Audi is probably best known for its luxury cars than anything else. But the company has been expanding into other areas, including the e-mobility space. Audi has partnered with Fantic on a new electric bike whose design is inspired by the Audi RS Q e-tron Dakar racer.
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Audi is no stranger to going off-road; the brand’s history in the World Rally Championship and use of quattro all-wheel drive during the 1980s shaped the brand and defined its DNA. Today, Audi’s motorsport focus lies in the sands of the Arabian Desert and the Dakar Rally with the innovative RS Q e-tron E2, whose design has inspired the Audi electric mountain bike powered by Fantic. There is a catch, though; they are a limited run and cost £8,499/$10,283.
Audi Electric Bike Powered by Fantic
|Frame||Aluminium / part Carbon S-M-L|
|Motor||Brose S-MAG 36 Volt 250 Watt, 90 Nm|
|Battery||Fantic Integra, Lithium 36 Volt, 720 Wh|
|Fork||Öhlins -RXF38 M.2 29, travel 180 mm|
|Shock||Öhlins TTX 22M T205x65, Spring|
|Shift levers||Sram GX Eagle 12 V (single click)|
|Rear derailleur||SRAM GX Eagle 12v|
|Brakes||IN.CA.S, 220 mm disc – 203 mm disc|
|Seatpost||30,9-100 mm/ 125 mm-CAVO-INT|
|Motor||Brose S-MAG 36 Volt, max. power: 250 Watt, torque: 90 Nm|
|Battery||Fantic Integra, Lithium Ion, 36 Volt, 720 Wh|
|Display||Brose-Remote thrust assisted selection unit|
|Frame||Aluminium, sizes: S – M – L|
|Fork||Öhlins – RXF38 M.2 29, travel 180 mm|
|Shock||Öhlins TTX 22M T205x65|
|Chain rings||Sram 34t Steel Eagle|
|Crank arm||FSA DIE-CAST CK-320/ISIS – 155 mm|
|Rear derailleur||Sram GX Eagle 12 V|
|Shift levers||Sram GX Eagle 12V (single click)|
|Cassette||Sunrace SilverRed 12 V, 11-51|
|Chain||Sram NX Eagle 12 V|
|Brake (front)||Braking IN, CA.S disc brake|
|Brake (rear)||Braking IN, CA.S disc brake|
|Disc (front)||Bracking S3 Battfly, 220 mm – 6 hole|
|Disc (rear)||Bracking S3 Battfly, 203 mm – 6 hole|
|Tyres (front)||Vittoria E-MAZZA 29“ x 2.6|
|Tyres (rear)||Vittoria E-MARTELLO 27,5“ x 2.8|
|Wheels||Mavic E-DEEMAX Tubeless Ready|
|Handlebar||Renthal FATBAR V2 800 mm – 35 RISE20|
|Stem||Renthal APEX 40 mm – 35 RISE6°|
|Seatpost||30,9-100 mm/ 125 mm-CAVO-INT|
|Saddle||Sella Italia Novus Boost EVO|
“At Audi, we’ve been bold in our commitment to becoming a leader in providing sustainable premium mobility,” commented Andrew Doyle, Director Audi UK. “The Audi electric mountain bike in cooperation with Fantic is another fantastic example of how we can expand our mobility offering to customers that extends beyond the award-winning models they drive.”
Like Audi’s fully electric, road-going e-tron model range, the Audi mountain bike powered by Fantic stands out on the breadth of its abilities and has versatility at its core. From touring to endure biking, it’s at home on various terrain, but its greatest strength is downhill riding thanks to full suspension travel of 180mm, wide wheels, and off-road tires.
Based around an enduro frame made of lightweight aluminum, it has been designed to allow a relaxed riding position so riders can better react to obstacles and terrain ahead. The battery pack (Fantic Integra 36 Volt, 720 Wh) is within the frame and marked out by eye-catching e-tron branding and decals. It supplies power to the Brose S-MAG 36 Volt 250 Watt motor, delivering up to 90Nm of torque.
The Audi electric mountain bike powered by Fantic provides riders with four levels of electrical assistance: Eco, Tour, Sport, and Boost. Eco has been calibrated to deliver maximum efficiency and range with notable electrical assistance, while Tour brings a notable electrical boost. Sport has been engineered to add powerful assistance for sports cycling, and the final mode, Boost, delivers the maximum level of electrical assistance for challenging hilly routes.
A small digital display on the handlebars provides an overview of key data such as battery charge and speed at a glance to the rider. When the battery level drops to <10%, the charge level indicator will flash in the display’s top right corner.
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