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Rohloff Speedhub Syncs with Bosch Smart System for Automatic Shifting

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Rohloff’s Speedhub E-14 system combines their 14-speed internally geared hub with their electronic shifting controller, and now they’ve teamed up with Bosch to offer bike brands a synchronized system that can (sort of) shift automatically based on rider input and output.

Designed perfectly for mid-motor designs, the Rohloff Speedhub packs 14 distinct gears inside the rear hub, with a sealed design that boasts hundreds of thousands of kilometers between service intervals. It’ll deliver a 526% range, and you can shift without pedaling, making it easy to get in the right gear at a stop sign or while coasting and descending.

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Their E-14 system gives it electronic shifting, moving between gears in just 180ms, with a small up/down button set on the handlebar, and now it’s compatible with the Bosch Smart System for e-bikes. Technically, it will be compatible, as it’s billed as a 2024 offering for OEM (bike brand) customers to integrate into their bikes.

rohloff e-14 bosch e-bike control system with app to control automatic shifting

The combo will let you use the new E-14 App to setup custom auto-downshift between certain gears, which could make the bike automatically shift to an easier gear when effort reduces or stops. It’ll also let you reverse the button function if you want to change the ergonomics and deactivate the multi-shift function.

rohloff e-14 bosch e-bike control system

Once paired with the Bosch BES 3 Smart System, it opens up more autoshift functions for a smoother, easier riding experience. Details are still light (we’ve reached out for more info), presumably you’ll be able to set the shift points, and there’s some integration with the Bosch ABS braking system, too.

UPDATE: The automatic downshifting appears to be the only automatic shifting, it’s not able to shift gears based on cadence or effort during normal riding. The ABS “integration” is simply that Rohloff offers their proprietary 4-bolt disc brake hub with the slotted ABS channel built into it, making it compatible with Bosch’s anti-lock braking system.

For commuters looking for the simplest experience, the technology further eliminates reasons for anyone not to commute by bike.

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WhateverBikes
10 months ago

How cool!
Just a few more ‘improvements’ and your e-bike will be just as expensive, lazy and boring as your car! Isn’t that wonderful.

mike_tee_vee
mike_tee_vee
10 months ago
Reply to  WhateverBikes

Hey, but if it gets one less car off of the streets, I’m here for it.

WhateverBikes
9 months ago
Reply to  mike_tee_vee

I personally prefer to get more cars off of the streets, tbh.
But anyway, that is one of the narratives you hear all the time, but I’m not sure if that is really happening in substantial numbers. What is, very clearly, happening is that people that used to ride normal bikes now buy e-bikes, and those e-bikes are getting ever more complicated, expensive, heavy, and will eventually just transform in to electric mopeds/motor cycles.
We are throwing away everything that made bicycles so awesome, and it’s a damn shame.

Ben
Ben
9 months ago

I’m waiting on an R&M Nevo with Rohloff. It’s frustrating to have to wait so any news like this is hopeful. I’m told that R&M have run out of 51cm frames for the Nevo 3, so I can’t get my hands on one of those. The only option is to wait ’till R&M release the Nevo4 with a Rohloff drive-train that integrates with the Bosch Smart System. From what I’ve heard, orders for these may be possible in August but earliest deliveries are likely to be in December/January. I’ve no official confirmation for any of this. It’s just what I’ve picked up from talking with several R&M dealers here in the UK.

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