Ever since its initial conception, the racing bike has always been a symbol of humanity’s aspirations for top performance. It unites the age-old longing for speed with the technological progress of performance sports equipment bringing record performances to the streets. This is exactly where our focus lies, but we are blazing a new trail.

When the bike is considered separately from the rider’s performance, potential is lost. When it comes to top performance, it is essential for man and machine to function as one. We want maximum performance at all times and on every leg of the ride, so we are integrating an electric motor to provide assistance in those critical situations. However, the assistance only kicks in when you really need it. On slopes, off-road or when setting off – whenever it's possible to eke out a little more. 

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In all other respects, the PROJECT Y offers the same ride characteristics as a standard racing bike. There is no pedal resistance. At less than 12 kg, the bike is really light and fast. Wherever weight becomes an issue (e.g. going uphill), the drive kicks in and assists you with up to 400 watts of additional power. The assistance feels completely natural at 25 km/h and you get the very best out of your ride. The future of racing bikes offers maximum performance in every situation.

PROJECT Y = FOCUS E-Performance

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Frame: Project Y Full Carbon DropBar-E Concept, Flat mount Disc Brake, 148x12mm Road Boost Thru Axle, Rapid Axle Technology, Full internal cable routing
Fork: Project Y Full Carbon, Flat mount Disc, 110x12mm Rapid Axle Technology
Brakes: Shimano Dura Ace Disc 160 mm/160 mm
Assistance: Fazua, 250W, 25km/h

Fundamentally speaking, the same premise applies as for all of the PROJECT Y prototypes: it’s all about the riding experience. This includes great handling with no compromises, balanced distribution of mass, agile handling and a low weight. The frame with its integrated drive system offers the perfect basis for these requirements. 

One project, infinite possibilities

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We envisage a wide range of possible areas of use for this PROJECT Y and have already developed three versions with different specs to showcase the possibilities of the PROJECT Y. But nothing is set in stone yet. We are now inviting the cycling community to take part by sending us their ideas. We then aim to discuss the options together and talk shop about what direction the future project should take.

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For speed demons on the road

Groupset: Shimano Dura Ace Di2
Gear ratio: 22-Speed, 52/36T, 11-30T
Handlebar: Easton EC90 Aero
Saddle: Prologo SCRATCH 2 cover & Nack Carbon Rail
Wheelset: DT SWISS Custom Carbon Road Boost
Tyres: Continental GP4000S II, 700 x 28C Folding, Silver hotpatch
Pedals: Shimano Dura Ace PD-R9100
Color: SEA BLUE

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For off-road adventures

Groupset: Shimano Dura Ace/ XTR Di2
Gear ratio: 22-Speed, 50/34T, 11-40T
Handlebar: Easton EC90 SLX3
Saddle: Brooks Cambium C15 RUST Colour
Wheelset: DT SWISS Custom Carbon Road Boost
Tyres: Challenge Chicane PRO B/T, 700 x 33C, Folding
Pedals: Shimano PD-M9020 Platform SPD
Pannier:Ortlieb - Seat Pack, Handlebar Pack, Frame Pack
Color: GRAVEL GREEN

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For adverse conditions and mud

Groupset: Shimano Dura Ace/ XTR Di2 
Gear ratio: 11-Speed, 42T, 11-40T
Handlebar: Easton EC90 SLX3
Saddle: Prologo SCRATCH 2 cover & Nack Carbon Rail 
Wheelset: DT SWISS Custom Carbon Road Boost
Tyres: Continental - Cyclocross King, 700x32C, Folding, Silver Hotpatch
Pedals: Shimano PD-M9000 SPD
Color: AQUA BLUE

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A forum where dreams are the topic of conversation

Seize the opportunity and share your ideas with us. Like and comment on what you like or what you don’t. Be inspired and let’s blaze new trails together. PROJECT Y is a playground for innovations and a forum where dreams are the topic of conversation.

About PROJECT Y

PROJECT Y is our platform for the electric future. A playground for innovations and a forum where dreams are the topic of conversation. Here is where we showcase what is possible. Designs and ideas conceived by passionate cyclists – our engineers and product managers. We offer approaches without strict definitions. The Y in PROJECT Y stands for ‚Why‘: Why is the current technology going in only one direction? We scrutinise the developments in our industry and blaze new trails when the cycling industry is already following established well-travelled routes. We want to inspire, collect feedback and encourage discussion. The right arm of the Y symbolizes the new paths we are taking.

The actual implementation of the project plays a decisive role in this respect. In the past, we have seen a wealth of ideas concerning e-bikes – both futuristic utopias and viable project sketches. However, the majority of these visions never make it off the drawing board. Concepts with no practical implementation are not open to assessment. Drawings are easier to visualise, but a ridable model is the only way of truly evaluating an e-bike. 

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That’s why the PROJECT Y always also looks finished, even though it’s actually still in the prototype phase. After all, a test ride reveals the faults and issues that we cannot see in drawings. Despite everything, it is an ongoing project and we would like to invite you to get involved and provide us with your feedback. The PROJECT Y concepts don’t strictly ever have to make it to mass production... but they can, if they rouse enough interest.

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