FSA have launched a new rear hub motor system for e-bikes, simply dubbed the 'FSA System'. It has a 250Wh battery as standard plus an expansion battery, and the whole thing weighs in at just 4kg.
The on-bike control unit looks pretty similar to the one that appears on the eBikeMotion system, as seen on the Ribble SLe amongst others, although FSA say it's completely their own creation from the ground-up. Funnily enough we've just seen that eBikeMotion are now placing their assist control on the side of the cockpit rather than the top tube, which now means the two systems look a little more distinguishable.
FSA have included a 250Wh battery tucked away in the downtube, and if required you can also mount an additional 250Wh battery within a bottle cage for longer rides. The 250 watt motor lives in the rear hub, and of course the system has its own smart phone app so you can keep on top of your battery status and see your ride stats.
The button on the top tube has five settings going from eco Green mode up to boost Red. The charge port is located just above the bottom bracket, and the motor has an integrated torque sensor plus two speed sensors that adapt to different riding styles and weather conditions. FSA also claim the system is quiet in operation, at just 55 decibels on full power mode.
FSA say the system is built to last with superoior bearings in the hub and complete waterproofing throughout, however FSA have 40 worldwide service centres ready to fix any issues for customers if neccessary.
We've no news on pricing or what bikes the FSA system is set to appear on yet, but we'll update if we find out...