Pinarello have unveiled their all new 'eRoad' bike called the Nytro, looking remarkably like one of their high-end road bikes and coming with a Fazua Evation system that can provide up to 400W of assistance.
The weight has been trimmed to 13kg, far below what Pinarello expected when they started the project, and if you take off the batteries to use the Nytro as a normal road bike it's just 9kg. Pinarello see a wide range of uses for the eRoad bike, from less experienced cyclists who want to keep up with faster riders, to those wanting to go out on recovery rides, to those looking to climb epic mountain passes without feeling too taxed.
Under EU rules the Fazua battery pack provides assistance up to 25km/h, with a remote control on the handlebar to change the assistance level and check remaining battery life. There are five levels of support offered, and also a walk assistance mode to help with carrying the bike.
Pinarello will offer the Nytro in 5 different frame sizes, made with Pinarello's T700 carbon fibre and reinforced tubes to cope with the load from the higher weight. As seen here it's specced with hydraulic disc brakes and a thru-axle system, can take up to 28mm tyres and has an Italian-threaded bottom bracket, with a Sram Force group and FSA chainset.
While pure roadies might be sceptical towards a race bike with a battery pack fitted, this latest offering is one of a few new e-bikes to be revealed this year that have trimmed a great deal of weight and are made to look and ride more like a conventional road bike. Orbea, Bianchi and Focus have all launched similar bikes in the latter part of 2017, creating a whole new eroad-bike sector in the space of a few months.
After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since. He joined road.cc in 2017, having previously worked for 220 Triathlon magazine. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake.