Rotwild T+ HT Touring
Rotwild’s T+ e-bike takes touring to a whole new performance level. At its heart is an aluminium monocoque frame that keeps weight low while not compromising strength. When switched off or at speeds over 27.5kmh the 90 Nm BROSE e-bike drive system is disengaged completely so does not cause any pedaling resistance. The compact design of the drive system and IPU make it easy to mount a bottle cage and double derailleur allows a full 20 gears. The T+’s well balanced balanced frame geometry give a comfortable and stable ride in all conditions, perfect for climbing the Italian Alps, French Pyrenees or Yorkshire Dales!
The Rotwild T+ features a super stiff wide bodied 6066 T6 Alloy monocoque frame:
The most distinctive feature of the new Rotwild hybrid touring bike is the Integrated Power Unit (IPU). This part of the bike combines the magnesium motor casing with the aluminium battery pack housing to form a single rigid structural element, connecting bottom bracket to head stock like they’ve never been connected before, it won’t twist, buckle, or bend no matter how hard you’re riding it, no matter high you’re jumping it. Unbeatable.
Introducing the COBI navigating system (optional extra):
There’s more to touring than just getting from A to B. Until now, more features meant more gadgets on your bike. COBI is different. It is the first integrated system to intelligently connect your smartphone with your bike. The modular system integrates six accessories into one unique design.
Rotwilds are lighter – 14% less than its nearest rival.
How have Rotwild achieved this feat? The secret is in engineering nous and use of the very latest materials and production technology.
The IPU is formed from 6066 alloy heat treated to Condition T6, this aluminum alloy is stronger and lighter than the standard 7020 T6 used by most MTB makers. It’s improved characteristics are significantly higher tensile strength (around 30 %), and much greater resistance against bending, compression, and shear loads (around 40 % greater).
The Rotwild C+ is more powerful – with a whopping 90Nm on tap it has a 20% power advantage over its nearest rival.
The beating heart of a Rotwild is the peerless BROSE 2.0 Drive Unit. For 2016 the Brose has new software giving more low-speed torque and smoother power delivery across all speed ranges. Its main ingredients are aluminum, magnesium, experience, enthusiasm and …helical epicyclic gears! Designed in Germany, its made there too.
Where other well known e-bike motors are built to a price point, the Brose 2.0 is designed and manufactured to a quality standard, incorporating precision engineered helical epicyclic gears. These are much more expensive to manufacture but offer dramatic performance and wear rate improvements over the cheaper spur gear tooth profiles that the completion use.
In the simplest terms spur gears transfer power from the driving gear to the driven gear via only one or two teeth at a time, whereas with helical gears power is transferred by three connecting teeth at a time. This results in less wear, less noise, less friction and a smaller and lighter drive unit.
Rotwild’s main rivals use either a Yamaha or Bosch motor – these are not only heavier and bulkier than the BROSE motor – for example on the Bosch unit there’s no space for a 2nd chainwheel – but they are also considerably weaker: Torque for Bosch CX unit is 75Nm and for the Bosch Performance motor its only 60Nm. The table below show the impact this has on all-important Power to Weight Ratios – The T+’s Power to Weight ratio is 40% higher than its closest rival.
Despite its small physical size the BROSE 2.0 produces a market leading 90 newton meters of torque. It does this quietly, reliably and without fuss. The company’s sensor concept is the only one of its kind on the market today: it measures rider pedal force no fewer than 420 times a second, delivering smooth, vibration free assistance. Production began in July 2014 and by August this year the Rotwild/Brose test team had covered 69’445 miles of arduous Alpine trails.
Brose Drive Technology is a division of the Brose Group, one of the most innovative and successful suppliers to the international automotive industry, employing some 22,000 employees – 2,500 of them engineers – at 57 locations in 23 countries around the world. Their annual turnover exceeds €5 billion. Last year Brose manufactured 100 million electric motors. They know what they’re doing.
Decades of experience specialising in mechatronic systems for the automotive sector mean they’re perfectly placed to produce this innovative e-bike drive unit. Development and production of the Brose e-bike motor is carried out entirely in-house at their Berlin engine plant, where a dedicated team of engineers design, build and test the system at their purpose built e-bike center of excellence .
The Rotwild C+ goes further than the rest – at least 30% further than its nearest rival.
The Li-Ion battery is integrated into the carbon fibre bottom tube, ensuring the lowest possible centre of gravity, and at 518Wh the battery will drive you further than other electric MTB in it’s class. It’s not just me! Many of our Rotwild customers have had first hand experience of the Brose’s efficiency – of course the range between re-charges on a Rotwild is greater than any of its competitors because it has a higher capacity battery, but that does not explain how a Rotwild with 20% more power than its rivals can run flat out at Cannock Chase from 11am to 6pm, stopping only for a coffee in the morning and a single pint in the afternoon on one charge. Clearly, most of the range advantage is down to the efficiency of the Brose drive unit.
MTB ledgend Richie Schley shows how to do it on a ROTWILD:
We visited Rotwild’s design and production center in Frankfurt where the team showed off the cutting-edge design manufacturing processes behind the range of Rotwild electric mountain bikes. Here are some photos we took, for full size images please click this About Rotwild link.
- IPU – Integrated Power Unit with ROTWILD Power Pack and Brose Power Engine
- Aluminium down tube with integrated battery
- CHANNEL Hydroforming XC Tubeshape
- RHS 15 – Integrated stainless steel headset 1.5“ / Tapered / Ti Coating
- Brake post mount 180mm
- Exchangeable drop out inlays MDI2 / Direct Mount
|HEADSET||ROTWILD RHS 15 TI|
|FORK||X FUSION 32 SLIDE 100 RL2|
|BAR||CRANKBROTHERS COBALT1 720|
|SEAT POST||CRANKBROTHERS COBALT1 Ø27.2|
|SEAT||ERGON SM30 COMP|
|DRIVE UNIT||BROSE 2.0|
|BATTERY||ROTWILD POWER PACK 518Wh|
|CRANK||FSA ISIS 44-30T.|
|SHIFTER||SHIMANO DEORE INTEGRATED|
|FRONT DERAILLEUR||SHIMANO DEORE-2|
|REAR DERAILLEUR||SHIMANO XT-10 GS DM PLUS|
|CASSETTE||SHIMANO HG50 11-36T.|
|ROTOR||SHIMANO RT64 180/180|
|WHEELSET||DT SWISS 444D / SHIMANO 629 QR|
|TIRE||CONTINENTAL CRUISE CONTACT REFLEX 28×2.00|
Specifications correct at product launch date and may vary during production year.
|A||SEAT TUBE LENGTH||(mm)||460||520||4550||580|
|B||TOP TUBE LENGTH||(mm)||575||595||610||620|
|C||HEAD TUBE LENGTH||(mm)||120||130||140||150|
|D||CHAIN STAY LENGTH||(mm)||455||455||455||455|
|F||HEAD TUBE ANGLE||( ° )||69.5||69.5||69.5||69.5|
|G||SEAT TUBE ANGLE||( ° )||73.5||73.5||73.5||73.5|
Here are some videos ROTWILD have produced to show how their electric bike technology works, and how it beats the competition:
Here are some videos showing the partnership between Mercedes-AMG and ROTWILD:
And finally, here are some of the clever folk that make and ride ROTWILD MTBs:
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