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Stromer Electric Bike Review

by Electric bike guru on December 8, 2011

Stromer bike with Seth in Brooklyn

Stromer bike with Seth in Brooklyn

Aside from the massive down-tube, the Stromer Electric Bike looks like a typical mountain bike. Once you climb aboard this Swiss-designed bicycle you’ll see this bike is anything but typical.

Traveling just one mile on the Stromer electric bike, with the 600 watt motor pushing you along, you’ll think you’re riding a motorcycle.
Biking in New York City traffic with the Stromer is a wild experience, as the Pedal Assist (PAS) mode kicks in and helps you fly down the streets. You’ll have to pedal to keep the bike moving, but with each pedal stroke you’ll feel a bit of assistance, pushing you along and making you smile as you keep up with cars and pass other cyclists.

Smooth assistance: hallmark of Stromer bicycles

Simply pedal harder and the Stromer electric bike goes faster. There are three settings for the PAS setting; low, medium and high. Low provides a low amount of assistance while high throws plenty of power behind your pedal strokes.

With the Power on Demand (POD) mode, you just twist the throttle and the electric motor kicks in. I was testing this out on the quiet street at the base of Astoria Park and was amazed at how smooth and powerful the Stromer electric bike performed. In this mode there’s no need to pedal, so it starts to feel a lot like a moped or motorcycle.

If you don’t want any assistance, you can turn off the electric assist and pedal along with a wide range of eight gears. Shifting is smooth and direct, with an ample selection of gears to power the Stromer electric bike up most hills or down busy streets.

How does the Stromer electric bicycle handle?

Stromer electric bicycle in New York City!

Stromer electric bicycle in New York City!

The handling of the this electric bike is similar to most any mountain bike. Wide handlebars provide a stable ride, and the wheel base is long enough to give you a stable ride. All of this is helpful when speeding along with the 600 watt electric motor, but even at slow speeds the bike handles quite well.

The components on the Stromer electric bike are top notch. Front suspension, coupled with beefy tires, helps with any rough roads that you might encounter. Together with front and rear disc brakes, this bike is not only fast, but it’s built rock-solid so as to handle anything you can throw at it.

I rode this bike over the Queensboro and Williamsburg Bridge in New York City. Both bridges have tight entry and exit points, but the Stromer electric bike is nimble enough navigate these sections with ease. This is not some clunky, unwieldy electric bike; the Stromer bike has a great ride at slow speeds and through tight spaces.

With the pedal assist mode I was able to zip right up the bridge inclines with ease. The Stromer electric bike would be great for any beginner bike commuter who wants to ride to work but is intimidated by hills.

In all, the Stromer electric bike is a powerful machine that can zip you around any city and yet it handles just like a regular bike. It’s a blast to ride and solid as a tank.