X1 PRO Gen 2 2021
Build Quality & Upgrades Explained
Things keep changing? Yes! CYC Motor Ltd was hard at work in 2020 to improve the X1 PRO thanks to the support from our customers and the CYC Owners Group. We take pride in continuous development as we reach closer to our goal of bringing you the most powerful mid-drive motor with the smallest form-factor available in the market.
We understand it’s hard to keep track, so we decided to simplify things with a walk through all things new and all things fixed since the very first release of the X1 PRO mid-drive motor in 2019.
Let’s take it to the start of the Gen2. What’s different from the Gen1?
A New Motor Core & Rotor
From 6.5k RPM and 3k Watts, the Gen2 motor core and rotor were redesigned to give you even more BANG for your buck and is now capable of reaching up to 5,4k Watts at peak power with 12k motor RPM. This means that you can harness the power output much quicker.
Not only is the Gen2 more powerful, but it upgraded to waterproof Julet connectors and waterproof cable shielding. At last, you can take the X1 PRO out for a muddy spin without the worry of water damage. It’s still important to keep in mind that the motor is not made to be submerged, but it can handle a good, rainy day mission.
Without adding more weight to the kit, CYC kept the kit at an astonishing 5kg. The Gen2 is still light weight but it’s not just the small form factor that makes this motor stand out. The maximum power capabilities of X1 PRO are measured at 5,4kW and 264N.m of maximum rated torque with a 72V battery! To make this even more exciting, the motor system is highly efficient. With an efficiency rate of up to 93%, you are able to get much more range and carry smaller batteries.
At 5kW and throttle mode you are to ride your e-bike like a strong electric dirt bike. The lightweight system still enables extreme power and torque output. The Gen1 had a rated torque of up to 4 N.m. and the Gen2, up to 5 N.m. If you use a strong downhill bike with the X1 PRO, it will be a very capable of handling off-road missions.
All this with the added benefit of your e-bike still looking like a typical e-MTB after conversion, allowing you to enter most of the trails without a hassle.
Aside from the motor core and rotor, the gearbox, electronics, sensors, freewheel and sprocket all got an upgrade. Let’s start with the gearbox. With a more refined machining profile, the gearbox noise was reduced by 50%. Even though the new noise level is highly acceptable, we are still doing tests to improve this as much as possible.
On the Gen1, some electronics and sensors were located externally on the builds which led to easy damage. This concern was completely cancelled out with the Gen2 where all the parts are built in and internalized for a more reliable parts system. But the upgrades don’t end here…
The freewheel and sprocket was redesigned as well. The freewheel’s revamp included an increase in the number of teeth ensuring that the pedaling engagement is more direct and much faster. The sprocket got more reliable as well, changing from hardened steel to stainless steel which was more capable of handling extreme power and increases reliability. A 12T sprocket option was also added in the 72T chainring option whereas previously, all chainring options only had 11T at the sprocket.
When it comes to looks, the Gen2 comes with a stylish steel bash guard for the BAC855 controller as well as an Aluminium chainguard as opposed to the older carbon cover. The crank arms were upgraded with lightweight CNC Aluminium, not only making it look better but also shedding some weight. The new bash guard, chain guard and crank arms gives the rider an even sleeker e-bike look with a motor that will catch the eye of any enthusiast.
The X1 PRO Gen2 is now standardized with torque sensing all bottom bracket options. This means that the Gen2 kit can determine just how much power to feed the motor based on how hard you are paddling. Another addition to the Bottom Bracket options have also been released and you can now fit the X1 PRO directly on any BSA threaded 68 – 83mm, 100mm, and 120mm bottom bracket as well as BB92, BB107, and BB109 Pressfit frames.
The torque sensor was quite the challenge, but now runs with both the torque and cadence signal collected and processed by the controller to provide you with a more natural feeling of pedal assist.
The Torque sensor and controller firmware is continuously tested in the field and we are proud to have achieved a smooth response and natural feeling in the low power, legal mode.
An Updated Stock Controller
The X1 PRO Gen2 was first released paired with either the CYC Motor Stock Controller, BAC800 or BAC2000 option. The Stock Controller came paired with the CYC Stock display whereas the ASI controllers had the 500c or 750c display options.
CYC Motor has most recently been known for being paired with ASI Technologies to supply reliable controllers but the initial recommendation for controller and display options, where the CYC Stock series capable of handling anything from 36v to 72v. The struggle was real getting the controller to handle up to 5k Watts, especially if we wanted to keep the small form-factor. Despite all the improvements made, the stock controller wasn’t refined enough just yet and so, in July 2020, we decided to discontinue the stock controller and switch to the ASI BAC855 and BAC2000.
ASI Technologies BAC controller options
Relying on 3rd parties is a challenge on its own, but overtime we’ve sorted out almost all of the bugs through constant collaboration. ASI’s controllers aren’t new to the scene as they’ve been compatible since the Gen1 and presented a great alternative to the original Stock Controllers.
The BAC800 and the BAC2000 were the original options although the BAC800 is replaced with the BAC855. There’s no major difference in the two as the BAC855 is simply a newer model of the BAC800 released by ASI. As for the difference between the BAC855 and BAC2000, there’s quite a big difference.
The BAC855 has a rated power of 3kW, a phase current of 80A and a battery current of 60A at its peak. Whereas the BAC2000 has a rated power of 5000kW, a phase current of 200A and a battery current of 100A at its peak. This means that if you want to unleash the pull potential of the X1 PRO Gen2, the BAC2000 will get you there.
Now, let’s talk BBs…
There are several aspects to the unique design of the X1 PRO that is worth mentioning. Firstly, you should know that another goal for CYC is to have a mounting position that sacrifices as little ground clearance as possible. So, we’ve designed the motor to have a flexible mounting position where on some builds, no ground clearance is lost at all!
The X1 PRO fits on more than 95% of existing bike frames with BB options for normal BSA threaded BBs or pressfits. Not only don’t you need to worry about the pressfit bottom brackets, you can also now fit the Gen 2 to a Floating Bottom Bracket, a design which is becoming more popular, especially in DIY projects. The flexible mounting options and BBs available, makes the X1 PRO the best machine for e-MTB conversion. Not to mention the easy installation which can take less than 60 minutes to assemble and disable, even for a first-time e-biker.
But isn’t it extremely hard to convert a pressfit frame into an e-bike? We’ve got that covered! A pressfit frame is, of course, quite common in modern mountain biking and is typically very difficult to convert into an electric bike due to the offset chain line. The X1 PRO BB92 and BB109 version is designed to be a direct fit with an ideal chain line of 51mm and 59.5mm respectively. Spot on for all pressfit frames.
There’s more to ground clearance than just the motor position. CYC Motor also has 3 chainring options so you can achieve same ground clearance as you get from your mountain bike before conversion. When designing the X1 PRO, we considered the modern frame and geometry which makes this one of the only motor systems that keeps up with the modern bike frame standard and geometry allowing easy conversion with the 12/72T, 11/63T, 11/53T chainring options.
Our promise is to keep innovating our designs and so, we look forward to the next set of upgrades and will bring X1 PRO Gen 3 to the table in the foreseeable future.
Thanks for your support!