Bafang and MTB Olympic champion Bart Brentjens have signed a development and sponsorship partnership. The new agreement sees Brentjens and E-MTB specialist Bafang develop an E-MTB for the American Eagle brand. This bike will compete in the newly-formed UCI electric mountain bike racing class.
Bafang is also marking the start of the 2019 MTB racing season by becoming the first manufacturer of pedelec drive systems to sponsor the UCI World Cup. The company adds that it is doing so at the very highest level… ‘the CST sandd. Bafang Mountainbike Racing Team is truly world class when it comes to wins, podium places and championship titles.’
The team was originally founded in 2008, by its captain Bart Brentjens (Netherlands). He took a world championship title in 1995, in Kirchzarten, Germany. A high point was his gold medal victory in MTB at the Olympic Games of 1996 in Atlanta, USA.
Bafang adds that its commitment to the team extends beyond simple sports sponsorship. The e-bike drive system specialist based in Suzhou (China), has agreed an intensive development collaboration with Bart Brentjens’ MTB brand American Eagle. The aim is to produce an E-MTB capable of competing at the highest level – tuned and ready to race in the World Championships for the new ‘E-Mountain Bike’ class, which was recently announced by cycle sport’s world governing body, the UCI.
The championships will be contested in late August 2019 in Mont St. Anne, Canada. Demonstrating Bart Brentjens’ total commitment to this project is the fact that an additional development engineer has already joined his team: Kjell van den Boogert (Netherlands). Driving technical innovations is just one of his duties; as a former UCI World Championships Junior rider he will also compete himself in the 2019 E-MTB race season.
A key element in Bafang and American Eagle’s future racing success is the M500 drive system. Its nominal power rating of 250 watts reflects the universal legal limit for pedelecs, but with its 95 Newton metres of torque, a key factor when it comes to dynamic ride performance, the company argues that ‘it leaves most of its competitors far behind’.
Other advantages include a motor weight of just 3.3 kg and an ISIS bottom bracket to be combined with a high quality crankset. Bafang notes that it can supply a wide variety of displays to use with the system, and also an InTube battery pack integrated into the downtube. Battery capacity will be decided to comply with the UCI rules for E-MTB racing, the details of which have not yet been announced.
“At Bafang we are delighted to have agreed both this intensive collaboration to develop highly-competitive e-mountain bikes and to be supporting one of the most successful Elite MTB teams in the world as sponsors,” said Jack Brandsen, Europe General Manager for Bafang Electric Motor Science Technology.
“For me this is a perfect example of a win-win situation – and one which we hope will pay off soon with race wins!”