There is no doubt that the Shimano system translates exceptionally well to real world riding. ‘Eco’ is used for flat sections, ‘Trail’ for the climbs and ‘Boost’ only really needed to haul you up out of insanely technical sections. We did have some issues when shifting from trail to boost on crazy steep stuff in that the motor didn’t kick in and provide the much needed assistance. But this was on a climb virtually impossible on a normal bike.
Overall the Steps E8000 motor is exceptional, it’s crazy smooth through the range which with the big Minions translates to excellent traction. Its one of the most quite systems on the market and even under extreme pressure never makes too much noise unlike some other motors. When riding, it’s pretty anonymous in sound and the compact system doesn’t protrude in any way. The only niggle is the sensor cable could be internal to avoid snagging.
What we have found with some systems is that the front chainring gets clogged, something the big 34 T on the Shimano never does. This bike has been very good in the wet conditions.
Display is easy to sight but more than anything the shifter is so much simpler to use than those mounted on the top of the bar. When climbing, it’s easy to gear up or down on the motor without having to change body position. Durability of the shifter was exceptional during the test and the battery housing was tight which meant no rattles form this bike.