Italian motorbike giant Ducati has spread its net into the world of assisted pedal power, launching the Ducati Futa, its first e-road bike.
The brand best known for its superbikes of the motor variety has been experimenting in the e-bike market already, launching a range of e-mountain bikes made in collaboration with e-bike specialist Thok. This partnership has now spanned to a carbon fibre ‘high performance’ e-road bike.
The bike will use a rear hub-based FSA System HM 1.0 motor system, weighs a claimed 12.2kg and features, most excitingly, a full FSA K-Force WE groupset.
The aforementioned motor system provides 250W of assistance and 42Nm of torque, with the battery integrated into the bike’s down tube. The motor system provides five levels of assistance controlled by a Garmin head unit on the handlebars. It can also be monitored from the FSA companion app. Unlike other units, the motor does not fully disengage when not in use but Ducati claims ‘an almost imperceptible resistance when exceeding 25kmh’. In total, the system weighs 3.98kg of the 12.2kg total.
The weight is also helped by Ducati’s use of a carbon fibre monocoque frame with what it calls a ‘sport endurance geometry’. Ducati has dropped seatstays for comfort and profiled the down tube, head tube and forks in an attempt to create a more aerodynamic shape.
Component choice for the Futa is interesting.
The regular build comes with a full FSA K-Force WE wireless groupset, which is as rare as hen’s teeth, using 160mm disc rotors to help counteract […]