Ducati is known for its high performing bikes. Its newest bike is sure to continue this tradition, just not in a way that you may have expected. The Ducati MIG-RR doesn’t have over 200 horsepower like its Panigale V4. In fact, this new bike’s performance isn’t measured in horsepower—it’s measured in leg power.
The MIG-RR is a pedal-powered mountain bike that makes use of an electric motor to help you get up those difficult ascents and to help control the gnarliest descents.
The MIG-RR was built in collaboration with electric bike maker Thok and uses Shimano’s Steps E8000 power unit. The bike features an aluminium frame that has a 504-Wh battery tacked on to the diagonal tube. That battery powers the E8000 to provide extra boosts of speeds, reaching up to 15.5 miles per hour.
It offers three levels of assistance: Eco, Trail, and Boost. The last two—Trail and Boost—can be customized to provide the exact amount of assistance that you need.
“E-mountain bikes let cyclists take on climbs that, without the motor boost, wouldn’t be possible and, at the same time, they allow everyone to live off-road on two wheels in total freedom,” says Ducati. “E-mountain bike sales are booming worldwide.
“Ducati has now entered this market segment relying on the experience of a specialized company, Thok Ebikes, born from the passion of the BMX and Down Hill champion Stefano Migliorini.”
For gears, the MIG-RR uses a Shimano XT 11-speed gear set. The suspension features a Fox 36 Float 29 Factory Series Kashima fork that has 170 mm of travel in the front. In the rear there’s a Fox DPX2 Factory Series shock with 160 mm of travel. The MIG-RR also has a carbon handlebar, dropper seat post, and 4-piston Shimano hydraulic disc brakes.
For a front wheel, Ducati went with a 29-inch wheel while in the back there’s a 27.5-inch wheel. In total, the bike weighs in at 49.6 pounds, which may be a bit heavy for a mountain bike, but light for an e-bike.
The MIG-RR is available in European markets for GBP£5,500.