Bosch Kiox E-Bike Computer Upgrade Kit
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The Bosch Kiox E-Bike Computer Upgrade Kit allows you to upgrade from your existing Bosch e-bike computer to the Kiox ecosystem. The Kiox display may be small, however, it features all the information you could ever need on a robust LCD screen. Equally, its ability to connect to Bosch’s eBike Connect app means you can navigate to your destination, save and send data and connect to various other accessories such as heart rate monitors! The Bosch Kiox E-Bike Computer Upgrade Kit gives you a suite of handy features that you might not have realised you needed. It really is a piece of space-age technology!
- Bosch Kiox Display Unit: Offers the ultimate Smart E-bike experience
- Bosch KIOX Display Holder: Stable mount with a tidy appearance
- Bosch Kiox Compact Control Unit: Stay in control with this handy unit
Bosch Nyon onboard electric bike computer navigation details
Headlining the updates to the Nyon onboard computer are its advanced navigation functions.
Although the Nyon relies heavily on Bosch’s eBike Connect phone and web apps to transfer routes from third-party programmes such as Komoot and Outdooractive, navigation functions can be controlled via the app or on the head unit’s display.
The nattiest feature on the new Nyon has to be its range-calculating function, though.
Using topographical data on the selected route and taking remaining battery life and current mode selected into account, the Nyon can estimate and visually display on its onboard map how far you will be able to ride before depleting the battery.
If a rider has been using a particularly energy-intensive mode and is likely to deplete the battery, the Nyon can alert them that a different mode should be selected to complete the journey.
It can also tell you whether there’s enough range to be able to reach a certain destination in any given support mode.
Recent destinations are listed and points of interest, such as a home address, can be stored, too. The current location can also be saved as a starting point for a route, in the event a rider might want to come back but is unsure of their surroundings.
New maps or map updates are downloaded wirelessly over Wi-Fi, however Bosch doesn’t specify whether it’s using its own mapping platform or if it’s using a third-party map to provide the map data.
It remains to be seen whether the on-device navigation is as good as Google Maps, Komoot or a manually-plotted GPS track, but it certainly looks like Bosch has been working hard to refine its system.
Bosch also doesn’t say whether the navigation function is suitable for on-road use only or whether it includes forest roads, cycle paths, bridleways and waymarked trail centre tracks.
Fitness, customisation, connectivity and device details
Along with its navigation functionality, the Nyon can also calculate calorie consumption (using the bike’s onboard cadence, speed and power sensors) and be paired with a heart rate monitor to enhance the data.
The device also compares a rider’s current ride performance with their average performance values. This data is then displayed in the companion app and online web portal.
For the casual exerciser, Bosch’s app could be a gateway to rides more focused on training, providing them with goals to improve.
Rides recorded using the Nyon and eBike Connect app can then be shared on Strava, thanks to integration with the popular ride-tracking app.
Along with Strava, the Nyon’s also compatible with Apple Health, Google Fit, Spotify and Audible. This means app functionality can be controlled using the Nyon’s display, as long as a smartphone is connected.
The information on the display can be configured and customised depending on your needs and it automatically sets brightness and backlight intensity depending on the ambient lighting. Dark or light mode can be manually toggled, too.
It also features a secondary layer of theft protection, called Lock. If the display is disconnected from the bike, motor support cannot be activated.
The display is a 3.2in touchscreen that is operational when wet and with touchscreen-compatible gloves. The Nyon is rated IP54 and IPX7 for dust and water protection.
Individual ride modes can also be programmed. This lets the user set their own motor support levels for different speeds so the bike can be adapted for personal needs.
Bosch Kiox with navigation function // Bosch Kiox mit Navigation
The Nyon onboard computer can be retrofitted to any Bosch-equipped electric bike produced since model year 2014 onwards. The new computer is available from autumn 2020.
Bosch Kiox onboard electric bike computer navigation details
Bosch’s smaller colour display Kiox bike computer also gets increased functionality, thanks to a software update.
Although it relies entirely on a connection with a smartphone running Bosch’s eBike Connect app, the Kiox can now display turn-by-turn navigation information.
The display’s depiction of the route rotates to the direction of travel as the rider takes corners to aid with navigation.
