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Battaglin Fenix, a Custom Steel Road eBike, Born out of Giro-Vuelta Winner’s Health Issues

Battaglin Fenix ebike, stealthy full-custom steel road ebike made-in-Italy, 1981 Giro-Vuelta winner Giovanni Battaglin
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Officina Battaglin has unveiled the world’s first custom steel road ebike, and it’s a stunner with a great backstory. Made-in-Italy to the same exacting handcrafted standards and exceptionally shiny finish as their standard road and gravel bikes, the Fenix is a stealthy made-to-measure ebike that preserves classic looks.

But the reason it exists in the first place is the best part…

Battaglin Fenix custom steel road ebike made-in-Italy

Giovanni Battaglin won two road Grand Tours back to back in 1981, and founded his frame-building company just a year later. But the now 72-year-old ex-racer was diagnosed with heart dysfunction health issues a few years ago, meaning he couldn’t really ride a bike at all anymore. But with the Officina Battaglin workshop located in Marostica, Italy – and the Dolomites literally rising just outside of town – the whole company set out to develop an ebike to get Giovanni back in the saddle.

Battaglin Fenix ebike, stealthy full-custom steel road ebike made-in-Italy, 2x Grand Tour winner Giovanni Battaglin
all photos c. Battaglin

The only way he could be back in the saddle was on an e-bike. But while there were plenty of e-bikes to choose from, he couldn’t find one he truly liked, mostly because of their stiff carbon frames and unappealing designs,” says Alex Battaglin, Giovanni’s son and CEO of the company these days.

The resulting Battaglin Fenix ebike looks almost exactly like a regular road bike. But it gets the extra boost from an FSA ebike motor in the rear hub and a 250Wh internal battery cleanly integrated in the custom-drawn Columbus steel downtube, providing that smooth pedal-assist that means the Giro-Vuelta winner can ride the Veneto roads again.

Tech Details

Battaglin Fenix ebike, stealthy full-custom steel road ebike made-in-Italy, prototype in the workshop
development prototype photo by Cory Benson

The Fenix is made-to-order with custom geometry developed for each buyer, then welded & brazed by hand from custom Columbus GB81 steel tubing and a 3D-printed bottom bracket cluster to integrate the internal battery and charging port.

Battaglin Fenix ebike, stealthy full-custom steel road ebike made-in-Italy, FSA ebike hub motor

An FSA hub motor provides 250W of pedal-assist in an equally stealthy package tucked between the cassette and rear rotor – all built into a set of carbon Vision Metron 40 SL wheels. There’s a built-in 250Wh battery inside the surprisingly slim 56mm outer diameter downtube, which based on my experience would likely get around 50 or 60km of assist range (depending on rider weight, assist mode & elevation). But you can also plus in FSA’s range extender external bottle battery for another 250Wh to double the range for longer rides.

Battaglin Fenix ebike, stealthy full-custom steel road ebike made-in-Italy, CNC-machined stem with ebike controller

The ebike features fully internal cable routing through the straight 1.5″ headset and Battaglin’s own custom-machined alloy stem that also cleanly houses the single control button for the ebike powertrain front & center. That does mean it is limited to electronic groupsets – Battaglin only build it up with Shimano Di2 or SRAM AXS.

Battaglin Fenix ebike, stealthy full-custom steel road ebike made-in-Italy, Shimano ULtegra Di2

The disc brake only Fenix gets 32mm of generous all-road tire clearance with flat mount brakes, 12mm thru-axles, and a 31.6mm seatpost

Battaglin Fenix ebike – Pricing, options & availability

Battaglin Fenix ebike, stealthy full-custom steel road ebike made-in-Italy, complete

The custom-made steel Battaglin Fenix ebike is available only as a limited edition – they’ll build a max of 30 ebikes this year. Unlike their regular bikes, the Fenix is only available as a complete ebike (and only in Europe), with pricing starting at 9900€ with a SRAM Rival eTap AXS 2×12 build.

Buyers get to choose from 12 core ultra-shiny cromovelato colors for their bespoke steel ebike, with frame, full carbon fork, CNC stem, carbon seatpost, and carbon handlebar – all painted-to-match.

Battaglin Fenix ebike, stealthy full-custom steel road ebike made-in-Italy, Giovanni Battaglin

This cromovelato blue Fenix with an Ultegra groupset that has kept Giovanni Battaglin’s passion for road riding alive, has a claimed actual weight of just 13.2kg without pedals.

OfficinaBattaglin.com

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tertius_decimus
tertius_decimus
9 months ago

Beautiful aesthetics. An artform on wheels.

badbikemechanic
badbikemechanic
9 months ago

So sexy except for the hub motor thing

Mitch Erwen
Mitch Erwen
9 months ago

Curious to know who forced you to click, read and whine? Need a mirror?

Fake Namerton
Fake Namerton
9 months ago

The bike most of the dentists buying the new Spesh should actually be buying.

Larry T
8 months ago

Too bad they didn’t spec Campagnolo. I might have put up with electronic shifting and internal routing of everything, but for this kind of money I just can’t accept S-company components – the f__king thing is ITALIAN after all. Shimano/SRAM’s a mustache on the Mona Lisa IMHO.

Flyer
Flyer
8 months ago

I commiserate Mr. B, my 71 year old heart is pleading for assistance.
The Fenix is exactly what I would now dream about.
Unfortunately, the combination of insufficient range from the (non-removable?) battery, NO CAMPAGNOLO, and no availability in North America, conspires to keep my bank account unmolested.

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