Valentino Rossi teases VR46 e-bike

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(Image credit: MT Distribution)

One of the world’s greatest ever motorcycle racers is partnering with MT Distribution on a new e-bike project.

Valentino Rossi’s iconic ‘46’ logo will adorn a new VR46 e-bike, with production limited to – you guessed it – only 46 units.

Although the teaser images of this new enduro e-bike are a little fuzzy, MT Distribution has been relatively forthcoming with product details.

The V46 e-bike is configured as a mullet, with a 29er front wheel and 27.5-inch tire trailing at the rear. Another interesting detail regarding the wheels is the difference in rim width.

MT Distribution confirmed that the VR46 e-bike rolls a 35mm internal diameter rim at the rear, and 30mm wide rim at the front. Pirelli supplies its Scorpion e-MTB tire for the VR46 and the wider rear rim indicates a likely 27.5 x 2.8in tire sizing.

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Shots of the VR46 are intentionally devoid of detail, but the burly frame and coil shock indicate serious capability (Image credit: MT Distribution)

A premium build

Comprehensive technical details regarding the mid-drive motor and power output aren’t available. Nor has MT Distribution mentioned the battery capacity of this limited edition VR46 e-bike. We know that Bosch is the supplier of choice and that indicates the fourth-generation CX Line motor being used, which is rated at 85Nm of torque.

There is mention of wireless shifting, which can only mean SRAM's Eagle AXS drivetrain and dropper, while the suspension is supplied by Ohlins at the front, with a RockShox coil for the rear linkage. 

Other mountain bike component suppliers involved with MT Distribution, relating to its VR46 e-bike project, include Crankbrothers (most likely handlebar/stem/pedals) and Fulcrum wheels.

Ochain supplies its patented spider, which is mechanically active and reduces pedal kickback. This is an interesting component choice for any e-bike, where pedal assistance essentially negates the annoyance of pedal kickback.

Full details of the VR46 e-bike are expected to be revealed at the EICMA show, in late November.

Lance Branquinho
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Lance Branquinho is a Namibian-born journalist who graduated to mountain biking after injuries curtailed his trail running. He has a weakness for British steel hardtails, especially those which only run a single gear. As well as Bike Perfect, Lance has written for, and Cycling News.