Enjoy the carefree pleasure of cycling. Excellent power assist from the SHIMANO STEPS E6100 drive with automatic, smart-learning gear-changing. Testers much appreciated the polymer-based and completely recyclable frame design.
Shimano has successfully made the automatic gear-changing on its STEPS E6100 system adapt to the personal preference of the rider, and in exemplary fashion. After just a few kilometres of riding with manual shifting, the automatic transmission ‘learns’ to alter the point at which it shifts gear by up to 13 pedal rotations per minute (rpm), either up or down. Crashed gear changes which are initially noticeable are swiftly minimised and subsequently become imperceptible, so the rider can concentrate completely on the road ahead.
“Just loved it”, enthused the test riders about the motor assistance. “It cuts in precisely, pulls really well and is perfectly programmed. I can’t really imagine how it could be improved.”
The automatic gear-changing is also available even while riding without the motor assist. The riding position is comfortable. When the motor is working you can barely hear it. Operation of the display is self-explanatory.
One rather special feature is the read-out of the motor’s power draw on the display, allowing especially ambitious riders to optimise their own performance and simultaneously boost their range.
The REHAU NUVELOS URBAN in this ExtraEnergy test is a pre-production model, and one about which the test riders were ecstatic. We look forward to trying the production version!
Measured Values & Prices
Range Tour: 67.4 km
Ø Speed Tour: 25.4 km/h
U-Factor Tour: 1.69
Range Hills: 31.4 km
Ø Speed Hills: 23.3
U-Factor Hills: 1.64
Range City: 39.2 km
Ø Speed City: 18.2 km/h
U-Factor City: 0.9
Vehicle Weight: 24.4 kg
Battery Weight: n/a
Vehicle Price: 3399 Euro
Battery Price: n/a
SHIMANO STEPS E6100, 250W, mid motor
Battery status display
Fibre-reinforced composite material
SUNTOUR Raidon suspension fork
SHIMANO NEXUS Inter SE hub gear with di2 electronic gearchange with automatic option
SHIMANO BR-MT 501 hydraulic disk brakes, 180mm diameter rotors front and rear
RYDE Rival 30 584x30; front: SHIMANO DEORE 12x110mm thru axle, rear: SHIMANO NEXUS Inter SE hub gear with di2 electronic gear change with automatic option
SCHWALBE G-ONE ALLROUND 70-584
front: LEZYNE POWER STVZO ESQ, rear: SUPERNOVA Taillight E3
Remaining range display, push assist function, Bluetooth, ergonomic grips adjustable stem. Optional: mudguards, carrier rack, stand, lock
REHAU / NUVELOS
Reichenberger Strasse 17
Tel.: 0049 9283 771296
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Copy and picture: ExtraEnergy.org
Translation: Peter Eland
10th July 2019
Last update: 10th September 2019