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Bianchi launches e-Oltre: an 11kg ebike that feels like "a true road bike" (says Bianchi)

The impressively light e-road bike, priced from £4,299, is powered by the newest Mahle X30 motor and boasts top-of-the range spec

Bianchi has unveiled its newest e-road bike called the e-Oltre. As you'd expect it's available in the classic Bianchi celeste colour, and it's designed to look and feel like a non-electric bike. The Italian brand says the e-Oltre is going to "offer an ever-wider audience the same fun and sensations of a true road bike". 

Bianchi is hardly a newcomer to the e-road bike market, as it first brought out the Impulso e-road in 2018, (which we also reviewed) and has kept expanding its e-bike portfolio to include everything from premium road bikes to commuters and e-MTBs. 

72024 Bianchi e-Oltre e-bike

The e-Oltre falls into the former category – it's a very high-spec e-bike that barely looks different from its acoustic Oltre sibling. The top-spec model with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 is claimed to tip the scales at a mere 11kg, which is similar to that of the Scott Solace eRide and Trek Domane+ SLR 9 which is said to weigh 11.75kg. 

All of the e-Oltre models are built with a carbon fibre frame that stealthily houses a 250W Mahle iX2 battery, which provides power to the German brand's newest X30 rear hub motor.

> Mahle SmartBike Systems launches “bulletproof” X30 hub motor, with 45Nm torque and weighing just 1.9kg

The motor, which Mahle wants to become the industry standard, includes a torque sensor that reacts instantly to any effort and promises to deliver a responsive and natural ride feel. In terms of that power output, the X30's 45Nm sits between the brand's previous X35 (40Nm) and the more powerful X20 (55Nm) motor. Rather than power, Mahle has said it's focused on efficiency with this newest motor.

52024 Bianchi e-Oltre e-bike

The maximum range for the e-Oltre stands at 90km with the 250W iX2 battery, but this can be extended by 55km with an additional range extender. To charge things up, Mahle's fast-charging technology claims the battery to reach 75 per cent capacity in less than two hours.

There are three levels of electric assistance to choose from, and those can be controlled via an integrated top tube controller or remote shifters on the handlebar. 

62024 Bianchi e-Oltre e-bike

Bianchi e-Oltre pricing 

Bianchi offers the e-Oltre in three different configurations. All of the models are built with the same full carbon fibre frames and forks and Velomann Plutonium 50mm carbon fibre wheels, but with slightly differing finishing kits and of course, groupsets.

The Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 model with Reparto Corse integrated handlebar is priced at £8,699. The Shimano Ultegra Di2 version, slightly heavier at 11.5 kg, is available for £5,599, and the Shimano 105 model, weighing 12 kg, is the most affordable option at £4,299. Both the Ultegra Di2 and 105 both get a Velomann Aero Compact handlebar and Velomann Gnd Full-fit saddles instead of the top model's Velomann Mitora Lite. 

You can find out even more about the e-Oltre at Bianchi's website

Suvi joined F-At in 2022, first writing for She's since joined the tech hub, and contributes to all of the sites covering tech news, features, reviews and women's cycling content. Lover of long-distance cycling, Suvi is easily convinced to join any rides and events that cover over 100km, and ideally, plenty of cake and coffee stops. 

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andystow | 1 month ago
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All of the e-Oltre models are built with a carbon fibre frame that stealthily houses a 250W Mahle iX2 battery.

Battery capacity is measured in W·h, not W. A battery does have a power rating in watts, but it's not mentioned and will be much more than 250 W. It has a 250 W·h battery, meaning it can nominally put out 250 W for one hour, or 125 W for two hours, but of course it's a bit more complicated than that.

In terms of that power output, the X30's 45Nm sits between the brand's previous X35 (40Nm) and the more powerful X20 (55Nm) motor.

That's torque output, not power output. I can easily put out over 100 N·m of torque, standing on the pedals from a dead stop, but not 250 W for very long.

bikeman01 | 1 month ago

Bianchi need to fix their website. Its painfully slow.

Geoff Ingram | 1 month ago

Hub motor. Focussed on efficiency. Oh dear! I was under the impression that central motors were more efficient over a wide variety of speeds as the motor itself is always operating close to its optimum revs, as long as you maintain a reasonable cadence, while a hub motor might be slightly more efficient at 25kph (about 80-83%), but when climbing a steep hill at half that speed (which is where you really need assistance) is less than 50% efficient i.e. half the power is lost in heating the motor. My experience with hub motors backs this up. Hope someone with real knowlege can clear this up.

quiff replied to Geoff Ingram | 1 month ago

Sidestepping the engineering question, I suspect what it means is that Mahle, having already decided to focus on a rear hub product (presumably because Bosch and others have got the crank motor market wrapped up, or because it thinks there are other benefits of a hub motor for this application) has focused on efficiency rather than power. 

Geoff Ingram replied to quiff | 1 month ago

You may well be right, but for me it is genuine curiosidad about engineering and efficiency.

Secret_squirrel replied to Geoff Ingram | 1 month ago

I suspect it rather depends on whether you tried a hub motor from a reputable brand or an eBay special....

Given the design range is only between 8-15mph it doesnt seem to be beyond the wit of man to make a hub motor effecient over that range....

Geoff Ingram replied to Secret_squirrel | 1 month ago

Oddly enough, my hub motor is from a reputable brand, but I don't think it depends on that. After a quick Google search I think part of the key is the controller rather than just the motor ítself but, while I would like, like you, to hope the efficiency would remain constant over a speed range from approx 11 to 27kph, what is suggested is that it isn't. Hence the numbers I. If anyone with genuine knowledge and expertise in the field could clear it up, I would be delighted.

Kendalred | 1 month ago

Slight point of order - the article mentions Shimano 105 Di2 - but the actual lowest spec is mechanical 105. 

Lovely looking e-bike. 

I don't want an e-bike, I don't NEED an e-bike...I dont want an e-bike, I don't NEED and e-bike... I don't want an e-bike, I don't NEED an e-bike..........sorry, just trying to convince myself.

the infamous grouse | 1 month ago
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that could be nice a bike even without all the electrickery.

OnYerBike replied to the infamous grouse | 1 month ago

Wouldn't that just be the Bianchi Oltre?

the infamous grouse replied to OnYerBike | 1 month ago

oh, the oltre 'race', perhaps. the tube profiles seem beefier on this one. though it could be paintwork effect.

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