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Ultegra Di2 Firmware update

Old 05-24-14, 05:27 PM
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Ultegra Di2 Firmware update

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Has anyone had success in updating the firmware on Ultegra DI2 using the BCR2 charger. I'm looking to update to 2.5.1 which I downloaded to my laptop. When I connect to the DI2 charging port it shows the parts of the system in green, but in the end the only offering I get is to update the BCR2, which it will not actually update.
In addition out of the possible 6 choices listed, only 3 are available to me. Connection check, Preset & Change bike type. I can't find any step by step instructions, so I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. Any thoughts?
BTW I contacted my LBS & they couldn't help.
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Old 05-24-14, 07:21 PM
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I had my lbs do mine. upgraded and got it to do the multiple shifts when you hold down the lever. $20 and I didn't screw anything up. good luck!!
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As someone who works in Tech - the lack of "firmware updates" and like crap is one of the things that make me love my mechanically controlled bikes. This thread reminds me that I don't really want that techie kit I've been eyeing... That'll save me big bucks.
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After going electronic, I'm of the other opinion that you could never get me to go back to mechanical.

Plus the firmware update just adds even more features. Don't know how you could derive a fear of the technology from that. OP didn't describe a bug that caused his bike to stop working, in fact, I don't think anyone has ever crashed because of their shifting mechanism. Mechanical failure though? All the time.
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Originally Posted by fholt View Post
As someone who works in Tech - the lack of "firmware updates" and like crap is one of the things that make me love my mechanically controlled bikes. This thread reminds me that I don't really want that techie kit I've been eyeing... That'll save me big bucks.
Yes, because spending hundreds of dollars to replace parts is a much better solution than a $20 firmware upgrade to add functionality to the groupset.
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Old 05-24-14, 10:18 PM
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Originally Posted by superdx View Post
After going electronic, I'm of the other opinion that you could never get me to go back to mechanical.

Plus the firmware update just adds even more features. Don't know how you could derive a fear of the technology from that. OP didn't describe a bug that caused his bike to stop working, in fact, I don't think anyone has ever crashed because of their shifting mechanism. Mechanical failure though? All the time.
Love, love, love my Di2 shifting.. Once you've been there, there is no going back to mechanical..

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Yes, because spending hundreds of dollars to replace parts is a much better solution than a $20 firmware upgrade to add functionality to the groupset.
Ya I was kind of shaking my head at his/her comment as well..
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Old 05-24-14, 10:21 PM
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I had no idea there was an update. I'll have to call my locals shops and see if I can get this done.
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Originally Posted by Chandne View Post
I had no idea there was an update. I'll have to call my locals shops and see if I can get this done.
I am waiting on my D Fly to arrive.. Once it does I will get mine updated as well.. My favorite LBS will do it for free since I purchased the bike from them..
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Originally Posted by Savington View Post
Yes, because spending hundreds of dollars to replace parts is a much better solution than a $20 firmware upgrade to add functionality to the groupset.
If this hardware was well planned and tested out beforehand, then there would be no need to have updates for added functionality or bugs being fixed... For those who lack the equipment or ability, it must be fun to miss/delay a ride because you have to take the bike in to the LBS for an "update". "Hey man, can't ride now, my bike needs it's firmware updated!"
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Old 05-25-14, 04:21 AM
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Originally Posted by eriku16 View Post
If this hardware was well planned and tested out beforehand, then there would be no need to have updates for added functionality or bugs being fixed... For those who lack the equipment or ability, it must be fun to miss/delay a ride because you have to take the bike in to the LBS for an "update". "Hey man, can't ride now, my bike needs it's firmware updated!"
The system works great right out of the box no updates needed. Updates and the ability to change the parameters for the buttons and reaction speeds adds improvements and added functionality to a fully functioning system. This makes the setup have a longer life cycle than a fixed function mechanical system. I will sometimes tune my DI to the ride at hand. 1 cog per push standard speed for a group ride on the flats. Full cassette on button hold and fast speed for a fast ride in the choppy short steep hills where I live.

My DI has worked flawlessly from day one. Installed the system did the simple initial tune and done. No trimming, no adjusting for cable stretch, no drops, no chatter, no floating or skipping, just get on and ride. It even remembers to trim the front cage as I go through the cogs. Once every few months I toss the battery on the charger just because not that the battery is getting low. I ride year round and this is my daily ride. The power has not dropped below 1/2 charge between recharges over many thousands of miles. Even if I were to ignore the low bat warnings and run the bat all the way down the front derailleur will stop leaving about 300 shifts worth of power for the rear before going SS on me. I have to say that DI has worked far better than I expected. I did one update that added button tuning functionality. The only other times I plug in the laptop is when i want to customize for a particular ride. (or not it works well on any ride format regardless of "tune")

Forgot to add that some of the retro grouches I ride with have come over to the electronic side after watching or riding my setup. one of the guys that were giving me flack for going all hi-tec already regrouped to Ultegra DI and another asked if i would help install and setup on one of his bikes. Haters hate until they try then become wanters.

