Bosch Kiox Ebike Display Settings

Court

Administrator
Staff member
Hey guys, I've created an overview/guide to the Bosch Kiox electric bike control system with a video just below. This thing is pretty sweet! Compact, removable, has an integrated Micro-USB charging port that puts out 5 volts and a full 1 amp current for maintaining portable electronics including iPhones (the Intuvia is limited to 500mA which isn't capable of charging all devices consistently). The video below shows a fully functioning Kiox vs. the sample units that I looked at before at Interbike. I've tried to create a video manual that dives into all of the deep settings and included some photos at the end.


In this video, I show how to change units from miles to kilometers, how to activate lights, and how to enable walk mode. This display is a lot deeper than the Bosch Purion and includes more settings than the Bosch Intuvia. It is removable but doesn't swivel (to reduce glare) because it's mounted to fixed over-stem clamp... and sometimes inset into stems, it has an active Micro USB port for charging accessories (5 volt, 1,000 milliamp output). The remote button pad is extremely easy to reach and very responsive to presses, though a little bit more firm than the Intuvia button pad. All buttons produce a tactile click. This is my personal favorite electric bike display because it offer so many features, is easy to use, and feels very sturdy.

Navigation aids:
  • How to activate ebike lights at 0:40
  • How to activate walk mode at 2:34
  • How to enter the settings menu at 4:57
  • How to remove the display at 9:04
  • How to use the Micro-USB charging port at 9:04
One note about the color LCD display unit, there is a coin cell lithium-ion battery inside that may eventually expire and need replacement. You can turn the Kiox on when it is not connected to the mount. You need to remove the display and unscrew it in order to replace this little battery, much like the Intuvia display. It happened to my Uncle, who thought that the display had broken... Nope, just an expired battery in the display. Note also that the Intuvia and Kiox screens can be more permanently fixed to the mount interface by using an included set screw underneath. If it feels like your Kiox is not coming off easily, consider looking for this set screw by completely removing the mount from the handlebar. Many shops and ebike events use this set screw to keep displays with their respective bikes for security and convenience. Depending on the motor in use, you may have eMTB mode (which replaces Sport mode) for dynamic power output based more on torque... it offers 120% to 300% assist and requires less hand/button input while riding.

Pros: The LCD screen is made from Gorilla Glass vs. more fragile glass or plastic. The idea is that it won't get scratched up as easily if the display takes contact or pops out of the magnetic mounting bracket. The menus can cycle from the last screen to the first and visa-versa which saves clicks. There isn't a lot of confusion about how to turn on lights, activate walk mode, or adjust settings because the control pad has seven buttons and screens that are all labeled clearly. The battery menu will actually show two battery packs at once, so you know exactly how full each one is! The Bosch controller system will drain two packs evenly and will also charge them evenly by plugging the charger in to one location on bike frames... this helps to reduce wear and saves you time and hassle.

Cons: The display mount doesn't usually allow the angle to be adjusted, it's usually a fixed mount above the stem and some ebikes have custom stems where the display is sunk down in, here's an example from R&M. Compared to the Intuvia and European Nyon display panels, the Kiox is a bit smaller and some of the fonts may be difficult to read at a distance. Being a backlit color display, the Kiox may utilize more electricity to operate.

Quick tips:
  • The buttons on the control pad include Walk (top edge), +, -, left, right, select (unlabeled diamond shaped key below the left and right arrows)
  • The buttons on the display panel include power, and light
  • To change units from miles (imperial) to kilometers (metric), navigate to the far left screen then select "settings" then navigate down to imperial
  • To activate lights (if they are wired in), press the light button for a couple of seconds
  • To navigate through the trip stat menus and heart rate, press the left and right arrow keys, these include: Trip Distance, Odometer, Clock, Max Speed, Average Speed, Trip Time, Range
  • To activate walk mode, you must be in one of the four levels of assist, then press the walk mode button on the top edge of the control pad and then hold +, not all ebikes have walk mode enabled
  • The display is always backlit, you can raise and lower the brightness in the settings menu or let it adjust automatically in the settings menu
  • The man views for this display starting at the second dot (which is the default view) include Assist Level Animation + Clock + Battery Infographic, Clock + Range, Trip Distance + Ride Time, Pedal Power + Pedal Cadence, Average Speed + Maximum Speed, Heart Rate Beats Per Minute (BPM), Battery Infographics + Settings
The official Bosch website lists all of their display panel specifications at: https://www.bosch-ebike.com/us/products/kiox/ and I welcome your feedback, tips, and corrections below. I have included some official Bosch images along with a photo I took so you can look closely at the unit.

