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CSC Motorcycles breaks into ebike scene with fat-tired FT750

CSC Motorcycles breaks into eb...
The CSC Motorcycles FT750 fat-tire ebike will be available mid-February, 2020
The CSC Motorcycles FT750 fat-tire ebike will be available mid-February, 2020
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The FT750-20 has a step-over height of 24.4 inches
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The FT750-20 has a step-over height of 24.4 inches
A trip computer on the handlebar displays remaining charge, speed, pedal-assist levels, and more
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A trip computer on the handlebar displays remaining charge, speed, pedal-assist levels, and more
The FT750 features a Bafang hub motor at the rear
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The FT750 features a Bafang hub motor at the rear
The lockable battery pack is not quite flush with the frame on the FT750-20 model
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The lockable battery pack is not quite flush with the frame on the FT750-20 model
The FT750 rides on Kenda Juggernaut fat tires
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The FT750 rides on Kenda Juggernaut fat tires
The CSC Motorcycles FT750 fat-tire ebike will be available mid-February, 2020
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The CSC Motorcycles FT750 fat-tire ebike will be available mid-February, 2020
The ebike rocks Shimano hydraulic brakes with 180-mm discs
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The ebike rocks Shimano hydraulic brakes with 180-mm discs
The FT750 features a Shimano 7-speed Freewheel gear set and Tourney derailleur
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The FT750 features a Shimano 7-speed Freewheel gear set and Tourney derailleur
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California's CSC Motorcycles – the firm behind the short range but inexpensive City Slicker electric motorcycle – has now entered the ebike market with the FT750. The fat-tired pedal-electric comes in two wheel sizes, and will ship mid-February.

"I became frustrated when I was shopping for an electric-assist bicycle, trying to sort through the cheap junk and the expensive stuff that costs more than our motorcycles," said CSC's Steve Seidner. "After doing extensive research, I was able to source the exact componentry to build an ebike that is the perfect balance of quality and value."

The FT750 rides on Kenda Juggernaut fat tires
The FT750 rides on Kenda Juggernaut fat tires

Both FT750 ebikes are priced the same, at US$1,688, but one rides on 26-inch wheels, while the other features 20-inch wheels. The lockable 48-V/13.6-Ah battery pack is integrated into the downtube of the aluminum frame, though it is visible on the FT750-20 model. Either way, the rider can look forward to between 25 to 40 miles of range, depending on how much pedal assist the bike has to provide.

Activating the thumb throttle will have the rear-wheel Bafang hub motor zip the two-wheeler up to 20 mph, but riders can choose to pump the pedals instead, with five levels of assist available.

Elsewhere, the FT750 rocks Shimano hydraulic brakes front and rear, a Shimano 7-speed Freewheel gear set and a Tourney derailleur. Front suspension has 3.94 inches (100 mm) of travel, which can be adjusted through eight damping levels. Kenda Juggernaut tires also help to smooth out a bumpy ride.

A display on the handlebars offers trip info, speed, battery status and pedal-assist level. The LED headlight has a USB port so you can keep your smartphone juiced up, and there's an LED taillight too.

The FT750-20 has a step-over height of 24.4 inches
The FT750-20 has a step-over height of 24.4 inches

The FT750-26 offers a stand-over height of 29.5 inches (75 cm), a seat height that can be adjusted from 35 to 45.7 in (89-116 cm) and has a curb weight of 61.6 lb (28 kg). While the FT750-20 has a stand-over height of 24.4 in (62 cm), a seat height of 33.9 to 39.4 in (86-100 cm) and the ebike has a curb weight of 55.1 lb (25 kg).

Both FT750 models are available for pre-order now, ahead of mid-February availability.

Source: CSC Motorcycles via Electrek

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3 comments
f8lee
I wonder how this compares to the Rad e-bikes RadRover...the specs seem very similar
Mzungu_Mkubwa
"Unlimited" mode allows a mere 28mph top speed with throttle. Granted its only a 1.5Kw max motor, but still pretty wimpy if riding with any traffic. I prefer the Onyx RCR's 60mph potential max for those moments when getting out of the way quick can help! The RCR still needs mirrors and fenders IMO, but its a more appealing option than one of these e-bikes to me.
Doodah
The Onyx RCR is well over double the price of this and is a moped. The pedals are almost purely decorative on the Onyx, it's weight and specs are nothing similar. In fact there is nothing comparable .between the two except they're both electric powered, as well as two wheels. It's disingenuous to compare the two of them. I do agree that the Onyx RCR is awesome and I"ve been tempted by one for a long time.