If you check Ducati’s worldwide website, you’ll find an electric bike listed under its product portfolio. Yes, you read that right! Confused? Before you hurriedly go searching for more new let me tell you that it’s not an electric motorcycle but an E-bike. At the ongoing Milan Motorcycle Show (EICMA 2018), the Italian motorcycle manufacturer has debuted a mountain bike with electric assist. Called the MIG-RR, the e-MTB was spawned out of the collaboration between Ducati and Italy’s Thok Ebikes. Although it is an offshoot of the popular MIG series produced by Thok, the e-MTB features some unique technical solutions, courtesy of the Ducati Design Center.
Amongst all the unique features on the Ducati MIG-RR, the one that stands out is the addition of differently-sized wheels – there’s a 29-incher in front, for rolling up and over obstacles, and a faster-accelerating 27.5-incher in the rear. This makes the bike a true enduro that meets the needs of even the most demanding rider. The MIG-RR is equipped with a Shimano Steps E8000 motor that is powered by a 504 Wh battery. The motor is placed right next to the crank while the battery is mounted on the underside of the down tube. “E-mountain bikes let cyclists take on climbs that, without the motor boost, wouldn’t be possible,” Ducati said in a statement. “At the same time, they allow everyone to live off-road on two wheels in total freedom. E-mountain bike sales are booming worldwide. Ducati has now entered this market segment relying on the experience of a specialized company, Thok Ebikes, born from the passion of the BMX and Down Hill champion Stefano Migliorini.” The Ducati e-MTB is currently not being offered to the US market. European buyers can get their hands on the E-Bike which will be available for order starting in January. The price is yet to be announced.
[Via – Ducati]