Shimano Enters Booming E-MTB Market with Dedicated Components
OSAKA, Japan – Shimano took the opportunity of last weekend’s Bike Festival Garda Trentino to launch its E-MTB dedicated Steps system. According to Shimano, “the drive unit is compact so frame manufacturers can make E-MTB frames with shorter chain stays, giving riders better trail maneuverability.”
The E8000 Steps drive unit for MTBs follows Shimano first launched urban and leisure-orientated e-bike components (E6000) in 2013. “Together with our knowledge and experience that comes from many years of developing high-end MTB components, we have united our technological expertise and released the E8000 components, dedicated towards the rigors and demands of e-mountain biking but designed so that riders can experience the true sensation of the mountain bike,” says the Japanese component manufacturer in a press statement.
Bluetooth with the E-Tube software
The heart of the system is the powerful 70 Nm drive unit together with the 500Wh battery. A dedicated chainring including crank arms and a 34T or 38T chain ring handle the power transmission. The system is controlled through a sleek bar-mounted cycle computer and a Firebolt switch unit for assistance control, along with a speed sensor set for the rear wheel. The whole system communicates via Bluetooth with the E-Tube software platform which allows the rider to change settings and customize the set-up via computer, tablet or smartphone.
Electronic of mechanical shifting
“Creating a natural feeling ride unit was an important consideration,” says Shimano. “Riders pedal much like being on a traditional bike, yet they can choose to have different levels of assistance when they step on the pedals. Riders can change gear too, much like a normal mountain bike, with 10 or 11-speed drivetrain available as mechanical or Di2.”
The Shimano Steps for E-MTB will be available from October 2016.