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Bosch ebike display battery

The Smart System is the connected ecosystem that gives you peace of mind. It’s the link between your motor, your battery, your display and the remote control on your handlebar: all controllable from the eBike Flow app.

Your smartphone is the key that controls your digital world.

Manage your bike with your smartphone and the LED Remote control.

Features available with the Bosch Smart System

The eBike Lock offers free anti-theft protection that blocks the engine of your ebike in the event of theft. It’s quick and easy security for your bike. Your phone becomes the key to unlock your bike.

After pairing the bike with the eBike Flow app, your smartphone becomes a digital key to deactivate the pedal assistance. The detection is done automatically via Bluetooth, so your smartphone can remain in your

eBike Alarm

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The eBike Alarm is a GPS tracker that geo-locates your ebike in real time and emits an audible signal if it being is stolen. Once configured in the eBike Flow App, the eBike Alarm function is automatically activated as soon as you switch off your bike. The eBike Alarm combined with the eBike Lock function provides additional theft protection to your traditional system.

The Bosch ConnectModule (BCM) is required to activate this option.

Bosch Connect Module

The ConnectModule (BCM) is a chargebikele component to be mounted on the ebike in a way that is invisible.

It is a GPS tracker item on your bike, which uses radio and GNSS technologies and included various sensors.

Only after this component has been installed can you use the eBike Alarm function.

Navigation and route planning

With the eBike Flow app you have 2 options for navigation: your smartphone on the handlebars or your Kiox 300 display. Plan your route in the eBike Flow app and receive route suggestions and map displays tailored to your profile.

The GPS system displays your route as a line that shows you the way in the direction of travel. You will receive turn-by-turn instructions on all displays. The display rotates in the direction of travel during the journey. In addition, the display shows the remaining distance to your destination. As soon as the destination is reached, navigation stops automatically. You can also transfer routes from Komoot to the eBike Flow app. Switch between the menu screen and the navigation screen safely during the ride using the LED remote. To use the navigation with the display, your ebike must be connected to a smartphone via

With the eBike Flow app you have 2 options for navigation: your smartphone on the handlebars or your Kiox 300 display. Plan your route in the eBike Flow app and receive route suggestions and map displays tailored to your profile. The GPS system displays your route as a line that shows you the way in the direction of travel. You will receive turn-by-turn instructions on all displays. The display rotates in the direction of travel during the journey. In addition, the display shows the remaining distance to your destination. As soon as the destination is reached, navigation stops automatically.

To use the navigation with the display, your ebike must be connected to a smartphone via Bluetooth during the entire route.

Your favourite applications

Connect the eBike Flow app to your favourite apps like Komoot and Strava and automatically record your route and fitness data (time, distance, elevation, etc). You can now import your routes via Komoot and be guided on the navigation screen. For iPhone users, the activity tracker also syncs all data with Apple Health, on request and with your consent. You can share your achievements and activities with your friends or community.

Automatic updates

Download new features and updates for your battery or motor via the eBike Flow app and transfer them to your ebike via Bluetooth. You are informed of every new update available for your ebike. This way, your bike is always up to date with the latest developments. You won’t need to go to your dealer anymore.

Activity tracking

Record your ride and fitness data as soon as you start your ebike (time, distance, average speed, average power, etc). For iPhone users, the activity tracker syncs (on demand) all data autonomously with Apple Health. If you take a break, the recording of your ride stops automatically ;-

Modes de conduite individuels

Tailor the driving modes to your needs: you can fine-tune the Cargo, Turbo, Sport, Tour, and Eco driving modes to give you more assistance or to use less energy.

Navigation screen

Attach the SmartphoneGrip to the handlebars, position your smartphone and open the eBike Flow app. The navigation screen shows your current speed, ride time and distance travelled as well as the battery charge status. While riding, the LED Remote allows you to switch between the navigation screen and the classic smartphone view with both your hands on the handlebars, in complete safety and comfort.

Bosch Motors

The motors are adapted to each use and therefore to each specific bike models.

For a perfect alchemy between you and your ebike, Bosch motor systems constantly calculate speed, pedalling frequency and pedalling power.

Bosch Displays

Bosch computers are the most optimal for the practice of ebike. They are adapted to every need, from the integrated on-board computer to the smartphone.

