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Bosch-Magura eBike ABS "Touring" Review on the Focus Planet² 6.9 ABS

Bosch-Magura eBike ABS "Touring" Review on the Focus Planet² 6.9 ABS

13.03.24 13:00 1.123Text: NoPain (translated by AI)Photos: Erwin HaidenGreater safety and control on the eBike for grandmas, grandpas, and hardcore city bikers. The Bosch-Magura eBike ABS in theory and practice.13.03.24 13:00 1.253

Bosch-Magura eBike ABS "Touring" Review on the Focus Planet² 6.9 ABS

13.03.24 13:00 1.253 NoPain (translated by AI) Erwin Haiden
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Greater safety and control on the eBike for grandmas, grandpas, and hardcore city bikers. The Bosch-Magura eBike ABS in theory and practice.13.03.24 13:00 1.253

Admittedly, the thought of a story about the Bosch-Magura eBike ABS, specifically for the city bike touring segment, triggered a slight discomfort in me. Although the new safety technology promised exciting possibilities on one hand, on the other hand, I was skeptical about how well the ABS would integrate into the riding experience of an urban step-through. Memories of the bumpy beginnings of motorcycle ABS, which were more known for their pitfalls than their reliability, did not bode well.

But as soon as I tackled the first full stops on asphalt, gravel, and in the damp meadow, I was in for a big surprise: In developing the eBike ABS, the long-standing experience of Bosch and Magura with anti-lock braking systems for motorcycles apparently came to their advantage. The touring ABS not only worked well, it exceeded all expectations and delivered a performance that proved to be far superior in direct comparison to the beginnings of motorcycle ABS.

 A touring e-bike with ABS and low step-through. 

The perfect recipe for slight discomfort.
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  • Bosch-Magura eBike ABS "Touring" Review on the Focus Planet² 6.9 ABS

Why the hell? Or the benefits of an eBike ABS

Modern eBikes are characterized by powerful braking systems and extremely grippy tires. While the obvious advantages of this combination are clear, it also poses specific challenges. This is particularly true for newcomers and older individuals who, in addition to the potent braking forces, must contend with the increased weight of the bicycles and the higher speeds.

Especially on difficult terrain such as gravel, wet cobblestone, or soft forest floors, braking too hard can cause the front wheel to lock, which in the worst case can lead to a fall. Equally risky are panic overreactions in critical situations or excessive braking maneuvers on solid ground, where although the front wheel does not lock, the braking force is sufficient to lift the rear wheel and catapult the rider over the handlebars.

The second generation Bosch-Magura eBike ABS aims to support eBikers in braking maneuvers on a variety of terrains and in most hazardous situations. According to Bosch's accident research, this could potentially avoid up to a third of all eBike accidents or at least significantly reduce the severity of their impacts.

  • Go all out...Go all out...
    Go all out...
    Go all out...
  • ... full braking - safe and controlled!... full braking - safe and controlled!
    ... full braking - safe and controlled!
    ... full braking - safe and controlled!
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Operating Principle

In contrast to motorcycles, the eBike ABS exclusively regulates the front wheel brake and only captures riding data at the rear wheel brake, which is needed for the two basic ABS functions:

1. ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM AT THE FRONT WHEEL
The Bosch-Magura eBike ABS control unit regulates the braking pressure at the front wheel during strong braking so that it does not lock. As with motorcycles, the eBike brakes in intervals until it comes to a stop. The steerability is maintained, keeping the rider safe and stable in the saddle.

2. REAR WHEEL LIFT-OFF PROTECTION
Additionally, the intelligent rear wheel lift-off protection reduces the risk of a stoppie during extremely strong front wheel braking. Especially on grippy surfaces or downhill, this can prevent painful falls over the handlebars and flips.

