Cannondale and Bosch Partner on New Ebike System


New Business Field in the eMobility Arena:
Bosch Building Electric Drives for eBikes
Development Partner is Cannondale


>>Innovative drive system with design freedom for bicycle manufacturers

>>First public presentation at ”Eurobike“ 2010

>>High-precision response to rider’s desire for support: system includes drive unit, control unit, sensor concept, battery pack and control computer

Bosch is entering the bicycle industry with a new high performance electric drive for eBikes. With this move, the Stuttgart-based group is joining another strong growth field with the declared goal to take a leading position in this market as an engine for innovation. Cannondale, leading brand of Cycling Sports Group (CSG), part of Dorel Industries (TSX: DII.B, DII.A), is the partner in system development for the first generation.

Teamwork of leading innovators

”We are an ideal supplier for bicycle manufacturers,“ says Rainer Jeske, head of Bosch Powertrain Systems eBike, ” because Bosch stands for innovation and its key competence areas in the automotive industry, like the electronic control techniques. With exciting riding experiences, advanced technology, and visually attractive system components we suit the action to the slogan: Bosch –invented for life. We are happy to partner with Cannondale who shares our ambitions.”

“Cannondale is known for being at the forefront of innovation in the bicycle industry. As we look to align with strategic partners, we work with likeminded companies that are pushing the limits with new technologies that can advance the riding experience,” said Bob Burbank, General Manager for Cannondale. “With Bosch we strive to create a better transportation option with a unique new technology. Bosch is a leader in the industrial engineering space and Cannondale is a leader in the bicycle industry; together we can develop the most progressive products on the market.”

Cannondale will, besides other brand manufacturers, present the first ebike models with Bosch drive early September 2010 at the international bicycle trade show “Eurobike“ in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

The headquarters of the new Bosch eBike product group is in Reutlingen, Germany. The components of the system are the drive unit with sensors, the battery pack including its charger, and the control computer on the handlebars (HMI: human/machine interface).

The high quality and reliability of the new electric drive are based on Bosch’s extensive experience with technologically related components. The battery pack, for example, uses the same lithium ion technology as the mini-battery screwdriver ”Ixo“, the most-sold power tool in the world.

System technology with scope for versatile eBike concepts
With the modular eBike powertrain system, bicycle manufacturers receive new capabilities for profiling. For example, the low space requirements of the system components provide layout freedom for both the design and the position of the battery pack. Outstanding drive performance is provided by the strong motor, the favorably low vehicle center of gravity, a low overall weight and the powerful battery of the Bosch eBike system.

A decisive feature for a positive riding experience with eBikes is the situationally correct detection of the rider’s desire for motor support while pedaling. In the Bosch drive, this task is handled by three sensors for pedaling force, pedaling frequency, and speed of travel. Depending on the sensor data, the integrated controller calculates the force with which the electric motor will ”help pedaling“. The level of support can be customized by selecting one of up to four driving programs. The result is highest efficiency in the implementation of the rider’s wishes and the ideal range in every circumstance.

Comprehensive concept from development support to service and training

The market introduction of the electric drive is accompanied by a service concept that ensures global replacement parts supply, as well as providing a service hotline and training offerings for manufacturers and dealers as part of the Bosch package.


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Information about Bosch
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology, some 275,000 associates generated sales of 38.2 billion euros in fiscal 2009. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 300 subsidiaries and regional companies in over 60 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for growth. Each year, Bosch spends more than 3.5 billion euros for research and development, and applies for some 3,800 patents worldwide. With all its products and services, Bosch enhances the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial.

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861–1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.

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Information about CYCLING SPORTS GROUP
Cannondale is a premium brand of Cycling Sports Group, part of Dorel Industries (TSX: DII.B, DII.A). Founded in 1971, Cannondale is a global industry leader with a strong heritage in design, development and manufacturing of high performance bicycles, apparel and accessories. With a reputation for continuous innovation and quality, Cannondale corporate headquarters is located in Bethel, Connecticut, USA, with offices in Canada, Holland, Japan, Switzerland, Australia, United Kingdom and an assembly/manufacturing facility in Bedford, Pennsylvania.

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source: Michael De Leon | PR & Advocacy Manager

About the author: Gregg Kato

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  • boschebike says:

    I bought a Scott e-sub 20 on the 17 of May 2011, for 3800.— Swiss Francs (around 4500 US dollars !)

    The engine broke down two weeks later: bike working well, but engine dead, simply dead. And no, it wasn’t a battery failure, but really the engine itself.

    The seller was unable to fix it, Bosch wasn’t either: they sent a cable supposed to fix the failure, which wasn’t enough.
    Engine was sent to Germany, supposed to be repaired and mailed back on the 30 of june (5 weeks later !), which wasn’t the case.

    Today (16th of July), my e-bike is still not repaired, Bosch so-called hotline (in fact Magura) keeps apologizing (but offering a light compensation)…

    Would you buy such a bike ?
    Sure I would’nt do such a mistake again !

  • Homer Harrison says:

    As of today 10/03/2013 where can I find a dealer in the Walnut Creek, California area that carries the new Bosch powered electric mountain bikes that were shown in the Las Vegas show /review ? Thank you : Homer Harrison.

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