Ducati Widens Its e-MTB Range with New 170mm Travel TK-01RR

Nov 24, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  

Although it's best known for its performance motorcycles, Ducati has been releasing e-bikes too in the past few years. From the city-oriented Scrambler to the 140mm travel Mig, the Lamborghini-owned brand has built up a fairly wide range and is now expanding its stable again with the 170mm travel Ducati TK-01RR.

Much like the Mig, the TK-01 RR has been created in partnership with Italian e-MTB brand Thok. Thok was started by 90s World Cup racer Stefano Migliorini and this bike uses the same aluminium frame and mullet wheel set up as Thok's TK-01 but with a Ducati Corse livery and some spec changes too.


If the Thok name sounds familiar, that's because it was on its bikes that we first saw the Ohlins RXF 38 fork on and that is carried over onto the Ducati bike alongside a TTX Air rear shock. It's not often we see Ohlins suspension sold as OE on bikes but given that the Swedish marque forged its illustrious reputation in motorbike racing, it's no huge surprise to see it specced on this Ducati branded bike. The 180mm fork also uses a 1.8" tapered steerer tube that we first spotted at Eurobike last year and is claimed to offer, "a more rigid steering area".
Ducati TK-01 Details

Frame: Aluminium
Travel: 170mm (180mm fork)
Motor: Shimano EP8
Battery: Shimano 630Wh
Wheelsize: 29" front, 27.5" rear
Price: €6,990
More info: ducati.com

Much like its Thok counterpart, the rear suspension on the Ducati is driven by a TPS (Thok Progressive System) Horst Link but unlike any of the Thok models, power comes from Shimano's new EP8 system combined with its biggest battery at 603 Wh. That should give this bike a bit more power than the Thok version and, although weight isn't quoted, it should be a bit lighter too thanks to the more compact motor. There some other spec changes here including tires from Pirelli and a cockpit from Renthal, two more motorsports crossover brands, and a Shimano groupset.

The Ducati range now includes the TK-01 RR (left) and the Mig-S (right). The Mig recently got updated with a longer top tube and steeper seat tube, it costs 4,890 Euros.

Geometry


The Ducati TK-01RR is on sale now for €6,990. More info, here.


139 Comments

  • 90 4
 664.5 degree head angle seems unnecessarily steep, just because someone needs a small frame. Especially as the 64.5 degree on the other sizes seems pretty spot on. Punishment for the little ones.
  • 98 19
 Dude...relax. It's just a typo....Can't you see it's obviously a 6.645° degree head angle? Extra slackiness for short people.
  • 52 0
 Their geo chart is actually full of typos, not a great look!
  • 22 0
 lenght, Orizzontal
  • 65 0
 @jamessmurthwaite: Their geo chart is full of typos.

PB: Hold my beer - "The Ducati range now includes the TK-01 RR (left) and the Mig-S (left)"
  • 7 1
 "The Ducati range now includes the TK-01 RR (left) and the Mig-S (left)"
  • 6 0
 I want an Orizzontal lenght, maybe someone will make an after market one...
  • 2 0
 @andrewfrauenglass: Ducati are selling 600 XL ones
  • 11 0
 If you measure it clockwise from 0 Deg it's a 55.5 Deg head angle, slack as you like.
  • 13 0
 Really hoping the guy that checks the quality of the frames isn't the same guy who wrote the geo table!
  • 3 0
 @jamessmurthwaite: if you view it in mobile mode left and right is also wrong. ????
  • 1 0
 @chris-brown225: and I hope that the guy (or girl) that manufactured the frame is even better
  • 2 2
 @jamessmurthwaite: and as pinkbike specializes in typos we are well aware of not a great look - right?
  • 2 2
 @jurassicrider: Lighten up. @mattdent9 was just making a joke.
  • 4 0
 @T4THH: Chorizzontal
  • 4 0
 che cazzo??
  • 3 1
 I think your sarcasm was lost in translation Wink
  • 2 0
 @chris-brown225: No, it's the same guy that measured all the tubing and did some of the welding...
  • 2 3
 Looks like a pregnant cow!!! Step it up Ducati!!!
  • 1 2
 @jurassicrider:

????????????????????
  • 1 2
 @jurassicrider:

