Perhaps you understood what I meant there; maybe you haven’t. To put it in simple English, magnesium is used to make bikes, and not just any bikes, folding electric bikes. One team that manages this new material is Ducati.
OK, you got me. The idea of using magnesium to build a bicycle frame is not new. One of the first to enter the scene was Frank KirkThe 1980s bike that looked like Swiss cheese, although very tasty.
Working with magnesium is nothing new for Ducati. The 2018 Panigale V4 hit the road with magnesium forged wheels. But making an electric bike frame is a little different, isn’t it? Apparently, this looks like something Ducati was able to achieve.
Now Ducati does not work alone here. The MG-20 is part of a long-standing project between the famous manufacturer and MT Distribution, a company around since 1977, which specializes in everything from distribution services to electric mobility. Considering that the two companies saw their beginnings in Motor Valley, it made sense that they would eventually merge.
Ducati’s ability to work with magnesium is now demonstrated in the newest addition to the Ducati Urban e-Mobility lineup, the MG-20. Not only this bike and electric bike, but it can also fold up, meeting what people seem to want when looking for an urban mobility vehicle.
Currently, the MG-20 includes a magnesium frame, fork and rims. Ducati’s styling can be seen along the frame, showing what would be a preview of one of their machines, and of course, the rims and spokes, all wrapped up in 20 inch tires.
Looking closely at the frame, you would be hard pressed to find any solder patterns. Why? Well, magnesium. But that’s not the whole story. Other manufacturers of magnesium bikes exist, but these examples have clear solder patterns. For the MG-20, it seems that Ducati does not let go of its secrets.
Being the electric bike that it is, make sure you find everything you need, a motor, a battery, and the necessary electronics to control them all. For an engine, the rear wheel includes a 250 watt hub capable of recognizing road conditions, inclines and the force used when pedaling. Usually this is done using a torque sensor, but Ducati does not clearly mention this. With this 250 watt motor, the MG-20 has a top speed of 25 km / h (15.5 mph).
As for the battery, do you see it? It is integrated directly into the frame and is a 36 volt, 10.5 Ah, 378 Wh battery from none other than Samsung. With a full charge, 50 km (31 miles) is the stated range this little sucker will give you. Once empty, you can remove the battery and take it with you wherever you go.
The last piece of equipment is the controller. The management of all systems, including assistance levels and switching on your lights, is done from a waterproof LCD screen. To ensure the safety of cyclists, reflective strips have been installed on the wheels to ensure visibility at night.
To fold the MG-20, the frame folds just before the bottom bracket shell, allowing the front tire to swing back, then the handlebars nestle neatly into a classic folding position. The saddle can also be lowered to its original position but exposed it can be used to pull the bike. With a weight of 20.5 kg (45 lbs), you may have to drag it very well.
Now Ducati announces that the MG-20 will hit the sales market from July 2021. Wait, it’s tomorrow! Where the hell am I going to get € 1,599 ($ 1,902 at current exchange rates) for one of them in such a short amount of time?