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Bosch Batteries

Bosch batteries are an efficient and durable source of energy. Thanks to their impressive capacity, long service life and intelligent management system, Bosch lithium-ion batteries are among the most advanced on the market. Bosch eBikes batteries combine low weight with ergonomic design and easy handling.

Moustache uses 3 types of battery integrations.

Bosch e-bike technology

Bosch e-bike systems are innovative, quiet and extremely reliable. Five driving modes and a precise motor control with fast processing of the sensor signals provide dynamics and increase the range. For all Bosch models, we rely on high-quality systems from the Performance Line.

Bosch e-bike batteries

Fully integrated or as a DualBattery system. Bosch lithium-ion batteries are efficient, enduring and combine long ranges with easy handling. The Battery Management System from Bosch, for example, offers the best possible protection. B. overcharging or overheating. In addition, it increases the life of the cells. In single use or as DualBattery we only use power packs with capacities of 625 Wh or 500 Wh. Perfect for touring bikers, travelers or long distance commuters is our DualBattery system. the combination of two Bosch batteries with a capacity of up to 1,125 Wh.

Hidden energy: fully integrated batteries

Design, protection and freedom of movement: fully integrated batteries are virtually invisible, combine function and design and provide protection against dirt and damage; The robust aluminum housing makes the battery shake-proof and impact-resistant. With a capacity of up to 625 Wh and optimized weight, Bosch PowerTubes are among the lightest lithium-ion batteries of their kind.

Charge? Especially easy! You can leave the batteries in the wheel to charge or remove them easily. In the scope of delivery of our e-bikes with Bosch drive system, of course, there is also the right charger.

Performance Line CX

For big challenges: The new Performance Line CX accelerates powerfully and convinces with sporty, agile handling. The compact and lightweight drive is protected against stone chips and splash water and scores with a torque of up to 85 Nm and pedal assistance up to 340%.

Performance Line Speed

For high speeds: The Performance Line Speed is the perfect support for long distances. From 2021 the Drive Unit supports with a torque of up to 85 Nm, especially with our 15ZEHN EXT 45km/h model, the power package shows itself.

Sporty 65 Nm torque and pedal assistance up to 275%. always at the right moment, even in the mountains. The driving feeling remains natural at all times, in off-mode and over 25 km / h with hardly noticeable pedaling resistance. And all very easy, especially silent.

Fully integrated – the powerful Bosch Powertubes

In addition to technology and quality, design is also an important factor for the perfect e-bike! The complete integration of the Bosch Powertubes with 500 or 625 Wh into the frame ensures a compact and harmonious look.

Nyon – the touch color display

The Nyon, 3.2 inch, touch color display with remote function with navigation function. All features of the display are controlled via the remote control on the handlebars, the touch display or via smartphone. The engine support levels are controlled exclusively via the remote function. The navigation can be saved in offline mode and supports you reliably on every tour.

KIOX – so small and very tall

Climb up, switch on, drive off: The on-board computer for ambitious drivers with classic on-board computer functions. plus connectivity via Bluetooth and App. The color display offers all tour and system data, the separate control unit on the handlebars guarantees safety and control.

INTUVIA – the intuitive control center

The display is easy to read in all lighting conditions, the e-bike is easy and intuitive to use. Thanks to a separate control unit, your hands remain safely on the handlebars and with the gearshift recommendation you always pedal in the right gear: this protects the battery and increases your range.

Bosch Smart SYSTEM

Beginning in model year 2022, leading bike brands will begin to offer the Bosch Smart System on select bike models using the newly updated Performance Line CX drive unit.

Important note – due to the need to integrate new technology into every component of the Smart System, existing Bosch eBike components (drive units, displays, batteries, etc.) are not interchangeable with Smart System components.

Bosch eBike Flow App

The Bosch eBike Flow app will enable new features and updates for components such as the battery or motor to be sent to your eBike via Bluetooth. That way it’s always up to date and you get to enjoy more options.

Track your ride and fitness data as soon as you get started. If desired, the Activity Tracking for iPhone users can also sync all data automatically with Apple Health. When you take a break, the recording stops automatically.

New Bosch PowerTube 750

Bosch’s new PowerTube 750 makes it easy to conquer long distances and significant variations in altitude. The durable power source enables approx. 20% greater range than the PowerTube 625 and is ideal for extended and challenging rides.

