Bianchi Aria e Road Review


The Bianchi Aria e road is probably one of the best looking on the market at the moment.

Bianchi is the world’s oldest bike manufacturers, and this is the second e-bike that the Italian brand has created.

The Italian bike manufacturer is well known for their commitment to style and quality and the Bianchi Aria E-road features the unmistakable Bianchi design.


An Innovation Award Winner in 2018 at Interbike, this is an extremely capable bike that will give you the assistance that you need.

Check the technical aspects of this road electric bike:

Bianchi Aria e road Technical Aspects

MOTOR- Class: Hub drive M1 (geared hub (rear)).
- Brand: Ebikemotion X35.
- Torque: 40Nm.
FRAME- Material: carbon.
- Type: High-step.
- Women size (cm): 47, , 50, 53 and 55.
- Men size (cm): 57, 59 and 61.
BATTERY- Range (av): around 52 miles (check review for details).
- Brand: Panasonic.
- Chemistry: 18650GA – 10S/2P (250w).
- Volt: 36v.
- Charging Time: 4 hrs.
GEAR SYS- Shimano Ultegra ST-R8020.
- Eleven (11) speed.
TOP SPEED- 15 mph (24 kmh).
- Pedelec classification.
BRAKES- Shimano BR-R8070 Hydraulic disk.
CONTROLLER- iWOC (read review- controllers section for details).OVERALL WEIGHT- 12.1 kg.
RIDING MODES- Three (3) specified by colors (see review for details).TIRES & WHEELS- Rim: aluminum Vision TriMax.
- Vittoria Rubino 28c.

The flush design is aerodynamic, and the carbon frame is well- designed.

If you are looking for a bike that does not necessarily look like an e-bike but has all the power of a top tier model, read on for our in-depth Bianchi Aria E-road review for all the highlights and low lights of this Italian machine.

Now, let’s see other important points for the Aria e-road model.


Frame Design

It is impossible to talk about the Bianchi Aria e road without stressing just how good looking this bike is! It is undoubtedly a performance-focused electronic road bike that will turn heads wherever you go.

To achieve an e-bike that has such a lightweight road experience (like the Budnitz Model E) is a challenge, but the vast majority of opinions around the online world are singing Bianchi’s praises when it comes to the design of this one.

The Bianchi Aria e bike has a very similar frame to the traditional Aria and weighing in at just 12.1 kg (depending on frame size) this is significantly lighter than other e-bikes (almost as light as the Orbea Gain D40 e-bike).

When you are zooming past, it will be difficult to spot the technology and whilst some have praised the traditional bike look, others have said that this could be considered as being dishonest.

Yet the e-road sticker on the top tube is a clear giveaway that this bike has power.

The San Marco Quadra Saddle has been created using bio-foam padding, with several users reporting that the seating on the Aria is fairly comfortable in comparison with other racing bikes.

Furthermore, the total integration of components ensures zero interference to power transmission. The motor on this e-bike (discussed below) is more or less hidden to reduce drag; the bike has internal cable routing, and the aerodynamic frame is characterized by aggressive race geometry.

There are seven (7) different frame sizes available to ensure the perfect fit and the design helps to ensure that you are able to maintain a premium riding position.

  • Frame for women: 47, 50, 53 and 55 cm.
  • Frame for men: 57, 59 and 61 cm.

Many other e-road riders have highlighted that this is an e-bike with excellent maneuverability. However, there have been some suggestions that the shape of the frame means that you may feel nervous about descents.

X35 e-bike Motor

Hub drive M1 motorBianchi’s Inner Power Drive system features a 36V/250 w rear hub motor that will provide you with the boost you need to go that extra mile.

The inner power drive has been designed specifically for the Aria, and it features Ebikemotion’s powerful X35 V.2 pedal-assist technology- so it looks and feels like a traditional bike.

In line with current e-bike legislation, there is a 15mph cut off point (24 km), and the bike will only provide a boost up this speed. However, when you do reach top speeds, you can still pedal as normal to keep up (that is the purpose of a road bike!).

Making light work of hills, the Bianchi Aria e road has 40Nm torque and the Shimano BR-R8070 brakes are reported to be precise end accurate.

