Mahle launches e-bike drive system

Weighing 3.2 kg, the X20 is said to be the lightest drive on the market
(Images courtesy of Mahle)

Mahle has started deliveries of its new X20 traction motor for e-bikes.

The company says that, with a system weight of less than 3.2 kg including battery and control unit, the X20 is the lightest e-bike drive on the market.

The X20 drive system is tailored to the design of gravel bikes, road bikes and urban e-bikes. The hub motor delivers 23 Nm of torque directly to the wheel, which Mahle says is comparable to that of a mid-drive motor with 55 Nm of torque.

The system includes a sensor package that measures acceleration, speed, torque, temperature and pedalling rate, and uses AI to continuously adapt the drive to the rider.

The motor delivers 23 Nm of torque (left), The system is designed for gravel, road and urban e-bikes (right)