  • ABS Front WheelABS Front Wheel
    ABS Front Wheel
    ABS Front Wheel
  • Lift-off regulation rear wheelLift-off regulation rear wheel
    Lift-off regulation rear wheel
    Lift-off regulation rear wheel

The process from a technical perspective

As soon as the Bosch motor is started, the ABS indicator light briefly comes on and then goes off. Analogous to cars and motorcycles, the turned-off indicator light means the system is active.
When the front brake is applied, oil pressure builds up in the eBike ABS system, compressing the brake pistons of the front brake. At the same time, oil pressure sensors inside the control unit monitor the braking process, while two wheel speed sensors at the front and rear wheels measure the driving speed and the individual wheel rotation speeds in milliseconds. An intelligent algorithm analyzes this data to determine whether the front wheel is still rolling freely or if slippage occurs, indicating that the wheel is beginning to lock up.
Should the algorithm detect a locking front wheel or a lifting rear wheel, the system diverts oil into its own reservoir, which is connected to the hydraulics of the front brake through highly reactive solenoid valves. This allows the braking pressure to be reduced instantly until the front wheel rolls freely again. This process occurs several times per second.

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Cargo, Touring, Allroad, and Trail

To ensure the eBike ABS is suitable for a wide range of bicycle types and applications, Bosch and Magura offer their joint venture with different modes. The activation and selection of modes are determined by the bicycle manufacturer.

The ABS-Touring mode is ideal for city eBikes, mainly used in urban areas. ABS-Allroad is designed for rides on light terrain, where the ABS still intervenes relatively strongly in the braking process. On the other hand, the ABS-Trail mode intervenes later in the braking process, ensuring a powerful braking effect and keeping the braking distances particularly short. In this mode, Bosch accepts a certain amount of slip and a slightly lifting rear wheel. The ABS-Cargo application is specifically tailored to fully loaded cargo bikes with a smaller front wheel, where a slightly lifting rear wheel does not cause problems. And in Off mode, the eBike slows down like with a conventional brake, without ABS function.

 Proper braking is no longer an art,
but solely a matter of technique. 

Bosch-Magura eBike ABS
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Bosch-Magura eBike ABS Technology

The new Bosch-Magura eBike ABS consists of a control unit, system integrated ABS features, two wheel speed sensors and the Magura MT C ABS brakes including the ABS brake and sensor discs.

To enable the best possible brake pressure control of the Bosch control unit, the MT C ABS brake master of the front wheel brake was equipped with a larger oil delivery volume and a 12 mm (instead of 10 mm) master piston. To maintain the actuation forces, the controllability, and the lever travel at a comfortable level despite the larger piston, the Swabians designed a new lever kinematics in the axial master of the brake master. Depending on the area of use, 2-finger or 3-finger brake levers are used.
For the necessary braking power and stability, Magura's one-piece forged 2- or 4-piston brake calipers are used, which with their stiff construction ensure high deceleration values and good heat dissipation - perfect for eBikes with heavy loads and at high speeds.

