Bafang, one of Asia’s leading manufacturers of e-mobility components and complete e-drive systems, has got together with Diavelo and Maserati to introduce what is being billed as a breakthrough in e-road bike technology – the Maserati Trofeo e-road race bike.
The Maserati Trofeo e-race bike is an ultra-light alloy electric road bike that aims to create a new category of e-bikes combining traditional road bike performance with an electric drivetrain system. As a release from Bafang points out, ‘It is the ultimate racing bike for the amateur cyclist who needs a boost from the powerful Bafang M800 Motor when it is needed – to follow friends on a training run or going uphill.’
“We are proud to collaborate with such an innovative drivetrain manufacturer and technology partner as Bafang,” says Brian Hoehl, CEO of Diavelo. “We share a passion to design products that improve our enjoyment of the outdoor sports we love.”
Bafang adds that the form factor of the bike’s new mini-size motor creates new and significant design opportunities for bike brands that are developing ‘e-road racing style’ bikes, including gravel and cyclocross product concepts.
Bafang adds that ‘Functionality is key, paired with quiet and smooth operation controlled by dual torque and speed sensors.’ The motor offers single and double chainring compatibility (chain wheel size 44T or 34/50T), and while it can easily be set to the EU legal limit of 25 km/h, with its maximum speed of 45 km/h the system is also capable of use on speed pedelecs.
“We put a lot of effort into developing this compact drive train system,” said Sunny He, one of Bafang’s founders and CMO. “Currently one of the lightest and smallest systems in the market we see many more opportunities for other bicycle categories as well. It is a real honour to celebrate the creativity and technical prowess applied by our engineers and cooperation partners.”
One of the key advantages of the new drive unit is its low weight, at less than 4.4 kg, with a 200 W rated output power and a max torque of 55 Nm, including a 200 Wh inTube battery, display and remote shifters.
The pedalling assist level can be set in five steps controlled by one or two satellite shifter pods, which can be individually placed on the drop handlebar. The 2.2 inch TFT colour display offers up to ten settings.
Since an e-road bike coudl quickly exceed the 25 km/h (EU) legal motor assist speed threshold, the drive unit has been tuned to perform optimally when starting off and accelerating, as well as on short sprints and steep climbs. For the US and other regions, the speed limit can be set at 32 km/h or 45 km/h.
Bafang continues… ‘But whatever the exact limit, most important is that when the limit is reached, the drivetrain unit runs almost resistance free. Thus, the rider’s own pedalling effort above the limit speed is not affected. This will typically be when riders are pedalling in the upper 20s to mid-30s km/h speed range.’
The battery pack, with a capacity of 200 Wh, is mainly used only on ascents and when starting/accelerating within the speed limit. This battery capacity ‘will be more than sufficient even for longer trips (50 to 150 km or more).’
Bafang sees a growing number of performance-oriented consumers, and therefore also manufacturers, who will appreciate these advantages, especially for the fast-growing categories of gravel and cyclocross bikes.
Bafang, one of Asia’s leading manufacturers of e-mobility components and complete e- drive systems, has been developing components and complete systems for electric vehicles for 15 years. Bafang currently has a yearly manufacturing capacity of up to one million motors and systems for e-bikes and electric scooters.
Bafang employs more than 300 staff worldwide in four locations. The head office, development and manufacturing centre is based in Suzhou, near Shanghai. Since 2012, Bafang has operated a Sales and Service Centre in the Netherlands and recently opened centres in the USA and in Germany.