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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Shimano moves into eBike market

Traditional bicycle accessory and parts maker Shimano has introduced an eBike like of products.

According to Bicycle Retailer, Shimano's components are marketed as STEPS—short for Shimano Total Electric Power System.

The system includes a 250-watt motor to drive the front wheel, with a maximum speed of 25 km/h, the European maximum speed allowed for power-assisted bikes.

"It can be combined with several shifting options, including Shimano’s 8-speed internally geared hub with electronic shift buttons, and options for V brakes and roller brakes are available. STEPS can also be combined with Nexus internal geared V-brake and roller brake hubs and with existing rear derailleur systems," says the industry magazine.

WIRED magazine reports that the system will be powered by lightweight Lithium-Ion batteries.

The Shimano eBike product line will be officially introduced at the European bicycle show in Germany in September, and is scheduled to be on sale in time for Christmas.

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