STEVENS E-Bikes & SHIMANO drive systems

For sure, they can do more than "just" Deore XT: SHIMANO also builds top quality e-bike drive systems. These systems surely impress on selected STEVENS models with their lightweight, compact dimensions and minimal audibility - even under heavy loads.

In terms of electric drives for touring and city bikes, until recently there was hardly any way around market leader Bosch…that is, until Japanese component giant SHIMANO introduced its innovative SHIMANO STEPS E6100 system which visibly shook the e-bike world.

Their top model, SHIMANO STEPS E8000, had already been incorporated into our ultra-responsive enduro and all-mountain highlights – E-Sledge and E-Whaka – for quite some time now. And the verdict? Here you go:


With up to 70Nm torque and 250W continuous power output, the SHIMANO STEPS E8000, which weighs just 2.9kg, solidly pushes yet lets go in a flash when the rider reduces his/her pedal force. This action is particularly smooth in the second support level named "Trail" mode. This is due to the sensors that literally read the rider's wishes from the soles of the feet to automatically switch between the various support levels (from "Eco" to "Boost") as quick as lightning. Its special installation position in STEVENS' E-Fullys allows for extra short chainstays, which give these e-bikes outstanding agility on the trail. This and its especially slim design (q-factor: 177mm for feeling of natural bike handling) make SHIMANO STEPS E8000 the ideal power source for sporty E-MTBs.

Bikes with this drive


A strong benefit of the SHIMANO STEPS E6100 is its compact design, which extends only minimally over the bottom bracket area to the rear. This helps our E-Bormio and E-Gadino to achieve particularly agile riding characteristics. The large chainring (44T) eliminates the need for an internal gearbox and ensures that sporty riders are not unnecessarily slowed down by friction losses when they cross the magic threshold to pure muscle support (just over 25km/h). Up until this threshold is reached, the electric motor (with 60Nm: derailleur gears, or 50Nm: hub gears) provides very powerful support. And all this despite its incredibly low weight of 2.9kg, which is no more than SHIMANO STEPS E8000 – their top E-MTB system.

Bikes with this drive

Deore XT

SHIMANO is a specialist in forging technology, a reputation the Japanese have repeatedly earned, starting with the legacy of their legendary MTB component group: The "Deore XT" logo conceals an extra-light "Hollow Tech" construction, which helps the crankset to achieve outstanding light weight and maximum stiffness. Standard on our top models E-Sledge ES and E-Whaka ES.


Electronics and mechanics interact to produce the best possible performance: On one side, the smart 1.6" SHIMANO STEPS display shows what the e-drive on our E-MTBs is capable of - namely support with maximum boost up to the 25km/h threshold. And on the other side, the Deore XT gear system with 12 gears and legendary precision ensures that the optimal ratio is always available, from steep climbs to high-speed descents. Want more information? Go ahead and integrate your smartphone  via Bluetooth LE radio.

Leicht & handlich

The age of fully integrated e-bike batteries seems to have finally arrived – despite the fact that the energy storage devices docked on the outside of the frame’s downtube certainly have their advantages: The frames can be made noticeably lighter. And batteries such as the BT-E8010 (504Wh) can be removed in just one or two steps for charging (indoors) as well as for better protection against theft and for storing in a place warmer than an unheated garage.


The 2.7" display of our E-Bormio and E-Gadino models, which is positioned centrally above the handlebars and stem, shows many functions at a glance. Here too, full smartphone compatibility is guaranteed so that e-bikers who are thirsty for knowledge can use apps from other suppliers to view additional data.