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Shimano Launches Next Generation of Steps
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OSAKA, Japan – A drive unit with full automatic shifting is one of the main innovations of Shimano’s next generation Steps e-bike group set. Other updates include a new display, faster and more versatile charging options and an additional matte black color option.
Shimano Steps;
Shimano made its e-bike components available for sportive off road riding. – Photo Shimano
The combination of the Steps drive units DU-E6001 & DU-E6010 and the new Nexus-8 Di2 compatible hubs creates possibilities for full automatic shifting. Based on cadence and speed, the Shimano Steps system automatically gives a signal to the Di2 hub to shift to the matching gear.

Smooth riding experience
The drive unit temporary reduce the chain tension while pedaling, which allows the hub to change in the correct gear. This results in a smooth riding experience where a rider does not have to worry about riding in the right gear, because the system automatically shifts to the correct gear. This feature is especially useful when a rider is not used to shifting gears or suddenly needs to stop.

Light off road version
Shimano made its e-bike components available for sportive off road riding, but not for extreme mountain bike trails. They developed dedicated firmware for the drive unit which offers more sportive riding characteristics, strengthened the battery mount for better shock absorption. It is also compatible for its 11-speed mountain bike rear derailleurs with an 11-speed chainring with chain guard and a compatible 11-speed chain for e-bikes.

New cycle computer
For the second generation Steps, Shimano designed a new display. It has a wider screen and larger font to improve readability. Beneath the screen there are two buttons to simplify operation. On/off buttons for power and lights. The content of the display is available in six different languages (English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Dutch) and the display is compatible with the current cycle computer bracket.

New battery mount and charger
Shimano added two new features in relation to battery charging. A new battery mount makes it possible to charge the battery without removing the battery from the bike. Besides that, Shimano offers a new battery charger with different loading characteristics. It charges the first 80% within two hours. The total charging time remains four hours.

New Nexus-8 hubs
Shimano added various brake options to its Nexus-8 internal hub gears to complete its line-up. In addition to the already existing roller brake and V-brake options, Shimano added a coaster brake version for its Nexus-8 Di2 hub and disc brake version for both the Di2 and mechanical shifting Nexus-8 hubs. Disc brakes offer a more direct feeling while coaster brakes give a more natural brake feeling.
by JAN WILLEM VAN SCHAIK 5 Mar 2015
 

Shea N Encinitas

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I like shifting when I'm ready but am happy to hear about continued development of the Steps system. I actually damaged a Nexus 8 IGH sprinting up a steep grade, that 4th gear was not reliable after that incident. Looking forward to your personal experience with it. -S
 
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I like shifting when I'm ready but am happy to hear about continued development of the Steps system. I actually damaged a Nexus 8 IGH sprinting up a steep grade, that 4th gear was not reliable after that incident. Looking forward to your personal experience with it. -S
I am selling my Neo Carbon and buying an Ohm bike XU700165 with the new Bionx D500 motor and will install the XTR DI2 shifting system. Still less than a new ST2. Will post on my experience.
 

Chandlee EBS

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Had a shimano guy ride past me on the STEPS system at interbike demo day. I ran after him on foot halfway across the convention to catch up to him. He wouldn't let me ride it. NOW I HATE THE STEPS!!!!!

...until they let me ride it... ...please.