Your Inside Guide to the Ebikemotion Companion App

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on March 03, 2021

The Ebikemotion X35 drive unit, found on bikes like the Orbea Gain and Pinarello Dyodo e-road bikes, is one of the most asked-about technologies in the shop. Some use the electric assist as a training tool to become faster on their standard bike, while others use the electric assist to get out and have fun.

But maybe the key to its popularity is the motor’s discreet operation; the hub-based drive unit is neatly hidden behind the cassette, and it's controlled by one inset button on the top tube. Uncomplicated, painless, and very sleek. That said, there is so much more than these Ebikemotion bikes have to offer besides basic assist.

Using the Ebikemotion companion app, there are a number of features to take advantage of, from auto-adjusting your bicycle’s assist based on heart rate, GPS tracking of your bicycle, and exact battery life left of the bicycle.

Up top, we’ve highlighted via video how to use the bicycle’s major features. This includes information on the IWOC ONE controller, GPS navigation basics, and pairing a heart rate monitor to the app. Underneath that is an explanation of each app feature and how to access them.

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IWOC ONE Controller Walkthrough

One of the most common questions we receive about our Ebikemotion-equipped bikes is what each color signifies in the IWOC ONE controller. The IWOC ONE controller found on e-road bikes like the Orbea Gain, the Pinarello Dyodo, and the upcoming Colnago E64 eschews a full display for a single button with colors that indicate battery life, pedal assist levels, and more.

This video goes over how to use the controller to get the most out of the bike. It also goes over what other colors might mean, and how to use the IWOC ONE to use your e-road bike to it's fullest.

Setting Up Your Bicycle and Ebikemotion Companion App

First things first: turn on your bicycle, and make sure the Bluetooth on your phone is on. Download the Ebikemotion app, available on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Ebikemotion recommends using an iPhone 4S or newer, as well as Android 4.3 or newer. We recommend an iPhone 5S or newer, as well as Android 5.0 or newer for a smoother experience.

Upon your first time using it, you’ll encounter a login screen. Register using either your email address or Facebook account, at which point you’ll be let into the app. Once logged in, the three lines on the top left reveal your menu, featuring: Monitor, Start Activity, Navigation, Common Destinations, Last Position, Activities, Download Maps, and Settings.

We've received plenty of questions regarding app setup and features. This video above details how to set up the Ebikemotion app, pair it to your bicycle, and basic overview of how to navigate the app.

Navigation and GPS Tracking Basics

Regardless of whether you have a bicycle or not, the Ebikemotion app can help you arrive at any destination through smart, bike-specific mapping.

Basics covered in the video include choosing navigation options, common destinations, and how to download maps.

Glossary

Monitor: Ebikemotion app main screen The monitor screen is the main screen used in the app, which details battery life, speed, motor RPM, and even your battery life. Swipe right to left to switch between speed and map display. Swipe top to bottom to switch between battery watt-hours remain on the battery and the weather forecast.

Start Activity: Ebikemotion app menu drawerStart Activity, as well as the whole app menu, is accessed through the app's menu drawer. Tap the three horizontal bars on the top left to open it, tap anywhere outside of the menu to close. Start Activity tracks and logs your riding data similar to Strava. This can be saved post-ride in the app and uploaded to Strava.

Navigation:

Ebikemotion app navigation starting point with a midway pointUsing the navigation or maps requires a $4 per year subscription. This subscription is good for eight total maps, with a map totaling one complete state. This service is subscription-based and requires renewal annually. First-time users receive five free maps for three months. Think of it as a built-in Google Maps.

The system integrates nicely, though the Google Maps bicycle route mapping software or the software found a cycling computer is sometimes better. Ebikemotion app navigation starting point, midway, and destination Perhaps the best feature of the Navigation function is the ability to add waypoints. Multiple points of interest can be added to one route, making errands or pit stops a total breeze. Users can select a point on the map and either add it as a midpoint to your route or as your final destination. Select calculate to enter the next screen of which has two pages: Ebikemotion app navigation choice road page 1First Page This initial page Distance remaining of the ride, time remaining Ebikemotion app navigation choice road page 2Second Page Amount of battery needed to arrive to the destination. Distance remaining of route CO2 emissions, and money saved from not using gasoline Ebikemotion app common destinationsCommon Destinations Your frequently-listed points of interest are listed here. Select a point to choose it as your selected destination

Last Position

Ebikemotion app last position and status of bike page 1First Screen Shows the last place the e-bike was connected, at what time, and what the battery life was like. Tracking information happens as long as there was a GPS signal the last time you used the bike. Ebikemotion app last position and status of bike page 1Second Screen The second page shows the mapped location of the last place you connected.

