Comparison of Displays from Leading Brands

Comparison of Displays from Leading Brands
The traditional control center of an e-bike is the on-board computer or e-bike display. While the trend is shifting towards smartphones as the control unit, the current popular brands of e-bike displays still deserve a closer look. In this article, we’ll give you an overview of their features, pros and cons. We’ll also learn how traditional displays are changing in the age of the connected bike.
In short, about e-bike displays:
The traditional control center of an e-bike is the on-board computer or e-bike display. The variants range from minimalist displays (usually just a control unit with LEDs and no screen) to systems with a wide range of functions such as navigation, WIFI and GPS. Increasingly, only a cell phone holder is available, as e-bikes are designed to be controlled via smartphones.

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Most modern e-bikes have a Bluetooth interface that allows you to connect your smartphone (your e-bike app) to the bike. Cons: Not every e-bike app is reliable or well developed. You will also need a motor-specific app for each e-bike.
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In our overview article “How to find the e-bike app that best suits your needs”, we mentioned that the smartphone, in combination with the right apps, is becoming increasingly important as a control center for your e-bike. After all, it is extremely powerful and offers a wealth of options for an optimal riding experience. In fact, no e-bike display can keep up with this.
As a result, we have no doubt that the days of e-bike computers will be numbered in the near future.
But the time has not yet come. If you buy an e-bike, it usually comes with a display. Just as e-bikes are different, so are their on-board computers. But what are the most important differences, which brands and models are particularly interesting, and what options do you have?
How e-bike displays work – common features
Despite these differences, e-bike displays have the following features:
They are connected to your e-bike’s drive. To control them, you can use a handlebar remote, buttons on the display, or a touchscreen (if available).
Usually, the display is located on the front of the handlebars (either on the side or in the center of the handlebar riser) and is easily visible.
With the help of the display, you can control the e-bike and read data, for example about the route or performance. However, this is where the main differences begin. The differences between the e-bike displays are significant both in terms of setting options and the data that can be viewed.
Important: It’s not easy to quickly change the display on your e-bike. This is because the drive and the bike computer are connected to each other. With Bosch e-bikes, you can switch between different Bosch computers. However, you cannot simply switch to the Yamaha control unit because you prefer it. This means that when you buy a bike with motor assist, you will decide on a manufacturer’s monitor.
Types of displays
There are no official display categories for electric bikes, but depending on the current model, the following categories can be recognized:
Simple, Compact Displays
Compact and simple. This type of display is used to make basic settings on an e-bike and read some data, such as the current speed. Many modern e-bike manufacturers rely on this variant. They believe that customers will use their smartphones on the handlebars anyway, which will make another large display annoying rather than useful. This type of display is sometimes a control unit with LEDs but no screen.
FYI: E-mountain bikers who enjoy off-road riding like the simplicity of a display.
Integrated networked on-board computer
With a display like the Bosch Kiox, you have a veritable e-bike computer – at least a little bit. Such systems score highly with all their features, such as integrated navigation functions, route calculation, WIFI or GPS. In theory, you can leave your smartphone at home for your next trip. The only problem is that you won’t be able to make calls or send messages.
In addition, even the e-bikes’ powerful displays can’t match the performance of a smartphone. In fact, many connected e-bike computers only reach their full potential when you connect them to an app on your phone.
Smartphone control systems

e-bike display
Finally, more and more e-bike control systems do not have a real “display” but are designed for smartphones. They usually consist of a smart mount and an app. Again in this case, Bosch offers some typical examples.
Alternatively, instead of using the e-bike computer, you can use your smartphone, not only for navigation, but also for setting up the e-bike, etc. This option is still not very popular among many e-bike users. However, this option still suffers from the poor quality of many e-bike apps – more on this later.
Important functions of an e-bike display
What the e-bike display must be able to do depends on you. If you use your smartphone for navigation and fitness data anyway, a computer that can read the battery level and switch to other riding modes will suffice. However, if you don’t want to keep your phone on the handlebars, the situation is different.
Important features and functions are listed below:
Monitor type and size: do you prefer your monitor to be as small as possible or larger? Even here, opinions differ. Again, if you use your smartphone as an (additional) control center, a separate large screen is not necessary. If you only ride with a bike computer and want to read a lot of information from it, the display should not be too small so that you can keep an overview even at high speeds. Then a color screen is also worthwhile. For reasons of freedom of movement, mountain bikers usually prefer smaller screens.
Settings on the bike: One of the basic functions of an e-bike display is the setting of the riding mode. However, this is not necessarily everything. In some cases, you can also use the bike computer to control lighting or manage anti-theft devices.
View: even a minimalist display will show you how much power your battery has left and when it needs to be charged. Depending on the device, you can also view current speed and distance traveled, time and temperature.
Fitness data: Do you see your e-bike as a piece of exercise equipment and your cycling trips as a workout? With a bike meter that tracks fitness data, such as the Garmin Edge, you can keep tabs on your performance. If you want to know not only your pace but also your pulse, you’ll need to connect the monitor to the appropriate measuring device.
Navigation data: E-bike displays with GPS can be used for navigation and to use Google Maps, for example.
The range of functions of e-bike displays is therefore very wide. This can also be seen when we look at the range of individual brands.
Overview of the leading brands and their e-bike displays
Depending on the drive type of your e-bike, displays come from different brands.
The following manufacturers are by far the most important:
Bosch
The name Bosch does not only stand for high-quality drives. The company also produces a wide range of Bosch e-bike displays. They range from the simple Purion to fully networked on-board computers with built-in navigation systems to smartphone solutions.
Bosch Purion: The Bosch Purion lives up to its name. It is a minimalist e-bike display that shows charge status, speed, riding mode, mileage, trip distance and total distance.

