Alongside these customisations, the E-Tube Project app has recently been updated to allow riders to fine-tune the support they receive in Trail and Boost modes, adding another layer of tailoring to the STEPS E-MTB system.
Here’s how to tune yours:
1. Download the E-Tube Project app or, if you already have it, open the app and let it run its automatic check for updates.
2. Your E8000 devices will be displayed. Tap to connect and check if their firmware needs updating. Once that’s done, you’re ready to customise your E-MTB.
3. Tap Drive Unit in the menu then go to Drive Characteristics. This will bring you to a page that allows you to choose between Dynamic, Explorer, and Customise for both Boost and Trail modes. The ever-trusty Eco mode isn’t affected by your changes.
Tuneable modes explained
The E-Tube Project app reveals three sub-levels of assistance to Boost and Trail modes (High, Medium, and Low). There are two pre-programmed settings for these sub-levels you can choose from: Dynamic, and Explorer, or you can choose to customise both to your personal riding style. Eco mode is aimed at providing the most economical battery use and so maintains its Low assistance mode.
Here is a little more information on each:
1. Dynamic mode - Dynamic mode is Shimano STEPS default setting—so if you don’t use the E-Tube app to change anything, this is how your ride will be tuned. In this mode, Boost gives you the highest level of pedal assistance (of Boost’s three sub-modes) and in Trail mode, you’ll receive the lowest level of assistance of Trail’s three sub-modes.
2. Explorer mode - For those who like to chill on the trail, a new Explorer mode provides you with a medium level of assistance in both Boost and Trails modes. The idea behind this setting is to provide a lot of support for the riding you’re doing at a comfortable, even, trail-riding pace, softening some of Boost’s high-octane zing and tightening the assistance gap between Trail and Boost modes. The goal is to give you greater control when you hit technical sections in Boost mode, and a steadier ride feel.
3. Custom modes - Don’t dig Dynamic or Explorer? For those who want to go full custom, it’s just as easy to set the power levels of Boost and Trail to suit yourself. Some riders might like the most battery-efficient setup possible, so could tune both Boost and Trail to Low. Others might be out for a short, sharp ride with a need for speed, so might tune both Boost and Trail to High. With the E-Tube Project app’s Bluetooth connectivity, it’s quick and simple to change your tune mid-ride, so you can experiment or mix it up as much as you like.
However you choose to tune your STEPS E-MTB, Trail mode will always provide intuitive, highly variable assistance based on how hard you pedal, with its assistance graphically displayed on the STEPS computer. In simple terms, whenever you use Trail mode, the harder you push the pedals, the more support your E-MTB provides, ranging from a subtle push on technical singletrack, to a rush of power when you attack near-vertical pinches.
You can learn more about the E-Tube Project here.