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Johnny

Active Member
Kiox seems like what they should have had a long time ago. Small footprint, a small but usable high resolution screen with all the important information such as battery percentage, user/motor watts shown. Being able to connect a hr monitor and use it as a fitness tracker is a big plus. The use of magnets to attach it is also a very good decision, intuvia holder was prone to breaking and not convenient. I hope they will bring features like custom ride modes too and this display will be great.

Nyon is too bulky(it pops out of the intuvia holder easily) and slow, If you need maps/ gps then one can just use a smartphone.

A small note: The power usage of such a small display is negligible for an ebike. It is not even touchscreen and maybe a quarter of a smartphone display today, even with the most power hungry displays of this size should consume maybe 0.2W(probably much less) per hour of operation. So even if you ride your ebike for 5 hours straight (Which is almost never the case without charging) it would drain 1wh at best and probably most of this will come from its internal battery anyways.
 
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David Berry

Well-Known Member
The Kiox on my R&M Homage GX Rohloff is a major disappointment – the only flaw in a near-perfect ebike.
  • How dare Bosch promote heart rate monitoring as the key feature and then not provide it!
  • There is also no way of downloading trip data or doing anything else that requires connectivity – and this in the age of Bluetooth.
Hopefully Kiox wil become a mature product but for now it is little more than a Purion (Bosch's basic controller) with a modern screen. Kiox is still in its prototype stage; it should not have been released without clearly stated provisos.

Not good enough, Bosch.
 
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Zaphod

Member
Hey guys, I've created an overview/guide to the Bosch Kiox electric bike control system with a video just below. This thing is pretty sweet! Compact, removable, has an integrated Micro-USB charging port that puts out 5 volts and a full 1 amp current for maintaining portable electronics including iPhones (the Intuvia is limited to 500mA which isn't capable of charging all devices consistently). The video below shows a fully functioning Kiox vs. the sample units that I looked at before at Interbike. I've tried to create a video manual that dives into all of the deep settings and included some photos at the end.


In this video, I show how to change units from miles to kilometers, how to activate lights, and how to enable walk mode. This display is a lot deeper than the Bosch Purion and includes more settings than the Bosch Intuvia. It is removable but doesn't swivel (to reduce glare) because it's mounted to fixed over-stem clamp... and sometimes inset into stems, it has an active Micro USB port for charging accessories (5 volt, 1,000 milliamp output). The remote button pad is extremely easy to reach and very responsive to presses, though a little bit more firm than the Intuvia button pad. All buttons produce a tactile click. This is my personal favorite electric bike display because it offer so many features, is easy to use, and feels very sturdy.

Navigation aids:
  • How to activate ebike lights at 0:40
  • How to activate walk mode at 2:34
  • How to enter the settings menu at 4:57
  • How to remove the display at 9:04
  • How to use the Micro-USB charging port at 9:04
One note about the color LCD display unit, there is a coin cell lithium-ion battery inside that may eventually expire and need replacement. You can turn the Kiox on when it is not connected to the mount. You need to remove the display and unscrew it in order to replace this little battery, much like the Intuvia display. It happened to my Uncle, who thought that the display had broken... Nope, just an expired battery in the display. Note also that the Intuvia and Kiox screens can be more permanently fixed to the mount interface by using an included set screw underneath. If it feels like your Kiox is not coming off easily, consider looking for this set screw by completely removing the mount from the handlebar. Many shops and ebike events use this set screw to keep displays with their respective bikes for security and convenience. Depending on the motor in use, you may have eMTB mode (which replaces Sport mode) for dynamic power output based more on torque... it offers 120% to 300% assist and requires less hand/button input while riding.

