The new electronic Rohloff E-14 shifting system raises the bar for shifting E-bikes transmissions. Never before has shifting been so easy, intelligent and comfortable. All this combined with legendary Rohloff quality.
The new E-14 from Rohloff synchronizes perfectly with the mid-motor, Bosch / Panasonic FIT1 eBike system to operate the now legendary Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14. Urban, leisure, touring and mountain-bikers alike can reap the benefit of the unique, fast and failure-free shifter system.
One push of a button is all it takes to automatically reduce motor derived force upon the transmission and shift the SPEEDHUB. If the button is kept held, then the E-14 shifting system will shift 3-gears at a time in sequence, through all 14 gears if so desired. In addition, once the sensors note the cyclist has become stationary, the E-14 system will automatically shift to a pre-programmed gear to start off again. The Rohloff E-14 is the most efficient and durable shifting system available for mid-motor E-bikes.
The E-14 is designed to complement the SPEEDHUB 500/14. It is this partnership which forms the basis and ensures the durability of an E-14 shifting system.
The SPEEDHUB has, over the past 20 years, proving its reputation as the most durable and reliable bicycle transmission available. SPEEDHUBs have been used in cooperation with E-bikes for almost the same duration, solidifying their position as the only bicycle transmission capable of withstanding such high forces over prolonged periods of time.
With 14 real gears, a total overall gear range of 526% and the highest efficiency of any bicycle gear hub, the Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 forms the durable basis of every premium, high powered E-Bike and S-Pedalec (45kmh). Now, thanks E-14. the ability has arrived to shift this legendary transmission electronically.
The E-14 shifting system comprises of 2 main components: - the handlebar mounted electronic switch unit and the SPEEEDHUB mounted shifter unit. To ensure these components are relevant and compatible with future developments, the E-14 shifting system can be remotely paired to Smartphones, keeping it compliant with future software updates, custom features and app connectivity. Feature to become active simultaneously with App release (planned for 2019).
Bosch Intuvia, Nyon and Kiox plus or Panasonic FIT1 displays can all integrate the E-14 gear indicator and a lot more besides...
The eBike-System synchronizes automatically with the Rohloff E-14. The benefits of this become immediately apparent once you set off. A light press of a button will reduce motor torque to permit a silky-smooth shift between gears. The secret is an ultra-fast, 180ms shift speed combined with an instantaneous drop in output torque from the motor. No bicycle shifting system can compete with this speed to date.
Further shifting comfort is achieved thanks to integrated multi-shift and auto-downshift functions. Press and hold a shift button to shift sequentially in 3-gear steps 1 + 3 + 3 + 3 / 1 - 3 - 3 - 3), regardless of direction, right through the 14-speed range. And when you come to a halt, the E-14 shifting system will automatically return the SPEEDHUB to a pre-programmed gear number, ready to set off again.
The new Rohloff E-14 2.0 App is available for download on both Android and IOS platforms. This App is required for individual set-up and service functions of E-14 in conjunction with a Bosch Smart System. Features include:
• Auto-Downshift set-up (start gear 4 to 9)
• Shift direction set-up (+/-)
• Deactivation of Multishift feature
• Service features - direct online links to processes (calibration, firmware updates, diagnosis upload, error code cache, owners manual)
The E-14 gear mech is currently, at the time of press (March 2020), only available for new bicycles using the Bosch or Panasonic FIT eBike-System. The Active Line, Active Line Plus, Performance Line, Performance Line CX and Bosch Gen 4 are all compatible. Both the Intuvia, Nyon and Kiox displays will be supported.
Changing gear with the Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 with pressure on the pedals is not necessary when being used appropriately. However due to the robust construction of the Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 changing gear under pressure is possible and is not harmful to the hub. It is however possible that when changing gears under high pressure the hub could accidentally fall into a neutral gear, this is due to the coupling elements not seating correctly into the next elements and therefore rebounding back. If this occurs the rider could lose balance and crash. Changing gears under high pressure is at the riders own risk.
- optimal is a crank rotation of 50 – 80
- avoiding high loads on the cranks during shifting
- timely downshifting, e.g. before uphill gradients
If changing up and down slowly or under high pressure between the gears #7 and #8, it is possible to fall momentarily into gear #11 or #14.
Dealers may be able to convert existing SPEEDHUB 500/14 equipped bicycles to run the E-14 shifting system however, the process and availability will differ from country to country and bicycle to bicycle.
Non-SPEEDHUB equipped eBikes using the Bosch system will be pre-programmed by the bicycle manufacturer, with a certain overall gear range. If the gear system is swapped for a SPEEDHUB with a larger gear range, then there is a risk that the Bosch system will believe it is being fooled into bypassing the boundaries of its type classification, will throw a fault code and shut down every time that one shifts a SPEEDHUB into a gear which falls outside this per-programmed range. The range will need to be checked using the Bosch diagnostic software, and if the range is not large enough (SPEEDHUB = 526%), then the Bosch dealer will first need to confirm whether they are willing and able to adjust this.
The current E-14 system requires the eBike motor software to be re-flashed with a special software container so that it can read and accept E-14 commands. Rohloff are unable to supply this software container file - motor manufgacturers in the EU are unwilling to due to possible liability issues involved with changing an important aspect of the drive-train and eBike type-approval and homogulation certificates.
Check with your bicycle, or eBike motor manufacturer about obtaining and installing this software prior to attempting a conversion. A converison is not possible without this software container file.
More and more manufacturers are joining the list daily. The current, at the time of press (Oct. 2022), manufacturers who have committed to add E-14 equipped bicycles to their E-bike range include:
No, the Rohloff E-14 shifting system is currently only compatible with bicycles using the Bosch & Panasonic FIT eBike system. At this point in time, unfortunately not feasible as the current E-14 units require the power source and cock-pit of a Bosch or Panasonic FIT eBike system running the compatible software.
We are aware oft he demand for a non-Ebike dependent Rohloff E-14 version however the implementation of this will require further development and thus time.
We will inform you through our website and social media pages as soon as there is more information on these projects.
Yes, the Rohloff E-14 is constructed to be backward compatible with all existing and older Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 units. This option is unfortunately not feasible however, as the E-14 system require the motor software to be re-flashed with a special software container so that it can read and accept E-14 commands. Rohloff are unable to supply this software container file - this needs to be sourced from the eBike or emotor manufacturer.