Shimano Tuning

Shimano STEPS Tuning

 

1 About Shimano STEPS

The Japanese company Shimano was established already in 1921. Nowadays, Shimano is one of the most important and successful producers of bicycle components and accessories worldwide. Especially in the field of bicycle gearing systems Shimano had become the world market leader in all price classes. Therefore, it is not surprising that Shimano entered the booming electric bike market, too. In the year of 2010 the company presented its first electric bike drive system called “Shimano STEPS” (“Steps” stands for “Shimano Total Electric Power Systems”). However, this first version had a front engine and was no great success, especially due to its relatively low range. Therefore the Shimano STEPS drive system has been completely revised and optimized. As a result, in the spring of 2014 the new version of the Shimano STEPS system was brought on the market – but this time with a mid-mounted engine and a much greater range.

2 Shimano Electric Bike Motors

The new Shimano STEPS System 2014, consisting of mid-mounted engine, battery, bike computer (display with range indicator and much more), crank shaft and chain, allows Shimano to keep up with the competition by the mighty Bosch company. The new Shimano mid-mounted engine scores with a powerful performance, low weight and a harmonious driving behaviour. Furthermore, the systems battery has a quite high range (up to 150 km in the Eco-mode).

a Shimano STEPS E6000 and E8000 drive systems
 
It is important to distinguish between two different Shimano STEPS drive systems, namely the classic E6000 and the new E8000 drive, which has been specially designed for e-mountain bikes.

b E6000

The compact, lightweight Shimano STEPS DU-E6000 drive offers a torque of 50 Nm. You can choose between 3 different drive modes (Eco, Normal & High). In the Eco mode, the battery provides a decent range of up to 150 km. There are several recommended tuning options for this drive.

c E8000

The E8000 is a completely redesigned, particularly powerful drive that has been specially developed for e-mountain bikes. The engine scores with an extremely low weight (less than 3 kg). The maximum torque is 70 Nm. The battery power of the E6000 has been increased from 418 Wh to 500 Wh. In addition, the display is no longer located in the middle of the handlebars (as with the E6000), but on the right-hand side in the triangle of stem and handlebar. You can choose between 3 support modes (Eco, Trail, Boost), which can be controlled via handy Firebolt gearshift levers, which should ensure a particularly harmonious shifting. For many experts, the system is now regarded as one of the very best MTB drives on the market - the driving experience should be extremely similar to that of conventional mountain bikes without an engine. With the Badass Box 4, the eMax Sensor and the eMax software, there are already several recommended tuning tools for this system.

Important note: The E8000 Shimano STEPS motor is compatible with Shimano's 10- or 11-speed electronic or mechanical switching components.

d Di2

Some E8000 drives are also equipped with the electronic Di2 mountain bike gearshift system (to ensure especially clean shifting processes). 
Shimano STEPS mid-mounted engines are built into electric bikes by many well-known brands - this fact clearly speaks for the quality of the new Shimano STEPS system (Fous, Bulls, Hercules, Falter,...).

3 Is it possible to optimize / tune Shimano STEPS engines?

Yes! Due to the fact that the new Shimano STEPS system is already used by some important electric bike manufacturers, it is no wonder that there already are (at least) some suitable tuning tools on the market.

4 Which Shimano STEPS Tuning Tools do exist?

A Badass Box Typ 4 for Shimano E6000 & E8000 

Badassebikes Box for Bosch

The best version of the reliable badassBox for Shimano E Bikes so far. This very compact tuning tool takes away the 25 km/h speed limit of Shimano pedelecs, which allows you to drive much faster with full engine support. The installation of this tuning tool is very simple and can be done without any problems even for absolute non-technical users. The Badass Box 4 attaches directly to the speed sensor (without intervention in the engine electronics). Thanks to a new snap lock, you can attach or remove the badassBox at any time within a few seconds to activate or deactivate the tuning (the spoke sensor must also be relocated, which is no problem thanks to the supplied Toolfree screw). Thanks to a more powerful AAA battery, the Badass Box 4 now has a significantly higher range of 7000 km or 1 year (of course you can easily replace the battery at any time). In addition, a special casting compound provides greater robustness and better protection against moisture. Made in Germany. Please note: When the tuning is activated, the display no longer shows the correct speed values. Compatible with Di2 and firmware 4.7.0. & 4.7.1.!

