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.
The monitor screen is the main screen used in the app, which details battery life, speed, 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, 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.
Using 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.
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:
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.
Engine maps allow the rider to adjust the maximum amount of power put out at each assist level. Set to 100% on each level
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.
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.
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.
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.