Source: The following is excerpted from an article, written by Michelle Arthurs-Brennan and posted by Cycling News, describing the Blubrake anti-lock braking system (ABS) now available on the new Omnia family of electric bikes. There is additional information from the E-Omnia announcement produced by Bianchi.
MILAN, Italy – Bianchi’s e-Omnia range of electric bikes features ABS, to help increase the safety on offer to e-bike riders by incorporating the anti-lock braking system found on cars and motorbikes.
Bianchi is using the system designed by Blubrake, the Italian brand which produces its own e-bike and e-cargo bikes, and stakes claim to being the first and only company to develop and patent an e-bike ABS that is completely integrated into the frame.
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Blubrake ABS has experience in Formula 1, and aims to apply the technology available to motorists to those using light electric vehicles (LEVs).
The Bianchi e-Omnia range is a family of bikes, including models for mountain bikers, touring and city riders. The ABS has been applied to five of the bikes – the X, FX, T and FT types – the e-tourer and e-mountain bike models.
The ABS system prevents front wheel lock-up and rear wheel lift-off, reducing the risk of accidents caused by sudden braking.
Fabio Todeschini, Founder and General Manager of Blubrake said the tech could make e-bike use “a safer and more pleasant rider experience to every type of rider on their e-bike, including the less skilled ones.”
The system also uses algorithms to predict the e-bike dynamics on different terrains, including slippery surfaces and those with minimal grip.
The Bianchi e-bikes are powered by a Bosch Performance Line CX motor, providing 250W of power at 85NM torque, with 500WH and 625WH battery choices as well as the opportunity to use a dual battery for added range.
Integrated lights at the front, side and rear are a key feature of the Bianchi E-Omnia family, ensuring the rider can see and be seen from every angle. The front and rear lights put out 40 Lux for a visibility range of 100 meters, and visibility to others up to 500 meters.