Shimano introduced their D-Fly (SM-EWW01) wireless Ant+ Communication device in March. The D-Fly allows wireless data transmission between your Ant+ computer (usually Garmin) and your Di2 bike. It is helpful in showing remaining battery life and current gear selection. Shimano’s official position is that the D-Fly unit must be installed outside of the frame, but we have been getting excellent results installing it inside of the top tube on Carbon bikes. Here’s how we do it:
1. Plug in an appropriate size Di2 E-Tube wire into your D-Fly unit. For this bike, we are using a 300mm wire.
2. Remove your fork and headset. You may let the handlebar and fork hang from the bike, no need to remove the brake cables.
3. Remove the frame grommet and unplug the Di2 Wire that exits the frame and enters the junction box.
4. Feed this wire through the top of your head tube.
5. Plug in your D-Fly unit and feed the new wire out of the Di2 port in your frame.
6. You’ll have to find a way to keep the unit from rattling inside the frame. We prefer the “zip tie spider” method.
7. Push the unit into the headtube and back into the top tube.
8. Make sure the unit is pushed back far enough to not interfere with the headset or fork steerer tube.
9. Final check to make sure wires and zip ties do not interfere.
10. Re-install your fork and plug your new wire into the junction box.
At this point the D-Fly unit is installed. You will need to update your Shimano Di2 firmware with E-Tube Project software and the SM-PCE1 to gain full functionality of your new wireless transmitter!
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