Badass Box 4 for Shimano

B SpeedBox for Shimano E8000, E7000, E6100 & E5000 

Speedbox for ShimanoThis version of the SpeedBox has been produced especially for Shimano STEPS E8000 drive systems. The device takes away the 25 km/h speed limit and shifts it to 50 km/h. That means, you can ride twice as fast with 100% engine support! You can activate / deactivate the SpeedBox via the light button, if lights are active. Not compatible with Di2! Compatible with firmware 4.7.0. & 4.7.1.!

 

SpeedBox for Shimano 

C SpeedBox for Shimano E6000 

Speedbox for ShimanoThe SpeedBox for Shimano STEPS E6000 increases the maximum engine support from 25 km/h to 50 km/h (approx. 32 mph). You can activate the device at any time with a short press of the light button or by pressing the UP and DOWN buttons at the same time. The light icon indicates whether the tuning is active or not. Pressing the button again will deactivate the tuning. If the tuning module is active, your speedometer will only show half speed. Please note: To use this device, your electric bikes light function has to be unlocked (simply visit your local bicycle dealers - they should have got special equipment to help you).

SpeedBox for Shimano

 

D PearTune for Shimano STEPS E8000, E7000, E6100 & E5000

PearTune for ShimanoThis tuning tool shifts the speed limit of Shimano STEPS E8000 E Bike engines from 25 km/h to 50 km/h. There are 2 versions of this processor controlled tuning module, namely the "Normal" and the "Still ON" version. With the "normal" variant, the tuning can be switched on or off at any time via the electric bike´s light button. The "Still ON" variant, on the other hand, is intended for Shimano E Bikes without light function - with this variant, the tuning module is always activated as soon as the electric bike is switched on. 

 

PearTune for Shimano PearTune for Shimano with Di2

D.1 PearTune MSO 3.0 for Shimano

PearTune for ShimanoThe latest version of this proven tuning module, now with more effective software and even compatible with the brand new Shimano 2020 E Bikes. After installation, the 25 km/h speed limit is completely removed, allowing the engine to reach its full potential. The tuning can be switched on and off via the light button (for bikes without activated light function, the module is also available in a "Still On" version, where the tuning is always active). Thanks to a much smaller housing, installation is easier than ever before. Note: When the tuning is active, the speedometer shows only half of the real speed. Compatible with the following Shimano drives: E8000, E6100, E6010, E6012, E5000, E7000 (2018-2020). The module also works with the brand new Shimano software (version 4.7.1 or higher).

 

PearTune MSO 3.0 for Shimano

E Sx2 Dongle for Shimano E8000 E Bikes without Di2

Sx2 Dongle für Shimano This is the practical Sx2 dongle in a version especially for electric bikes with Shimano STEPS E8000 mid-mounted engines. The 25 km/h speed limit is lifted so that you can ride up to 50 km/h with full motor support. The Sx2 dongle can be conveniently activated at any time via the bike's light switch. Very easy installation thanks to Plug & Play principle. No separate battery required. By removing the dongle you can restore your bikes original riding characteristics at any time. Please note that your display shows only half of the real speed when the tuning is activated. Important: This tuning tool only works with Shimano E8000 E Bikes without Di2 electronic gearshift.

 

 Sx2 Dongle for Shimano E8000 without Di2

F µ-MBTK tuning-kit

µ MBTK tuning-kit This tuning kit removes the speed limitation completely. You can choose between 3 different operating modes. When the tuning is active, the speedometer shows only half of the real speed from approx. 23 km/h on. To install the tuning kit you have to cut the sensor cable of your E Bike and switch the tool in between. This tuning tool is compatible with various E Bike drives - including some for which there are no or almost no tuning options - e.g. with AEG (e.g. Comfort Drive) or with Shimano drives with the new update (FW 4.7.0). In addition, the tool is also compatible with Bosch (Active, Performance, CX), Yamaha, Panasonic (e.g. Flyer Uproc) and various other Shimano drives (E6xxx, E7xxx, E8xxx).

µ-MBTK tuning-kit

G MBTK-S tuning kit for Shimano Steps

MBTK-S Tuning-Kit für Shimano StepsThis tuning tool removes the 25 km/h speed limitation of your E Bike drive system completely - there are no further functions. During installation, you only have to replace the original speed sensor of your E Bike with the MBTK-S tuning kit. With a little bit of skill you can do it yourself without any problems. After installation of the kit, the speedometer shows only half of the real pace from a speed of 23 km/h. The tool is dirt and water resistant and does not require an extra battery. This tuning kit replaces the original SM-DUE10 sensor and is compatible with all current Shimano E Bike mid-mounted engines (Shimano Steps E7xxx, Shimano Steps E8xxx).

