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Choose Your Bicycle | Cycling holidays in Italy

.. cycling holidays in Italy and e-Bike cycling holidays in particular are amazingly enjoyable

Posted in the Adventure collection on 17th April 2020


or casual cycling holidays, Italy is a tough venue!

Tuscany and Umbria are very hilly! And although I was never a serious cyclist, I looked forward to riding my bike through rural Italy.

Then a good friend convinced me to try an e-Bike. I was totally unprepared for the immense and overwhelming emotion that the experience gave me! Immediately I saw that cycling holidays in Italy and e-Bike cycling holidays, in particular, would be incredibly enjoyable.

Getting on the e-Bike was, indeed, 'just like riding a bike' yet, at the same time, it was anything but!

Electric bikes are remarkable enablers. Today I ride thousands of kilometers every summer leading guided cycling holidays, touring Tuscany by e-bike, and as the Our Umbria tour guide.

I ride the Haibike Cross along the white roads of Umbria or race the Lapierre along the ridges of the Val d'Orica, the experience is always delightful, challenging, and deeply rewarding.

Tim Hudson.


Why would I choose to ride one e-Bike over another? Here is why...




Raleigh Motus Grand Tour Low Step


What is this bike suitable for?

The Raleigh Motus Grand Tour Low Step is perfect for e-Bike cycling holidays in Italy and in particular an electric bike tour of Tuscany or Umbria! It is as good-looking as it is to ride. Designed in Britain and made in Europe, the top-of-the-range Raleigh Motus Grand Tour Low Step is perfect for the casual cyclist to enjoy e-Bike cycling holidays through rural Italy.

The upright riding position gives the rider plenty of opportunities to get closer to their surroundings while mounted comfortably on a gel seat, suspended seat and long-travel suspension front forks.

Dressed with a handlebar-mounted water bottle and single pannier for your day-to-day needs the reliable, long-lasting power-assist system from market leader Bosch provides an exceptional experience ideal for bike riding tours in Italy. The 500WH semi-integrated battery offers pedal-assist for up to an impressive 135 miles on a single charge.



Who is the Raleigh Motus Grand Tour Low Step designed for?

All the best experiences are shared. That is exactly what the Raleigh Motus Grand Tour Low Step is suited to, enjoying and experiencing cycling holidays in Italy together. Whether you are a casual, occasional cyclist or a MAMIL (Middle-Aged Man In Lycra) you will enjoy the ride!

The BOSCH Active Line Plus motor makes cycling holidays in Italy a smooth and luxurious experience, offering an almost completely noise-free ride and a higher level of pedal rate detection to improve cycling efficiency so you get the maximum enjoyment whether you are touring Tuscany by e-bike or biking in Tuscany, self-guided.



A Bit More Detail 

The Intuvia display shows everything you need to know whilst on your cycling tour. It is clear, convenient and easy to read with the large display screen placed set at the centre of the handlebars. The smart gear shift indicator ensures you're riding in the correct gear to optimise battery consumption to increase your bike's range and the Intuviua system can even be used to charge your smartphone!

The Raleigh Motus Grand Tour Low Step is fully equipped with extra features and quality components such as disk brakes for ultimate stopping performance, puncture-less e-Bike tyres, a traditional bell, wheel lock for added security, adjustable handlebar stem, suspension saddle and integrated lights.

Raleigh Motus Grand Tour Low Step - Made for cycling holidays in Italy!





Haibike sDuro Cross 3.0


What is this bike suitable for? 

The Haibike SDURO Cross 3.0 handles the Italian white roads like a champion!

It is an electric bike perfect for gravel bike holidays in Umbria and Tuscany where those grippy tyres help you take on the Italian ‘strada bianca’ with great confidence.

The Haibike SDURO Cross 3.0 is a ‘serious hybrid’ gravel eBike for enjoyable riding on road, yet an eBike that can chew up the countryside.


Who is the Haibike sDuro Cross 3.0 designed for?

Gravel cycling tours are about pace across different terrains, making this electric hybrid bike ideal for anyone who wants to get into this exciting cycle world!

WATCH: GRAVEL RIDES in Umbria, Italy


A Bit More Detail

Your 500 watt-hour battery gives you a good 80 to 95 Km (50-60 miles) of mixed terrain riding - a lot more if you put more into the pedals and ask less of the motor!

The 250W Bosch ePerformance CX motor is built with the trails in mind. It gives a little extra power at lower cadences for when you need that extra kick to get up to speed while cutting out briefly during a gear change to protect the chain as you need to kick a little harder on those climbs.

Built for those who don’t want to worry about every single parameter of their ride the Intuvia display is a simple and clear LCD display that tells you the basics for your ride. Battery capacity and estimated battery distance, speed and power setting are all in one spot for you to see with a quick glance.


Key Features:

  • Motor: Bosch Performance CX 250W
  • Frame: Aluminium 6061, quick-release 5 x 135mm, disc brake Post Mount
  • Forks: SR Suntour NEX E25-LO steel spring 63
  • Gears: Shimano Alivio M4000 9 Speed
  • Brakes: Shimano MT200
  • Wheels: 28" / 700c Rodi Black Rock 21
  • Tyres: Schwalbe Smart Sam
  • Battery: Bosch 500Wh 36 Volt, 30-140 Power Assisted Miles*
  • Display: Bosch Intuvia



Lapierre e-Xelius 600 SL Disc Carbon e-Road Bike


What is this bike suitable for?

The Lapierre e-Xelius 600 SL Disc Carbon is a specialised e-road bike designed for climbing and covering long distances with the optional e assist needed to exceed your limits through mountain passes and other climbs.

