The Bosch Smart System has been making waves the
electric bike world over the last few months. This brand new and fully integrated
e-bike system is going to be available on a ton of bikes in 2022, so we
are going to dive deep so that you can see whether or not you should
invest in the Bosch Smart System. So you're probably sitting there asking yourself
what is the Bosch Smart System and what makes it so smart. Well that's a great question you
guys. The Bosch Smart System consists of the Kiox 300 display, the LED remote ergonomically
designed, you also have a 750 watt hour battery, along with a lower profile CX motor than in years
past–still has that 85 newton meters of torque, and, the most important update I would say, is the
brand new e-bike flow app. All of these components are connected to each other and they work together
to provide riders a next level e-bike experience. Whether you are an eMTB rider, someone who likes
to commute, or just get out on the weekends, maybe you do some touring, the Bosch Smart System
is going to offer something for everybody. Let's dive deep on all of those components together.
That brand new Kiox 300 display is redesigned so that it works better in bright sunlight, provides
better brightness overall as well, and it still fits in the palm of your hand.
Also maybe the most
crucial update to this kiox 300 display is that it is not completely necessary if you don't want it.
Manufacturers this year have the choice to use the display or not. Lots of specifically I would say
emtb riders and maybe some road riders as well have been asking for displayless options. Other
companies have been offering them as well, and this year the Bosch Smart System is going to have
the capability to be operated without a display. But let's say you fall in love with a bike that
doesn't have a display, and you're kind of bummed about not having a display. Well the good news is
this Kiox 300 is retrofittable onto those bikes. But for those of you who are more minimalist, that
ergonomic Bosch LED remote is definitely going to come in handy.
You've got five LED lights that are
going to tell you how much battery you have left. You might be thinking 20 percent increments really
aren't enough but, I've got good news for you, the LEDs are going to change color every ten percent
so when you see five greenish bluish lights that means you have a hundred percent battery and
then when you get down to a little bit of a pinker color you have lost ten percent.
you probably want to know what level of assistance you are in as well. Each level is represented by
a different color. I don't have to tell you guys why a 750 watt hour battery is exciting. This
is a significantly bigger battery than Bosch has offered in the past. Of course, the previous
high was 625 watt hours. the new 750 watt hour powertube fits pretty nicely into most downtubes
that I have seen and rockets Bosch to the front of the pack in terms of battery capacity. Of course
no Bosch system would be complete without a Bosch performance motor. On the Bosch smart system you
get that Bosch performance CX motor. Apparently a little more aerodynamic than the Gen 4. I could
notice some minor differences between the Gen 4 and this Bosch Smart System CX so I definitely
think there is something to that. You're still getting your 85 newton meters of torque and also
250 watts. You are also getting a brand new level of assistance tour plus. Now tour plus basically
is the emtb mode of the lower modes is how I like to see it.
So if you remember emtb mode kind of
helped you up hills but it only gave as much power as you kind of needed at a given moment. Tour plus
does the same thing. So it's kind of between eco, tour and sport–emtb if you have that–it's
somewhere in there. You set it to this mode and your motor is going to know how much assistance
to give you based on your current terrain. On flatter and downhill sections you will get less
assistance so that you're saving some battery, but on intense climbs this bike will push you
closer to that turbo level so that you can get up hills more easily. The update that Bosch seems
to be the most excited about on the Bosch Smart System is their brand new ebike flow app.
is the final piece of the Bosch Smart System and we are going to go see how it works on the
Bulls copperhead EVO AM 1. Let's take a look. Alright you guys so here we are we're checking out
the app out on the trails before we kind of start rolling on it. Um, so one thing I always love
about Bosch, you guys, is their cute little copy, "that worked like a charm." So we just
connected; it was super easy. Basically, you're just holding and pressing the power button
and then it gives you prompts on the thing. So let's go ahead and roll it. So basically
the idea of the ebike flow app is that it gives riders one place to track everything about
their bike, and that is like my favorite thing about it. It's going to track mileage when you
need service pretty much even if you don't want to use this app it still does a lot for you
which is one of my favorite things about it. So the home screen is where all that is kind of
You can–my battery is–my bike is off right now, so let's see what happens when I go up.
So that range changes to 21 miles on eco, we have been riding for a little bit already. One of the
other main features that is very exciting to see is the customizable riding modes on this. We're
going to click right there.
Basically what that means is that you're going to be able to go in and
just change the amount of assistance you want. So if you want your turbo to be higher than turbo
is normally set, you come in here and basically you can turn it up so that turbo is…I guess
more turbo. Um, which is a really nice feature you can customize a lot more about this bike than
you have been able to in the past with, um, with previous Bosch motors. And one thing you're seeing
right here is that it looks like emtb and tour plus are not customizable. Those are probably,
I'm guessing, because those are already kind of customized to the type of terrain you're riding
on. So of course emtb mode I'm sure you guys know about already. Tour plus is brand new for this
year as we talked about earlier in the video. Of course you're gonna be able to track your rides
uh, and kind of figure out, you know, it's gonna tell you best routes and stuff like that.
won't dig into this a ton on this particular video because this is generally a little bit more
commuting, but they do have, you know, some good you know trail features and stuff as well. So this
app is definitely learning a lot of the trails in your area. It knows a ton already but you can also
you know track the trails and stuff you've been on which is really nice. So this is where it's going
to track your ride. Again this works whether or not you're using the app you guys.
