The engineering team at 3T has been busy advancing their full lineup of products — with a focus on developing their premier products in Bergamo Italy. On the heels of the 3T Racemax Italia Integrale comes an elegant eBike version powered by the Mahle X-20 hub-based motor. With stated weights just over 24 lbs, the result is a lightweight, performance-oriented gravel bike built around an Italian-made frameset. Because 3T is able to optimize the carbon production in their home factory, the frame is lighter, stiffer and more performance-oriented, but it understandably comes at a price.
The Mahle X-20 system includes a 236 Wh battery integrated into the already-large and aerodynamic downtube, which can provide assisted power for just over 60 miles. The engine and system is optimized to provide rider-assist and essentially disappear when not needed. In addition, the performance is customizable with the Mahle app. Because it is hub-based, pedaling feel remains the same whether powered or unpowered, but you will notice the extra weight. It’s a different delivery compared to the Trek Domane+ SLR we tested last year, which uses the TQ Harmonic, crank-based motor and weighs 2 lbs more.
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FYI: We reviewed the acoustic 3T Racemax a few years ago and it remains one of our favorite gravel racers.