Like all Bosch PowerTubes, the PowerTube 750 is perfectly integrated into the frame of the eBike. An appealing eBike design and high capacity make for an uncompromising combination.

New Bosch LED Remote

For less distraction and more safety. All important information can be captured quickly and easily thanks to the new Bosch LED remote. The LEDs are also highly visible in sunlight, and the brightness of the display adapts flexibly to the ambient light: This means that readability is maintained even in changing light conditions and you are never dazzled. You can also quickly recognize the selected riding mode by the respective color. Greater flexibility, comfort, and safety: The LED remote connects the eBike with the eBike Flow app. This enables you to call up all important riding data, such as the duration of your ride or the distance covered, using your smartphone and to share this with other users. It is also possible to carry out software updates independently.

Performance Line CX drive unit

The maximum torque of 85 Nm has a noticeable effect on your riding behavior when eMountain biking. The powerful motor enables Rapid acceleration after tight turns and obstacles at a low cadence and facilitates starting up on the steepest of hills. For fast sprints, the motor also supports you at high cadence. A mode for more FOCUS: Specially designed for sporty use, eMTB mode offers you optimum control and intuitive handling, as you need to switch less between the different riding modes. With this clever function of the eMTB mode, technical sections can be mastered with confidence and obstacles such as root systems and rock gardens can be overcome by applying targeted pedal pressure with the Extended Boost.

New 2022 Bosch Performance Line CX Smart System motor in review

Strictly speaking, the new 2022 Bosch motor isn’t exactly new. However, everything around it is. Confused? In a nutshell, the new Smart System is based on Bosch’s current Performance Line CX motor and features a massive 750 Wh PowerTube battery, new display and remotes as well as a new speed sensor. Compared to its predecessor, the latest generation of Bosch’s motor offers more and better connectivity features and anti-theft protection. We’ve already tested the new Bosch Smart System for you.

The motor hardware of the new Bosch system remains (mostly) unchanged

Needless to say, the motor of an eMTB is a lot more than just an electrical machine that converts electricity into kinetic energy. While it’s true that without a motor you’d be fighting your way up the mountain solely with the power of your legs, there are several other components that have a great impact on the overall performance of an eMTB motor system: the battery, display, remote, wiring harness, countless sensors and, last but not least, the motor software. With the new Smart System implemented in the 2022 Bosch Performance Line CX, Bosch have carried over some of the core hardware components of the previous model, like the electric motor and internal gearbox that are enclosed inside the magnesium housing. All other parts, such as remotes, displays, the cable harness and its connectors, have been redesigned from the ground up – and the software has undergone major changes too. But is the new system compatible with its predecessor? Sadly, no. Bosch have fundamentally revised the system, heralding a new and Smart era in the history of their Performance Line CX motor. That’s why we call it the “new” Performance Line CX Smart System even though it’s based on the same motor.

The new 750 Wh Bosch PowerTube 750 battery

With a capacity of 750 Wh, the new PowerTube 750 is currently the biggest energy storage unit in Bosch’s portfolio, except for the Dual Battery system, which has been around for some time and combines two PowerTube 625 batteries for a total of 1250 Wh. However, the heavy Dual Battery system isn’t a sensible option for sporty eMTBs, which makes the new PowerTube 750 battery a welcome addition to Bosch’s portfolio. While a 20% capacity increase over the PowerTube 625 model is great news, the extra Watts don’t come for free, both in terms of money and weight. Here’s why: the PowerTube 750 employs the same cells as the 625 version, only more of them. As a result, the larger battery is approximately 7 cm longer and almost 20% heavier, weighing in at exactly 4.38 kg. For bike designers, however, this also entails a whole new set of challenges with respect to handling, stiffness and down tube construction. On the other hand, Bosch also redesigned and moved the connector and at the same time revised the wiring harness. This allows bike manufacturers to integrate the new battery deeper into the frame and closer to the motor while ensuring a lower center of gravity.

