by Micah Toll
The new CSC FT1000MD e-bike (they apparently never lost the motorcycle naming scheme from their roots) will also be the brand’s first mid-drive e-bike.
The bike will ship in Class 2 mode with a 20 mph (32 km/h) speed limit, but it can be unlocked by the rider to reach 28 mph (45 km/h) on either throttle or pedal assist.
The motor also puts out a maximum of 160 Nm of torque, which is more than any other consumer e-bike mid-drive motor on the market. That high torque makes short work of hills and powers the bike through quick acceleration off the line.
Speaking of torque, the motor includes a true torque sensor to provide the most comfortable and responsive pedal assist. It provides a more natural motor response than cheaper cadence-based pedal assist sensors.
The CSC FT1000MD e-bike combines the high power mid-drive motor with a stainless steel KMC chain for longevity and an 8-speed Shimano Altus derailleur.