Electric bikes are sexy high tech machines that came with outdated display’s which often made you look at your phone when you weren’t riding for meaningful stats. In Red Rock Dessert Bosch showed off a whole host of new e-bike tech which matched the sophisticated nature of the battery powered bike. The Bosch Kiox and SmartphoneHub are sleek display’s fitting an updated form of mobility.
Kiox Rugged Onboard Computer
If you’re into off roading you should consider the Kiox with its full color, anti-glare and sunlight visible 1.9” display which is covered in Gorilla Glass.
It attaches to your bike with magnets so you can take it with you so no one steals it. It has the added benefit of letting the screen get out of the way rather than taking the full force of a crash.
The Kiox can sync via Bluetooth with some heart rate monitors for more accurate training data. It’s also not linked to one app so you’ll be able to use your preferred app. It also comes with a lock function which deactivates the motor when the onboard computer is disconnected.
I got to check it out on a few different bikes on the ride, but the Riese & Muller were definitely among my favorites.
A SmartphoneHub I’d dare to place my Smartphone in!
I’ve had more than one Smartphone fly off my bike, so when Bosch told me they had an app for my phone, I didn’t think much of it. My phone is my lifeline, I’d rather keep that then know things about my ride. Full Stop. But the Bosch SmartphoneHub has a clamp that’s built into the handle bars and provides a secure hold of your precious. It also has a USB Port so you can power your phone since most of these bike apps tend to drain your battery double time.
Bosch designed the Hub to work with the Cobi.Bike app which, once launched, does everything you expect a bike app to do. Beyond viewing your riding stats you can use it to navigate, call contacts, or check the weather. The app can connect to other fitness services like Apple Health, Google Fit, and Strava.
The SmartphoneHub is meant to be used with your phone, but it also has a 1.52-inch black-and-white LCD. This screen sits beneath where you clamp the phone, so it’s only visible if you don’t connect it. This is the backup screen. If you don’t have your phone on you, the built-in LCD can display basic information like speed and range remaining.
Even though I felt secure enough to put my phone into the SmartphoneHub, the clear winner is the Kiox. Your phone’s display has glare and even at maximum brightness the anti glare sunlight viewable display on the Kiox takes the cake.
Kiox and SmartphoneHub are available now on select electric bikes.