Good one! That was supposed be laughing emojis
  • 2 1
 @Bigwill13: Doh!! Good call. I was half asleep when I read it. Smile
  • 6 2
 @jamessmurthwaite: it’s not a great look for a publication editorial staff that should have double-checked and taken the time to clarify and correct any errors before posting the article, even if they were the manufacturer’s mistakes.
  • 54 2
 Well thats a first! I have never seen an E-Bike with a beer belly!
  • 111 6
 Will fit perfectly to its rider
  • 9 0
 @colincolin: so true. The more my middle age spread kicks in, the closer I find myself looking at e-bikes.
  • 5 0
 @low-n-slow: was about to down prop you then i considered my self and decided your comment is valid
  • 12 0
 that is not a belly, gents, it is the ripening egg sack
  • 13 0
 That tank looks looks like it would hold at least 20 litres of electricity
  • 2 0
 You haven't seen an Intense Tazer then! Pregnant comes to mind.
  • 44 1
 If it does not rattle at idle, I am not interested.
  • 32 3
 Some ebikes look good, some don't. But this one is just another level of unattractive to me
  • 8 3
 The only way in which it fits the Ducati brand is that its looks are polarizing.
  • 5 1
 Even if you got really drunk and brought this home one night, I'm fairly sure you won't tell any of your friends...
  • 27 0
 A Ducati without an Akrapovic?? No thanks
  • 15 1
 Termignoni
  • 2 0
 @Raah-Oool: , I ve (payed) tried both! Akrapovic gets my vote
  • 1 0
 @Pyres: depends on which generation of bike. Anything up to 998 should be Termi’s I’d think. 999 and newer, who cares they’re all fugly.
  • 5 0
 @Pyres: Termi has that sound though. 1 vote Termi here
  • 19 0
 Those two models are just rebrands. They didn't even bother to change the model name. I'd really have expected better from a brand like Ducati. If you already foray into selling e-bikes, at least do it right and come up with your own design. They surely have the engineering resources and know-how to come up with an original design, but instead chose to half-ass it.
  • 20 2
 Ducati is owned by VW. That literally explains it all lol
  • 3 0
 @NotNamed: VWAG is the only group to beat GM at their own game of badge-engineering. Zero surprise here at all
  • 4 0
 @sjma: it's VAG, and you know it.