MBTK-S tuning kit for Shimano

H MBIQ-CC (Universal)

MBTK tuning-kit BoschThe MBIQ-CC completely removes the 25 km/h speed limit of E Bike engines, there are no further functions. If the tuning is active, the display does not show correct values after a speed of 25 km/h. Easy and fast installation thanks to push-in clamp. The tool is maintenance-free and does not require a separate battery. It can be programmed by the customer using certain wheel movements when the E Bike is switched on. The MBIQ-CC is a universal solution for various E Bike motors, as long as they are equipped with 2-wire speed sensors – for example, the tool is compatible with drive systems from Bosch (Active/Performance/CX), Shimano Steps (E6xxx, E7xxx, E8xxx), Panasonic (X0, Flyer), Brose (Drive S) etc.

MBIQ-CC (Universal)

H.1 MBIQ-CC 2 (Universal)

MBIQ CC 2A universal tuning solution which is compatible with E-Bike drives from different manufacturers (also Bosch Gen4). The tool lifts the 25 km/h speed limit completely. Customer programmable and "Anti-Tuning" ready. In contrast to the normal MBIQ-CC, the MBIQ-CC 2 can also be activated by an external switch (not included) or by the light signal (only for 2-wire sensors). From a speed of approx. 25 km/h the correct speed is no longer displayed when the tuning is active. For installation, the tool must be integrated into the existing sensor cable, which works easily via push-in clamp. Compatible with various E-Bike motors with 2- or 3-wire speed sensors: Bosch (Active, Performance, CX), Shimano Steps (E6xxx, E7xxx, E8xxx), Panasonic (X0, Flyer), Brose (Brose Drive S), Bafang (BBS-xxx), Yamaha (PW-xx), Fazua, AEG, etc.

MBIQ-CC 2 (Universal)

H.2 MBIQ-P plug-in for Shimano Steps

MBIQ CC 2This MBIQ-P completely lifts the 25 km/h speed limitation of Shimano Steps mid-mounted engines. It is not only the smallest tuning tool for Shimano on the market, but also a very easy to install plug-in solution. Basically the tool simply has to be inserted between motor and sensor. If necessary, the MBIQ-P can be removed at any time to undo the tuning. The tool can be programmed by the customer, which means that the tuning can be switched on and off if required (without additional devices such as PCs or smartphones). When the tuning is switched on, the correct speed is no longer displayed from a speed of approx. 22 km/h onwards. The MBIQ-P does not need its own battery. Compatible with Shimano Steps E6xxx, Steps E7xxx, Steps E8xxx (successfully tested up to FW 4.8.0). Also compatible with Di2.

MBIQ-P plug-in for Shimano Steps

I MBIQ-S tuning sensor for Shimano

MBIQ-S tuning sensor for ShimanoThe MBIQ-CC completely removes the 25 km/h speed limit of E Bike engines, there are no further functions. If the tuning is active, the display does not show correct values after a speed of 25 km/h. Easy and fast installation thanks to push-in clamp. The tool is maintenance-free and does not require a separate battery. It can be programmed by the customer using certain wheel movements when the E Bike is switched on. The MBIQ-CC is a universal solution for various E Bike motors, as long as they are equipped with 2-wire speed sensors – for example, the tool is compatible with drive systems from Bosch (Active/Performance/CX), Shimano Steps (E6xxx, E7xxx, E8xxx), Panasonic (X0, Flyer), Brose (Drive S) etc.

MBIQ-S tuning sensor for Shimano

J RedPed for Shimano

MBIQ-S tuning sensor for ShimanoThis is a tuning module which allows you to raise the speed limit of your Shimano E Bike drive system to an individual value between 25 and 50 km/h. The settings can be easily configured with the EBT app. With the RedPed for Shimano, the E Bike display no longer shows the correct speed, but you can display the real speed via the smartphone app. In addition, the app displays various other parameters correctly, e.g. maximum and average speed, driving time, total and daily distance. Compatible with Shimano STEPS E5000, E6100, E7000 & E8000. The module is also compatible with all displays and with E Bikes with Di2 gear system.

RedPed for Shimano