Stop the scrolling! Here are the new e-bikes and tech you’ve been looking for. FSA rolls out mass production of its gravel/road motor system. Rad Power releases a sub $1k e-bike that promises to get you where you need to go quick and simple. And Batch Bicycles released 2 new step-thru rides that are ready for packing and riding out the door.
FSA System HM 1.0 Ready To Roll
We first saw the FSA System for gravel, road and commuter bikes nearly a year ago. The HM 1.0 system is now ready for mass production and is expected to hit production bikes in September this year. The complete FSA System includes a rear hub motor, a 250Wh battery, an additional 250Wh range boosting battery plugin and a built-in toptube controller. Being for road and adventure bikes the system needs to be light. Weighing in at 3.98kg (8.77lbs) for the complete system, it is a light option for the battery capacity.
The motor has 5 output settings starting with eco mode and finishing with boost. Boost mode tops off at 250W and 42Nm of torque. Naturally, when the motor senses your speed exceeds 25km/h in the EU or 32km/h in the US the system turns off. Also, when speeds exceed their set limit the motor removes drivetrain resistance and offers a natural riding feel. The system has a small q-factor which allows it to fit into XS frames and all geometries. It also has Bluetooth and ANT+ to connect to the iOS & Android app for riding stats, battery life and turn-by-turn navigation.
The FSA System will be readily available on 4 prebuilt wheelsets including the Vision Metron 40 SL Disc, Trimax 30 Disc, Team 30 Disc and AGX gravel-specific wheelset. Additional wheelsets are being developed so they can accommodate gravel, road and commuter riders.
Rad Power & Rad Prices
E-bikes that are reliable, comfortable and equipped with electronics worth their grit often have a price tag well over $1k. Rad Power is changing that with its latest launch. The RadMission 1 is a commuter that features a 500W geared hub motor with 50Nm of torque and 5:1 planetary reduction, a 48V, 10.5 Ah locking Lithium-Ion battery, an estimated 45MPC and integrated brake light. The motor is controlled with a twist grip throttle and its LED control panel displays the output settings. Components include:
- Tektro Aries mechanical disc brakes
- Aluminum brake levers
- Tektro 180mm rotors front & back
- KMC Z7 chain
- 50T chainring on 170mm crank arms
- 16T freewheel
- 1-1/8″ straight steerer headset
- Double-walled aluminum rims
- Kenda Kontact 27.5×1.95″ tires
The RadMission 1 is available in High-Step and Mid-Step sizes; blue, black, red, grey and white colors; and priced at $1,000.
Batch Bicycles: Step on Thru
Looking for something with gears and a bit more upright? The latest from Dayton, OH-based bike manufacture Batch Bicycles are the Step-Thru E-Bike and Step-Thru Plus E-Bike. They both feature an easy to mount step-thru frame design and offer a comfortable upright position. Oh, and both models come stock with front and back fenders and a rear rack.
The Step-Thru has a Bosch Active Line 250W, 40Nm motor capable of 20mph in pedal assist paired with a Bosh 400Wh Powerpack battery. It also has an 8-speed Shimano Altus drivetrain with an FSA alloy crank with a 34T chainring. The Step-Thru rolls on Kenda Kwick Journey 700x50c tires and double-walled aluminum rims. It’s available in sizes S/M (18″) & M/L (20″) and priced at $2,500.
The Step-Thru Plus E-Bike has a the upgraded Bosch Active Line Plus 3.0 motor that achieves 50Nm in torque and maintains the same 400Wh Bosch Powerpack battery. It features a 9-speed Shimano Alivio drivetrain with an aluminum FSA crank, a 38T chainring and a 12-34T cassette. The Step-Thru Plus also rolls on Kenda Kwik Journey 700x50c tires and double-walled aluminum rims. Sizes include S/M (18″) & M/L (20″) and priced at $2,700.