  • Bosch ABS Control Unit: Here, the data from the ABS wheel speed sensors are processed. The control unit passively regulates the brake pressure to ensure the best possible riding stability and steerability during aggressive braking maneuvers.Bosch ABS Control Unit: Here, the data from the ABS wheel speed sensors are processed. The control unit passively regulates the brake pressure to ensure the best possible riding stability and steerability during aggressive braking maneuvers.
    Bosch ABS Control Unit: Here, the data from the ABS wheel speed sensors are processed. The control unit passively regulates the brake pressure to ensure the best possible riding stability and steerability during aggressive braking maneuvers.
    Bosch ABS Control Unit: Here, the data from the ABS wheel speed sensors are processed. The control unit passively regulates the brake pressure to ensure the best possible riding stability and steerability during aggressive braking maneuvers.
  • Magura MT C ABS Brake Levers: These are specifically tailored to the requirements of the Bosch ABS system and, with their large oil delivery volume and a compensating reservoir, provide the technical foundation for safe ABS control.Magura MT C ABS Brake Levers: These are specifically tailored to the requirements of the Bosch ABS system and, with their large oil delivery volume and a compensating reservoir, provide the technical foundation for safe ABS control.
    Magura MT C ABS Brake Levers: These are specifically tailored to the requirements of the Bosch ABS system and, with their large oil delivery volume and a compensating reservoir, provide the technical foundation for safe ABS control.
    Magura MT C ABS Brake Levers: These are specifically tailored to the requirements of the Bosch ABS system and, with their large oil delivery volume and a compensating reservoir, provide the technical foundation for safe ABS control.
  • Brake levers: Depending on the application, 2- or 3-finger brake levers are used. The grip width can be adjusted.Brake levers: Depending on the application, 2- or 3-finger brake levers are used. The grip width can be adjusted.
    Brake levers: Depending on the application, 2- or 3-finger brake levers are used. The grip width can be adjusted.
    Brake levers: Depending on the application, 2- or 3-finger brake levers are used. The grip width can be adjusted.
  • Magura Brake Calipers: One-piece forged brake calipers provide tremendous braking power and durability.Magura Brake Calipers: One-piece forged brake calipers provide tremendous braking power and durability.
    Magura Brake Calipers: One-piece forged brake calipers provide tremendous braking power and durability.
    Magura Brake Calipers: One-piece forged brake calipers provide tremendous braking power and durability.
  • Magura brake discs with Bosch ABS wheel speed sensors & sensor discs: The ABS sensors measure the wheel rotation speed on the sensor disc and thus detect critical slip or locking.Magura brake discs with Bosch ABS wheel speed sensors & sensor discs: The ABS sensors measure the wheel rotation speed on the sensor disc and thus detect critical slip or locking.
    Magura brake discs with Bosch ABS wheel speed sensors & sensor discs: The ABS sensors measure the wheel rotation speed on the sensor disc and thus detect critical slip or locking.
    Magura brake discs with Bosch ABS wheel speed sensors & sensor discs: The ABS sensors measure the wheel rotation speed on the sensor disc and thus detect critical slip or locking.
  • Magura Easylink: Special connectors between the brake line and ABS control unit allow for easy separation of the brake lever or brake caliper in case of service.Magura Easylink: Special connectors between the brake line and ABS control unit allow for easy separation of the brake lever or brake caliper in case of service.
    Magura Easylink: Special connectors between the brake line and ABS control unit allow for easy separation of the brake lever or brake caliper in case of service.
    Magura Easylink: Special connectors between the brake line and ABS control unit allow for easy separation of the brake lever or brake caliper in case of service.

The suitable brake discs, either MDR-C (180 mm, 203 mm) or MDR-P (180 mm, 203 mm, 220 mm) come from Magura's standard portfolio. Sensor discs mounted on the brake discs measure the wheel rotation speeds through the ABS wheel speed sensors and detect an immediate critical locking of the front wheel as well as the lifting of the rear wheel.

Both sensors are either discreetly integrated into the Magura adapter or mounted on the fork or frame. To facilitate maintenance in the event of service, the ABS control unit uses the Easy Link connectors known from the Magura Cockpit Integration (MCi). In the event of service, this allows the brake lever or caliper to be quickly disconnected and disassembled.

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Bosch-Magura ABS equipment on the Focus test bike

The Focus Planet² 6.9 ABS features front and rear hydraulic Magura 2-piston calipers with MDR-C 203 mm discs. Additionally, only the Bosch-Magura ABS "Touring" mode is programmed into the control system or in the Bosch Kiox 300. Braking is done at the front with a Magura MT C ABS brake master cylinder including a 3-finger lever and at the rear with a visually matched Magura MT C brake master cylinder without ABS, also with a 3-finger lever.

 Anyone riding an eBike should also brake like an eBike: electronically controlled. 

With the Bosch-Magura eBike ABS
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Focus Planet² 6.9 ABS

Whether for commuting to work, shopping, or on a relaxed tour - with the versatile Focus Planet^2 6.9 E-Trekking bike, equipped with mudguards, lights, stand, rack, and ABS, you are well-prepared for all daily requirements.

