Electric Taga 2.0 Bike Manual
IMPORTANT! Before assembling and using your E-Taga 2.0, please read the following information. We know it’s long, but it’s worth it:
The E-Bikes in the first container arrived with an additional User Manual, for the electric version. Since the time the manual was printed, we made some modifications and added a trouble-shooting chapter, so kindly note that your printed User Manual is outdated.
Here is a link to the updated version of the User Manual: goo.gl/AJWdNJ
The next electric shipments will include the updated printed version.
PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE USER MANUAL BEFORE USING YOUR E-TAGA 2.0.
Riding an Electric Bike
Electric bikes are a major trend in Europe and Asia and are now becoming increasingly popular in the USA. Their success is due to their affordability, ease of use, the push they give you while pedaling, their low carbon footprint and the fact that you don’t need a driving license, insurance and registration in order to use them.
However, there are three things you should keep in mind:
1. Electric bikes are not motorcycles. Most of them are not built for travelling at high speeds (>35 kmh / 22 mph) and do not have the same power as motorcycles. To enjoy a long ride on an electric bike, you still need to pedal.
2. Although they do not have the power of a motorcycle, they have enough power and if not used carefully, can become dangerous.
3. When combined with a tricycle structure it is even trickier, because you need to get used to both the different behavior of tricycle (see update 17), as well as to the electric motor.
Please make sure you understand how the Bike works prior to riding it and take it slowly, step by step, as advised in the User Manual. Start riding the Taga first without activating the system. Start using the pedal assist system only after you get used to the ride.
Once you get used to it, you will understand why it is so popular…☺
Using the Pedal Assist (Pedelec) System
Turning the pedals will activate the motor and this, in turn, will facilitate pedaling. A sensor mounted on the Bottom Bracket (pedals axle) will pick up your cadence and send the signal to the motor to adjust its speed. The motor works up to 25 kmh (16mph), and by pedaling, you can further accelerate your speed. We do NOT recommend this, however. 25 kmh is a reasonably fast speed, especially when carrying kids.
Note that the more you pedal, the longer the battery lasts and it also affects the lifespan of the system so we recommend pedaling throughout the ride.
Using the throttle
The throttle is assembled on the Bike but is limited to 6kmh (4mph) when used without pedal assist, according to the European e-bike standard.
According to regulations in the USA, the throttles (and e-bikes in general) can reach 32kmh (20mph) but we limited the throttle’s speed in the USA bikes to 6kmh as well, for two reasons:
1. Since the Taga is designed to carry heavy loads, using only the throttle, without pedaling, will shorten the travel distance, on a single battery charge, and can put excessive strain on the motor if used too much (due to over-current).
2. The throttle, when limited to 6kmh, is actually very useful when you try to turn from a stationary position or when making slow maneuvers.
Nevertheless, we learned from various feedback that some of you want to use the throttle at higher speeds. So here is a nice trick: You can UNLOCK the 6kmh speed limit using the instructions below, but please note:
1. Increasing the throttle speed is illegal in many countries outside of the USA (including countries in Europe and Australia), so this change is mainly relevant for USA backers. If you live outside of the USA, please check the local regulations in your country before making this change.
2. We do not take responsibility for any legal claims regarding such modifications or the usage of the throttle at higher speeds.
3. In any case, we recommend riding the Bike for several times in the default configuration, before deciding to change the speed limit.
4. If you decide to change the speed limit, please use the throttle ONLY when you really need it, such as in slow maneuvers and in hill starts.
To change the throttle speed:
1. Press + and – on the display simultaneously for 10 seconds, until the code appears
2. Enter the code 8007 using the Set /+/- keys
3. Press Set to see the throttle setting screen (a little throttle icon appears on the bottom right side)
4. Press + and – to change the speed limit of the throttle
5. Press Set
6. On the second screen you can also change the pedal assist speed limit. Reduce the speed limit if you like to pedal more (and increase the riding distance)
7. Press Set for a few seconds when you are done
Many people have asked us whether the motor helps when riding uphill and/or with heavy loads. The answer is YES. However, please take the following several points into consideration:
When riding uphill with load, the main challenge is “hill start” (starting when you are already in the middle of the slope). Making the first pedal movement when you are already on the slope is challenging, because the motor actually works only when you pedal. To hill-start, stand on the pedal, hold both brake levers and then release them, push the pedal and use the throttle at the same time. After the first movement, the motor will kick-in and help. Note that releasing the right brake lever completely is important because when activated, it disconnects the motor.
In some cases, when the hill is very steep and when you carry heavy loads, you may find it difficult to start. Here are the solutions:
a. Change the throttle speed limit as advised above. The current given to the motor is higher and you will get more power for your hill start. As mentioned, use the throttle ONLY for hill starts.
b. Replace the sprocket: If you live in a hilly area and carry heavy loads daily or if you live out of the USA and cannot change the throttle speed due to local regulations, you may want to consider replacing the sprocket on the rear wheel with a larger one (20-22T instead of 18T). We have tested it and it certainly helps on steep hills. Within a month, we will offer “eBike Hill Kits”, which will include a 22T sprocket + 2 chain links. However, please note that we do not recommend using this kit if you do not live in a hilly area or if you ride light, but rather recommend using the standard system first, before making the changing. The 18T sprocket we supply with the E-Taga 2.0 is optimal based on our tests. If you use a 22T sprocket, the ride on the 4-6 speed levels will put all the effort on the motor. This will shorten the distance you ride on a single charge.
Note that the sprocket on the E-Bike is different than the one on the standard Bike.
Try not to reach over-current / overload. When riding uphill, pedal at all times and don’t let the motor do all the work. The power meter on the upper left corner of the display shows them motor effort so try to avoid reaching its maximum. In long rides uphill, stop occasionally to let the system cool down. In order to protect the motor, the controller has a fuse that disconnects it in overload situations, so this might happen.
Extending the distance
The distance you ride on a single charge depends on the weight carried by the bike, whether you are riding in flat areas or on hills, whether you pedal or let the motor do the work, the riding speed, etc. To optimize the usage of your e-Taga and to use it for longer distances, we recommend the following:
1. Pedal at all times
2. Do not use the throttle, unless it’s really needed
3. Make sure the tires are at recommended maximum pressure
4. Make sure your front wheels are almost parallel (see toe-in section in update 17)
5. Adjust the saddle to a high position
If you really need to use Taga all day long and would like to further extend the riding distance, you can do the following:
1. Limit the speed of the pedal assist (using the instructions above)
2. Carry your charger with you so you can charge the battery if needed
3. Purchase an additional battery and carry it in the cargo compartment (will be available for sale later this year through our webstore)
Enjoy your E-Taga 2.0!!
If you have any technical issue or question, please send us an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Taga Team