The ebikemotion app for e-bikes is a must-have for all Ribble e-bike owners. Our range of electric bikes is equipped with the MAHLE Ebikemotion X35+ smart propulsion system. In addition to the powerfully smooth pedal assistance, the X35 is much more than just smart tech. Alongside this intelligent system, there’s also an easy to use Ebikemotion companion app. Read on to find out how to turn your smart device into a dedicated satnav system for your Ribble e-bike.
The Ebikemotion app for e-bikes transforms your mobile phone of choice into a high-end GPS computer and much, much more. To help you get the most out of your Ribble e-bike we take you through some of the key features that will transform your riding experience. The app is compatible with all of the e-bikes in our range. Ribble Endurance SL e, Hybrid AL e, CGR AL e Hybrid AL e Step-Through and CGR AL e Step-Through.
Connecting to the ebikemotion app for e-bikes
The first step is to download the ebikemotion app for e-bikes from Apple’s App Store or Android Play Store. When you first pair the app and bike, please ensure that the app is closed before powering up the bike. (N.B. It will not pair if you have the app open and then power up the bike).
- Press the button on the top tube to power up the bike (handlebar button on the Step Through’s).
- Ensure that Bluetooth is enabled on your phone.
- Open the Ebikemotion app.
- Tap the menu option (3 lines in the top left corner, as per the image above).
- Select the settings menu.
- At the top, you will see ‘Bike Conventional’ with a down arrow. Change this to EBM compatible and then press ‘Connect to EBM’ to complete the pairing process.
- Henceforth, the app will connect automatically if the bike is already powered up and you open the app. Remember to power up the bike before opening the app.
To view the range of compatible e-bikes click here
Power Assistance Levels
There are 3 levels of power assistance for you to choose from. Each offering a set amount of torque per level. However, within the settings menu, you can also open up a further option which allows you to ‘map’ the amount of assistance offered by each level using a simple graph adjustment (see image below).
Why would this be useful? Well, let’s say, for example, you find that the Medium (level 2) assistance setting is providing slightly too much assistance. You could lower the amount of assistance offered slightly. Each setting offers between 30% and 100% of a set percentage of the total power output. You can’t raise the assistance of each power setting beyond 100% nor should you drop it below 30%. The beauty of this system is that you are fully in control of how much assistance is offered at all times. We fully advise new bike owners to experiment with the settings for each level to find what works for you.
One of the key functions of the ebikemotion app for e-bikes is fault diagnosis. This is another reason why we think this companion app is such an essential tool for any Ribble e-bike owner. Should an error occur with the system, the app will display an error code. Simply contact us, quote the code, and we can check to see what this refers to and how we can resolve the issue. Should it be necessary, we can also contact Ebikemotion who can remotely log into the bike and assist with resolving the issue.
Heart Rate Functionality
To take advantage of the heart rate functionality, you will first need to link the app to a compatible heart rate device. It is worth noting that the app is only compatible with heart rate monitors that have Bluetooth 4.0 protocols. Similarly, any heart rate transmitter chest belts must be Bluetooth (BLE) or dual Bluetooth/Ant+ enabled. Devices that are Ant+ only are NOT supported.
In a similar vein, smartwatches are incompatible with the app if you require heart rate functionality. Apple watches can be connected and will show ride data, but NOT heart rate. If you need advice on compatible belts please contact us.
To activate the heart rate function;
- Open settings menu
- Select the heart rate option and click on Connect to heart rate
Within this menu, there is also a very neat feature. You can specify a maximum heart rate limit and when this threshold is reached the system will automatically provide assistance. This is especially handy for riders with underlying health issues who may have been warned not to exceed a certain heart rate.
When you purchase the bike, you are entitled to a free subscription that allows you to download 3 maps, completely free of charge! These maps essentially turn your smartphone into a hi-tech GPS computer. Once you have downloaded these maps they are yours to keep. However, should your cycling adventures take you to new and exotic locations, you can download further maps through the app for a nominal fee.
Once the maps are downloaded you have access to all of the features you can expect to find on any top of the range GPS system (more on this later). Enter an address or plan a route in advance and receive turn by turn navigation.
Important Info: It should be noted that it is not possible to download the maps until you have registered a ride of at least 1-2km. The act of carrying out such a ride activates your rider data on the user dashboard. Once you have completed this little test ride, simply open the settings menu, click on the maps option and download the relevant maps that you require.
More than just a GPS
Like any GPS unit, there is a huge range of information available at your fingertips. The most common of these being listed below. However, these are just the tip of the iceberg and cannot help but improve your riding experience aboard your Ribble bike.
- Speeds – Average, Maximum, Current
- Distance – Trip, Total
- Time – Ride time, Session, Date, Actual time
- Altitude – Maximum and Minimum
- Degree of slope – Ascents and Descents
- Weather – Current weather and forecasts throughout the ride in hourly increments. Plus, weather graphics and forecasts for the next few days so you can plan your rides and equip yourself for the weather you can expect appropriately.
- Fitness Info – Calories burned, Heart Rate Zones, Cadence, Apple Health etc.
Range / Battery Level
Of course, being an e-bike, one of the most common questions we hear is, how far can I go? The range is extremely difficult to quantify because it is subject to so many different factors Rider weight, fitness, route profile, tyre pressure, assistance level, each plays a part. We state that you should expect up to 60 miles from a single charge. There are also some very handy features built into the app which help you to plan your rides based on the battery level.
- Point of no return – You can input a battery percentage level and when you reach this level you will receive a verbal and/or visual notification. For example, if you input 55% you can be sure that you have enough juice left to get home if you return by the same route. Of course, the beauty of our bikes is the weight. Even when the battery is fully depleted, Ribble electric bikes are light enough that you can easily ride them without assistance.
- Main Speed Screen– The battery charge remaining is displayed as a percentage and also displays the available distance in km/miles.
- Map Screen – When using the map screen the available battery remaining is displayed as a percentage. Plus, it also displays speed, cadence, elapsed time etc.
- Reach or Range Screen – This contains all the information you could ever need to ascertain where to ride to and on what power level. Not only does it display the range available in km/miles, but it also displays a visual map. This represents the area you can reach with the battery power remaining (as per the image above).
In the behaviour section of the settings menu, you will find the Alerts section. Click on this and some very innovative functions become available. It is worth noting that you can select whether to receive such notifications verbally, via on-screen notification only or both in tandem.
- Heart Rate – Set an alert when you reach a certain BPM and you can then either slow down or engage/increase the assistance level.
- Nutrition – One of the most feared faux pas’s to commit on the bike is the dreaded ‘bonk’. When your body exhausts all of the available glucose you hit the wall. You can set reminders through the app and at specified times during the ride it will advise you to eat or drink.
- Motor – When the power level reaches a certain percentage.
- Distance – Pick a distance and receive a notification when you hit this target. For example, you could set it up to notify you at 5-mile intervals.
- No return – We strongly recommend that this is activated as it is possibly one of the most helpful alerts. It will notify you when you get tot eh point where you do not have enough range in the battery to return if you followed the same route.
For more information on the ebikemotion app for e-bikes and a downloadable User PDF file click here
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