Pros: The LCD screen is made from Gorilla Glass vs. more fragile glass or plastic. The idea is that it won't get scratched up as easily if the display takes contact or pops out of the magnetic mounting bracket. The menus can cycle from the last screen to the first and visa-versa which saves clicks. There isn't a lot of confusion about how to turn on lights, activate walk mode, or adjust settings because the control pad has seven buttons and screens that are all labeled clearly. The battery menu will actually show two battery packs at once, so you know exactly how full each one is! The Bosch controller system will drain two packs evenly and will also charge them evenly by plugging the charger in to one location on bike frames... this helps to reduce wear and saves you time and hassle.

Cons: The display mount doesn't usually allow the angle to be adjusted, it's usually a fixed mount above the stem and some ebikes have custom stems where the display is sunk down in, here's an example from R&M. Compared to the Intuvia and European Nyon display panels, the Kiox is a bit smaller and some of the fonts may be difficult to read at a distance. Being a backlit color display, the Kiox may utilize more electricity to operate.

Quick tips:
  • The buttons on the control pad include Walk (top edge), +, -, left, right, select (unlabeled diamond shaped key below the left and right arrows)
  • The buttons on the display panel include power, and light
  • To change units from miles (imperial) to kilometers (metric), navigate to the far left screen then select "settings" then navigate down to imperial
  • To activate lights (if they are wired in), press the light button for a couple of seconds
  • To navigate through the trip stat menus and heart rate, press the left and right arrow keys, these include: Trip Distance, Odometer, Clock, Max Speed, Average Speed, Trip Time, Range
  • To activate walk mode, you must be in one of the four levels of assist, then press the walk mode button on the top edge of the control pad and then hold +, not all ebikes have walk mode enabled
  • The display is always backlit, you can raise and lower the brightness in the settings menu or let it adjust automatically in the settings menu
  • The man views for this display starting at the second dot (which is the default view) include Assist Level Animation + Clock + Battery Infographic, Clock + Range, Trip Distance + Ride Time, Pedal Power + Pedal Cadence, Average Speed + Maximum Speed, Heart Rate Beats Per Minute (BPM), Battery Infographics + Settings
The official Bosch website lists all of their display panel specifications at: https://www.bosch-ebike.com/us/products/kiox/ and I welcome your feedback, tips, and corrections below. I have included some official Bosch images along with a photo I took so you can look closely at the unit.

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Helpful and informative, Court. Reading an instruction manual is good but seeing something in action, I find, can be even better. I want to ask you one thing. Can you please post the URL for the power cable you demonstrated for the iPhone? I have read discussions where people talked about some cables not working properly and I want to make sure I get the right one. If you tell me where you got yours, I will order one straightaway. Thanks. Is the Kiox manual available in e-form? If so, could you tell us where to download that from too?
 
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michal

Member
Helpful and informative, Court. Reading an instruction manual is good but seeing something in action, I find, can be even better. I want to ask you one thing. Can you please post the URL for the power cable you demonstrated for the iPhone? I have read discussions where people talked about some cables not working properly and I want to make sure I get the right one. If you tell me where you got yours, I will order one straightaway. Thanks. Is the Kiox manual available in e-form? If so, could you tell us where to download that from too?
@Zaphod @Court

Here's the Kiox manual: https://www.bosch-ebike.com/fileadmin/EBC/Service/Downloads/NA_MY19/BUI330_Kiox_MY19_US_ohne.pdf?_=1539780786
 

AlanDB

Well-Known Member
I like the magnetic mount, but be careful with it around credit cards or motel room key cards. I have a Garmin nuvi 3597 with a magnetic mount, and have locked myself out of my motel room more than once when putting the nuvi in the same pocket with the motel key card. Fortunately, I have not ruined any of my bank cards or credit cards yet.
 

