding the bike like this for the test so make sure and hold the bike and yourself so you can access the shifter and throttle easily.
- Use the throttle while in PAS Level 1 and hold it to max for 10 seconds. Then increase the PAS level on your display to the max level that it has. Hold the throttle to the maximum for another 10 seconds, watching and listening to your bike’s drivetrain. Take note of any abnormalities you detect.
- Keep on holding the throttle and use your shifter to shift to the next gear on the cassette ie gear 2.
- Hold the throttle to max for 10 to 15 seconds again, listening for any abnormal sounds or sights coming from your drivetrain. If there are take note.
- Downshift to the next gear and continue holding the throttle at max for 10 to 15 seconds listening for abnormalities. Repeat the process of shifting, holding the throttle at max and observing your bike’s drivetrain for the rest of the gears.
- When done testing on the final gear release the throttle and use the brakes to stop the rear wheel from spinning. Rest the rear wheel on the ground.
With the results from this test, you will know if your bike’s drivetrain is exhibiting any abnormal behavior. If so, you will know in which gears the behavior is happening in.