Getting Started With Shimano Steps | Beginner E-Bike Tips

Getting Started With Shimano Steps | Beginner E-Bike Tips


– Hi guys so today we’re
going to be looking at some pre-ride checks for
the Shimano e-mountain bike system, which will equip
you will all the knowledge you need for the STEPS system
before you hit the trail. Now I cannot think of a
better person to dicuss this subject than Pete
from Shimano Madison UK. Pete thanks coming along to the woods. – S’all right Steve. – Now look we’ve all done
it whether is be on a camera or a phone or Hoover whatever, what is the number one when it comes to pre-ride checks on an e-mountain bike. – Well something you won’t ever had if you have had a bike before is the battery that is used to assist this. – It’s so easy it’s so simple right? – And the first thing we need to do is make sure that battery is fully charged before you use it for the first time. – So we’re not talking 70 or 80 or 90, we’re talking 100% right? – No we need to make
sure that we’re plugged into the charger and
left it on the charger until it reaches full capacity before we use it the first time. – Great, now I’m just
thinking are there things people should think about actually before even coming to the trail centre or the car park, are there
things you need to do before you leave the house and
you get your mountain bike? – Well it is quite a simple system to use, but we provide all the
technical information and guidance through a
couple of online resources that are free to anyone to access. One is the STEPS website of course but it will also then direct you back to the service instructions
which are SI.Shimano.com. – Now, I’m thinking here, Pete’s actually gonna mention in a second, user manual. Now that actually scares the
living daylights out of me. But there is a simple user manual for the STEPS motor right?
– Yeah. With the same way that we have lots of other electronic products that we use these days we’ve made a quick start guide for it to simplify it a bit.
– How quick is that? (laughs) – [Pete] It’s two, two pages,
and it just walks you through some of the features and system. So for example we’ve asked
you to show us the battery. There’s a couple of
different types of battery depending on the bike that you’ve bought, and there’s a couple
of different charging, ways that can be connected to a charger. So just walks you through how to do that. Makes life simple for you, pictures rather than lots of words. – I like the idea of that. What I meant to ask you was, what are the most important consideration, when installing or removing
you e-bike battery? – Well first of all, before
you lose your one and only key, – Yeah that is my only one. – It’s worth making a note of the number that’s on the key blade. This one in this instance is made by ABUS, so we don’t make these,
few manufacturers made them for this system, but if you make a note of that number before you lose your key, you can get a new one cut if you need to. – Perfect
– Okay? It’s also worth making sure that the key is easy to go into the lock barrel. So when you move,
– Would you suggest, lubing that then?
– Well, we don’t, we don’t make any
recommendations specifically to lubricate it but it
is something you do need to keep and eye on, make sure
it is functioning correctly. The other important thing,
is that they battery terminal on the battery itself, or on the bike is clean and free from debris. We don’t want anything in there that’s getting trapped
and causing us a problem. – Simple.
– Very simple. – So you have arrived at the trails with your new and fully
charged e-mountain bike. First step Pete, is simple, to turn it on. – It can’t be difficult. – It’s not difficult, it’s
worth familiarizing yourself again where the button to turn it on is, depends what type of battery you’ve got. On this one on this external battery, we’ve got a button on the top here. And if I press and hold
that for three seconds, (beep) the screen will come on and
you’ll hear and audible beep. Now if you just press it
for a short sort of press, it won’t necessarily
come on straight away. – It’s worth pointing out
Pete that there are actually external batteries as well but where’s the on switch, looking for that. – So it’s often, it’s
gonna be on the downtube but often possibly in part of
a cover or part of the frames. It’s worth finding where that is, familiarizing yourself how it
works before you get going. – So you’ve had the beep
and the display’s come on, but it actually says off
on the display there. – Well, it’s again really
helpful to familiarize yourself with the functions of the display before you actually set out riding. So the quick start guide we talked about earlier gives you quick overview of how it displays the
information and at the moment the reason it says off up here
although the system is on, is it hasn’t actually
got the assistance mode, engaged at the moment so the bike will function like a normal mountain bike, – Hard work – Yeah but not providing you
any assistance at the moment. – Right let’s get some assistance going on this Shimano system Pete. Now Pete I’ve got a particular
switch on my e-bike here now there’s quite a few
different variations of the Shimano switch right? – Yeah we’ve produced a
few different models now. – But they all do the same thing. – They all have a similar
function yeah but again if you go to the quick-start
guide it talks you through it. – So what do you need to
know about your display before you go on your ride then? – So, if we press the
up arrow on this switch, we’ll see it’ll beep again
and then that’ll show eco in the bottom there that
means that we’ve now got the lowest level of assistance enabled. So if we set off on our bike now it will assist us straight away. – Perfect starting point right? – Perfect starting point. (beep) (beep) – Hey Pete, I switched it
on, but it’s not working. Come up with this
exclamation mark, W O 13. – Well again, a little point
that’s just missed occasionally is that the bike needs to start up without you on it and riding it. So you can actually sit