So once you
start riding it's just going to start tracking. You can just look at it occasionally when you're
doing your software updates which is, again, my favorite thing about it is you know if you
don't want to use this app you don't have to but it still gives you so much information. It loves
you even though you might not love it. The last thing and actually the most important thing about
this particular app–the new eBike flow app–is that you're going to be able to look for
updates and update your e-bike motor, um from, well, Bosch calls it "over the air." It's
a bluetooth–bluetooth connection you guys. Don't want to spoil anything, but it is a bluetooth
connection. But that's really nice. So basically in the past I think you might have remembered if
you've had a Bosch motor before you had to come into shops to get the software updates maybe shops
were charging you for that and stuff like that, but now, you're going to be able to get all future
updates from Bosch without having to go into a shop you can do it just through this app.
you can see my Bulls bike is completely updated, and I can check every now and then and see
if there's any updates, but, for right now, we can just keep on riding. And speaking
of riding, we are gonna have Austen take this bike out for you guys so that you can see
how the Bosch Smart System works in real time. Alrighty. Already feeling this bike feels really
good. Really well balanced. I'm not really noticing that little bit of extra weight from
the 750 Smart System like I thought I would. So Bulls have done a really–a really great job
balancing it in there. Pardon stuttering a bit. Trying to concentrate down the trail.
Jump the rut. We'll gap up over this. All right, so with the new Smart System there's
one thing I really like about the new thumb pad over here for the controls is that instead of
before like let's say you're looking at a Purion you could only tell when you drop 20 percentile
in your battery because there's five bars. Now, there'll be five bars illuminated in blue.
When you're in between percentiles let's say like right now at 70 percent that blue bar will
So, you're not kind of leaving in the guess–leaving in the guesswork you know a little
bit more accurately where you are at battery wise. We are now in turbo mode blasting up the
climb. We got Scott following me on the drone. So let's talk about the one thing
that has a lot of people interested in the new Bosch system and that
is the 750 watt hour battery. Let's just start off by saying started this
ride with full bars and right now we are 2350 feet into climbing, and I will have no shame in
telling you i did that all in turbo mode and right now we got three blue bars one white bar which
means we are right around 70 percent battery.
So, 2300 feet of climbing in 70 percent battery. I'm
6'2" about a buck 90, 190 pounds on a good day, so I consider that to be pretty awesome right there.
Getting great range, great battery life. Of course getting that extra 125 watt hours
out of the battery over the 625 and it's noticeable. So I think one of the most
interesting things about the Bosch Smart System is seeing how different bike manufacturers choose
to utilize the features. I don't think Bosch has ever offered quite as much customization as they
are currently offering with the smart system. Companies can, of course, leave out that Kiox 300
display if they don't feel like it's necessary and because Bosch, in the materials they
provided us, gave us a very open-ended anything's possible with this e-bike
flow app: potential future updates, it's definitely going to be offered on other
drive systems as well.
I think there's going to be a lot of choices for manufacturers to
make about how they utilize the smart system. For my money, I think the Bosch Smart System
is well worth it. The biggest reason I would say is the fact that you can do those bluetooth
updates. So that you can update your bike via the ebike flow app is crucial. That's something
that Bosch has never offered in years past, and I think it resulted in a lot of people missing
out on updates because they weren't willing to come into the shop to get those software updates.
So giving this power of update capabilities to the rider I think is crucial. And of course riders
have even more customizations to choose from because you can change your speed, your level of
assistance, and how much torque you're getting within the app. What I would personally love to
see is Bosch offering the Bosch Smart System on options that have smaller batteries because I
think, in the end, not everyone does need that 750 watt hour battery. Not to mention the fact that
there are bikes that can do dual batteries. Some people might want to have the Bosch Smart
System on a bike that's a dual 625 watt hour battery so that would be a really cool update,
but I wouldn't be surprised if we saw that in the near future.
I will say that the way Bosch talks
about the smart system, it does seem like they are dedicated to continuing to give power over to
the rider in the flexibility within their systems, which i think is great to see, so I think Bosch
should definitely be applauded for opening up an already great system and making it even
greater thanks to these customizable features. If you want to see all the updates that Bosch is
going to be doing on the Bosch Smart System and all of their systems, don't forget to subscribe to
the Fly Rides electric bike channel, and leave a like below if this video offered a little bit more
than the other videos on the Bosch Smart System because that's what I was going for you guys,
and I wanted to give you my honest opinion on it which is pretty positive.
Thanks for watching
you guys, and ,until next time, enjoy the ride..