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E-BIKE HOW-TO | Shifting

Gear shifting is second nature at SHIMANO, and our STEPS system takes full advantage of this experience. As the only e-bike system supplier on the market, we can offer a fully integrated drivetrain that works in perfect harmony with each component because it is all comes under one roof. Our Di2 electronic shifting technology has transferred across to functions like ‘start mode’ and fully automatic shifting, helping to give you the best e-bike experience. Here’s a look at some of the shifting functions:

How to switch the gear shifting mode

You are able to switch between manual and automatic shifting by pressing the middle button on the right switch unit.

Manual shifting puts you in control, whilst automatic shifting works just like an automatic car, changing gear by detecting and analysing your speed and crank rotations.

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How to adjust the gear shifting timing

If you choose the automatic shifting mode, you can adjust the shifting timing to suit your riding. Go the settings menu and select ‘shift timing’, then make adjustments using the top and bottom buttons on the left switch unit. The bigger the number, the lighter the pedaling will feel. Once you’re ready to finalise the setting, press the middle button on the left switch unit to select and return to the menu.

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How to adjust the gear shifting advice

If you have opted for manual shifting, you can choose whether your display will show recommended gear shift timing (this will help with your pedaling efficiency and ensures optimal support from the drive unit as well as reducing battery consumption). Select ‘shift advice’ in the menu and then use the top and bottom buttons on the left switch unit to select ‘on’ or ‘off’ and the middle button to finalise and return to the menu.

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As you can see, advanced shifting technology has been integrated into the STEPS system to offer some really helpful functions for your e-bike. However, high tech doesn’t mean high stress! It's simple to use if you want it, or easy to switch off if you don’t.