2018 Fantic Electric Bike Updates from Interbike (Gravel Grinder, Gravel X, Integra)

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2018 Fantic Electric Bike Updates from Interbike (Gravel Grinder, Gravel X, Integra)

For 2018, Fantic is bringing more electric bikes to the USA including the Integra which has a more integrated Brose drive system. Most of the Fantic e-bikes I saw at the Interbike show used Brose, except for one which had the Bafang Max Drive. These guys pride themselves on being an Italian brand and building their product in Italy. They produced motorcycles before electric bikes and carry over a lot of the technology and design to be higher quality and higher performance.

The company has been around since 1968 building trials bikes, enduro bikes, and now street bikes and pedal assist e-bikes. They have road, mountain, and some fat bikes. I was very impressed with their hybrid road and mountain models with drop bars. I saw a gravel grinder setup and a true hardtail mountain bike with drop bars. Fantic first entered the US in August 2017 and thus, had been doing business here for about one year when I filmed this review. I was told that a Tour De France competitor named Scapin designed one of their road bike models which has a carbon fiber fork and those gravel grinder tires. Next, we looked at the Gravel X model which is like an extreme version of a traditional gravel grinder, I loved the suspension fork.

One thing that was interesting with their new Integra model is that it has a 27.5” rear wheel and a 29” front wheel which flows over bumps easier and provides stability. The smaller rear wheel offers better power transfer due to a mechanical advantage and I believe it also lowers the rear portion of the frame and improves strength. The company offered 15 models of electric bikes in 2017 and is slowly growing that number.

You can learn about the company, which is based in Italy, at their official website: fantic-bikes.com/en/

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