The efficient Bosch Performance CX E-drive (Gen. 4) with 85 Nm torque powerfully supports you up to 25 km/h. The motor is discreetly integrated in the bottom bracket area, and the 750 Wh Bosch Powertube battery in the downtube offers more than enough range for long tours. With the Bosch Kiox 300 display, you have all the important information directly in view at the cockpit and can even charge your devices via the integrated USB-C port.

Tech Specs

Frame 7005 Aluminum hydroformed, 3D forging, 148x12 mm thru axle, USB-C port, internal cables, PM 180 mm Fork SR Suntour MOBIE 35 Air LOR 100 mm, 110x15 mm, 44 mm rake, ABS, Suntour Mobie34 Air, lockable, 15 mm thru axle
Frame type Diamond/Low entry Sizes S/M/L/XL
Color Heritageblue-Stoneblue Mudguards Plastic, with edge protection
Drive Bosch Performance Line CX Smart System, 36 V / 250 W / 85 Nm Battery 625 Wh, 750 Wh
Display Bosch LED Remote + Kiox 300 ABS Bosch ABS Touring, permanent
Brake lever Magura CT-ABS, 2-piston, hydraulic ABS disc brake Brake caliper Magura MTC ABS, 2-piston, hydraulic ABS disc brake 203/203 mm
Gear shift lever Shimano Cues Rear derailleur Shimano Cues
Cassette Shimano CS-LG 400, 11s, 11-45 Chain Shimano CN-HG601, 11s
Crank FSA CK-320, Aluminum, 36T Headset Acros ZS56/ZS66 (ICR)
Stem Focus C.I.S. MTB integrated, 50 mm, 35°, 35 mm, Aluminum Handlebar Aluminum, 760 mm, flatbar, backsweep: 9°, 31.8 mm
Seat post Aluminum, 31.6 mm Saddle Selle Royal TCM
Rims Rodi TRYP25, 25-622 Rear hub Novatec D462, 12x148 mm
Front hub Novatec D041, 15x110 mm Tires Schwalbe Smart Sam 2.25
Headlight Litemove AE130, high-beam Rear light Trelock LS421, Brake light
Weight* 27.2 kg Price € 5,699.00 (RRP)

* Manufacturer's specification in size M

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You have the choice between a wave or diamond frame, depending on whether you prefer easy mounting and dismounting or a sportier look. Moreover, the Focus Planet² is approved for a maximum total weight of 150 kg, allowing even a trailer to be mounted to the thru-axle. Children, dogs, or bulky beer crates send their regards.

Geometry

Size S (40) M (44) L (48) XL (52)
Seat tube length (mm) 400 440 480 520
Effective top tube length (mm) 593 613 634 660
Head angle (°) 68 68 68 68
Seat angle (°) 73.5 73.5 73.5 73.5
Chainstay length 470 470 470 470
Bottom bracket drop (mm) 65 65 65 65
Head tube length (mm) 135 135 140 160
Fork length (mm) 515 515 515 515
Fork rake (mm) 51 51 51 51
Wheelbase (mm) 1,152 1,172 1,191 1,217
Stack (mm) 650 650 656 675
Reach (mm) 400 420 440 460
Handlebar width (mm) 760 760 760 760
Stem length (mm) 60 60 60 60
Crank arm length (mm) 170 170 170 170
Seatpost length (mm) 350 350 350 350
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Riding characteristics - The wolf in sheep's clothing

Despite its solid appearance, one should not be deceived, because the Focus Planet² really packs a punch. Equipped with the most powerful Bosch motor, it takes off like a bat out of hell despite its 27 kg in size M, and so one finds oneself time and again in speed ranges that one would not have visually expected from the bike. All the better that it is equipped with the Bosch ABS brake assistant, which helps one maintain control over the front and rear wheels in difficult situations.