Information such as distance to the destination is also displayed on screen. Other display parameters, such as speed or battery charge, can be customised.
The Kiox software updates are available from summer 2020 and will be downloaded automatically when the Kiox is connected to the Bosch eBike Connect app.
The onboard computer can be retrofitted to all Bosch electric bike systems made from model year 2014 onwards.
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Alex Evans is BikeRadar’s senior mountain bike technical editor. He started racing downhill at the tender age of 11 before going on to compete across Europe. Alex moved to Morzine in the French Alps at 19 to pursue a career as a bike bum and clocked up an enormous amount of riding. Hitting those famous tracks day in, day out for eight years, he broke more bikes than he can remember. Alex then moved back to the UK and put his vast knowledge of mountain biking to good use by landing a job working for MBUK magazine as features editor. Since working for MBUK, Alex’s FOCUS has moved to bike tech. He’s one of BikeRadar’s lead testers and knows how to push bikes and products to the limit, searching out the equipment that represents the best value for money. Alex is also a dedicated eMTB rider, and still dabbles in racing of a sort, doing his best to top the Strava leaderboard on the steepest, gnarliest and twistiest trails the Tweed Valley has to offer – just for fun, of course. Alex is also a regular on the BikeRadar YouTube channel and BikeRadar podcast.
Bosch Kiox display
Small display, great performance. Maximum power support delivered immediately. even up to the highest cadences for sporty riding.
Small, robust and connected: Kiox is the on-board computer for ambitious sporty riders. Kiox has all the classic functions of an on-board computer, while at the same time giving the eBiker access to the digital world via the smartphone app. The colour display gives you all riding data at a glance, while the separate control unit allows you to stay in control of the handlebars and keep an eye on the terrain. Kiox can record your trips and send all the relevant data via the smartphone’s Bluetooth connection to the eBike Connect online portal. This makes Kiox the perfect companion on every ride.
Navigation Always on the right track: The new Kiox navigation function supports eBikers as they explore unfamiliar areas. Navigation is started by using your smartphone. The on-board computer is connected via Bluetooth and indicates the planned ride on the display as a line showing the eBiker the route.
Customised display For an entirely personal riding experience: Screens and the choice of riding data to be displayed can be easily configured on Kiox and thus adapted to your own preferences. This enables eBikers to FOCUS purely on the thing they enjoy: eBiking.
Precise orientation When the ride is a goal in itself: The new Navigation function of the on-board computer is perfectly tailored to the needs of sporty eBikers. The view on the display rotates in the direction of movement while riding and Kiox also shows the distance to the destination. This makes it very simple to navigate tracks.
Improve your fitness with Kiox: a display shows you whether you’re riding at above or below your personal average speed. This will motivate you to push yourself even harder.
Operability Climb on, switch on, ride away and have fun. The on-board computer can be used immediately and provides the eBiker with all the essential information and data.
Design Compact but big by design: Kiox scores points for its stylish appearance. The screen features strong colours and a clearly laid out user interface. The practical magnetic holder likewise lends the handlebar a neat and tidy look.
Compact remote The buttons enable the on-board computer to be operated safely and comfortably using your thumb. The distinct, tactile pressure behind the buttons during operation gives the rider a clear response.
Unbreakable glass Dirt or stone chippings hold no fear: the scratch-resistant glass display make this the ideal partner both off road and in the city.
Magnetic holder Quick stowed and safely mounted to withstand off-road jumps: the magnetic holder allows for easy removal and attachment of the on-board computer, as well as a firm hold.
Most basic display offered by Bosch E-bike is Purion. It offers only basic information which isn’t that much. To be honest most of Chinese Displays such as Kingmeter or APT offer better functions than this one.
What I like about purion is it’s minimalist design and small size. Thanks to small size you can keep your handlebar neat and clean. And if you are doing lots of hardcore mountain biking with your e-mtb such as Haibike. You will appreciate this small size as it is harder to break or damage it.
It doesn’t have any USB or Bluetooth connection. So firmware updates are done through the quick release plugins.
As you can see in below you don’t have visibility problem but you won’t see too much info about your ride from single screen.
