Bianchi adds ABS to its e-Omnia e-bike range

Anti-lock braking system aims to provide extra safety for riders regardless of skill level

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 Bluebrake, 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.

Bluebrake ABS has experience in Formula 1, and aims to apply the technology available to motorists to those using light electric vehicles (LEVs).

The 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.

The ABS system is the first and only to be embedded into a bike frame

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 bikes are powered by a Bosche CX drive unit, 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.

Bianchi has also included integrated lights at the front and rear, as well as sidelights.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan is a traditional journalist by trade, having begun her career working for a local newspaper, where highlights included interviewing a very irate Freddie Star (and an even more irate theatre owner), as well as 'the one about the stolen chickens'.

Previous to joining the Cycling Weekly team, Michelle was Editor at Total Women's Cycling. She joined CW as an 'SEO Analyst', but couldn't keep her nose out of journalism and in the spreadsheets, eventually taking on the role of Tech Editor before her latest appointment as Digital Editor. 

Michelle is a road racer who also enjoys track riding and the occasional time trial, though dabbles in off-road riding too (either on a mountain bike, or a 'gravel bike'). She is passionate about supporting grassroots women's racing and founded the women's road race team 1904rt.

Michelle is on maternity leave from July 8 2022, until April 2023.