Electric bike anti-lock braking system head to head: Our verdict on Shimano vs Bosch

We’ve been hands on with both Shimano and Bosch’s ABS systems at Eurobike, finding their limits on a gravel-covered skid pan

Bosch ABS and Shimano/Blubrake ABS for e-bikes
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Both Shimano (in partnership with Blubrake) and Bosch were demo-ing their new e-bike ABS (Anti-lock Braking Systems) at Eurobike 2022 – making for an excellent opportunity to pit the two systems against each and see which is best.

The two systems share a number of similarities: both Shimano/Blubrake's and Bosch’s systems have been designed for use with e-bikes, tapping into the main battery to power the ABS system. Similarly, both systems have been designed so as to not give jarring feedback at the lever - unlike the sensation of ABS that you typically get in a car.

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Stefan Abram
Tech features editor

After winning the 2019 National Single-Speed Cross-Country Mountain Biking Championships and claiming the plushie unicorn (true story), Stefan swapped the flat-bars for drop-bars and has never looked back. 

Since then, he’s earnt his 2ⁿᵈ cat racing licence in his first season racing as a third, completed the South Downs Double in under 20 hours and Everested in under 12.

But his favourite rides are multiday bikepacking trips, with all the huge amount of cycling tech and long days spent exploring new roads and trails - as well as histories and cultures. Most recently, he’s spent two weeks riding from Budapest into the mountains of Slovakia

Height: 177cm

Weight: 67–69kg