The new Shimano STePS E7000 is a little lighter and a little quieter than their E8000 group, and introduces new options and streamlined controls. The only tradeoff? It comes in with a bit less power.

Shimano STePS e7000 e-bike motor and battery system with wireless smartphone control

The higher end E8000 system produces 70Nm of torque. The new E7000 isn’t too far behind with 60Nm, making it a great, more affordable option for commuting and other casual use. Shown side by side, the E7000 (left) motor body gets less finishing and polish than the E8000 (right), but uses the same form factor…mostly.

Shimano STePS e7000 e-bike motor and battery system with wireless smartphone control

The E7000’s wiring port is in a different position, which is something only your frame manufacturer really needs to worry about.

Shimano STePS e7000 e-bike motor and battery system with wireless smartphone control

What’s cool is that it introduces a much sleeker mode control, using a simple rocker switch as opposed to the original two-lever thumb switch. The good news? All parts are interchangeable between the groups, so bike brands can spec this new controller with either motor system.

Shimano STePS e7000 e-bike motor and battery system with wireless smartphone control

Same goes for this new, smaller monochrome display.

Shimano STePS e7000 e-bike motor and battery system with wireless smartphone control

The E7000 group also introduces a wireless receiver and transmitter unit that can let you use your phone to control and monitor the system. It’s Bluetooth and ANT+ compatible, so it can also display your battery and mode info on a compatible cycling computer, too.

Will start showing up on bikes by the end of this year, helping bring down the cost of e-bikes in all categories.

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