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FSA’s new hub motor for e-road and e-gravel bikes is now available

FSA’s first e-bike drive system was revealed at Eurobike last year and is now available for bike frame producers

Full Speed Ahead (FSA) has announced its new hub motor, the FSA System HM 1.0, is now available to bike frame producers for use on electric road and gravel bikes.

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2021 FSA System HM 1.0 3

Developed by FSA in Italy and first revealed at Eurobike back in 2019, the system is made up of a rear hub electric-assist motor, a 250Wh battery unit, an additional 250Wh expansion battery, and an integrated on-bike control unit. 

The 250Wh battery unit is completely integrated inside the downtube, while the extra battery can be slipped into the bottle cage for longer rides.

2021 FSA System HM 1.0 2

An assistance remote control is integrated into the top tube, and accessible charging is promised with a port that is located above the bottom bracket.

With a claimed full system weight of 3.98kg, FSA’s new offering is relatively lightweight and has a compact design.

2021 FSA System HM 1.0 Button

An ‘eco’ Green and ‘boost’ Red mode, as well as three other settings, can be selected to vary assistance, up to a maximum of 250w and 42 N m of torque.

As well as an integrated speed sensor, the motor adopts an integrated torque sensor for a fast response and good linearity.

“It has continuous and stable power, and can automatically adjust the speed, large starting torque, great climbing assistance, and strong anti-blocking ability,” FSA says.

2021 FSA System HM 1.0 1

When hitting speeds above the EU mandated limit of 25 km/h for electric assistance, FSA says: “The hub shuts down and presents minimal friction and resistance to the drivetrain, allowing the rider to experience a natural and free pedalling motion."

A mobile app has been developed alongside, that is compatible on both iOS and Android devices, which enables riders to record their ride. It displays remaining battery life and charge status, as well as turn-by-turn GPS navigation.

2021 FSA System HM 1.0 App

Via the app, FSA’s service centres can also be reached directly worldwide with chatbot interaction.

FSA is currently providing the hub on four wheelsets, which are the Vision Metron 40 SL Disc, Trimax 30 Disc, Team 30 Disc, and AGX gravel-specific wheelsets. To ensure a complete range of wheels are available for e-road and e-gravel riding, FSA says further wheelset options are already being developed.

More on which brands are going to introduce the FSA system to their bike ranges will follow…

www.fullspeedahead.com

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Pot00000000 | 3 years ago
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Poor effort from FSA

logos on tyres not aligned 

chainring should be big front - small rear.

crank arms parallel to floor

slammed stem

bars should be rotated forward a bit.

 

what other meaningless 💩 should be considered when taking a bike picture ? 

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wtjs | 3 years ago
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It's a curious phenomenon this determination to be offended even by what is obviously a light-hearted comment, and the rage apparent in these comments suggests a certain sensitivity. I know before I send in a comment about e-bikes that a gang of abusive and even foul-mouthed people will emerge complaining about proposals to ban e-bikes or encourage jeering at e-bike riders even when no such proposal has been made. I don't jeer at BMW-borne walkers in the Dales either, or at people who go up Snowdon by the railway that should never have been built... pause for the cries of outrage at the denial of the opportunity to ascend afforded to the disabled or people who can't be bothered to walk up.

I have written previously, too often some will say, that e-bikes are a low environmental impact way of going for a drive in the country, and you can tell how much effort is involved by looking at the 'riders'. I haven't seen any for months, whereas there were lots around here in the summer. This indicates that the great majority of e-bike riders come from a different population to 'cyclists'. No-one, including me, has (as far as I know) suggested banning e-bikes. You're all welcome to use e-bikes as much as you like- doesn't affect me in the slightest!

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Hirsute replied to wtjs | 3 years ago
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If it doesn't affect you, why do you keep moaning about them and people who use them?
How can it be light hearted when you have moaned several times about ebikes and riders ?

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Oldfatgit replied to wtjs | 3 years ago
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"I have written previously, too often some will say, that e-bikes are a low environmental impact way of going for a drive in the country, and you can tell how much effort is involved by looking at the 'riders'. I haven't seen any for months, whereas there were lots around here in the summer. This indicates that the great majority of e-bike riders come from a different population to 'cyclists'."

Not in at all judgemental.

And if you are a representative demographic of 'cyclists' then I'm fecking glad to be nothing like you.

You carry on enjoying your 'cycling', and I'll carry on enjoying mine ... Although the difference is, I don't give a shit about what's between your legs, although you you seem to care about what's between mine.

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Rendel Harris replied to wtjs | 3 years ago
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wtjs wrote:

 I haven't seen any for months, whereas there were lots around here in the summer. This indicates that the great majority of e-bike riders come from a different population to 'cyclists'.

Well, the missus and I have been out every weekend this winter that weather and regulations have permitted on our unpowered high-end roadbikes, we've also commuted to work all through the winter on our ebikes. How do we fit into your picture?

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Simon E replied to wtjs | 3 years ago
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wtjs wrote:

I have written previously, too often some will say, that e-bikes are a low environmental impact way of going for a drive in the country

That was bollocks the first time and it is still bollocks now.

wtjs wrote:

You're all welcome to use e-bikes as much as you like- doesn't affect me in the slightest!