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Old 05-25-14, 04:25 AM
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Originally Posted by eriku16 View Post
If this hardware was well planned and tested out beforehand, then there would be no need to have updates for added functionality or bugs being fixed... For those who lack the equipment or ability, it must be fun to miss/delay a ride because you have to take the bike in to the LBS for an "update". "Hey man, can't ride now, my bike needs it's firmware updated!"
You make it seem like firmware updates happen all the time, they don't. From talking to all the shops nearby the typical opinion is that it's much less rare for a di2 bike to need an update than a mechanical groupset will need some sort of repair (and this is speaking to their shop techs, not their sales folks).

I also don't understand the "well planned and tested" comment either, because new features is how they get people to upgrade groupsets and bug fixes...new revisions of mechanical hardware do happen, sometimes without warranty coverage of old parts. With Di2, at least you can fix it yourself.
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Old 05-25-14, 07:19 AM
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Originally Posted by eriku16 View Post
If this hardware was well planned and tested out beforehand, then there would be no need to have updates for added functionality or bugs being fixed... For those who lack the equipment or ability, it must be fun to miss/delay a ride because you have to take the bike in to the LBS for an "update". "Hey man, can't ride now, my bike needs it's firmware updated!"
People miss/delay rides all the time. Crank loose. Tire popped. Derailleur misaligned. Wife won't let them go out. Want me to draw you a picture?

And again, the OP didn't say the firmware caused a bug. And no one has ever needed to update their firmware prior to a ride because of maintenance issues. You're just making stuff up now, please stop.
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My F2 with 6870 works great and no plans to update anything. My only problem is not enough time to ride.
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Formerly known as nastystang here and the no plan update has changed. I have an Edge 520 now and want the battery level so I guess I need to do a firmware upgrade. Was quoted $35 at one LBS seemed really high. How long does the update take, I don't plan on changing the setup just want connectivity to Garmin. Have all parts(D fly and E-Tube wire) can install that myself.
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Old 08-02-16, 06:21 AM
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Originally Posted by fholt View Post
As someone who works in Tech - the lack of "firmware updates" and like crap is one of the things that make me love my mechanically controlled bikes. This thread reminds me that I don't really want that techie kit I've been eyeing... That'll save me big bucks.
This wasn't an opinion thread.
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Old 08-02-16, 07:09 AM
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Originally Posted by FeltF2Tarmac View Post
Formerly known as nastystang here and the no plan update has changed. I have an Edge 520 now and want the battery level so I guess I need to do a firmware upgrade. Was quoted $35 at one LBS seemed really high. How long does the update take, I don't plan on changing the setup just want connectivity to Garmin. Have all parts(D fly and E-Tube wire) can install that myself.
It was easy, and only took a couple of minutes to install the new firmware. It's been over a year ago, so I don't remember the details. You just download the firmware file onto your PC, then run the e-tube software while the charger cable and control box is plugged into your PC.

Once you have the e-tube software on your PC, you might as well change the "long press" function. Holding down the rear shift paddle for 1/2 second or longer shifts all the cogs. I changed it to "shift 3 cogs" instead. So now, at the base of a hill, I hold both bottom paddles for a long press, and get the 34 chainring & 3 smaller cogs. Then both top paddles do the reverse at the top of the hill.
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It's super easy. $35 is highway robbery. A good shop where you buy a decent amount of stuff at on a regular basis should do it for you for free, imo.
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I am going to just suck it up and by a computer, don't know much about them is Windows 8 what I need or what about Windows 10?
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I did it with a Windows 10 computer. It worked fine. You should probably get a windows 10 computer anyway these days.
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Just ordered it so tomorrow I will have everything I need. I hope. Thanks all for the help.

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All updated and now I will play with settings over the next few days. Super easy and fast.
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Originally Posted by fholt View Post
As someone who works in Tech - the lack of "firmware updates" and like crap is one of the things that make me love my mechanically controlled bikes. This thread reminds me that I don't really want that techie kit I've been eyeing... That'll save me big bucks.
Thank you so much for this informative post.
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