With the new connector also comes a new charger that according to Bosch charges the PowerTube 750 up to 50% in around 2 hours and 100% in about 6 hours using 4 A charging current. The PowerTube batteries and the system are neither forward nor backward compatible, making the PowerTube 750 the only battery compatible with the Smart System – at least for now. As a result, bikes like the Lapierre Overvolt GLP2 and Rotwild R.X375, which were deliberately equipped with a smaller battery, won’t be available with the new Bosch system any time soon.

For now, the new PoweTube 750 is the only battery compatible with the Smart System. As a result, bikes with the smaller battery will be missing out on the new Bosch system, at least for now

New displays and remotes for the Bosch Performance Line CX

With the release of the Nyon navigation display at the end of 2020, Bosch have proved that they really know a thing or two about connectivity and displays. In our navigation system group test the Nyon secured Best in Test as the ideal companion for tour and trekking riders. The small Kiox display, on the other hand, offers poor readability and sits right on top of the handlebars, where it’s exposed to impacts. As a result, it’s suitable for trail riding, but only to a certain extent. Here, the robust (and bulky) Purion display would be a more sensible option, but unfortunately has just as many connectivity features as a church clock: none! Luckily, the new Smart System puts an end to this! The new system is modular and allows for different display/remote configurations and to connect them to external third-party devices – awesome! As for now, the Kiox 300 display and LED Remote function as the control unit of all eMTBs with the Bosch Smart System, but we’re sure that more options will be available in the future: what would be the point of introducing a new modular system otherwise?

The new Bosch LED Remote

The Bosch LED Remote is the control unit of the new Smart System. The compact remote ensures good ergonomics and lets you operate the entire system intuitively with your left thumb. Both the position and haptic feedback of the remote make it easy to switch between support modes on the trail without having to take your hands off the handlebars. Unlike the Purion display, the LED Remote made it easy to adapt the ergonomics of the cockpit of our Centurion test bike with Shimano XT brakes and matching dropper remote to the needs and preferences of our test riders: finally! The remote shows the battery charge status via LEDs in (relatively) fine-graded 10% increments, while a colour-coded circle around the Bosch logo tells you which support level you’re using – more than enough for purists! If you want more riding data, you can use either the Kiox display or the free eBike Flow app, which pairs with the remote via Bluetooth and connects your eMTB to the Internet.

The new Bosch Kiox 300 display

Fancy counting pixels? Not really? If the stem-mounted Nyon navigation system is too much for you, the Kiox 300 high-quality display is a great alternative. Unlike its predecessor, the new Kiox 300 has no buttons at all, but then the new LED Remote has you covered with all the basic controls. With the latest Kiox generation, Bosch rely on a robust and adjustable display holder that allows you to change the position of the display on the handlebar. With the old Kiox mount, the display was exposed to impacts and could easily get damaged in a crash. This should be a problem of the past with the latest Kiox 300 because the display is tucked away between the handlebar and stem. Furthermore, Bosch improved display readability and menu navigation. One of the most practical features is the range indicator, which gives you an estimate of the remaining range in all support modes.

Modular, individual and with improved wiring

While the modular system gives riders the freedom to use their eMTB with or without a Kiox 300 display, smaller modular connectors make it easier for bike manufacturers to integrate the Smart System into their bikes, ensuring easier cable routing and a cleaner overall look. With the old Kiox display, the chunky data cable that connects the remote with the display winds around the handlebar like a wild vine. On our test bike, the data cable is routed through the handlebars – neat! Despite the additional headlight, the cockpit of our Centurion test bike looks extremely tidy. Not as tidy is the black plastic cover that conceals a slot in the top tube of our test bike. On the other hand, this suggests that Bosch have even more exciting features in the pipeline. Coincidentally, that’s exactly where the MasterMind display is integrated on many Specialized eMTBs. Could the German tech giant be working on a similar system?

The eBike Flow app – Customizable support levels and improved connectivity

We’ve had the exclusive opportunity to test the beta version of the new eBike Flow app even before its official release. Both pairing and re-establishing the connection between the smartphone and the eMTB is super fast and intuitive. Particularly exciting is how the speed sensor interacts with the GPS data of the smartphone, allowing the eBike Flow app to detect whether you’re riding your bike or covering a section of your route by car or train and then resume (or pause) tracking accordingly.

Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to test the most exciting feature yet, which allows you to adjust the support levels of the new Smart System motor individually. In a nutshell, the feature lets you adapt the modulation, maximum torque, support level and speed of the modes with a fixed support factor, like Eco and Turbo – of course within the framework of the legal regulations. The dynamic progressive eMTB and Tour modes can’t be customized.

Alongside countless route-stats, the eBike Flow app provides all the crucial information about service intervals and software updates, which can be uploaded from your smartphone directly to the Bosch motor system over-the-air. The eBike Flow app will be available for iOS and Android from autumn 2021 and is only compatible with the latest Smart System. When paired with the optional ConnectModule, which can be retrofitted to many eMTBs with the Smart System, the eBike Flow app also offers anti-theft protection and a bike-tracking feature, which are made possible by a chip integrated deep inside the motor system.

New Bosch Performance Line CX Smart System – Our first ride review

We’ve had the exclusive opportunity to test the new Bosch Performance Line CX Smart System over several weeks before its official launch. First things first: the riding behavior and riding dynamics of the “new” Bosch motor haven’t changed at all. The overall riding experience and usability, on the other hand, have changed significantly – and definitely for the better!

Using the factory settings and without customising the support levels from the eBike Flow app, the new Smart System offers pretty much the same characteristics and almost identical ride feeling as the previous Performance CX motor, which provides 340% assistance – and delivered an impressive performance in our motor group test, especially when negotiating technical climbs in the progressive eMTB mode. Unfortunately, the latest Smart System doesn’t allow this mode to be customized. Bosch throw in one more dynamic progressive mode, which is called Tour and adapts its support between Eco and Turbo depending on the riding situation. The support is significantly weaker and less abrupt than in the eMTB mode, allowing light riders to negotiate technical climbs without the rear wheel spinning out of control and everyone else to save battery on long rides. The Tour mode has already been available as a software update from July 2021 for the previous Performance Line CX motor. Unfortunately, the new Smart System motor has inherited the distinctive clunking noise from its predecessor, proudly announcing its presence every time the chain exerts force on the chainring, for example when the suspension compresses on rough descents with roots carpets and brake bumps. What a pity! On the other hand, the new Bosch LED Remote and Kiox 300 display make it extremely easy to operate the new motor. In terms of legibility, ergonomics, ease of use, logic and menu navigation, Bosch literally knocked it out of the park with the new Smart System and also managed to integrate the new eBike Flow app seamlessly into the motor system. Finally, the Bosch team caught up with some of their fiercest competitors and are able to offer a well-thought-out modular system that lets you choose to configure your cockpit with or without a display – very cool! At least that’s the case with future bike models because the displays and remotes of the Smart System as well as all its exciting software features, like the adjustable support levels, aren’t compatible with the current Bosch system. This is due to the new system architecture, which relies on smaller modular connectors to hook up the motor to the battery, display and remote. On the other hand, the new standard enables a whole new range of exciting features. In our opinion, however, it would make a lot more sense if the current (and excellent!) Nyon navigation display were compatible with the new Smart System, especially for touring and trekking bikes. Sporty riders who attach great importance to nimble handling will miss the lighter 625 Wh battery. That being said, we’re sure that Bosch are planning to release more exciting components and software updates in the near future.

The new PowerTube 750 could put an end to the “range anxiety” which seems to be spreading amongst eMTBers. Although a 20% increase in battery capacity doesn’t necessarily bump up the range by 20%, the new 750 Wh battery should allow for longer rides than its smaller 625 Wh counterpart. Whether and to what extent the weight and size of the battery affect the handling of the latest eMTBs with the new Smart System depends on how bike manufacturers integrate the battery into their bikes. We’re excited to see what solutions bike brands will come up with in the future.

Conclusions

While the riding performance of the Bosch Performance Line CX Smart System motor hasn’t changed, the whole new ecosystem around it has taken usability and ergonomics to a whole new level! With the modular system built around the remote, display and app, Bosch knocked it out of the park by managing to ensure intuitive operation while allowing end-users to customise the support levels of the motor to suit their needs and preferences. Regrettably, the annoying clunking noise is still clearly audible while the owners of ebikes with the current Bosch motor won’t be able to benefit from any of the exciting new features. Nevertheless, we’re curious to see how bike manufacturers will integrate the big battery into their frame designs and what updates and innovations Bosch have in the works.

information at: Bosch-ebike.com

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