Bosch eBike Systems is presenting eBike innovations for model year 2023 at Eurobike (13 - 17 July in Frankfurt), including a new antilock braking system (ABS). Incorrect braking is one of the main causes of cycling accidents.
The front wheel brake on a bicycle is crucial for a short braking distance. But many people avoid using this because they are afraid of falling due to the high braking effect. The Bosch eBike ABS specifically counteracts this by significantly reducing the risk of falling or being thrown over the handlebar.—Claus Fleischer, CEO of Bosch eBike Systems
Studies conducted by Bosch Accident Research have shown that up to 29% of all accidents involving pedelecs could be reduced, or completely prevented, each year if all pedelecs had reliable ABS. The new Bosch eBike ABS significantly reduces the risk of falling or being thrown over the handlebar.
More than 40 years ago, Bosch brought the world’s first production-ready ABS for cars into the market. Bosch has been manufacturing anti-lock braking systems for motorcycles since 1995 and launched the world’s first ABS for pedelecs in 2018.
With the new ABS, Bosch eBike Systems now presents the world’s smallest ABS developed based on motorcycle technology. This means that for the first time, eBike manufacturers can equip all types of eBike with the optimized brake assist technology from Bosch.
The control unit in the new Bosch eBike ABS is 77% smaller and 55% lighter than its predecessor and blends unobtrusively into the design of the eBike thanks to its integration into the entire system.
Bosch offers different modes for the new eBike ABS, each of which is optimally designed for the braking requirements of different types of eBike and surfaces.
Owners of an eCargo bike with ABS Cargo benefit from fast, safe and more accurate braking even when carrying a full load. ABS Touring is ideal for riding the eCity bike in the city, where changing road surfaces, pedestrian crossings and traffic lights are part and parcel of every trip. Or for weekend excursions into the countryside with the trekking eBike. ABS Allroad was specifically developed for easy off-road riding so that eMountain bikers can pursue their passion and enjoy more carefree and safer riding on gravel and forest paths.
ABS Trail mode, which was developed together with athletes, is directed more towards sporty eBikers who are always looking for new challenges on demanding trails and difficult terrain. ABS Trail helps them to ride with more foresight, control and focus in surprising situations, such as a steeper slope or a blind bend. In this way, eBikers can refine their riding technique even further and increase their performance on the trails, while enjoying a safer ride. When riding on gravel paths or asphalt roads, they can simply switch from ABS Trail to ABS Allroad in the eBike Flow app or using the Kiox 300 display.
Recent braking data can also be retrieved using Kiox 300. In this way, eBikers can see and analyse their braking distance, or braking time, in order to gradually improve their braking behaviour on different surfaces.
ABS is activated automatically as soon as you start pedalling. Two basic functions in particular, which make the braking and riding experience significantly safer, are crucial for the effectiveness of the Bosch eBike ABS.
For example, the anti-lock braking function of the front wheel automatically regulates the brake pressure by permanently monitoring the speed of the wheels, preventing the wheels from locking during braking. The sensitive braking behavior increases control and stability, particularly on slippery surfaces. Rear wheel lift control reduces the risk of the rear wheel lifting off on high-grip surfaces. Since it reduces the probability of being thrown over the handlebar, this function contributes significantly to safer and accident-free riding.
The new Bosch eBike ABS with brake components from MAGURA will be available from summer 2022. The available ABS mode depends on the respective eBike category set by the bike manufacturer. Prospective customers should check whether the new eBike ABS is installed when purchasing an eBike, or talk to their specialist dealer, as this cannot be retrofitted.
Other new technologies and features being introduced by Bosch at Eurobike include:
The additional theft protection eBike Alarm allows you to park your eBike more securely.
Cargo bike riders can now also enjoy the advantages of the smart system. Bosch eBike Systems ensures more safety and comfort with the new ABS Cargo and Cargo mode.
In the new Auto mode, the support provided by the drive is automatically adapted to the environmental conditions, for example if there are headwinds or on uphill gradients, without eBikers having to exert more effort or switch riding modes. With the new ABS Trail mode, the Hill Hold function and other new products and features, Bosch eBike Systems ensures even more riding enjoyment on the trail.