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Trails seem unsurmountable. Perhaps they are too steep, too far to access by normal means, or too daunting. Regardless of the reason, one thing is for sure, once you ride them it is always worth it. We don’t think that the fun should only start on the down, but that it should be a present factor throughout the whole ride. The E-Genius with its pedaling assist changes the game allowing you to reach any trail, any time.
Design and integration
To take advantage of perfectly integrated parts, we’ve reconsidered the design of the drive unit housing with Shimano components in mind. The goal was to reduce the impact of these parts on the design of the bike. As a result the motor and frame are well integrated, not only from a design perspective but also in terms of a better distribution of mass resulting in noticeably better handling.
Our kinematic suspension curve gives supple small bump sensitivity and therefore exceptional traction characteristics, perfect support in the mid-stroke and a controlled deep stroke for predictable and comfortable bottom outs.
The rear suspension mount is the same as that of the new Genius. We use as well our virtual four link bar with a shock extends between the two lower mounting bolts which results in more stroke for the same eye to eye length. The Trunnion mount also offers structural gains. The shorter shock enables a very compact frame and shock package, which integrates tightly into the seat tube.
The E-Genius can switch from 27.5” to 29” wheels with nothing more than the flip of a chip in the linkage. No need to change the fork, no need to worry about tire clearance, all you need to do is flip a linkage chip, change your wheels and off you go. The flip chip allows us to maintain a similar BB height when switching from one wheel size to the other which is key in keeping handling similar for both wheel sizes. With 27.5” wheels, you can run either 2.5”, 2.6” or 2.8” tires. For the 29er, anywhere from 2.4”-2.6” is good to go.
The TwinLoc Suspension system offers the most efficient bike handling in any riding situation. This is even more valuable with the extra weight of an E-Bike. Even with electric assist, this affects the efficiency of your pedal stroke and the power you put in which moves you forward, especially on long, steep uphill’s. TwinLoc allows you to not only change compression damping, but also to change the spring curve, dynamically altering the geometry of the bike.
The E-Genius is a Genius. The integration of the battery and the motor allows us to realize almost the same geometry of the non-motorized version. We decide to go for slightly longer chainstay (460mm) to increase stability in Boost mode. Regarding the head angle and BB height, they are the same.
Removing the battery
Removing the battery is very simple. We implemented some visual indications to help you quickly and easily remove the battery. The green zone means that you are in the right position to plug-in or plug-out.
With the steps e-8000 series, shimano delivers next level component integration, connectivity and performance. An off road evolution of the steps e-6000 series, the e-8000 represents a completely new system developed for a new experience in e-mtb.
To meet MTB specific needs, the E-8000 series was designed with all day performance in mind. The capacity of the Ion-Lithium battery has been increased to 500WH and can now be charged up to 80% in only 2.5 hours. The new design features a lower profile specifically for mountain bikes which improves both impact and vibration resistance. The battery pack offers 36V of nominal voltage and a durability of more than 1000 cycles.
The shift switch system has been redesigned specifically for mountain bikes. Thanks to ergonomic design improvements, it is now better integrated and offers a similar feel as that of a gear shifter. You can switch between 3 assist modes: ECO, TRAIL, and BOOST. Thanks to a new firmware update for MY18, you can connect your bike and your phone by Bluetooth with the E-TUBE app, to customize the % of assist delivered in TRAIL and BOOST modes.
The new color display comes in a compact size and is therefore nicely integrated on the handlebar. While the display features full connectivity with Shimano Di2 components it also allows for individual settings for the information shown.
The E-8000 series drive unit has been redesigned. The compact design of the drive unit allows for shorter chain stays and more tire clearance. These features, together with the light weight of the battery pack (below 3.2kg) and a new stiff and lightweight BB axle with Hollowtech-II technology (Q-factor 177mm), improve handling and ride feel substantially. The drive unit achieves a maximum power output of 70Nm and 250W