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Bosch E Bike Tuning Software [PORTABLE]

Speedbox is an eBike tuning OG, they have been around for many years and have the best selection of tuning chips available for all of the major eBike motors. In January 2020 they released their Speedbox 3.0 made specifically for the Bosch Gen 4 motor. Prior to the 3.0 they had the extremely reliable Speedbox 2.0 chip however due to the introduction of Anti-tuning software from Bosch, this was no longer compatible and they launched the new 3.0.

Bosch E Bike Tuning Software

The dreaded 'Limp Mode' is one phrase that all riders with Bosch motors will be aware of. Essentially it is where the eBike shuts down, an error code 504 appears on your display and means riding a very heavy bike back home with no motor assistance. The 504 error appears when the Bosch motor detects that a tuning chip is fitted. The good news is that this error can be easily cleared by riding for 90 minutes unassisted or doing this clever drill hack. It's worth noting that the 504 error has been known to appear on eBikes WITHOUT tuning chips fitted, if you are running the software, we highly recommend updating to the newest version to avoid any unwanted errors. From experience we have found it very rare for an eBike to go into limp mode with a VOLspeed V4 or Speedbox 3.0 fitted. If you set a sensible new max speed of 42km/h on the VOLspeed V4 and follow the countdown each time on the Speedbox 3.0 you shouldn't have any problems.

Here you will find an overview of e-bike tuning products for Bosch Active Line and Performance Line motors (Gen2, year of manufacture from 2014), Performance Line CX (Gen2, year of manufacture from 2015 and from 2017) and Bosch Active Line Plus (Gen3, year of manufacture from 2017). Bosch e-bike motors of Gen2 and Gen3 do not differ significantly with regard to the selection of tuning tools, but in the application of any accessories (e.g. Spider Tool and chain rings). From Drive Unit (DU) firmware, released in May 2020, the software includes anti-tuning detection. In this case, tuning products for the Bosch Gen4 drive unit come into question, which, by the way, are downward compatible for all Gen2 and Gen3 motors. If the firmware is older than, tuning solutions for Bosch Gen2 & Gen3 can be used. We have compiled a wide range of tuning solutions here:

Bosch eBike Systems has developed software that uses a sensor to detect whether the pedelec has been tuned. If the software recognises that the drive has been manipulated, the eBike automatically switches to limp home mode. Consequence: an error code in the display indicates manipulation and electric support is reduced. The eBiker can restore the original riding settings by riding the pedelec for around 90 minutes. As soon as the system returns to normal mode, however, the manipulation check will be repeated. After the third time, limp home mode can only be deactivated by a specialist dealer using the Bosch DiagnosticTool. This reduces riding enjoyment and discourages manipulation. The software will be installed in all Bosch eBike drive systems from model year 2020 onwards. Specialist dealers can use the Bosch DiagnosticTool to detect manipulation of the eBike, even if the tuning kit was previously removed. The dealer can see whether the pedelec has been tuned and how often.

For Claus Fleischer, CEO of Bosch eBike Systems, this innovation marks a major advance in the fight against tuning: "We are persistently fighting the practice of tuning and are continuing to develop our technology further. It is important to us that eBikes - in other words pedelecs with maximum support of 25 km/h - continue to be classified as bicycles in future, with all the associated rights and obligations. We must protect and preserve this status so that bikers can continue to enjoy an electric tailwind." That's why Bosch eBike Systems is committed to responsible, lawful and compliant eBiking.

Pedelecs with support up to 25 km/h and a rated continuous output of the motor of up to 250 watts are regarded as equivalent to bicycles by law and thus do not require vehicle insurance, a registration plate or a driving licence. There's likewise no minimum age limit for operating an eBike. With the aid of tuning kits, it is possible to increase an eBike's maximum speed, i.e. to "soup up" the motor by having the speedometer transmit a significantly lower speed indication to the motor than the actual speed. The drive unit will support such commands until the speedometer reaches 25 km/h. The risk: there is a danger that buyers could lose existing guarantee and warranty entitlements on the Bosch eBike system and other bicycle components. There are also possible technical consequences: The improper use of the system can reduce the service life of the components, and eBikers can risk damaging the drive unit and the bike itself.

In typical Bosch fashion, only authorised dealers can make major system changes using special software. Over-the-air updates via smartphone are not yet available. Due to legal restrictions, S-pedelecs with the Performance Line Speed drive can only be updated by the bike manufacturer.

Compatible with the latest Bosch FW upgrade (increased torque to 85NM) Compatible with all 2021 BOSCH engines such as Active Line, Active Line Plus, Performance Line, Performance CX Line, including motors of the 4th generation (MY2021) with the anti-tuning software.

The SpeedBox tuning chip fully unlock the speed limit of your ebike allowing for speeds up to +99 km/h. All data on the display remain correct: current speed, average and maximum speed, distance, and etc. The SpeedBox can be switched ON or OFF by just pressing the WALK button on the control unit. For Bosch ebikes without a WALK button, there is also the option to switch the SpeedBox ON or OFF by just pressing the + - + - key combination.

