If you just received your electric bike and your front wheel seems to wobble a little bit from side to side, don't fret, it's not damaged, it probably just needs to be trued. In the manufacturing of wheels, the spokes are tightened most of the way but are purposely set to be a little loose so the bike shop that assembles the bike can true them the rest of the way.
You can think of the spokes like the strings of a guitar. You can even strum them like guitar strings and you'll hear a tone, just like a guitar. The tighter you make the spokes, the more that spoke will pull on the side of the rim it is attached to. So, you'll need to first pinpoint the spot where the spoke isn't tight enough, then use a spoke wrench to tighten the spoke nipple to the correct tightness.
This process can be a little tedious at first, but after you learn it and practice it a few times, its cake. Watch this video to learn how it works:
Once you have trued your front wheel, you may still have a wobble in your rear wheel. To true a rear wheel, follow this video guide:
Recommended bicycle truing stand:
Recommended bicycle spoke nipple wrench set:
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