PROS OF Bosch PURION
- Small and Compact Size
- Don’t have Integrated Battery. (Don’t worry about dead battery)
- Less Chance for getting damaged
- Angle can be adjusted
- Easy to Maintain
- Small Display
- “” and “-” buttons don’t work as well as Kiox or Intuvia
- Can’t be removed.
- Restriction in Cokcpit design. You can’t put the display in the center of your e-bike which is important in downhill e-bikes.
- Battery display isn’t very precise.
- USB port can’t be used for charging your phone
Intuvia is most probably the most popular display among all Bosch displays at least in North America. They aren’t fancy displays which has a colored screen. Rather it has a neat but simple design. They are produced to last and very functional. I can say like this;
Bosch Intuvia offer anything you want from an e-bike display. Also they don’t offer anything which isn’t necessary for your e-bike.
Of course a strong USB port is an exception about it at least for me. Intuvia has a USB port but this port has only 500 mAH output which isn’t enough to charge your smartphone. With this power supply you can only keep charge level of your phone or let it drain slower. I love to use my phone when riding my e-bike for GPS purposes and also listen to certain podcasts. If you happen to be someone like me this USB port can be little disappointing for you.
Intuvia doesn’t offer any GPS, bluetooth Connectivity features.
So why is it popular if they don’t have many features? They don’t break down easily. Display is removable which is very important. They are rock solid hard to brake. Intuvia is easy to navigate and has good visibility when riding your e-bike.
Why does Intuvia has USB, if it can’t charge my phone ?
This USB is designed for firmware updates. As Intuvia don’t have bluetooth function all firmware updates are done through this port.
Bosch Intuvia has an integrated battery inside which lets you use your display off the dock too. Bosch uses Lipo battery inside which has a capacity of 240mAH. This will let you use your display for good 10-20 minutes without problem. One important note is, this battery is not replaceable. Bosch doesn’t offer replacement battery for it. So if you keep your display off the dock for long time or keep your e-bike for long period of time, you can have a fully drained display battery. In this case your battery may not work. If this happens you have two options
- Order a New Intuvia Display
- Open the display and replace the battery at your own risk by soldering a new battery.
Even this may sound like a big issue, don’t worry. This is something a small possibility and I have never personally see anyone face such issue. But there are few people complained to us about it. So just be careful about charging your Intuvia display time to time.
How to | Use navigation on Kiox
One major issue with the Intuvia was it not being able to provide enough power out of USB port. Intuvia power output was only 500 mA but in Kiox USB output is 1000 mA. So you can charge your smartphone including iPhone.
I tested my iPhone while I was using google maps and listening to some podcast. During start of my ride battery level was 52% and when I finished my half hour trip I had 79% battery. This is impressive considering I use two energy consuming apps meanwhile.
It is smaller compared to Nyon display. The smaller size makes it little bit hard to view and angle of the display is hard to adjust. It has very limited angle of adjustment. So if you ride your e-bike on bright days you may have loss of visibility of your display. Some fonts are really small so hard to view them.
One improvement is being a colored display which make the display more attractive but you need to know one trade off. Colored displays consume more energy compared to black-white displays. There isn’t much difference.
We did it a basic test by keeping two electric bike with same full battery capacity. One uses Intuvia and other uses Kiox displays. And we didn’t ride e-bikes. After 5 hours we saw e-bike which has Kiox display had 4.3% less battery compared to the one with Intuvia display.
There are other improvements in Kiox too. Previous Bosch displays were easily scratched. Bosch use Gorilla glass in Kiox model which makes display very difficult to scratch and get damaged. This feature will be appreciated for off-road riders. One complaint I have with Gorilla glass is it being reflective. It affects display visibility on bright sunshine.
Display brightness can be adjusted according to the surrounding light. But Gorilla glass limits the benefits of this amazing feature.
Kiox has integrated battery too which you can use it when it is off e-bike. You can use it for 20 minutes with it’s integrated battery. Just to warn you some people complain their display suddenly stopped working, in most cases the reason is because of dead battery in display. So once you change it, you can continue to use your e-bike.
Display is very intuitive and easy to navigate thanks to 7 buttons. One thing which i feel very handy is to travel from last screen to current one. When you are setting up your e-bike it can be very handy.
Display is held in place using magnets. It is convenient when taking the display away but you have to be careful when putting your display back. You double check if it is aligned perfectly.