The Centurion Overdrive Carbon Road Z4000 is the flagship model of the German bike brand’s brand-new range of E-road bikes. Read on to find out how the FAZUA Evation motor equipped Centurion fares in direct comparison with the competition.

For an overview of the test fleet head to the main article: The best E-road bike of 2019! – 13 of the most exciting models on test

CENTURION Overdrive Carbon Road Z4000 | 13.92 kg | € 5,599 | FAZUA Evation 1.0

The entire test crew agrees that the Overdrive makes a good first impression. The two-tone shimmering red and deep matte black paint job cleverly disguises the cover of the FAZUA system, making for a slimmer-looking silhouette. The FAZUA Evation motor on the Centurion supports the rider with a torque output of 60 Nm and a rated output of 250 W (maximum power output of 400 W) up to 25 km/h, with a battery capacity of 250 Wh. The cable routing is nicely integrated into the frame, but there is a lot going on at the front of the bike due to the positioning of the cable ports. In terms of spec, the product managers have done a great job: the proven 2×11 Shimano ULTEGRA R8020 groupset is combined with 160 mm DURA-ACE. Another nice detail is the specially designed cover for the FAZUA transmission in the bottom bracket, which mirrors the shape of the battery-motor unit. For the cockpit and seat post, Centurion have used components from their in-house brand PROCRAFT, which offer a high-quality finish. With the DT Swiss ER1600 Dicut wheelset and 32 mm wide Continental GP 5000 tires, the Centurion weighs 13.92 kg in size L and costs € 5,599.

Helmet SCOTT Centric Plus | Glasses Adidas Zonyk Aero | Jersey VOID Ride | Bibs VOID Ride | Socks VOID Sock 16 | Shoes SCOTT Road Comp

The CENTURION Overdrive Carbon Road Z4000 in detail

Motor/Battery FAZUA Evation 1.0 250 Wh
Drivetrain Shimano Ultegra R8000 2×11
Gearing 50/34 T and 11–32 T
Brakes Shimano ULTEGRA BR-R8000 160/160 mm
Stem PROCRAFT Road Flat 80 mm
Handlebar PROCRAFT Road Flat 440 mm
Seatpost PROCRAFT Carbon SP-67T.C
Wheels DT Swiss ER1600 Dicut
Tires Continental Grand Prix 5000 32C

On the gap
The brace between the seat stays was deliberately omitted for added compliance. A detachable bridge still allows you to mount fenders.
Free estate
Clearance for up to 40 mm wide tires.
While you’re at it
If you’re going to design your own cover for the FAZUA motor, you might as well do it properly. Thumbs up!
The gap between the frame and the battery is very tight. Be sure to check that the battery is securely latched when putting it back in.
Size 47 50 53 56 59
Seat tube 470 mm 500 mm 530 mm 560 mm 590 mm
Top tube 530 mm 543 mm 557 mm 571 mm 585 mm
Head tube 110 mm 130 mm 150 mm 170 mm 190 mm
Head angle 70.8° 71.0° 71.3° 71.5° 71.8°
Seat angle 74.0° 74.0° 74.0° 74.0° 74.0°
Wheelbase 1,015 mm 1,027 mm 1,040 mm 1,052 mm 1,064 mm
Reach 375 mm 383 mm 391 mm 399 mm 407 mm
Stack 540 mm 560 mm 580 mm 600 mm 620 mm

The CENTURION Overdrive Carbon Road Z4000 in review

The lively riding experience of the Centurion is guaranteed to put a smile on your face! With its balanced weight distribution, it remains stable even at high speeds. The Overdrive doesn’t encourage immediate direction changes, but it will take them on nonetheless. Here, the endurance design dominates over outright performance! The central and not-too-stretched riding position is suitable for long days in the saddle. You could also fit a longer stem for a slightly more aggressive riding position. The 32 mm wide GP 5000 tires make a lot of sense for the configuration of our test bike. However, with clearance for up to 700x40C tires, there is plenty of room for spontaneous gravel outings.

Tuning tip
heat shrink tubing to tidy up the cables around the cockpit

The greatest strength of the Centurion is that it has no real weaknesses – you can recommend the bike to everyone with a clear conscience.

Small bumps and vibrations are dampened throughout the system, resulting in an excellent level of overall comfort. Well matched to the endurance bike character, the FAZUA motor performs optimally at cadences between 70 to 85 rpm. The Overdrive is the only FAZUA bike to come with a lock to secure the battery. Unfortunately, it neither improves the function of the FAZUA latch nor is it particularly pleasing to the eye. However, the motor cut-off at the 25 km/h threshold is nice and smooth. When it comes to power delivery, the lowest level of assistance is enough for a tangible level of support on the Centurion.


The Centurion Overdrive Carbon Road Z4000 delivers a good overall package and is the most balanced FAZUA driven bike in the test field. With lots of clever details, the frameset harmonises nicely with the carefully considered spec. The Centurion would only have needed a touch more sprightliness and athletic performance to be awarded the test victory. If you’re looking for an endurance all-rounder with a good motor, this is it!


  • balanced handling
  • sophisticated componentry and details
  • good looks


  • battery lock offers no added value
  • very tight clearances to fit the FAZUA system

Riding Characteristics



  1. cumbersome
  2. playful


  1. nervous
  2. confident


  1. demanding
  2. balanced

Fun factor

  1. boring
  2. lively

Motor feeling

  1. digital
  2. natural

Motor power

  1. weak
  2. strong

Value for money

  1. terrible
  2. very good

Technical Data

Overdrive Carbon Road Z4000

Size: S M L XL
Weight: 13,92 kg
Motor: FAZUA Evation 1.0
Motor torque: 60 Nm
Battery Capacity: 250 Wh
Price: € 5,599

Indended Use

Smooth tarmac 1
Allroad/Gravel 2
Everyday/Commuting 3

For more info head to:

For an overview of the test fleet head to the main article: The best E-road bike of 2019! – 13 of the most exciting models on test

All bikes in test: Bianchi Aria e-Road | BMC Alpenchallenge AMP ROAD ONE | Cannondale Synapse Neo SE | Coboc TEN Torino | FOCUS Paralane² 9.9 | LOOK E-765 Optimum Disc | Moustache Dimanche 28.7 | ORBEA GAIN M10 | Pinarello Nytro | Specialized S-Works Turbo Creo SL | Thömus Sliker E1 | Wilier Triestina Cento1 Hybrid Custom

This article is from GRAN FONDO issue #012

GRAN FONDO Cycling Magazine is published in a digital app format in both English and German. Download the app for iOS or Android to read all articles on your tablet or smartphone. 100% free!

Did you enjoy this article? If so, we would be stoked if you decide to support us with a monthly contribution. By becoming a supporter of GRAN FONDO, you will help secure a sustainable future for high-quality cycling journalism. Click here to learn more.

Words: Photos: Valentin Rühl, Benjamin Topf, Robin Schmitt