IggyBBR

Member
Good write up, hopefully this will be available as upgrade. I like the fact its using magnetic mounts, in an event of a fall it will just pop up instead of breaking plastic tabs (as on the Intuvia).
 

David Berry

Well-Known Member
Rohloff display on the Kiox…
kiox_rohloff_a.jpg

This is the screen that flashes on momentarily when one changes gears using a Rohloff E-14.
  • The entire screen is available so surely the gear selected – 7 in this case – should be BIG but it is minuscule. The Kiox is about the size of a matchbox and the gear number is about the size of a match head! Why? It's the only information being conveyed for a few seconds so it should be dramatic.
  • /14 after the gear selected is unnecessary clutter. Keep it SIMPLE.
  • An up arrow would mean that I'd changed up to gear 7; the equivalent for a down arrow. Displaying both up and down arrows is both meaningless and distracting.
  • What does 'Ok' on the blue line signify? (Answer: Absolutely nothing.) Again, not only meaningless but also distracting.
How could anyone design such a poor information display?

All that is needed is a number between 1 and 14 to be displayed as dramatically as possible for a few seconds.
… David
 
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Norm Harrris

New Member
I just purchased a micro USB to lightening cable to charge my iPhone while riding my 2019 R&M Homage. The 2 units connect, but I get a warning pane on the iPhone saying that the Bosch device draws too much power and cannot be used. The little lightening bolt on the iPhone does not light up indicating it is not charging. I do not think a cable works only in one direction, but I don't know why the iPhone is not charging. Has anyone been successful charging a late model iPhone via cable from a Kiox? Could you specify which cable you used.
Thanks
 

sfnorton

New Member
I just purchased a micro USB to lightening cable to charge my iPhone while riding my 2019 R&M Homage. The 2 units connect, but I get a warning pane on the iPhone saying that the Bosch device draws too much power and cannot be used. The little lightening bolt on the iPhone does not light up indicating it is not charging. I do not think a cable works only in one direction, but I don't know why the iPhone is not charging. Has anyone been successful charging a late model iPhone via cable from a Kiox? Could you specify which cable you used.
Thanks
It's not a micro usb "B" to lightning cable that you need. I'm sort of surprised you were able to fit a micro usb "B"cable into the kiox port. Hopefully the port is not bent up after this attempt. You need this micro usb "B" to micro usb "A" cable. Then you need a little adapter piece to convert the "B" end to Lighting. The "A" end plugs into the Kiox. I've been successful. The first time I used it, it connected fine but the discharge rate of the phone was greater than the charge rate so the phone slowly discharged. It's only a 1amp output. The second time I made sure to close all apps I was not using and it worked fine maintaining the charge and actually very slowly added recharge to the phone (iPhone Xs). I was able to use Cyclemeter, Bosch eConnect, and the Apple Podcast app simultaneously.These are the parts I'm using:

https://www.ebay.com/p/Bosch-Intuvia-Nyon-and-Kiox-USB-Charging-Cable-Micro-A-b-300mm-Bdu2xx/7020517943?iid=303179028773&chn=ps&norover=1&mkevt=1&mkrid=711-117182-37290-0&mkcid=2&itemid=303179028773&targetid=595232418909&device=c&adtype=pla&googleloc=9009601&poi=&campaignid=1689799120&adgroupid=66574332155&rlsatarget=pla-595232418909&abcId=1140466&merchantid=6554644&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIosbtp7-U4wIVmUUNCh1zZwjfEAQYAiABEgJ8L_D_BwE

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XK971QH/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
 
Kiox seems like what they should have had a long time ago. Small footprint, a small but usable high resolution screen with all the important information such as battery percentage, user/motor watts shown. Being able to connect a hr monitor and use it as a fitness tracker is a big plus. The use of magnets to attach it is also a very good decision, intuvia holder was prone to breaking and not convenient. I hope they will bring features like custom ride modes too and this display will be great.

Nyon is too bulky(it pops out of the intuvia holder easily) and slow, If you need maps/ gps then one can just use a smartphone.

