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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.
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:
- Shimano E-Tube-Project for Windows
- Shimano E-Tube-Project for Android Smartphone
- Shimano E-Tube-Project for Android Tablet
- Shimano E-Tube-Project for iPhone
- Shimano E-Tube-Project for iPad
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.
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.
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
- Motor: Shimano Steps 8000
- Battery: 500 Wh
- Power: max. 250 Watt
- Display: Shimano Steps 8000
On The Trail
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.
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.
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.
- Better transitions in all power modes
- Smoother trail riding experience
- Bluetooth connection unstable while updating
Tester-profile Alex Boyce
- 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
Text & Edit: Alex Boyce | eMTB-News.de
Photos: Alex Boyce, Massimo Milanese
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