Shimano’s Mid-Motor System Specified by 40 Major Brands
OSAKA, Japan – For 2016, Shimano STEPS will be used in some 40 major brands like Bergamont, Corratec, Hercules, KTM, Panther, Raleigh US, Scott, Trek and newcomers such as Walleräng from Sweden. With that Shimano has taken the lead in chasing Bosch.
The compact 250-Watt mid-motor and all components of the drive unit will be available in matt black in addition to the current grey colour. New is also that STEPS will be available as a coaster break version making the mid-motor drive compatible with all brake systems.
The redesigned ‘Shimano Total Electric Power System’ STEPS improves handling, compatibility and design integration to better serve a variety of applications ranging from daily urban commute to light off-road riding.
The center-mounted board computer has been re-designed while remaining compatible with the previous display holder. Thanks to higher color contrast, the ease of reading of the display has much improved.
A new charger shortens the charging time of the 418-Wh (36V, 11.6 Ah) lithium battery to 80% in 2 hours and to 100% in 4 hours. Both battery designs for rear rack and down tube mount will also be available for the coming season. In order to allow charging without taking the battery off the bike, the new STEPS edition comes with an integrated charger that sits between the battery holder and the battery itself.
One of the lightest in the market
As before, the Shimano drive best combines with electronic Di2 hub gear shifting with 8 or 11 gears but remains compatible with any other rear derailleur or standard gear hub. New STEPS uses the same extra-strong, Sil-Tec treated e-bike chain and a nicely covered 38 or 44 front chain wheel as the previous model. With 3.2 kg, the Steps motor is one of the lightest in the market while reaching a peak performance of 500 Watts and a maximum torque of 50 Nm.