That's good but it would be much better it if you didn't make persistently negative comments about them.

E-bikes have the potential to be a very significant part of persuading people out of cars or using a car less often, which can only be a good thing. There are no downsides to having more people riding e-bikes, whether it's to work, the shops or simply for fun.

At 54 I am grateful that I am still fit and healthy; but I am mindful that the time will come that the assistance a motor can provide may make the difference between continuing to ride and giving it up.

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wtjs replied to Simon E | 3 years ago
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That's good but it would be much better it if you didn't make persistently negative comments about them

I don't think you have quite grasped this forum idea yet; what happens is that people are entitled to state their opinion and other people can agree or disagree with them. The negativity of my comments has extended only as far as ebiking is different to cycling- it's cycling with 'the hills ironed out'. So we'll just have to disagree.

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Hirsute replied to wtjs | 3 years ago
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As long as you don't pretend your many criticisms are 'light hearted'.

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wtjs replied to Hirsute | 3 years ago
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As long as you don't pretend your many criticisms are 'light hearted'.

No, only the one at the bottom of this topic. The rest are completely serious statements that e-biking is generally not cycling for the majority of people on e-bikes.

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Simon E replied to wtjs | 3 years ago
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wtjs wrote:

I don't think you have quite grasped this forum idea yet

There's no need to be so patronising.

I doubt anyone has gained anything from reading your snide comments about e-bikes. I can't see anything you've said that could be described as being part of a discussion.

These battery-powered devices are not going away, if anything they will get more and more popular, so it would be helpful if you didn't try to poison every article about them.

If people want the hills 'ironed out' during their bike rides then I don't see why it should matter to anyone else. Or does that have a detrimental effect on your quality of life that we're not aware of?

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wtjs | 3 years ago
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Despite my conviction that e-bikes are the creation of Satan, the technology is interesting and increasingly difficult to detect by just looking at the device. Fear not, however, because you can easily tell by looking at the rider!

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youngoldbloke replied to wtjs | 3 years ago
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wtjs wrote:

..... Fear not, however, because you can easily tell by looking at the rider!

Seious point: Let's put this to bed. I ride an e-road bike because I have developed blocked arteries in my legs. I'm 57Kg. Life long club rider. A fellow club member rides similar due to MS. Allows me to continue cycling.

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Ihatecheese replied to youngoldbloke | 3 years ago
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The only people who truly care about ebikes perhaps have their own insecurities about not being fast enough. If we're out in a bike exercising then we're winning irrespective of whether it has some assistance.

 The rider may not align to the gaunt Cyclist image- with the ill fitting outfit and slammed stem, besting their PB on the local high steeet- But hey. Who cares. 

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stomec replied to Ihatecheese | 3 years ago
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Ihatecheese wrote:

The only people who truly care about ebikes perhaps have their own insecurities about not being fast enough. If we're out in a bike exercising then we're winning irrespective of whether it has some assistance.

 The rider may not align to the gaunt Cyclist image- with the ill fitting outfit and slammed stem, besting their PB on the local high steeet- But hey. Who cares. 

Agree 100% except for yesterday when the chap on the e-brompton overtook me on a hill on the way home.

Almost died catching and dropping him.   

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durandal replied to stomec | 3 years ago
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And this is, ultimately, the biggest danger that e-bikes present. The cardiac risk to the poor bugger trying to overhaul the bike that he doesn't realise is assisted is an understated danger.

Ban this sick filth, etc.

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Simon E replied to Ihatecheese | 3 years ago
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Ihatecheese wrote:

The only people who truly care about ebikes perhaps have their own insecurities about not being fast enough. If we're out in a bike exercising then we're winning irrespective of whether it has some assistance.

Yep. People with a chip on their shoulder about e-bikes really ought to grow up a bit (or stop using the internet and stick to CBeebies).

As long as you're riding safely and not being a dick then you're doing it right. smiley

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AlsoSomniloquism replied to youngoldbloke | 3 years ago
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And I'm an overweight mamil on my non e-powered bikes. So wtjs with his hatred of anything not human powered would be cursing me from a distance and praising you up for being part of the pure race. 

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Oldfatgit replied to wtjs | 3 years ago
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When your knee looks like this, and you find you can't ride your bike, maybe then you'll understand why some go down the e-bike route.

But I hope for your sake, your knee never ends up looking like this; I'm not sure I'd want to be in a group with a judgemental cocksocket like you.

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Pot00000000 replied to Oldfatgit | 3 years ago
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We don't need the arrow - we can see it 👍🏻🤣

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CharlesMagne replied to wtjs | 3 years ago
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wtjs wrote:

Despite my conviction that e-bikes are the creation of Satan, the technology is interesting and increasingly difficult to detect by just looking at the device. Fear not, however, because you can easily tell by looking at the rider!

Omnomnom goes the troll 

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youngoldbloke | 3 years ago
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Looks remarkably like the Mahle eBikemotion set up, even down to the top tube Iwoc-like 'button'. Hope theyv'e located the charge port in a more sensible position.

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