but car brands have been rebranding bikes for years. it's not just VAG/ducati here........
  • 3 0
 Yeah, probably licensing from another bike company. But what bike company?
  • 1 0
 Yeah, probably licensing from a bike company. But what bike company.
  • 7 0
 That thing looks horrible. They should stay out of emtbs until they can get them some what on par with their motos. It's pretty clear they're just trying to bank on the trend and make some money. They really didn't put much effort into those.
  • 1 6
flag Charlotroy (Nov 24, 2020 at 14:35) (Below Threshold)
 looks horrible just like every other moped you guys ride
  • 10 1
 This is not a bike ment for mountainbikers I guess.
  • 6 1
 For sure, I saw two people today riding their immaculate (never seen dirt) Levo's to Waitrose lol
  • 7 0
 I kind of agree. I think it could look decent if they could do something with that bulge up front. Only under certain circumstances do you want that kind of bulge up front
  • 11 0
 This gives no one a bulge up front.
  • 6 0
 The new one on the left looks like it took the head tube from a Mondraker and the rest of the frame from a commencal and then just put a 1990s mud guard on the down tube Smile
  • 4 0
 We Italians are famous in the art of "make do" Wink
  • 5 0
 Let’s see the rider will have some sort of leather loafers on with some tight skinny jeans, Italian football (aka soccer) jacket and Gucci shades riding on the sidewalk lol.
  • 7 0
 New fivetens with crepe sole and a cuban heel
  • 2 0
 I wonder if a bike helmet will fit better over gelled up spiked hair than a motorcycle helmet... I just don't understand how those Duc riders keep their locks so pretty.
  • 7 0
 Or for another £3k you can buy my Panigale..
  • 1 0
 This. So much this.
  • 6 0
 The only possible explanation for this from a company that can make something like the Panigale is...METH
  • 6 0
 I like the one on the left but not the one on the left Wink
  • 5 0
 Yeah Narh the only Co.from the moto world that should dip their toes into the MTB market is Brembo.
  • 3 0
 Please
  • 3 0
 As much as I love messing with the Ebike haters, man, this thing is an embarrassment. At least the Jeep branded one was made for some kind of utility. Ducati: LOOK AT ME!!! Everybody. :-/
  • 4 0
 It doesnt count any more unless you have an Akrigg style video to accompany your e-bike Smile
  • 5 0
 Does Ducati know how to mountain bike?
  • 2 1
 Du Cant not...
  • 4 0
 No one wants to buy catalog frames with moto brand logos plastered over it. When will they learn?!?!
  • 2 0
 No, not no one. Just no one on pinkbike. They're aiming at people who have never biked before and com from motorcycles. It'll sell just because it says ducati on the side.
  • 5 0
 Motorbike brands making e-bikes is top level trolling
  • 2 0
 Curve ball question: but is anyone going to bother buying an ebike in the UK until we know if the government is going ahead with proposed 30% off ebikes in 2021, £5k bike at £3.5k sounds much better.
  • 1 0
 Great to see all these moto companies getting into ebikes. Hope the traditional MTB companies are pushed to up their games and get more competitive with pricing and perhaps put more effort into defending their market share of pedal bikes.
  • 1 0
 One would wonder why they are using 15 by 110 instead of a 20mm like a burly front fork should have carrying such large weights with an extra 15 pounds of battery and motor with all the housing, etc. Any real DH fork like a Fox 40 or Boxxer uses a 20mm axle it makes sense you can feel the difference and it's massive. They don't need a dual crown to support the 20mm. I feel that should be a basic on a 50 pound 170mm freeride bike.
  • 1 0
 Didn't Cannondale create a motorcycle that failed miserably? Ducati would have better luck with high performance road bikes just due to their branding and that most Ducati owners -- talk more about their bikes, than ride them.
  • 4 0
 Couldn't they at least pay a photographer? The images are scary ugly.
  • 1 0
 No photographer can fix this pregnant image. If you want to jump on the bandwagon and be a wannabe, at least try somewhat....
  • 2 0
 That kink before the head tube on the left one is like, does it hurt there? And the baby bulge on the other left one is like, when is it due?
  • 3 0
 The MIG-S can be upgradet with Ground to Air missile and an electromagnetic afterbourner....
  • 4 0
 Does it come stock with the rattle?
  • 1 0
 Just buy a wicked Ducati motorcycle used because the re sale is horrible and Maintence super expensive,then learn to fix it yourself. You’ll be way happier with a beautiful motorcycle and it’s cheap than a Ebike.
  • 1 0
 Doesn't send a good message when the rider is pushing away from the bike like that in all the action shots, esp a tall rider.
  • 1 0
 I think the TK looks very nice,certainly better than a lot of e monstrosities,I would have one like a shot.Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and all that
  • 2 0
 Give them a break, they're just taking integration to another level and have integrated a mudguard into the downtube
  • 2 0
 It’s a cruel irony that the manufacturer of the sexiest motorcycles would paste their name on this embarrassment.
  • 2 0
 Oh shit! It looks good. I need to put this in my garage next to my Ducati SF1098 S!
