In the ‘factory default’ Dynamic mode, the Boost setting (the maximum assistance level from the SHIMANO STEPS MTB system) will give riders a high level of pedal assistance whilst in Trail mode, riders will get a low level of assistance (relative to that mode). Eco mode will still give the most economical battery setting and the lowest assistance level.
Now a new Explorer mode gives a medium level of Boost assistance and a medium level of Trail assistance, plus Eco mode. As most e-bike riding is done at a comfortable Trail pace, this is designed to boost normal riding pace but scrub off some top end speed for more control in tight technical sections.
In the Custom mode, riders can programme their own preferences, so for example a rider may choose a conservative low Boost and low Trail mode to conserve battery and extend riding time, or a high Boost and high Trail mode to maximize speed.
Intuitive Trail assistance
What Trail mode provided in the Dynamic ‘default’ setting - and will continue to provide in the new Explorer and Custom settings - is to deliver you an intuitive and variable level of assistance depending on the force applied to your pedals, which is displayed by the graph on the E8000 computer display. Essentially the harder you pedal in Trail mode, the stronger the assistance you receive. It can range from low support if you´re on technically challenging terrain to a max torque of 70Nm to conquer steep inclines.