New FSA E Bike Motor First Look

New FSA E Bike Motor First Look


(upbeat music) – [Man] We’ve got a really exciting first look for you today. And I don’t think it’s something we’ve featured before on GCN. It’s a brand new, e-bike motor from FSA. And we’re going to tell you how
it works and all the details. But, before we do that, make sure you subscribe to the channel, if you haven’t already done so, and click on the bell icon so you’ll receive a notification every time we upload a new video. (upbeat music) FSA is traditionally a component company, known for their handlebars, their stems and their wheel sets. More recently though, we’ve seen them diversify with their wireless group sets. The K Force We. This is something we’re seeing cycling brands doing more and more of. Think of a company like Specialized. They make pretty much every product you could need on a bike. But, for FSA, this is their first step into the e-bike market
and I love an e-bike, so I’m quite curious
to see what it’s like. (house music) Starting with the important bits. This rear hub is the system’s motor. And it basically means
that the bike remains looking like a completely
standard road bike, which, in fact, when fitted
with a large cassette and a disc rotor on the other side, from side on, means you can barely tell there’s a motor in the rear hub at all. Fittingly, for FSA, as a component brand, FSA have designed four wheel sets to feature the motor hub. These are the top of the range, aero Vision Metron 40 SL Disc, the Trimax 30 disc, Team 30 disc and the gravel specific
AGX wheel sets as well. FSA do say they are
also working on a number of other e-bike wheel sets, so that they can make sure they offer a complete range of wheel sets, both for road and gravel. One of the other positives for having the motor in the rear hub is that manufacturers can leave the bike geometry exactly as standard. The reason I say this is that some bottom bracket motors actually have a larger Q-factor. This is the distance
between the two pedals. And then some frames simply
won’t fit a large battery and a motor in the
extra small frame sizes. (house music) But having the motor in
the rear hub means that the Q-factor can stay as standard, and the motor will fit in
even the smallest of frames. And I have to say, it does
feel like a standard road bike. That is, until I start to pedal. (house music) Powering that motor in the rear hub is a 250 watt hour battery hidden away, down here, in a down tube. And if, like me, you’re not paying too
much attention to detail, you may have been hard pressed to realize that this was actually an e-bike at all. FSA will also be offering a 250 watt hour battery extender that will tuck neatly into
your seat tube bottle cage. Now, they haven’t given us
any specific range statistics, but, with a battery capacity that large, I think it’s fair to say, it’s going to be fairly substantial. As with all e-bikes, and
fitting with e-bike legislation, in Europe, the FSA motor
will cut out at 25 KM an hour and 32 KM an hour in the USA. When it does cut out though, FSA claim that the way the motor works will mean there is minimal
drive train friction. Up here on the top tube,
we have the power control. These days, on e-bikes, you generally see two types of power control. Either a little toggle up on the bars or this neat, sleek, single button integrated into the top tube. And I do think that these just look that little bit neater and, again, make it harder to tell that it actually is an e-bike at all. You can use the control to
toggle between the five modes. From green, which is an eco mode. Gives you the longest battery life. Right up to red, which is
the full-on, turbo mode, providing you with 250
watts of extra power. And even on full blast, on the turbo mode, the motor’s impressively quiet. I mean, I can’t hear it over me speaking. And it’s only putting
out under 55 decibels. Now, at this point in the video, I’m meant to tell you that I’m going to use the turbo mode, ’cause I’m not as fit as I used to be. The real reason I’m using turbo mode is, it’s just a lot more fun on these hills. (house music) Altogether, FSA claim a
complete system weight of just four kilos, which
is really competitive, and should mean it won’t be too difficult to get a complete bike
weight down to 11 kilos. Even our pre-production sample
here weighs 12 and a half. As you would expect
from a new e-bike motor, the FSA system comes with its own app. This contains all the normal features that you would expect, such as allowing you to
check your battery life, the charge status of your battery, and a full diagnostic center that also allows you to connect to the FSA service centers, in case you do have any
problems with your bike. Also, you can record your ride, and even check your usage statistics. So you could work out if
you’re using your motor in the most efficient way possible. But the most interesting
part of the app, for me, is that it includes full
GPS turn-by-turn navigation. Which pretty much makes this app the one stop shop for riding your e-bike. So there you go, the FSA e-bike motor. I’ve always been a big e-bike fan myself, but I want to know, have you ever tried out an
e-bike yourself at home? And if not, why not? Let us know in the comments down below. Give this video a big
thumbs up if you enjoyed it. Or if it persuaded you to
have a go on an e-bike. And if you haven’t already done so, check out John’s latest garbage to gravel episode over there.