Ducati is best known for beautiful and expensive motorcycles like the Panigale V4, a screaming superbike powered by a V4 engine that puts out well over two hundred horsepower. The brand also has a history of partnering with bicycle makers including the likes of Bianchi and its latest venture is an alloy-framed, enduro, electric mountain bike called the MIG-RR.
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Produced in collaboration with electric bike maker Thok, the Ducati MIG-RR is powered by Shimano’s Steps E8000 power unit and it sports some nice kit along with pretty Ducati decals.
Brand extensions like this are often buried in the merchandise section of a company's website but the MIG-RR is listed prominently on Ducati's website alongside bikes with actual engines.
The precise extent of Ducati’s design input isn’t totally clear but it’s notable that while the MIG-RR’s frame is visually indistinguishable from that of Thok’s own MIG-R, the former gets more travel with 170mm up front and 160mm at the back, vs. 150mm and 140mm respectively. Curiously, Ducati has also specced its bike with a 29er front wheel, while the Thok is 27.5in at both ends.
In geometry terms, the MIG-RR is middle of the road rather than madly progressive. A medium has 426mm of reach while the head angle is 65.7 degrees across all four sizes.
The bike gets decent Fox suspension with a 36 up front (Kashima, natch) while shifting is Shimano XT 1x and the brakes are Saint. Mavic’s e-bike specific E-XA Drifter wheels round things out and the whole things weighs a claimed 22.5kg for a medium, which is in the same ballpark as bikes like Scott's E-Genius.
The MIG-RR is priced at a princely €6,250 (£5,460 / $7,173 at the time of writing) and will be sold in Ducati dealers Europe-wide.
So, will an e-bike tempt the Ducatisti to try pedalling? Do you fancy a Ducati but not an actual motorbike?