New Shimano groupset features Anti Lock Brakes

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Shimano have a brand new groupset out called CUES Di2. It’s designed principally for e-commuters and the like but don’t click back just yet! It features an Anti-Lock Braking System that is rather interesting.

Shimano ABS

The system has been designed in conjunction with Blubrake. Blubrake have been doing ABS stuff for bicycles for quite some time now and having Shimano opt to use their IP instead of developing their own is huge testament to Blubrake.

How does this Anti-Lock Braking System work? Pretty much like any modern car’s ABS in essence. Shimano: “Using a wheel speed sensor at the front brake together with a built-in motion sensor in the electronic control unit, Shimano ABS enables controlled braking force and more consistent stopping power.”

Who benefits from ABS on a bicycle?

To be honest, probably not you (assuming you’re a mountain biker and/or experienced general cyclist).

Shimano don’t overly limit their market by stating who this ABS system is for but they do state that it’s “perfect for cargo bikes with heavy loads, daily commuters, and recreational riders looking for added control on the bike.”

More about the Shimano CUES Di2 groupset

Commuters. Commuters on e-bike. Commuters on e-bikes who don’t want to have to think about the gears. Ever. From a maintenance point of view as well as whilst riding along.

Shimano CUES Di2 equipped e-bikes have longer-lasting LinkGLide components and the ability to change gear automatically. Allowing commuters to just pedal and go. Yep, like a car with automatic transmission.

Gear changes can happen whilst pedalling or whilst coasting. Shimano call the gear changing systems ‘Free Shift’ (shift without pedalling) and the less-catchy ‘Auto Shift With Manual’ (changes gears for you whilst you’re pedalling).

CUES Di2 works with either the brand new e-bike motor from Shimano (the EP6) or with an updated version of the EP8 (called the EP801).

Shimano: “Utilizing Shimano e-bike’s centralized battery power source and integrated smart systems, Shimano CUES Di2 delivers smooth, fast, and decisive shifting, for a continuously comfortable cadence.

“Enjoy the luxury of always having the right gear when rolling through city streets thanks to Shimano’s system of smart e-bike components. Let the Shimano CUES Di2 system take control when coasting to a stop, automatically finding the optimal gear for when the light turns green.”

Shimano Cues Di2 RD-U6070

11-speed LINKGLIDE
Maximum low sprocket: 50T
Medium Cage

Shimano Cues Di2 RD-U6050

10-speed LINKGLIDE
Maximum low sprocket: 43T
Medium Cage

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  • This topic has 11 replies, 11 voices, and was last updated 1 month ago by gunz.
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  • Premier Icon rocketdog
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    Commuters on e-bikes who don’t want to have to think about the gears. Ever. From a maintenance point of view as well as whilst riding along

    until they drop the bike on the right hand side and bend the rear mech hanger, nothing will ever be maintenance free until they get rid of the vulnerable parts sticking out from the bike.

    Premier Icon sillyoldman
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    They’ve offered Di2 with auto shift via Nexus and Alfine internal gear hubs on Steps equipped E-Bikes for years.

    Premier Icon bigrich
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    dont need to think, just mash away with your trotters. Ebiketastic!

    Premier Icon sillyoldman
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    It’s good for some, not for others. It can be disabled anyway, so don’t see a downside really.

    Premier Icon Klunk
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    just think one day you’ll be able to send your bike out for a ride without you 🙂

    Premier Icon jim-the-saint
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    New tech is always exciting but if more people are going to use e-bikes to commute they need to lower the prices, not add more features.
    One of Shimano’s hub gears combined with their existing e-bike tech is more than enough for most city commuters.

    Only when the big brands (Spesh, Trek, Giant) that are in most bike shops can have a good quality aluminium framed bike, with a hub gear and e-bike tech for less than £1k will it stand any chance of really taking off in the UK.

    Failing that they need to develop a really easy to use/understand, interest free, lease hire scheme. Someone like PayPal/Klarna could revolutionise the sector.

    Premier Icon kelvin
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    New tech is always exciting but if more people are going to use e-bikes to commute they need to lower the prices, not add more features.

    It never works in just one direction… reasonable kit working better and hitting lower prices, and new features appearing on higher end kit, has been Shimano’s MO since since for always.

    Premier Icon i_scoff_cake
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    Proof that e-bikes are more like motorbikes than ‘proper’ bicycles?

    Premier Icon dangeourbrain
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    I can think of a lot of trails that would benefit from abs…

    Premier Icon 5lab
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    with a reasonably torquey motor, isn’t the future of commuter ebikes one (singlespeed) thats geared to simply top out at around 60rpm (which is probably max comfortable for a casual rider) at 16mph (or whatever they’re limited to)? Pedal slower to go slower, faster to go faster. Minimal effort either way, lower costs/maintenance etc.

    Premier Icon gunz
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    Skids are for cool kids – fact.

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