 

Aria e-road iWOC One Controller

The Bianchi Aria e-road comes with a discreet button on the high-step tube. This controller systems is called, iWOC One.

Here is what you need to know:

When pressing the power button, there will be 3 colors flashing:

  • White: no assistance (if you feel strong for that).
  • Green: basic assistance level.
  • Orange: medium power level.
  • Red: high level of power delivered by the motor.

In addition to the above, you can view the battery charge by using the LED lighting color codes.

  • While: battery above 75%.
  • Green: between 50 and 75% remianing charge.
  • Orange: battery juice from 25 to 50%.
  • Red (constant flashing) it is bellow 10% (around 52 miles (83 km) distance covered).

The bike can also sync to a smartphone or smart-watch (if compatible) for more control.

What People say about this controller?

iWoc controller for Aria e roadThe Bianchi Aria e road controller button is flush fit and unobtrusive. However, the lack of a display has been criticized by some, with several users suggesting that the simple button approach lacked the information that they wanted.

despite of this valid comments, some others have suggested that the lack of a display was a bonus as it meant that there were fewer distractions on their ride.

Whilst this is a matter of personal preference really, you can also download the Bianchi app to keep track of your cycling data in real-time, including GPS, motor functioning, and battery. Connect to the app via Bluetooth and then mount your phone to your handlebars for on the go information.

Other things you may want to know about this:

  • Voice commands activation and de-activation (using Bluetooth).
  • Get alerts of any deficiencies.
  • Enable / disable locking systems and security (if configured).

Integrated 250w Battery

Ebikemotion power portThe Bianchi Aria e-bike features a slimline 250w battery that is placed inside the down tube of the frame. The battery takes around 3 and a half to four (4) hours for a complete charge and a full charge battery equals around 1,200 meters of elevation gain.

A full charge can do around 52 miles (or 83 km) – estimate, at which point the iWOC controller will start flashing red, meaning you would have 10% battery life left (hopefully you can charge it up or be at home by that time).

The battery performance will depend on the power mode you use, the terrain and inclination.

Nevertheless, if you want more distance to be covered, the you can acquire an extra battery pack that will sit at your water bottle area.

Vittoria Rubino Tires & Vision Trimax Wheels

The Aria electric road is equipped with aluminum Vision TriMax wheels and 28mm Vittoria Rubino tires. Allowing for excellent ride quality, even on bumpy terrains, the front and rear rims feature secure thru-axles that will ensure flex-free performance and accurate steering.

The tires offer a premium grip and are puncture resistant. However, racers and more performance-minded cyclists have reported that they chose to swap the tires on this Bianchi model for something more reliable.

Affordable Price?

Although the Bianchi e road bike could be considered as expensive, when you consider the performance abilities and specifications, the price is to be expected.

This is an investment that is likely to last for years to come. However, it has been suggested that come of the components are not quite up to the quality that one would expect of an e-bike with this price tag, who knows.


Bianchi Aria e road Review: Bottom Line

Combining traditional Italian bicycle craftsmanship with the latest in innovative e-bike technology, the Aria road electric bike is a great bike for serious road cyclists rather than casual commuters.

Allowing for subtlety, the design of this bike ensures that it has the speed and control of the original Aria whilst providing the power of a quality drive system.

If you are just looking for a bike to get you from A to B, the Bianchi Aria e road may not be the best choice, however  if you want performance, aerodynamics and power when needed, the Aria e-bike model could be one.

Images courtesy of Bianchi


Whats is your input regarding this Bianchi road electric bike? Please review below:

4.3

Frame & Components Quality

4.8/5

Braking Performance

4.5/5

Speed & Torque

3.8/5

Controller & Assistance

4.4/5

Battery Range

3.5/5

Overall Weight

4.9/5

Portability & Maneuverability

4.6/5

What we like

  • ✅ Excellent aerodinamic design.
  • ✅ One of the lightest electric road bikes in the market.
  • ✅ Electronics are hidden for a nice look.

What we do not like

  • ⊖ The e-bike does not inlude the pedals, front or rear lights..
  • ⊖ iWOC tech is great but not handy if you want to see other stats on a dead smartphone..
  • ⊖ The battery range is not as impressive as other e-bikes.

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