Following up last year’s e-SUV, Bianchi Lif-e doubles down on bringing e-bikes to more potential cyclists with a new lower-priced alloy e-Omnia family of city, trekking & mountain e-bikes. The same wildly angular, aggressive eSUV aesthetics are still there, but now eOmnia delivers even more versatility on & off-road, powered by Bosch e-bike systems.
Bianchi e-Omnia alloy e-bike family: city, tourer & mountain
Bianchi calls their new aluminum-framed e-Omnia family of e-bikes “a significant step forwards in the electric revolution”. Essentially by reimagining their top-tier carbon e-SUV bikes with a more affordable frame & powertrain, but still with the same integration, Bianchi hopes to open up to more city, touring & mountain bikers looking for an e-bike.
Each of those three categories then gets its own frames & complete e-bikes, that can be configured or customized to suit each individual buyer and their unique e-bike needs. Riders can pick from options like chain vs. belt-drive, optional racks or kickstands, limited edition paint, or even the option for ABS – electronic anti-lock brakes from Blubrake.it.
6 e-bikes in 3 families
Essentially six different e-bike styles are available in the three basic e-Omnia divisions: city commuter C-Type, trekking & touring T-Type, and off-road eMTB X-Type.
C-Type commuters get a single step through frame with integrated rear rack and 100mm travel forks.
T-Type tourers get both step-through Lady & conventional Gent frames, here with 120mm forks for a bit more off-road capability. There’s also the full-suspension tourer FT-Type that adds 100mm of rear travel to the 120mm forks, and keeps an integrated rear rack.
Lastly, the extreme mountain X-Type family gets a hardtail with 120mm fork travel and integrated fenders. And the full-suspension FX-Type bumps up to 150 or 160mm of fork travel up front & 150mm in the rear.
e-bike Tech details
All of the new e-Omnia e-bikes are built around the same, latest 250W Bosch Performance Line CX motors with 85Nm of torque. All also feature 599Wh or 625Wh Bosch Powertube internal batteries, plus some options for double battery setups (on the men’s T-Type & X-type).
Bianchi also prioritizes visibility to keep e-bike riders safe. So every one of the e-Omnia e-bikes includes high-powered integrated LED lighting, with 40lux headlights & tail lights produced by Spanniga that let you see 100m ahead, and be seen by up to 500m front & rear.
Optional electronic front anti-lock braking systems are also available for increased control under hard braking, offered on all but the city C-Type e-bikes.
2021 Bianchi e-Omnia e-bikes – Pricing & availability
With all of the semi-custom options available in Bianchi’s e-Omnia 3D Online Configurator tool, pricing varies a bit on what options you want. In a nutshell, the C-Type city commuter e-bike is the most affordable of the bunch, starting from 3320€ complete, with the standard Deore 10sp chain drive kit.
The more off-road-ready trekking T-Type Gent & Lady hardtails are just a bit more, both starting from 3370€ with Deore 1×10, with the full-suspension FT-Type tourer variant starting at 4900€ with XT 1×12.
The eMTB X-Type is the most expensive hardtail from 3450€ with Deore 1×11, but the full-suspension eMTB FX-Type is cheaper than the rack-equipped tourers from 4800€ with GX Eagle 1×12.
All that isn’t exactly super affordable, but it’s at least 2000€ cheaper than the carbon e-SUVs that came before the e-Omnia family. And Bianchi sees these often as an opportunity to displace a car for some day-to-day riding, not only for the fun of riding.