BIANCHI LAUNCHES ARIA E-BIKE
Bianchi brings electric Aria e-Road bike to market
Bianchi calls this the Inner Power Drive, or IPD. It’s an impressive setup, with the battery in the large downtube, and a tiny hub motor that puts out 250W and the entire system adds 3.5 kg to the weight of the bike.
It features a single control, on the top tube, that is one button (iWOC One) to control the entire system. It changes color with different modes. There’s no cogging from the motor, that is, no drag, so when it’s off, you don’t feel it.
The hub motor is small enough to be hidden behind the brake rotor on one side and the cassette on the other. With an output of 40Nm of torque, you’ll definitely know when it’s on. The internal battery sits low in the down tube to keep your center of gravity low. The bike is designed to be aerodynamic, and this setup does little to affect that.
A single port works for charging, programming and diagnostics.
Bianchi engineers integrated the iWOC One flush-fit power and battery level controls unobtrusively into the Aria e-Road’s aero top tube. The Ebikemotion mobile app allows the rider to easily integrate multiple data functions into the ride experience, covering key motor function, battery status, power control, as well as GPS ride direction and tracking. A specific fitness function, linked to rider performance via heart rate bend, allows to control automatically the assist level of the motor unit by selecting a maximum HR frequency, to maintain in the desired exercise zone.
All electronic wiring is internal, completing the Aria e-Road’s aero aesthetic.
ARIA E-ROAD POWER SYSTEM – KEY INFORMATION
· 3.5kg total weight of X35 V.2 motor, 250W battery, iWOC One and all wiring
· Slim 36V/250W V.2 rear hub motor produces 40Nm of torque
· Optimum power pedal assistance between 15 and 25km/h
· Panasonic battery is 40mm wide. Completely integrated and hidden inside the downtube
· ‘Flat to full’ mains-charge in 3.5-4hrs
· Zero motor drag to drivetrain