Offering performance and flexibility thanks to its racing geometry, the Lapierre e-Xelius 600 SL Disc Carbon e-Road Bike is exceptionally comfortable to ride, thanks to its technology and 3D Tubular design. The Lapierre Xelius SL carbon has been the spearhead of the Lapierre racing range since its launch in 2015.



Who is the Lapierre e-Xelius 600 SL Disc Carbon e-road bike designed for?

Tuscany is 92% hills.

If you find climbing pleasant you will be reassured on the way back down by the stability of this e-road bike.

Ride confidently with friends and rise to new challenges. With the Lapierre e-Xelius 600 SL Disc Carbon e-Road Bike, you can explore new horizons and with an e-assist road bike cast off your gathered years and the physical differences of the peloton. Set your own level of attainment while riding with the group.

The e-Road bike is designed for your cycling pleasure. And the Lapierre e-Xelius 600 SL Disc Carbon e-road bike brings you that little help you need when climbing as if you were carried by the crowd.



A Bit More Detail

The new Lapierre e-Xelius 600 SL Disc Carbon e-Road Bike perfectly integrates the Fazua e Road Bike motor drive system while limiting the frame empty weight to 1.65 kg, one of the lightest e road bikes around.

With a design based on the first-generation Xelius SL Disc chassis, the frame retains its sporty spirit with excellent stability born of its base length and its wheelbase. While always seeking the best compromise for achieving lightweight and retaining the same stiffness, the frame and the fork use UD SL carbon and reinforced head tube, diagonal tube and the pedal spindle.




Compact, lightweight and quiet, the Fazua e Road Bike Evation Drive System (EDS) is compatible with a conventional double crankset. This ensures that you retain the standard power offered by a 22-speed road bike.

The Fazua EDS also offers the advantage of being easy to use thanks to its handlebar control for choosing one of three assistance modes: Breeze, River or Rocket and of course the unassisted mode.

The battery/motor drive unit produces …

  • 125 watts (Breeze)
  • 250 watts (River)
  • 400 watts (Rocket) ... for a good dose of boost on the steepest inclines

The battery has a capacity of 250 Wh that is perfectly suited to road use. The Fazua Evation Drive System has another advantage, that of offering no pedal resistance when the motor is off or as soon as the assistance cuts-out in excess of 25 kph. You will feel just like you are riding a conventional road bike, offering the same level of pleasure without any hindrance born of unnecessary friction.

If you feel like it, you can also remove the battery/motor drive unit and use the bike quite normally, reducing its weight to 10.3 kg while making the most of the dynamic performance, stability, and comfort of the e-Xelius SL.





Lombardo GARDA 24 Youth Hard Tail


What is this bike suitable for?

Family bike tours and cycling holidays with children take on a new life with the Lombardo GARDA 24 Youth Trekking hybrid eBike, the perfect introduction to family bike tours for the younger cyclist.

For cycling holidays in Italy, the Lombardo GARDA 24 Youth Hard Tail is designed as a trekking hybrid to be used mainly on-road but suitable for gentle gravel paths.

Who is the Lombardo GARDA 24 Youth Hard Tail designed for?

The 24” bike frame is suited to 9 to 14-year-olds, depending upon the child's height and experience. Following Mum and Dad over the hills and through the Umbrian valleys is a perfect introduction to family bike tours in Italy.



A Bit More Detail

  • FRAME - Mtb Young Alloy 6061 24"x350mm 135mm QR
  • SEAT POST - SIGNUM Alloy Black 31,6x350mm
  • STEM - SIGNUM Alloy Stem 60mm
  • SHIFT LEVER - SHIMANO Altus SL-M310 8speed
  • CASSETTE - SHIMANO CS-HG20 12-32 8 speed
  • TYRES - SCHWALBE Table Top PERF 24*2.25 57-507
  • FORK - SUNTOUR XCT 24" travel 80mm
  • HANDLEBAR - SIGNUM Alloy 580mm Bar Bore 31,8mm
  • REAR DERAILLEUR - SHIMANO Altus RD-M310 7/8speed
  • CRANKSET - SAMOX Alloy Black 150mm
  • WHEELS - SIGNUM Alloy 28h 24" – Alloy hubs
  • BRAKES - SHIMANO MT200 Hydraulic Disc – Rotor 160-160
  • SADDLE - SIGNUM Mtb Young
  • MOTOR - Bosch Active 36V 250W 40Nm Torque
  • BATTERY - BOSCH Standard Powerpack 300Wh Anthracite – 2A
  • DISPLAY - BOSCH Purion Anthracite





The Burley Bee Bike Trailer for Kids


What is this bike trailer suitable for?

The Burley Bee bike trailer for kids enables family cycling adventures with no sacrifice of safety and durability.

The Burley Bee has incredible storage space sufficient to haul two kids and everything you need for a picnic outing! The storage area is secure enough with fabric walls and thick nylon bottom.


Who is The Burley Bee Bike Trailer for Kids designed for?

“The kids have always been comfortable and have never complained about the seats or straps. They enjoy looking out the "windows" of the clear plastic sides and front. The rain cover is nice just in case. We've taken ours on long trips..”

Review by Gerry M.

A Bit More Detail

The Burley Bee can only be used with the Raleigh Motus Grand Tour Low Step.






The BOSCH NYON | On-Board Computer for eBikes | Turn-by-Turn Navigation


For our Raleigh Motus & HAIBIKE Cross fleet, we use the BOSCH NYON On-Board Computer for eBikes.

As the world’s first on-board computer for e-Bikes, Nyon combines all the functions that you might imagine in one device – for even more riding fun, safety and comfort.

With Nyon, you can plan tours with up to 8 intermediate waypoints. Navigation and turn instructions and distance to destination with estimated arrival time.