Colnago has today launched the E64, an e-assisted version of that resembles the C64, the Italian brand’s latest race bike.

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.

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.

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.

Jack has been riding and fettling bikes for his whole life. Always in search of the hippest new niche in cycling, Jack is a self-confessed gravel dork, fixie-botherer, tandem-evangelist, hill-climbing try hard, and thinks nothing of taking on a daft challenge for the BikeRadar YouTube channel. With a near encyclopaedic knowledge of cycling tech — from the most esoteric niche nonsense to the most cutting edge modern kit — Jack takes pride in his ability to seek out tech and stories that would otherwise go unreported. Jack has been a Senior Staff Writer at BikeRadar for three years now and is currently testing an All-City Mr Pink as his long term test bike.


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