Bianchi might be better known for the type of bikes the lycra brigade likes to ride, but their new e-MTBs really mean business with decent geometry and a custom 630Wh battery.
You might know Bianchi as the Italian bike brand that makes those light blue road bikes, and skinny carbon XC bikes. I like to think of Bianchi as the bicycle spin-off from Italian automaker Autobianchi that brought the amazingly fun A112 Abarth to Europe’s roads.
However you think of Bianchi, it might surprise you to learn that the company has not only embraced the e-MTB, but they’ve done so with a long-travel, slack enduro e-Bike boasting a custom battery pack. The new Bianchi T-Tronik Performer comes in the distinctive Bianchi colours and looks pretty darn good considering it packs a 630Wh battery in its chunky downtube.
Bianchi is offering the T-Tronik Performer in two build options, one based on a SRAM X01 drivetrain and the other built with a Shimano XT drivetrain. Both bikes feature the same carbon frame, geometry, and Shimano STEPS E8000 motor and both promise all-day power from that custom battery pack.
Obviously, Bianchi hasn’t revealed what range we can expect from the custom battery, but as most riders manage around 30km from a standard 504Wh Shimano battery we might be able to squeeze closer to 40km on the Bianchi powered bike.
As well as cleverly hiding that large battery, the T-Tronik Performer’s carbon frame also gives the Bianchi 140mm of rear wheel travel, compatibility with either 29in or 27.5+ wheels and tyres, plus there’s a flip-chip in there so you can fine tune your geometry. In the high setting, the bike gets a 66° head angle (depending on if you have a 150-160mm fork installed), but knock it to slack and the front end rakes out to 63.5°. That’s slack by anyone’s standards not just Bianchi’s.
The frame also gets internal cable hose routing, and there’s also a top-tube protector similar to Canyon’s knock block found on the Spectral.
In addition to their premium carbon e-Bikes, Bianchi is also offering more affordable models such as the T-Tronik Rebel with an alloy frame and Bianchi’s own motor system, plus a couple of e-MTB hardtail options too.
We’re not sure on pricing at this stage, but we have reached out to Bianchi for more details. For the full spec list and more images head on over to the Bianchi website.