e-bike display
Bosch Intuvia: The Intuvia display also focuses on basic functions. Its special feature is the separate control unit. In addition, the Bosch Intuvia display can be converted into a COBI.
Bosch Kiox and Kiox 300: This compact and robust display with activity tracking is ideal for sporty riders. The Kiox 300 is constantly being expanded with new features in interaction with the eBike Flow app.
Bosch Nyon: The Bosch Nyon display features a touch screen, separate control unit for when you ride, a color display, and can be connected to the Bike Connect app. With the Nyon, you can benefit from a wide range of functions in conjunction with your smartphone and use the display for navigation and more.
Bosch LED remote control: Finally, Bosch offers a convenient LED control center that connects the e-bike to the eBike FlowApp. As part of the Bosch Intelligent System, it becomes the sole control center.
In addition to these displays, the Bosch 2022 offers a variety of smartphone solutions for e-bikes. These include COBI.Bike, SmartphoneHub and Smartphone Grip. The principle behind it: You connect your smartphone to the e-bike via an app and the corresponding mount. The phone becomes the central display.
Brose
Brose currently offers three displays that fit every Brose drive and can be retrofitted. As far as functionality is concerned, they are much more minimalist than Bosch’s competitors:
Brose All-In-One Display: Brose’s All-In-One Display features a 1.5-inch color screen and six large operating buttons. In addition to the usual basic functions, you can use it to control the low and high beams.
Brose display remote control: The Brose display remote control is limited to the most basic functions. In this case there is not even a screen, only colored LED strips.
Brose Display Central: If the Display Remote isn’t enough for you, you can use it as a control unit for this 3.5-inch screen.
Yamaha
Yamaha keeps its display names short.
Display A: Das Display A is the e-bike display under the Yamahas Minimalist. geschwindigkeit, Batteriekapazität, Assisenzmodus sowie Reichweite and Kilometerzähler, das War. LCD-Anzeige is very robust and durable. For outdoor enthusiasts, we are in good hands.
Display X: Similar to Display A and with a better display. Therefore, please refer to the Display X description.
Display C: Das 2,8 Zoll große Farbdisplay C with Bluetooth and fitness tracking. The display function is identical to that of a smartphone and navigation date.
Shimano.
Shimano is also one of the well-known brands in the field of bicycles and e-bikes. The company is currently offering the following e-bike displays:
SHIMANO STEPS E8000: The minimalist and compact Shimano Steps E8000 color display is aimed at sporty e-bike riders and mountain bike riders. It is primarily used to change riding modes, view current speed and get an up-to-date battery level.
Shimano Steps E6010: The Shimano Steps E6010 is the successor to the E6000 and is significantly larger and more versatile. It can also be set to six languages.
Shimano SC-E6100: Measuring 2.7 inches, the SC-E6100 is also one of the larger ones in its class, making it perfect for hiking or traveling through the city. It can be paired with third-party devices or smartphones via ANT or Bluetooth.
SHIMANO STEPS E7000: The E7000’s features include the ability to view speed, ride time, total distance, pedaling frequency, support mode, time and battery level. More options are available when you connect the display to the Shimano E-Tube app.
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Tip: Be careful when modifying
Sometimes you are not happy with the display on your e-bike, or it is defective and needs to be replaced. In this case, it’s best to upgrade to a different model.
This is not as easy as it sounds. In this case, there are two main limitations to consider:
As mentioned earlier, you cannot switch between the two brands. If your e-bike is equipped with a Bosch drive, you will need a Bosch display.
In addition, not all Bosch displays are suitable for all e-bikes equipped with Bosch drives. Significant limitations exist depending on the year and type of e-bike system.
We therefore recommend that you find out before replacing your display and ask again before you have an incompatible on-board computer and e-bike.
Riding an e-bike without a display: is this possible?
The answer is “yes, but not as much as it should be”.
In more detail, this means that most modern e-bikes have a Bluetooth interface that allows you to connect your smartphone to the bike. In addition, more and more e-bike manufacturers are offering their own apps that you can use to access your bike, for example to change support. The traditional large screen display is no longer necessary.
In any case, isn’t your smartphone a more powerful bike computer?
Unfortunately, cell phones haven’t really been able to realize their full potential as control centers for e-bikes. This is largely due to the fact that most manufacturers’ apps don’t run well enough. There is also usually a lack of alternatives since there is no interface for third-party app developers.
Bike computers are becoming smaller and less important
In summary, it can be said that the traditional e-bike display still plays an important role in the market. As a result, there are many different models from well-known manufacturers. However, the trend is clearly shifting towards smart solutions with smartphone connectivity.
The fact that these new solutions are sometimes quite expensive for both the manufacturer and the end customer, as in the case of Bosch, is more than just frustrating.

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