Activities

Ebikemotion app drawer navigation activity trackingShows your rides. Here, you’re able to look over your ride, start new navigation using the mapping, or upload a ride to Strava as long as you have a data connection.

Settings

ebikemotion-settings-alert-settingsBike Connection status to EBM: indicated connection status to Engine Maps

Engine maps allow the rider to adjust the maximum amount of power put out at each assist level. Set to 100% on each level as a base. Adjusting this will change the maximum assist put out per level, though one can never have all the assist available in level one.

Maps and Navigation Voice Navigation Advices - Turns on vocalized turn by turn navigation Show compass - displays a compass in the main page over the map section Map style - allows you to set it to Daytime (white background), Nighttime (black background), Outdoor (daytime brightness, additional colors), and Auto, which changes between the three settings based on your location. Ebikemotion app settings bike healthHealth Heart rate monitor - Pairs your heart rate monitor to your phone Override recommended MHR (max heart rate) Sends you a notification based on what you set your max heart rate to be Enable auto assist - super cool!

Ups the motor assist without needing to go into the settings, all based on your heart rate. If heart rate goes up a ton, so too will assist Sensitivity adjusts how quickly bike increases or decreases assist according to heart rate. Ebikemotion app settings bike behaviorBehavior Turn off enable contextual audio advice to eliminate sound notification Turn off enable summary audio advice - notifies you of assist level, battery life every time you have an app open and switch power setting on the bike.

This can be very annoying if left on, be sure to turn it off! Enable auto pause - pauses in the same way as your GPS cycling computer stops. If you stop midway through your route, the computer will pause the timer, and restart it whenever you’re in movement again. ebikemotion-settings-alert-settingsAlert Settings Can set reminders for water stops, food, when you reach max heart rate or the point at which the return route exceeds that of your battery life.

No return alert - a reminder that you’re approaching the point in which you have less battery than necessary to return to the starting point.

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26 comments

  • My wife has trouble working out which power level she is in on her Ribble. How can I display the current power level on her iPhone in the companion app?
    Thanks
    Kel Walker

    Kel Walker on

  • Hi Alvin,
    I am trying to understand the relationship between Cycling Modes and Assistance levels. The Mahle My Smartbike App in Motor Maps shows 3 (three) standard modes – Eco, Urban and Sport. There is also a Custom mode, but I’m ignoring that for now.
    In each of these modes you can use a slider to set a value between 30% and 100% for each of the 3 available Assistance Levels. Accepting the change you have made “maps” those levels and the mode to the controller.
    How do you change between the Cycling Modes when you are riding and you don’t have a phone? It seems to me that in that situation you can only choose between the Assistance Levels via the iWoc ONE. Does that mean you are simply choosing the Assistance Levels that you "mapped"to the controller in Motor Maps. If that’s true I can’t understand how you can interpret the meaning of the colors on the iWoc ONE when you are using any particular mode. Also that Mode is invisible to you in that situation.
    Can you please explain if I am missing something here?
    Thanks
    Ray
    Ray

    Ray Isaac on

  • Adam,
    thanks for checking out our blog post about the Orbea Gain.

    There are a few things to look over here. If the IWOC button stays white only, my first instinct is to connect the bike to the Ebikemotion app. The app will show if there are any errors in the bicycle’s electrical system. If there are, chances are you’ll have to take it to your local Orbea dealer to have them clear the faults.
    If there are no errors I would press the button with the app open to see if you can change the assist levels from the button. If not then maybe the button is defective. Not really sure what else to suggest here if there are no codes shown off.
    Let us know if you have any other questions.

    Alvin - Contender Bicycles on

  • Hi,
    I have Orbea gain d30 2021 and the light just white and doesn’t turn off or on ! It’s just white colour? What’s the reason? Answer please

    Adam on

  • Peter,
    thanks for checking out our guide to the Ebikemotion app. The way engine maps works is that each level has a maximum amount of assistance available at each level. If each level in the engine maps are set to 100% maximum assist were hypothetically 10, level 0 would have no assist, level 1 would have up to 4.5 of the 10, level 2 would have access to 7 of the 10, and level 3 would have access to all 10 of the assist. Further, level 1 is less willing to offer all of that assistance, while level 3 is eager to give you all of the assist it can.

    Let’s say you wanted to adjust the engine mapping. Adjusting each level how much power each level has access to. So setting level 2 to 50% means it has access to 50% off the maximum 7 assist it can use. Setting each level to 50% means you are getting 50% of each level’s predetermined assistance available. 

    Hope that clears things up, at least this is based on my understanding of it. Let me know if you have any questions.

    Alvin - Contender Bicycles on

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