Colnago has today launched the E64, an e-assisted version of that resembles the C64, the Italian brand’s latest race bike.
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The E64 is built around an Ebikemotion motor, which can deliver up to 250 watts of assistance. This is a hub-based system, which is connected to a battery that is stored in the down tube. An additional external auxiliary battery can be added to boost range.
The motor is controlled by a button that is moulded into the top of the top tube just behind the head tube. This system is also used in Orbea’s Gain e-road bike. We rode a prototype version of this system back in 2017 and found it quite intuitive to use.
The whole system is claimed to weigh 3.7kg, bringing the total claimed weight of the bike to 12kg in an unspecified size.
Further information on range and battery life is not specified.
Despite its looks, the bike doesn’t actually use the same lugged tube-to-tube construction as the C64 — the frame is just painted to mimic the Colnago’s signature construction method. With that said, unless you’re looking closely, it’s honestly hard to differentiate the E64 from a regular non-assisted bike.
Colnago E64 specs
So far, the bike is only available in one Ultegra R8050 Di2-based build.
- Frameset: Colnago E64
- Seatpost: Colnago C64 aero seatpost
- Handlebars: Deda Zero RHM alloy
- Stem: Deda Zero 1
- Saddle: Prologo Proxim W450
- Wheelset: Mavic Aksium Elite EVO UST EBM
- Tyres: Continental Ultra Sport II 28mm
- Groupset: Shimano Ultegra R8050 Di2, 34/50 crankset, 11-30 cassette
- E-bike system: Ebikemotion 36v 250w
Pricing and availability information was not available at the time of writing but we’ll update this story as soon as we have this.
What do you think of the E64? Is Colnago right to cash in on the undoubtedly massive electric bike market or is this an unacceptable sullying of the legendary club marque? As always, leave your thoughts in the comments.