A small note: The power usage of such a small display is negligible for an ebike. It is not even touchscreen and maybe a quarter of a smartphone display today, even with the most power hungry displays of this size should consume maybe 0.2W(probably much less) per hour of operation. So even if you ride your ebike for 5 hours straight (Which is almost never the case without charging) it would drain 1wh at best and probably most of this will come from its internal battery anyways.
Hi very in depth review. My 2018 is so laggy. Because of this Strava, when compared to intuvia is inconsistent. Has Bosch addressed this?
 

webcurl

Active Member
Rohloff display on the Kiox…
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This is the screen that flashes on momentarily when one changes gears using a Rohloff E-14.
  • The entire screen is available so surely the gear selected – 7 in this case – should be BIG but it is minuscule. The Kiox is about the size of a matchbox and the gear number is about the size of a match head! Why? It's the only information being conveyed for a few seconds so it should be dramatic.
  • /14 after the gear selected is unnecessary clutter. Keep it SIMPLE.
  • An up arrow would mean that I'd changed up to gear 7; the equivalent for a down arrow. Displaying both up and down arrows is both meaningless and distracting.
  • What does 'Ok' on the blue line signify? (Answer: Absolutely nothing.) Again, not only meaningless but also distracting.
How could anyone design such a poor information display?

All that is needed is a number between 1 and 14 to be displayed as dramatically as possible for a few seconds.
… David
Wow, that's poor design, i don't have E14 or Kiox but from what i understand everything you said is absolutely right!
I'm guessing there's no Custom Ride Modes like the Nyon has?
 

John Fuller

New Member
I just purchased an R&M Delite with the Kiox display. Is there any way to rearrange what shows on the screen, i.e., I'd like a screen that shows Cadence and distance covered. Additionally, is there a way to change the assist levels for Eco, Tour, Sport, Turbo? I'm finding the 55% in Eco mode a little less than I'd like. I have a Specialized Turbo that I've set at 70% for Eco mode, and I can do most of my riding in that setting. With the additional weight of the Delite, I'd like to be able to boost the Eco setting to 70% as well. I can't find any information about whether these levels can be changed or how to do it if they can.
 

Alaskan

Well-Known Member
I just purchased an R&M Delite with the Kiox display. Is there any way to rearrange what shows on the screen, i.e., I'd like a screen that shows Cadence and distance covered. Additionally, is there a way to change the assist levels for Eco, Tour, Sport, Turbo? I'm finding the 55% in Eco mode a little less than I'd like. I have a Specialized Turbo that I've set at 70% for Eco mode, and I can do most of my riding in that setting. With the additional weight of the Delite, I'd like to be able to boost the Eco setting to 70% as well. I can't find any information about whether these levels can be changed or how to do it if they can.
Everything you are looking for is already a mature, smooth function on the Nyon which has fully customization ride and fitness screens as well as custom ride modes with up to 9 variable fields per screen for a wide variety of data points.. It also uses wifi to automatically upload a wide range of ride data after each ride which resides in the Bosch cloud and is easily accessed on your browser or in the mobile app. I have Nyon on both my Delight Mountain and Homage Rohloff HS. Lots of info about both Nyon and Kiox to be found searching this forum.
 

webcurl

Active Member
Everything you are looking for is already a mature, smooth function on the Nyon which has fully customization ride and fitness screens as well as custom ride modes with up to 9 variable fields per screen for a wide variety of data points.. It also uses wifi to automatically upload a wide range of ride data after each ride which resides in the Bosch cloud and is easily accessed on your browser or in the mobile app. I have Nyon on both my Delight Mountain and Homage Rohloff HS. Lots of info about both Nyon and Kiox to be found searching this forum.
Problem is, i don't think they are available to purchase anywhere anymore, maybe a supported item but discontinued :(
 

1IH

New Member
Has anyone been able to pair a wahoo Bluetooth heart rate monitor with the kiox? I can’t find pairing instructions anywhere on the Internet. Any help is appreciated.