Ducati unveils new ‘pure performance’ e-bike and updates other bikes

Ducati is following just behind fellow motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson in rolling out new e-bikes for the 2021 season.

While last week’s announcement from Harley-Davidson saw new urban-oriented e-bikes from the legacy motorcycle maker, Ducati’s e-bikes are built for the dirt.

The latest electric mountain bike to earn the Ducati badge is the new TK-01RR electric enduro bike.

The TK-01RR is equipped with the recently released Shimano EP-08 mid-drive motor, which weighs only 2.6 kg (5.7 lb) but produces an impressive torque of 85 Nm.

It also offers up to 400% assist in its highest pedal assist mode – the equivalent of having three friends helping you pedal down a steep mountain trail.

The TK-01RR frame uses a more vertically oriented downtube that also supports an undersprung 630 Wh Shimano battery.

Much like the Harley-Davidson Series 1 powered e-bikes, Ducati saw the wisdom of positioning the battery under the downtube to centralize mass as much as possible and lower the center of gravity. It’s not to the same degree the Series 1 achieved, but Ducati is also limited by not designing its own frames. Instead, they’re teaming up with Italian e-bike company Thok.

The geometry of the TK-01RR suits more extreme electric enduro riding, with a 64.5 degree head tube angle and 75.5 degree seat tube angle.

The TK-01RR is equipped with Shimano XT hydraulic disc brakes and a 12-speed drivetrain. It also features a 180mm Öhlins RXF 38 fork and 170mm Öhlins TTX rear shock. Rounding out the spec sheet are a pair of the latest Pirelli Scorpion e-MTB S tyres.

Priced at £6,999, this isn’t an e-bike for the faint of heart or light of wallet.

Ducati has also updated its current range of electric mountain bikes.

The existing MIG-S we saw last year received the latest Shimano battery and is powered by the Shimano STEPS E8000 mid-drive motor. Ducati also updated the frame by stretching the top tube and increasing the seatpost angle to 74.7 degrees.

The MIG-S is priced a little more achievable at €4,890.

Duacti not only offers dedicated electric mountain bikes, but has also recently launched a trekking line. The Ducati e-Scrambler rocks the Shimano E7000 series mid-drive motor and a smaller 504 Wh battery.

Although the battery is smaller than the new TK-01RR, the lack of a throttle on these European pedal-assist e-bikes means the bikes are still likely to reach long distances during normal use.

There’s still no word on a potential Ducati electric motorcycle, although Ducati’s CEO teased a new electric direction for the company early last year.

Ducati e-scrambler electric bike

Via: bikebiz

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