Firmware… Keep it up to date

Firmware up-grades for your eBike?

Yes… this is a thing. Today’s eBike feature very hi-tech batteries, motor drives and onboard computers that keep everything running and operating to maximum efficiency. And like any other computer… from your smartphone to desktop, every once in a while, it needs a firmware upgrade.

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Most eBikes brands that are utilizing Bosch or Shimano drives have a regular updates that comes out every 6 months or so.

Why is this important…?

To answer this, lets look at the Bosch system. It has a 32 bit processor onboard that learns how you have been riding. As this data is collected, the system adjusts to save your battery power and makes the system more efficient. Regular updates allow the onboard processor to be fresh and current. Information collected from the processor is also of great value should your eBike have issues that can only be resolved via the shop’s diagnostic tools.

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Other systems have similar technology and requirements.

The Yamaha system (currently available on Giant eBikes) has a 16 bit processor inside the motor. This too needs regular updates to remain current. Utilizing the Yamaha BluePed app (Android and Apple compatible) allows you to monitor the performance and functionality of your Yamaha equipped eBike. EBike service shops (such as Gears) will have the more sophisticated GreenPed utility, which allows for deeper diagnostic and processor maintenance.

Most Specialized eBikes work with the Specialized Mission Control app (Android and Apple). This app allows the consumer to do their own updates and monitor the bike’s performance, but the bike’s history still needs shop-level diagnostics should something go wrong with the drive unit.

Emotion (Easy Motion) also has an awesome App (Android and Apple compatible). With the addition of a Bluetooth module, this app can give you electrical assist when your heart rate reaches a preset value. Like all other eBikes, Emotion firmware should be updated every 6 months to year.

Regardless of your eBike, just like regular mechanical service, firmware updates will make your bike happier and more efficiant. Next time you’re at the shop for regular service, be sure to ask the technician to check the version of software your bike is currently running. Chances are…, it could use an update.

Editors Note: Special thanks to Greg Celovsky, Lead Service Technician (and eBike Guru) at Gears Bike Shop Mississauga, for accumulating this information on eBike Firmware. 

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Easy Motion – Factory Rebate Offer

Just a quick “plug” today to let our readers know that Easy Motion is offering a $200 Factory Rebate on their eBikes sold between now and January 1, 2018.

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Gears Bike Shop is proud to be an exclusive dealer for Easy Motion bikes in the GTA. And in the coming days, we’re expecting an influx of about 50+ NEW units coming from Easy Motion 

With the purchase of a NEW Easy Motion eBike, you automatically qualify for this rebate offer.

  • Rebate forms will be accepted through 5pm PST 1/15/18.
  • Rebates must be completed on the website at:
    https://emotionbikesusa.com/dec-factory-rebate/
  • Or email a copy of the purchase receipt along with their name, address and phone number to redemption@emotionbikesusa.com
  • Rebate is applicable on NEW Easy Motion bicycles only (Rebate does not apply to returned, refurbished demo or rental bikes)
  • Rebate will be paid directly from Easy Motion to the purchaser in the form of a check
  • Payment will be made within 45 days of redemption date
  • Bicycle must be purchased from an authorized Easy Motion dealer
  • Rebate will not be accepted without a copy of the original purchase receipt.
  • Purchase Receipt must clearly state Bike Shop Name, Purchase Date and Price Paid.

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Contact your nearest Gears Bike Shop for more details.

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Test Ride: Easy Motion, EVO Cross

Today, I ventured out on the Evo Cross from Easy Motion – what an awesome e-bike experience. The mission was to head to the nearest ravine/bike path (Cedarvale Lower & Upper), over Eglinton and up Marlee to pick up the Beltline as a way to put the bike through its paces.

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Sporting a beautiful colour scheme, and looking very sleek and not much like an e-bike, the Evo Cross is an ideal urban vehicle. It can be all business as it carries you from point A to B with style and efficiency, or it can be the adventure vehicle that you take to explore the trails in Southern Ontario.

The Cross is just one of many models in the e-bike line up from Easy Motion. Within the spectrum of their offerings, they provide a solid solution to whatever the rider seeks in transportation and/or fun.

Easy Motion is the e-bike division of BH Bicycle Co. of Spain. BH is one of Europe’s premier bicycle designers and manufacturers and Gears is very proud to carry their products for the GTA market and beyond.