EASY TO INSTALL The SpeedBox tuning chip comes with original plugs and colour-coded wires for an easy and perfect fit. Installation manuals and videos provide step by step detailed instructions and are easy to follow and understand. The SpeedBox does not require any diagnostic tool for installation. After installation, the tuning is activated by pressing the WALK button, a value of 9,9 km/h (6,2 mph) appears on the display for approx. 3 seconds. This signal confirms that the tuning is activated and that the engine is now fully derestricted for speed up to +99km/h (you will run out of gears before reaching that speed). The tuning is deactivated by pressing the WALK button, a value of 2.5 km/h (1,6 mph) appears on the display for approx. 3 second. Now, the tuning chip is deactivated and the engine support is reset to its original limitation of 25 km/h. For Bosch ebikes without a WALK button, there is also the option to switch the SpeedBox ON or OFF by just pressing the + - + - key combination. NOTE: If you are planning to install the SpeedBox on a brand-new bike, make sure you ride it for at least 1 -2 km before installing the tuning.

We are constantly evaluating the functionality of our tuning modules with the different software versions from Bosch. An overview of the compatible software versions for our VOLspeed Bosch V2, V3 and V4 modules can be found in the following tables. All older software versions are also compatible.

In terms of security advancements, Bosch has developed software which makes e-bikes less attractive to thieves. A new Lock function enables motor support to be deactivated by removing the on-board computer, meaning motor support is no longer available to the rider. The electronic lock only unlocks again when the same on-board computer is re-connected. According to Bosch, this makes the e-bike less attractive to thieves; riding enjoyment is drastically curtailed without motor support, making the bike much more difficult to sell on.

Another new innovation worth highlighting is the anti-tuning software due to be installed on all Bosch e-bike drive systems from 2020 onward. The firm has developed software that uses a sensor to detect whether the e-bike has been tuned, and if it has the e-bike automatically switches to limp home mode and electric support is reduced.