Overall, the Planet² impresses with its balanced handling both while commuting and shopping as well as on trips on asphalt or through fields, forests, and meadows. A real speedster for the city and its surroundings, suitable for beginners, re-entrants, and experienced cyclists alike.

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The Bosch-Magura eBike Touring-ABS in Practice

Now we have an understanding of how the eBike ABS works in theory, but we still don't know if it is reliable, provides consistent performance, and how it feels in practice. It is important to understand that the Touring-ABS we tested, although the most restrictive of all Bosch-Magura modes, only starts to regulate the ABS when there is slippage at the front wheel. This means that normal driving and braking have no consequences and the driving characteristics as well as the braking distances remain unchanged - just like on an eBike without ABS.

However, in the case of emergency braking or excessively strong braking maneuvers at the front wheel, the ABS control system activates in fractions of a second, allowing the front wheel to roll freely again with full steering capability. In straight running and without inclination, the eBike remains 100% controllable at all times; however, even the ABS cannot defy physics in inclinations or extreme steering angles.

Our interim conclusion: The ABS was activated in every single full braking situation. This was noticeable at the brake lever and could also be observed from the outside by carefully watching the front tire. Without ABS, a large number of our braking tests would definitely have ended in a crash or severe overturn.

However, depending on the deceleration and the nature of the ground, the ABS regulation led to a (sometimes significant) extension of the braking distance. But how can the effects and the extended braking distances "with" and "without ABS" be compared? We wanted to know exactly.

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The Bosch-Magura ABS "Touring" in the Tough Test

To closely examine the functionality and riding experience of the Bosch-Magura ABS system, we conducted numerous braking tests on various surfaces, including smooth asphalt, grippy asphalt, asphalt with light gravel, deep gravel, solid gravel, wet roadways, and damp meadows. The riding speed was usually between 25 and 25.4 km/h according to the speedometer, with the braking points carefully approached. However, we also performed several full and emergency stops at much higher speeds downhill.

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ABS "On" vs. "No" ABS

While the Bosch-Magura ABS modes "Trail" and "Allroad" for eMTBs can be turned off via the control unit in connection with the display (Kiox 300/Kiox 500) or via the eBike Flow App, the ABS "Touring" used here (as well as the ABS "Cargo") could not be disabled through software.

To fully experience the performance differences, the only workaround was a little trick: Disabling the ABS function by removing a wheel speed sensor.

First off, we started with the rear wheel speed sensor, which was a fail, as the measured speed was also needed for motor support. Thus, we ended up with two error messages - no ABS, no motor support.

  • Removing the rear speed sensor...Removing the rear speed sensor...
    Removing the rear speed sensor...
    Removing the rear speed sensor...
  • ... unfortunately did not bring the desired result, but two error messages.... unfortunately did not bring the desired result, but two error messages.
    ... unfortunately did not bring the desired result, but two error messages.
    ... unfortunately did not bring the desired result, but two error messages.
  • 1. No ABS function
2. No motor support1. No ABS function
2. No motor support
    1. No ABS function
    2. No motor support
    1. No ABS function
    2. No motor support

Fortunately, the front speed sensor could be removed without any problems. Apart from the warning on the display that the ABS function was out of operation, both the electric drive and the hydraulic disc brakes worked afterwards - just without ABS.

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Fun Fact: During the first review, to see if the ABS on the front brake was deactivated, it almost resulted in a somersault. Incredible how quickly one had gotten used to the safety of the ABS.

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ABS Touring Field Test

Indeed, the effects with or without ABS were consistently reproducible, yet in no way precisely measurable (road surface, speed, braking point, temperature of the pads/discs, wind, etc.). Therefore, in evaluating the braking distance, we will limit ourselves to estimated percentage figures that are intended to give a rough idea, irrespective of the pad, of what stopping distance to expect in each braking maneuver "with" and "without Touring ABS".

