By Wade Thiel
A Different Kind of Ducati
I used to think Ducati and mountain bikes didn’t go together, but like many other times in my life, I’ve been proven wrong. Apparently, you can buy a Ducati electric mountain bike. The company calls its new pedal and battery-powered bike the MIG-RR E-mtb. You can buy it for a little over $7,100 if you’re in Europe.
Ducati partnered with Thok Ebikes to make the bike a reality. It was first shown off at EICMA in 2018, and now it will officially be for sale. Thok is no newbie to the mountain biking scene. It has extensive experience in the downhill mountain biking world and BMX. If Ducati wanted to do a mountain e-bike correctly, it looks like the company went with the right partner.
According to Motorcycle News, Ducati’s Design Centre and Aldo Drudi’s D-Perf worked closely with Thok Ebikes to ensure the finished product was worthy of the brand’s name.
To be clear, this is no twist-and-go electric bike. The MIG-RR E-mtb is a pedal-assist bike. This means you need to pedal the bike to move it. However, the assist of the electric motor makes pedaling so easy you won’t even break a sweat. I rode a pedal assist bike in the mountains of Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. I found it to be an exhilarating experience. You feel like you kind of feel like you have super-human strength on a bicycle.
The bike weighs roughly 50 pounds, has FOX Factory Kashima suspension with tons of travel, Shimano Saint brakes, Shimano XT gear set with 11 speeds, and Renthal handlebars made with carbon fiber. The power unit is a 250 Watt Shimano Steps E8000 motor. The motor weighs just over six pounds, and it can produce an insane 51.6 lb-ft of torque.
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