Shimano STEPS E8000 Review - EBIKES WATCH ELECTRIC BIKE REVIEW
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Shimano STEPS E8000 Review

Shimano STEPS E8000 Review

No other motor has attracted more attention than the Shimano STEPS E8000 – and rightly so!

It’s not its power making it this popular, but the overall package. Straight away you’ll love the intuitive usage, great readability, and the superbly positioned display. Shimano has long relied on electronic drivetrains (Di2), which are obviously fully compatible with the motor. The combination of an electronic motor with an electronic groupset from a single manufacturer makes total sense, but still needs some improvement. In the basic configuration we tend to ride the Shimano motor mainly in its Trail mode, which offers a very progressive power output.
With gentle pedal strokes the motor gives little support, and vice versa. The Eco mode is rather weak and comes in handy mainly when trying to save battery power. The Boost mode, however, is incredibly powerful and causes the drive wheel to spin on steep or loose terrain from time to time. All modes can be individually adjusted via the E-TUBE app. You will clearly notice the motor kicking in and turning off, especially when approaching the 25 km/h limit, but he motor supports you nicely whatever the cadence is.

Torque 70 Nm
Battery capacity 504 Wh, Custom
Motor weight 2.88 kg
Battery weight 2.65 kg (external)

Support levels 3
App-controlled yes
Walk-assist yes
Compatible with front derailleur no

It decouples at speeds above 25 km/h and a slight internal drag is noticeable. Two more elements distinguish the Shimano STEPS motor: its light weight and compact build give manufacturers and designers a lot of freedom with frame designs and integration-related issues.A number of brands (i.e. FOCUS and BULLS) use their own battery solutions.

Strenths

– Compact build
– Intuitive
– Trail mode works superbly
– Compatible with Di2
– Good power delivery even at high cadence
– Support levels configurable via app

Weaknesses

– Loud
– Slight drag

For more info head to: shimano-steps.com

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