(Semi-)Offroad ABS Brake Test

Without Touring ABS vs. With Touring ABS Braking distance* without ABS (%) Braking distance* with ABS (%)
"Sensitive" braking No difference in response and in the length of the braking distance. > 125% > 125%
"Forceful" braking, optimally dosed No difference in response and braking distance. Front wheel does not lock, rear wheel stays on the ground. 120% 120%
"Forceful" braking, slightly overbraked, or optimally dosed full braking Without ABS: Towards the end of the braking process, a minimally locked front wheel and a slightly lifted rear wheel, slight risk of falling.
With ABS: Nothing locks, wheel remains steerable, rear wheel on the ground, no risk of falling.
110% 130%
Full braking, slightly overbraked Without ABS: Shortest braking distance, towards the end with a locking front wheel and a stoppie with a relatively high lifted rear wheel, increased risk of falling.
With ABS: Longer braking distance, no locked front wheel, full steering capability, no stoppie or only minimally lifted rear wheel, no risk of falling.
100% 150%
Panic braking, full on the brakes Without ABS: Either locking, sliding front wheel or flip over, fall.
With ABS: About twice as long braking distance, but full steering capability, no locked front wheel, no stoppie, rear wheel only slightly in the air.
Fall 200%

* The best achievable braking distance at about 25 km/h could be achieved on almost all surfaces with a slightly locked front wheel and a strongly lifted rear wheel, with arms fully extended and a weight distribution to the rear. This value is taken as the basis for 100%. Longer braking distances receive proportionally higher values based on their ratio to this optimal value.

  • Ready, steady, brake...Ready, steady, brake...
    Ready, steady, brake...
    Ready, steady, brake...
  • Without ABS - Full braking: 100%Without ABS - Full braking: 100%
    Without ABS - Full braking: 100%
    Without ABS - Full braking: 100%
  • With ABS - Full Braking: 150%With ABS - Full Braking: 150%
    With ABS - Full Braking: 150%
    With ABS - Full Braking: 150%

Test Braking Onroad, Mixed & Offroad

Note: If the Bosch-Magura ABS system also offered additional modes like "Allroad" or "Trail", the length of the braking distance and the braking behavior (locking front wheel or stoppie) would increasingly shift towards that of a bike without ABS or with deactivated ABS. For an eBike designed exclusively for urban use, like the Focus Planet², the exclusive Touring ABS mode, which cannot be accidentally turned off at the push of a button, makes perfect sense.

 Saltos belong in the circus. Not on the road. 

Stop in control and safety with the Bosch-Magura eBike ABS
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Conclusion

Bosch-Magura ABS "Touring" in Focus Planet²
Model Year: 2023
+ Well-resolved integration
+ Gain in safety and control in every situation
+ High confidence in the system
+ Operating forces at a normal level
o No Allroad mode for sporty Planet² pilots
o Significantly longer braking distances in panic stops
- Rear wheel can still always lock
- No possibility for retrofitting
BB-Verdict: Reliable lifesaver for grandma, grandpa, and kamikaze city bikers.

The second generation of the Bosch-Magura eBike ABS-System revolutionizes braking technology for trekking and touring eBikes with the Touring mode, elevating safety and control to a whole new level. The system's integration is discreetly accomplished, leaving nothing to be desired in terms of operating comfort, braking performance, and modulation. The Magura MT C ABS two-piston brakes on the Planet² slowed down with their 203 mm discs in our asphalt and gravel test series without fault or failure, there were no dropouts.

In our opinion, the Touring ABS is an absolute must for older individuals who ride powerful eBikes in the city and face varying road surfaces, pedestrian crossings, traffic lights, and unexpected traffic situations.

However, it is important to emphasize at this point that the Touring mode is particularly restrictive. It aims to prevent any slippage and the lifting of the rear wheel, which can lead to significantly longer braking distances. While we appreciate that the ABS cannot be turned off in the Kiox menu, the potent Focus Planet² also deserved the ABS Allroad mode to make the riding experience more attractive for demanding city or trekking riders.

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