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Shimano Launches Lighter and More Efficient STEPS for City/Trekking E-bikes

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OSAKA, Japan – “Improved ergonomics and drive unit efficiency, extended cycle computer connectivity and e-bike dedicated internal hub gear released are part of the new STEPS E6100 series,” Shimano announces today.

Shimano Launches Lighter and More Efficient STEPS for City/Trekking E-bikes
The new Shimano STEPS E6100 series will be available on the market from Autumn 2018. - Photos Shimano

Powered along by the choice of a new 418Wh or the current 504Wh battery, the redesigned mid-motor Shimano STEPS E6100 drive unit weighs just 2.8kg saving 210g in compared with the E-6000 version. It also provides up to 500-watts of peak power (nominal power output: 250W).

The Drive Unit design and shape echoes the compact and lightweight Shimano STEPS MTB (E8000) Drive Unit with the same bolt mounting position for increased rigidity and better power transfer, and the same compact Q-factor for more efficient power transfer, improved bike handling and a better ergonomic fit with the rider. Plus its similar internal structure reduces drag, which combined with its new responsive support mode characteristics, gives the E6100 Drive Unit an increase in motor efficiency and a 20% increase in the Shimano STEPS battery range and riding distance.

Two versions of the Drive Unit are available, one in a Trekking style and the other in City style with a fully-enclosed chain guard. Both come with a range of crank options including 170mm crank arms for extra ground clearance and a choice of either 38T or 44T chainrings, offering compatibility with Gates belt drives. Other drivetrain options include the choice of internal hub gears, or an external derailleur and cassette, both with the choice of Di2 electronic shifting or mechanical shifting components.

Information display options

Riders have the choice of four different types of display options. With their smart phone and easy-to-use E-TUBE RIDE app they can view and customize the display of all the important riding metrics like speed, cadence, remaining battery capacity, support mode, gear choice and more. As well as this, all system messages can be displayed on 3rd party display units and, for smart phone users, system warnings are linked to a web address for on-the-go additional explanations.

The new Shimano STEPS E6100 series will be available on the market from Autumn 2018.

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