Wilier has introduced a new electric road bike. The Hybrid Filante, with a carbon frame, perfectly integrates the new Mahle X20 motor, establishing this system as the reference to achieve the lightest electric bicycle in the world. Combining the feel and handling of the classic Wilier road bike supported by this tiny hub motor and an expandable 236Wh hidden in the down tube, the new Filante Hybrid is capable of extend the assistance time to the cyclist maintaining the aesthetics of a conventional bicycle.
The new electric road bike Wilier Filante Hybrid it doesn’t really look like an electric bike; neither aesthetically nor because of its weight. It is even lighter than its predecessor, the Cento10 Hybrid. The new Filante Hybrid can be configured to narrowly exceed 10 kilogramsbeating the Scott Addict eRide, which with a few more grams is also an example of what can be achieved with this engine both in terms of weight and aesthetic integration.
The new electric bicycle transmission system with Mahle X20 hub motor, made in Slovenia, gives the whole a weight of 3.2 kilograms which, according to Mahle, represents a saving of almost 10% over the previous system, the X35. Mechanically it continues to generate the same 250W offering higher torque output compared to mid-engines that lose efficiency in the transmission. In this case Mahle ensures that the X20 offers an output equivalent to 60 Nm of torque.
The new system is smaller in diameter, allowing it to be better hidden in the rear hub, and uses a standard 12mm thru-axle with a quick-connect stem coupler in the dropout, making it compatible with Shimano, SRAM and Campagnolo 10-inch cassettes. -13 speeds. System power comes from an internal battery located on the slanted power bar. 236Wh of capacity to which you can add a second external battery that is located in the place of the water drum that provides other 172Wh.
The system also has a improved torque sensor and a cadence sensor that smoothly increase power to match the rider’s input of force on the pedals. Wilier’s bicycle also integrates the iWoc head unit controller on the handlebar in one piece of carbon. Also mount the new ANT+ Pulsar One cycle computer on the handlebar that allows you to track your routes, power, heart rate data in addition to communicating all the data to the cloud.
The range of these lightweight electric road bikes varies greatly depending on how they are assembled. Given that most of his time is likely to be driven at speeds above the 25 km/h limit, which the European Union sets for electric assistance in EPAC vehicles, Wilier hopes that the X20’s configuration, just the internal battery , provide support for traversals of at least 100 kilometerswhich can become 150 kilometers with external battery. In any case, the weight of the cyclist, the assistance mode selected, the type of pavement and the terrain of the route can have a great impact on the range in real conditions.
The Wilier Filante Hybrid is designed to be an “electric racing bike” as its aerodynamics have been optimized over the standard Filante SLR. It includes aero-shaped carbon tubes, wide fork legs and dropper seatstays, a carbon aero seatpost with patented hidden clamp, and internal routing for all cables.
12mm thru-axle compatibility and automatic feed engagement in the dropout make it easy to remove the wheel for repair a puncture compared to previous cabled and bolt-on Mahle/eBikeMotion hub motors. All cable routing makes it very convenient to use Mahle’s colour-coded mode select controller integrated on the handlebars.
The Filante Hybrid could also be used as a gravel bike, as it has clearance to fit slightly larger 32mm rims, offering greater comfort and control. It is accompanied by a more relaxed geometry, compared to the Filante SLR. Additionally, Wilier has added two more sizes to the frame to accommodate offering in 6 sizes: XS to XXL.
The lightweight, Italian-designed carbon frame, Mahle X20 drivetrain, and premium component specs come at a price. The cheapest Wilier Filante Hybrid, with alloy wheels, part of the €9,300 with Shimano Ultegra Di2 derailleur and €9,400 with SRAM Force AXS. In the case of mounting carbon rims, the price rises by 1,000 euros more.
The top-of-the-range versions reach prices of €12,300 with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 gear and 500 euros more with SRAM Red AXS, in both cases with standard carbon wheels and 10.3 kilograms of weight.