2012 Stromer Sport Deluxe

by Jack R. on March 20, 2014

As a Floridian-turned-NYC bike messenger, there were three things nobody could prepare me for: hills, cold, and an unforgiving maze of stagnant traffic. So, when given the opportunity to give the 2012 Stromer a spin around the streets I was hesitant. Surely, I cannot be seen on an electric bicycle: that’s just cheating. After just five minutes on the streets, I wondered just why I held myself back for so long.

Stromer Electric bike“Not your average looking e-bike…”

With sleek tubing and a matte black finish, the Stromer Sport Deluxe has to be the most unsuspecting electric bicycle on the street. Gone are the images of bulky battery packs you have to carry with you–the 36v Li/ion battery is kept hidden away in the downtube and can only be removed with the included key. The handlebar mounted controller appears bulky at first, but the large readout was easy to use and told me everything I needed to know without breaking my concentration on the circus around me.

Climbing Streets

The Stromer Sport is a powerful electric bike. Hills are something many urban riders pride themselves on: the thrill of conquering an almost vertical mass of land gives a feeling that some compare to winning the lottery. Not me, I hate hills. So, upon reaching my first steep hill I was nervous: at 6’5″ and over 300lbs, I had the all too familiar feeling of the work ahead of me, and the shame of having to dismount and walk.

With an audience of NYC Taxis prepared to audibly punish me with a beep of their horn, the light turned green and I began pedaling up the hill–only to be pleasantly surprised to be silently pushed along by the bike’s 500W motor without any hesitation. With a smile on my face I effortlessly conquered the Midtown mountain! With a slight pull of the Sport’s Avid mechanical disk brakes I was able to regain some of the battery power I used going up as I glided back down the hill. At that point I was hooked.

Stromer Sport Electric Bike Six Modes of Joy

The Stromer Sport has two modes of regeneration and four modes of power with the option to either accelerate when you pedal (Power Assist) or with a twist of the grip (Power on Demand). Power Assist’s Power mode was an immediate favorite of mine and I spent a majority of my time with the bike enjoying the responsiveness of the motor to my command. The City, ECO, and Tour modes guarantee something for every riding style–whether it be on crowded NYC streets or gorgeous Florida trails.

In summary, the 2012 Stromer is an excellent commuting workhorse that soldiers up hills and recharges down them. With a 20MPH top speed, 25 mile range (Power Assist), and an entry price lower than most used cars, the Stromer Sport was my gateway to the world of electric propulsion.

Dylan

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500 watts of red carpet

by Jack R. on January 11, 2014

Choosing your favorite electric bike is a bit like choosing your favorite celebrity. Some are fashionable and always look flashy, some are efficient and can effortlessly run long distances, others are great performers and are perfect in a variety of different roles.

A2B MetroThe A2b Metro Diesel

The A2B Metro is somewhere between a classy well dressed action hero and the winner of the World’s Strongest Man competition. First off, the A2B just has that touch of elegance. Bright crisp colors like red and silver, shiny high tech components that turn the head, and a visually striking frame, somewhat reminiscent of a moped, that has a tinge of the romantic. At the same time, it’s also looks super burly and tough, able to haul a lot of weight and get the job done.

A2B metroLooking at the A2B, I imagine myself cruising along a winding path on the Mediterranean on my way to the Villa, but at the same time I’m thinking, “Damn, I bet this thing could haul a lot of wood.” Like Vin Diesel, the Ab2 has a lot of torque and could lift some serious weight at the gym, but I also wouldn’t be surprised to see it featured on GQ.

Brompton Firth

Electric Brompton BikeAn electric bike like the E-Brompton is a bit hard to pin down as it combines so many different elements – incredibly versatile, the ideal commuter, able to become very compact and perform perfectly in every situation – Inspector Gadget might be a good fit if he were a real person. Actors who can play vastly different roles perfectly come to mind, the Daniel Day Lewis’ and Philip Seymour Hoffmans of the industry, but there’s something more common place and comfortable about the Brompton which doesn’t fit with these eccentric titans of Hollywood. Perhaps an actor like Colin Firth, who delivers with power and efficiency, is very diverse, great in every role, but also has a more everyday humility about him.

Like the electric Brompton, I think I could hang out with Colin Firth everyday without getting annoyed, and I imagine him being easy to take into restaurants or cafes without causing a scene, although he’d definitely be a conversation starter. He’s also very British.

Brody St1 Platinum

Adrian Brody Stromer St1And then there’s the Stromer St1 Platinum, the sleekest, sportiest bike in the shop, elegant bright red finish, fast 30 mph top speed, made only with the best components and looks great on camera. Really I have no choice but to compare the Stromer St1 with Adrian Brody. Not that he can run 30 mph, or is powered by a Samsung 36 volt lithium ion battery, but he did come in the shop and buy a Stromer St1 of his own, so I figured I’de give him props.

All for now,

Jack

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