on the bike and turn it on but you’re telling me
it’s best to turn it off when you’re off the bike right? – Yeah if you turn it on
now with it powered up correctly it won’t
produce the same warning. So all we’ve done is turn it off and on again to reset that warning. – So you go on and off, and
you’re good to go right? – Yeah. – There you go, it’s on
off, (beep) stick it in eco, maybe it’s time to hit the trail isn’t it? – [Pete] Well I reckon yeah. – Well I think Eco’s a really good start to get up to the trails
Pete, and here we are at the head of the trail
system, easy, medium, or hard. – So it’s funny you should say that Steve because at the moment, we are in Eco, which is the lowest assistance level which we’ve ridden up
from the car park in. If we use the same switch
on the left hand side that we’ve already used to come into Eco, we can go further up
through the modes into trail and then into boost so it falls in line with sort of the difficulty of the trail. And the best thing we
can do is if you pick a bit of trail you may be
familiar with and just test those modes out and see how
the bike reacts in each one. – Yeah I’m familiar, let’s go. – Wow you certainly crack on
in Boost mode that’s for sure. – Right yeah it’s a lot of
fun but if you were trying to go out for a whole days
ride and get the most range out of your battery, you need to be using either Trail or Eco mode predominantly. – So you get a big ol’ day out. – Yeah yeah absolutely. – Well I tell you what I feel
a million dollars in boost. – Yeah but riding your e-bikes a bit like riding your old
mountain bike as well. Sometimes you want to do a bit of fitness and get a bit of a work out. So if you use a lower
mode like Trail or Eco, you’re gonna put more effort in, and it’ll be a bit harder but
you’ll get a better workout. – I see what you mean. Okay my next question Pete,
is how to you actually get the maximum performance on
your Shimano STEPS system? – Well it’s important to remember Steve, that it is a lot like
your normal push bike in the fact that you need
to keep turning the pedals. And it’s important to
get the best efficiency by spinning the pedals
at a sensible cadence. – Right how do you know you’re
doing the right cadence. – Well on the screen
it’ll actually display your cadence as one of the options of the information that you can display. – Right, show me how to do that. Uh okay that’s all very well and good, but I need to know exactly how fast I’m spinning the pedals
or cadence as you term it. Well it’s one of the functions
that the screen’s display for us ’cause the bike’s registering how quickly you are spinning the pedals. – At the minute I got no
nort-counters an hour here. – Well that’s your current
speed at the moment. But using the function button
on the bottom of the screen you can cycle through the other information that it’s displaying. – Right I’m gonna press that now, so I’ve gone from speed now it goes to distance I take it DST? – Yep so you trip distance that you’ve got registered
on there at the moment. – Okay then to ODO. – Which is the overall
distance the bikes traveled. – Okay to RANGE, which
what does that mean? – Well the Range is in the mode you’re in in the moment in trail. – Yeah – That range is 47 kilometers anticipated left on that battery. – Oh wow, right, and then
I’m moving on now to average that’s average speed I take it. – Yep. – And then oh cadence,
there you go, cadence. – So you can spin along and
that number will go up and down as you spin the pedals,
you’re looking at between 80 and 100 RPM as being a good cadence. – That’s the optimal
cadence that you spin at, right okay that’s brilliant,
how do I keep the cadence, how do I keep spinning in the right rate? I’ve just noticed that I’ve
got different shifters to you. I’ve got like manual ones where you got some fancy electronic stuff going on here. – Yes, so on my system
I’ve got a DI2 shifter and that is integrated
into the rest of the system. What’s really useful there
is not only will it show you my cadence but it also
give you my gear position so it actually tells you
what gear I’m in as well. Which is very very helpful. – But ultimately, you need
to still be using those up and down to keep the bike moving, – Yeah, bike changing gear or change how the rate you’re spinning the cranks around that and keep that cadence
number in the right range. – But what you’re saying is DI2 that’s a nice handy upgrade right? – Pete let’s quickly go
through that short list, that pre-ride checklist
that you need to cover. – Well you need to make sure you’re happy with how the bike’s charged,
and how the charger works, you need to make sure you
know how the battery goes on and off the bike and
how your key’s operating. You also need to make sure you’re happy with how it turn on and
off, very important. – Exactly yeah, out on the trail I think you covered some amazing things there I think the great one
for me was how to use the display to measure your
cadence because cadence is really important to get
the most out of your battery on your e-bike and of course
the pair assist modes. You’ve got Eco, Trail, And Boost make sure you get used to what each of those does. – But all of the switches
on the system can easily cycle you through those
displays and the screen, it’s worth knowing what
you’re actually looking at when you’re looking at the
different modes on the screen. – Also Pete you also
mentioned third party devices which can attach to you
e-bike as well right? – Yeah it is possible via
blutooth or an ANT plus connection to attach other screens
and display the information via say a Garmin, you can attach that if you’re running one already
you can certain models will be able to connect to the system. – And at which point you can move off your double track fire road onto something a bit more adventurous such as
this trail in the background. If you want to know more
about Shimano systems check out this Shimano e7000 video which they’ve just done yeah,
Pete, thanks for joining us and going though all those points. Let’s do comments on
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