Last year Shimano introduced its dedicated E-bike group set to the market, SHIMANO STEPS. Today they announced an update of the group set with new innovations in the E-bike segment. One of these innovations is a drive unit which features full automatic shifting. In combination with Shimano’s new Nexus-8 Di2 hub automatic shifting provides stress free riding and an improved responsive and stable shifting performance. Other updates of the SHIMANO STEPS group set are a new display, faster and more versatile charging options and an additional matte black color option.
Full automatic shifting
A combination of the SHIMANO STEPS drive units DU-E6001 & DU-E6010 and Di2 compatible hubs offer the possibility for full automatic shifting. Based on cadence and speed, the SHIMANO STEPS system automatically gives a signal to the Di2 hub to shift to the matching gear. The drive unit temporary reduce the chain tension while pedaling, which allows the hub to change in the correct gear. This results in a smooth riding experience where a rider does not have to worry about riding in the right gear, because the system automatically shifts to the correct gear. Very useful when a rider is not used to shifting gears or suddenly needs to stop.
Light off road version
Shimano made its E-bike components available for sportive riding on gravel and smooth jeep roads (not extreme mountain bike trails). They developed dedicated firmware for the drive unit which offers more sportive riding characteristics, strengthened the battery mount for better shock absorption and added compatibility for its 11-speed mountain bike rear derailleurs with an 11-speed chainring with chain guard (SM-CRE60) and a compatible 11-speed chain for E-bikes (CN-HG701-11). These changes make it possible to enjoy SHIMANO STEPS E-bikes at a wider variety of terrains.
New cycle computer
For the 2nd generation Shimano STEPS, Shimano designed a new display. The new display has a wider display with a larger font to improve readability. Beneath the screen there are two buttons to simplify operation. On/off buttons for power and lights. The content of the display is available in 6 different languages (English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Dutch) and the display is compatible with the current cycle computer bracket.
New battery mount and charger
Shimano added two new features in relation to battery charging. A new battery mount makes it possible to charge the battery without removing the battery from the bike. Besides that, Shimano offers a new battery charger with different loading characteristics. It charges the first 80% within 2 hours. The total charging time remains 4 hours (for the extra 20%).
New Nexus-8 hubs
Shimano added various brake options to its Nexus-8 internal hub gears to complete its line-up. In addition to the already existing roller brake and V-brake options, Shimano added a coaster brake version for its Nexus-8 Di2 hub and disc brake version for both the Di2 and mechanical shifting Nexus-8 hubs. Disc brakes offer a more direct feeling while coaster brakes give a more natural brake feeling.