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Es war an der Zeit, die Firmware des Shimano Steps E8000-Motors zu verbessern
Es war an der Zeit, die Firmware des Shimano Steps E8000-Motors zu verbessern
Connect and press this button, its very easy.
Connect and press this button, its very easy.
Power, Internet and a place where you don't get disturbed.
Power, Internet and a place where you don't get disturbed.
Connect the app via Bluetooth to the bike.
Connect the app via Bluetooth to the bike.
The app tells us there are three updates to do.
The app tells us there are three updates to do.
From starting to the progress bar starts slowly telling you it is updating.
From starting to the progress bar starts slowly telling you it is updating.
It took 20 minutes almost to get to this position on the progress, be patient.
It took 20 minutes almost to get to this position on the progress, be patient.
Im Trail-Modus zu pedalieren, fühlt sich deutlich spritziger an.
Im Trail-Modus zu pedalieren, fühlt sich deutlich spritziger an.
Wenn man schnell fährt, schwankt die Unterstützung nicht mehr wie vorher.
Wenn man schnell fährt, schwankt die Unterstützung nicht mehr wie vorher.
Im Trail-Modus dahin rollen ist sehr angenehm jetzt.
Im Trail-Modus dahin rollen ist sehr angenehm jetzt.
Hilft das Update bei Wheelies? Vielleicht …
Hilft das Update bei Wheelies? Vielleicht …

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Shimano Steps E8000 firmware Update 4.1.0 tested: A new firmware update that changes things normally is in the realms of mobile phones or cameras – we updated our Ghost Kato FS test bike as soon as Shimano released their latest update in early July. This update is supposed to improve performance before their big update coming in August. Find out what we thought about it and how to apply the update in the article.

It was time to improve the modes on the Shimano Steps E8000 motor
# It was time to improve the modes on the Shimano Steps E8000 motor

How to Update the Shimano E-Bike Motor

Pretty easy to do if you know how to make Bluetooth connect …

Download the E-Tube-Project-Software:

Applying the update is an easy task, make sure phone and bike are both fully charged. Pair the bike with the phone via Bluetooth.

Connecting the Bluetooth app to the bike requires pressing and holding the button on the bottom of the display and switching to Bluetooth LE mode using the power switch to go up and down the menu. Select it and click “on” by pressing the display switch again.

Push and hold the button on the bottom of the display to enter the menu
# Push and hold the button on the bottom of the display to enter the menu - move up and down through the menu with the shifters

On your phone, open the Bluetooth connection wizard and select “E8000”, connect to it and click pair. You might have to enter the default-code (000000) to pair. The devices should then talk to each other after a few seconds.

Open the E-Tube app, select the E8000 bike which will show up on the main screen and hit then once connected the update button. The whole procedure takes a total of about 30 minutes in our experience, on the numerous bikes we have tried. Make sure you have a stable internet connection and all other apps are closed on the phone to avoid any problems with software conflicts. The Google Play store comments section for the E-Tube app does suggest sometimes people have problems connecting bluetooth, so keeping everything simple is the best plan of action. Don’t walk away from the bike whilst updating with the phone in your pocket – stand there and watch it update.

Just push the update-button in the middle - thats all!
# Just push the update-button in the middle - thats all! - on the top right you can see that there are 3 updates waiting
The updates are applied automatically then - the one for the motor takes longest (a few minutes)
# The updates are applied automatically then - the one for the motor takes longest (a few minutes)

In Brief

The 4.1.0 software update should keep most riders happier, before it was always a bit unsatisfying when hitting the 25 km/h zone on the Shimano Steps E8000 motor, now it gives riders a bit more control. We applied the update at our test location and went for a ride to see how it would change things on the trails. The update is free and can be applied with the Shimano E-Tube app that is available from the App-Stores.

  • 3 updates: motor, shifters and power switch.
  • Apply the update with the E-Tube Shimano app available from app stores.
  • The way the motor performs should be improved
  • Stable internet connection needed.
  • Bluetooth needed.
  • 30 minutes of time.
  • Price: for free

Details About The Shimano Steps E8000 motor

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  • Motor: Shimano Steps 8000
  • Battery: 500 Wh
  • Power: max. 250 Watt
  • Display: Shimano Steps 8000

On The Trail

Uphill

Pedalling in Trail mode uphill is no longer too soft.
# Pedalling in Trail mode uphill is no longer too soft.

Better traction and less difference between Trail and Boost modes gives a better workout.

The Shimano software with its three power modes often felt a bit untuned when climbing easy or hard climbs. The problem was that the difference between “Trail” and “Boost” modes was huge. Pedal hard in Trail or sit back and motor in Boost was the only option. Now, with the new update we can feel that the differences are less. Boost is pretty much the same as before. Trail though is now slightly stronger and the way it cuts in is better. It offers more support sooner and is more complimentary to an uphill workout plus it maintains traction with the rear wheel better. Overall it feels like a totally different bike in the climbs. We can pedal with more confidence especially when it’s loose or technical as we find it easier to maintain traction.

Downhill

Go fast and the bike doesn't surge
# Go fast and the bike doesn't surge

Smoother transitions, same power

Again, the update was obvious in Trail mode, as we felt that the impact was a smoother power play when pedalling the bike into corners or out of compressions – you didn’t have that sinking feeling waiting for the power to kick in like before when in Trail mode. In Boost mode we found the ride to be almost the same just the surging problem has been totally fixed. The bike is no longer “confused” once it hits 25 km/h. It transitions nicely into the human powered zone, but still has the surge of power available, if you need it when trying to get past a sudden small climb, rocky section, or boosting out of a corner.

Just riding along is a pleasure now.
# Just riding along is a pleasure now.

Opinion @eMTB-News.de

This was a significant update for the Shimano Steps E8000 motor that has resolved many problems that were there before. It was easy to apply and made the bike feel a lot better. Shimano have a big update coming in August which we will be testing as soon as it is available. This though should definitely be on the list of things to do.

Pro

  • Better transitions in all power modes
  • Smoother trail riding experience

Con

  • Bluetooth connection unstable while updating

Did the power changes improve wheelies? Well maybe …
# Did the power changes improve wheelies? Well maybe …

Tester-profile Alex Boyce

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  • Name: Alex Boyce
  • Height: 183 cm
  • Weight (with riding-gear): 95 kg
  • Inside leg: 88 cm
  • Arm’s length: 69 cm
  • Torso: 67 cm
  • Riding style: soft, jumps preferred, every terrain, Uphill in turbo-mode
  • What do I ride mainly: E-Bike, Enduro, Gravel.
  • Preferred suspension: Responsive and direct steering, Plus-Tires
  • Preferred geometry: Wide bars (800 mm), long frame, chainstays mid-length

Let us know your experience with the Shimano Steps E8000 updates, do you use trail mode more now?


More Information on The Shimano Steps E8000 Update 4.1.0

Website: www.shimano.com
Text & Edit: Alex Boyce | eMTB-News.de
Photos: Alex Boyce, Massimo Milanese

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