  • 3 0
 You can easily pick up a used Monster for the price of this bike LOL
  • 1 0
 yep,that is quite correct,but unfortunately you cant ride a monster off road across rocks and roots and sticks and river beds and,and and.........
  • 1 0
 @Bontee: you can do that on a scrambler though
  • 1 0
 @matadorCE: Maybe different over the pond matador,but we have things called bridleways.only for walking ,horses and mountain biking (cycles).No scramblers ,I guess by scrambler you mean a petrol powered off roader.So we have loads of trails where motorbikes are banned.Only ebikes are the exception and only 250w motors.You have a big country we don’t.
  • 2 0
 You know the profit margin is sooo good when Ducati turn to selling ebikes.
  • 1 0
 Mind 2030 in the UK, no petrol cars sold, so how long before motorcycles are electric. Electric motorbike, electric mtb not much difference other than power and a throttle.
  • 1 0
 Is that a crud-catcher type thing under the down tube or part of the battery?
If that wasn’t on there it would look much better...
  • 1 0
 they say it acts as aducting system to cool the battery,which is a real concern when pushing hard in hot conditions,that’s why e cars have battery cooling systems,also it is very effective at keeping sheep poo and mud off yer face.So maybe not pretty to some but if you have ever ridden through deep mud these things are a godsend.
  • 3 3
 I was nearly first to comment, but ahh well...first loser...needless to say, I’m 100% sure I’ll never see this bike on my local trails...
  • 3 1
 What a hideous looking “bike”
  • 2 0
 really,you think,have you seen the haibikes,meridas,treks,norcos and shed loads of others.Look,you are either going to get into ebikes or not,but to criticize this is abit unfair.It looks better than most full fat emtbs .Tell me one that you percieve as better looking.
I have been riding mountain bikes since the late 80’s,when rigid was the only way and at best 48mm of lousy front suspension.
Now I am 60 and as an ex motorcyclist and 30 years as a serious mountain biker ,this is perfect.It will allow me to ride 10 days back to back off road ,do 30 miles a day ,and not leave me wasted after day 7,and best of all I get to finally own a Ducati,which I could never afford when I was a biker.
A couple os small points ,this is a pre production bike,Ohlins need careful set up and the tyres are shit,so tune the suspension ,which you would do anyway for off road riding.Switch the tyres to a pair of Maxxis or Schwalbes ,and you are sorted,and lastly,despite the haters I just dropped a deposit on one today.See you on the trails
  • 3 0
 W.T.F.
  • 2 0
 Ducati......and electric.....hmmm....
  • 3 0
 Braaap...
  • 2 0
 Pls stick to motorcycles these bike are hideous by todays standards
  • 1 0
 should have stuck vw on it instead. Those fan boys would lap it up for big $$$$ to match there vans
  • 2 0
 Plus with all the extra surface area on the frame with the battery housing etc, there'll be room for the 'One life. Live it.' sticker.
  • 2 0
 The new Ducati Scrambler. Hipster approved
  • 2 0
 Ducatis are steel tho......
  • 2 0
 I came here looking for this. Ducatis have steel frames and that should have at least been addressed in the article.
  • 1 0
 that looks like a Sherman Tank. Wonder what it weighs for those stoppy moment.
  • 1 0
 for when rockin up to Surreh Hills on the latest Santa isnt quite Dentist enough ;-)
  • 1 0
 please see my norco range vlt in size large in the buy and sell. Way better bike for way less money
  • 1 0
 Anyone ever owned a 748 back in the day, yeah the ones where the rotor nuts came loose?
  • 3 3
 just came here to say to all those ebikers who hate the term moped...look who's building ebikes, a motorcycle company. Fuck ebikes
  • 1 0
 Had to chuckle at how retarded your comment is. Love it!
  • 2 0
 Who remembers the Cannondale dirt bike?
  • 2 0
 Looks like a Monster
  • 2 0
 Girth from Birth
  • 2 0
 is the Mig-s pregnant
  • 1 1
 The jersey is cool, the bike will only appeal to the most ardent Ducati fans who most likely will never take it off road.
  • 1 1
 Eugh. KTM deja vu. Stick to motorbikes, I wouldn't buy a Specialized 1190 Adventure ????
  • 1 0
 Why do motorcycle brands (excluding honda) suck at building mtbs?
  • 1 0
 didnt Luxottica buy ducati as well?
  • 1 1
 Ducati builds motorbikes ? Didn't know. . . .
  • 3 3
 Ducati = moto
E-bike = electric moto
Get that out of the bike trail
  • 1 1
 Yeah, imagine how bad it's gonna look when trail advocates have Ducatis, Yamahas, and KTMs on the trails.
  • 1 0
 Looks like an argos bike
  • 2 2
 What the news? A motorbike company makes another motorbike?
  • 1 1
 I never would have thok Ducati would ever make a mnt bike
  • 1 2
 “I love the lines of this bike”

-Said no one. Ever.
  • 3 4
 Thing is, no real mountain biker will actually buy this thing.
  • 2 4
 Can pinkbike just make an e-specifuc site already so I can get back to reading about mountain bikes?....
  • 3 1
 Filter not working for ya?
  • 3 0
 Too brain dead to use the filter?
  • 1 2
 NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Then we wouldn't have at least one post a week to ridicule! Made my day.
  • 1 1
 No no no no just no

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