In celebration of its tenth year in electric bike motors, Bosch has announced a new range of pedal assist drive units, a smartphone hub, smart lock and anti-tuning software.\nWith Bosch launching its first e-bike system back in 2010, drive units and batteries have come a long way from the chunky bottom bracket-mounted motors and battery packs that took up the entire front triangle.\nAnd following on from the relaunch of its Active motors last year, the CX motor has now been revamped for 2020.\nBest electric bikes\nBest commuter bike\nBosch Performance Line CX\n\n The standard performance motors are available in standard and speed version Bosch\nFirst and foremost, the size of the motor has been cut nearly in half and is now claimed to weigh just 2.9kg, or 25 percent less than its predecessor, thanks in part to a new magnesium housing.\nClaus Fleischer, CEO of Bosch e-bike Systems said: \u201cThe compact size of the Drive Unit allows bicycle manufacturers to better integrate the drive system and build frames with shorter chainstays. The weight of the eMTBs is also reduced. As a result, the bikes are just as manoeuvrable and agile as mountain bikes without an electric drive and also offer a clear advantage in riding enjoyment.\u201d\nAccording to Bosch, the new drive unit allows for direct mount or 104 BCD chainrings, and the Q-Factor has been narrowed to 175mm.\nBosch has also added a new freewheel by moving the crank towards the back of the drive unit, which completely decouples the motor and transmission when outrunning the 25kph limit or when the battery dies, for a more natural ride feel.\nWith a 75Nm output, the new motor is claimed to offer max-assistance of 340 percent of your pedalling input, up from 300 percent.\nBosch also says it\u2019s put a lot of work into how the power is delivered and eliminated the initial \u2018jerk\u2019 with a new multi-sensor concept that improves how the motor reacts to low cadence, changes in pace or sustained climbs.\nBosch Performance Line\n\n The standard performance motors are available in a standard and \u2018speed\u2019 version Bosch\nBosch has also updated its Performance Line of motors. Falling in just below the Performance CX line, the Performance motors offer a max torque of 65Nm and up to 300 percent of your pedalling input. They don\u2019t get the new compact size factor, but are claimed to weigh just 2.9kg.\nThe new Performance Line motors have also been updated to a standard chainring design instead of the small drive ring we\u2019ve seen in previous units. Bosch also says it will offer the Performance motor in a \u2018speed\u2019 version which will top out at 45kph of assistance \u2014 greatly exceeding the 25kph legal limit in most regions.\nBosch cargo bike line\n\n Bosch is hoping its Cargo motors will catch on with delivery drivers Bosch\nCargo bikes are arguably one of the best applications for a pedal assist motor, and whether bringing a week\u2019s worth of groceries home or have your kids or dogs in toe, redesigned motors are here to help lighten the load.\nWith a permissible total weight of 250kg, the new Cargo motor offers up to 75Nm of torque and 400 percent pedal input assist.\nLike the Performance CX motor, the unit has been downsized and the pedal axle has been moved back. Bosch is claiming it weighs just 2.9kg.\nThe brand says that for its Cargo motors it focused on assistance at the lower end of the cadence spectrum to help you get your load moving from a stop or over the crest of that hill on your way home from the shops.\nLike the Performance motors, Bosch is offering the Cargo units in 25kph limited and a 45kph limited \u2018speed\u2019 version, though availability will likely be subject to local regulations.\nBosch has also wired the Cargo motors to allow for two batteries to connect simultaneously for an extended range, possibly giving delivery drivers, couriers and others a more sustainable transport and hauling option and to relieve urban congestion.\nAccording to the VCD mobility pressure group, someone travelling 20km a day in city traffic on a cargo bike instead of a small car will save around 800 kilograms of CO2 a year. A study by the Polytechnic University of Milan furthers this point showing that three eCargo bikes could replace a delivery van for the daily transport of goods in town and city centres.\nBosch PowerTube 625 and 400\n\n The new batteries are said to be more svelte than their predecessors Bosch\nTo keep these pedal assist motors juiced up and ready to roll, Bosch has also announced a new lithium-ion battery pack.\nAccording to Bosch, the 625-watt battery weighs 3.5kg, and when used in combination with the brand\u2019s fast charger can go from flat to 100 percent in 3.7 hours.\nThe smaller 400 watt PowerTube 400 is claimed to weigh 2.9kg, and Bosch says it has sufficient energy for city trips or short rides \u2018to the countryside\u2019. Bosch hasn\u2019t specified charging time for the smaller battery pack.\nKiox update and Cobi smartphone hub\n\n Bosch has updated the Kiox head unit Bosch\nThe Kiox head unit has also received a once over. While the device looks the same, it can now pair with the e-bike Connect app for over the air firmware updates, wireless ride uploads, and connect a Bluetooth heart rate monitor.\nShould you have Fox\u2019s new Live Valve suspension on your e-MTB, it can be controlled directly from the Kiox unit too.\nBosch has also added a smart \u2018lock\u2019 function, which disables the motor when the head unit is removed from the bike, and only reactivates when the same computer is reinstalled.\nWhile it\u2019s not a \u2018lock\u2019 per se, it turns an e-bike into just a really heavy bike, the idea being that it makes it a less valuable target for thieves.\nYou can also use your smartphone as the e-bike\u2019s head unit through the COBI.Bike app. The app also allows for mapping, weather, connections to Bluetooth sensors and plays nice with third-party apps such as Strava, Komoot, Google Fit and Apple Health.\nThe smartphone hub allows for your phone or any other USB chargeable device to use power from the Bosch battery pack too.\nTuned no more\nIn about three minutes on YouTube you can learn how to disable speed restrictions on any e-bike motor, however it appears Bosch is trying to put a stop to the practice with its 2020 drive units.\nUsing a combination of software and sensors it can now detect if the system has been tuned and triggers an error message that switches the motor into limp mode, which will reset itself 90 minutes later.\nIf the motor goes into limp mode because of tuning three times, you\u2019ll have to take your bike to a Bosch dealer to have it reset with its diagnostic tool. Bosch sees this as a way to avoid further restrictions on e-bikes.\n\u201cWe are persistently fighting the practice of tuning and are continuing to develop our technology further. It is important to us that e-bikes \u2014 in other words pedelecs with maximum support of 25 kph \u2014 continue to be classified as bicycles in future, with all the associated rights and obligations,\u201d Fleischer said.\n\u201cIf cyclists tamper with their e-bikes by tuning them, thereby risking possible accidents and injuries, this will give rise to policies that include more stringent regulations and future bans. This would cancel out the benefits that all other e-bike fans are able to enjoy. Tuning is completely unnecessary for fully enjoying everything that e-bikes have to offer. On the contrary: any tuning ruins the real fun of it all \u2014 whether on a relaxed cruise, or pursuing sport riding fair and square.\u201d","image":"@type":"ImageObject","url":"https:\/\/\/production\/volatile\/sites\/21\/2019\/06\/02_bosch-ebike_performancelinecx_2-17e65aa.jpg?quality=45&resize=768,574","width":768,"height":574,"headline":"Bosch celebrates 10 years of e-bikes launching new motors","author":["@type":"Person","name":"Colin Levitch"],"publisher":"@type":"Organization","name":"BikeRadar","url":"https:\/\/","logo":"@type":"ImageObject","url":"https:\/\/\/production\/volatile\/sites\/21\/2019\/03\/cropped-White-Orange-da60b0b-04d8ff9.png?quality=90&resize=265,53","width":182,"height":60,"speakable":"@type":"SpeakableSpecification","xpath":["\/html\/head\/title","\/html\/head\/meta[@name='description']\/@content"],"url":"https:\/\/\/news\/bosch-motor-updates\/","datePublished":"2019-06-21T15:26:10+00:00","dateModified":"2019-06-21T15:26:10+00:00"}] Bosch celebrates 10 years of e-bikes launching new motors New crop of electric bike drive units, a smartphone hub, smart lock and anti-tuning software


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