Shimano has several software tools and mobile apps available for use with Di2 bikes. This page describes what they are and what they do - and when you’d use one over the other.
E-Tube Project download links
- E-Tube Project V5 / Professional - for SM-PCE02 only
- E-Tube Project V4 - 4.0.4
- E-Tube Project V3 - 3.4.5
You can connect to a Di2 bike either wirelessly, over Bluetooth, or using the charger or diagnostics tools. If you're using wireless, use E-Tube Project Cyclist - more on that further down this page.
What Windows E-Tube Project version do you need?
First, let's take a look at the Windows E-Tube Project versions. There are three different versions of E-Tube Project for Windows and choosing the right one can be a challenge.
12-speed R9200 and R8100
11-speed Di2 (Road, Gravel, and MTB)
Things get a bit more complicated when it comes to the 11-speed Di2 series. There are a lot of different options, so let’s go through them one by one.
First of all, your computer’s operating system. Windows XP users can only use E-Tube Project 3.4.5. Windows 7, 8, 10, or newer? Read on.
Next, the device you’re using to connect to the bike. Do you have the SM-PCE1 diagnostics tool or the SM-BCR2 charger? Then use E-Tube Project 4.0.4 or E-Tube Project 3.4.5. Note that E-Tube Project 3.4.5 can update the SM-BCR2 firmware, and E-Tube 4.0.4 can not.
10-speed 6770 Di2
Finally, if you’re on 6770 Di2 then E-Tube Project 3.4.5 is the way to go. Note that 6770 bikes generally come with the SM-EW67A junction and external batteries. This means that, unless you’ve upgraded the Junction A to SM-EW90, you will only be able to connect to the bike using SM-PCE1 or SM-PCE02.
Wireless E-Tube Project Requirements
It is important to realise that, in order to use the mobile apps, your bike must have a wireless (BluetoothLE) module installed. These do not come standard on road bikes, but on mountain bikes and E-bikes these are usually included in the main junction box. Having problems with your wireless module? I've written a Di2 Wireless/BluetoothLE troubleshooting guide to help you out.
If you want to know for sure, have a look at the E-Tube Compatibility charts - all BluetoothLE capable components have a Bluetooth logo next to the model code. You can figure out what components are installed on your bike by connecting it to a Windows computer.
In 2021 Shimano launched Shimano CONNECT Lab - their power and ride analysis service meant to replace Pioneer's Cyclo-Sphere. Read about the CONNECT Lab launch if you're into analysing your ride data.
E-Tube Project Professional (V5)
With the announcement of the new DURA-ACE R9200 and Ultegra R8100 groupsets, Shimano also launched a new E-Tube Project version. This one is called Professional.
As you might get from the name, it is meant to be used by professionals. Bike mechanics working with bikes on a daily basis. As such, it is no longer compatible with the SM-BCR2 battery charger or the older SM-PCE1.
If you'd like to use E-Tube Project at home I recommend using version 3.4.5 (more info below), or version 4.0.4 if you want something that looks a bit more modern.
E-Tube Project For Windows V4
The E-Tube Project desktop software is a tool used by both bike shop mechanics and home users. You use the software by connecting your charger to the main junction box and plugging the other end into a USB port on a Windows computer or laptop.
At home you can use the E-Tube Project application to:
- Connect your bike to a computer and view the connected components
- Update your component firmware
- Micro-adjust your rear/front derailleurs
- Change the Wireless passkey
- Set up Synchronized Shift
- Change button assignments and set up the switches on the shifter hoods
- Rewrite and restore component firmware
- Run diagnostics and error checking per component
- Battery consumption troubleshooting (SM-PCE02 only)
- Print/export a list of components
Besides connecting to the bike as a whole, the PCE tools can also connect to single components.
You can download the Shimano E-Tube Project desktop app from the E-Tube Project Archive page. There is also a manual available online and that can be found here: Shimano E-Tube Project desktop manual.
E-Tube Project For Windows 3.4.5
This is Shimano's older E-Tube Project version. It works on Windows 10, Windows 7, and Windows XP. Perhaps more importantly, it also works well with the SM-BCR2 battery charger. If you are using E-Tube Project at home and you do not have the SM-PCE02, I strongly recommend using version 3.4.5 - even if it looks a bit dated.
Also, Version 3.4.5 is required to update the SM-BCR2 battery charger - E-Tube Project 4.0.4 cannot do that.
You can download E-Tube Project 3.4.5, or version 4.0.4, by visiting the E-Tube Project Archive page.
The Mobile apps: E-Tube RIDE and E-Tube Mobile
Note: in order to connect to the bike using a mobile app you need a wireless module. These do not come standard on Di2 road bikes.
E-Tube RIDE is Shimano’s app that turns your phone into a bike computer. It helps you plan your route, record your ride and upload it to Strava. Also, it lets you pair sensors and displays your current speed, cadence, and even power (if you have compatible sensors installed).
Its main use is as a cycle computer on E-Bikes and Urban bikes, but it also connects to road bikes and mountain bikes.
E-Tube Project Cyclist (Android and iOS)
Shimano’s other mobile app, E-Tube Mobile, is exactly what the name implies - E-Tube for mobile. It is the mobile equivalent of the desktop application and lets you:
- Change button assignments
- Set up synchronized shifting
- Full-synchronized shifting guide
- Adjust your derailleurs (Youtube)
- Change the wireless passkey
- Update your component firmware
- And more..
Manuals and help
- Shimano E-Tube Cyclist User Manual
- Shimano E-Tube RIDE User Manual
- Wireless/BluetoothLE / ANT Troubleshooting guide
E-Tube Project mobile and E-Tube RIDE downloads