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Stromer sport

A2b alva +Both the Stromer Sport and A2B Alva + exist to prove that electric bikes can look and ride better than regular bicycles–and they’re both doing a pretty good job of it. From the Stromer’s incognito battery and off-road performance and the A2B’s 20mph power assist, each bike was a very eligible competitor for my affection, though there are a few tradeoffs worth mentioning.  Keep in mind that his list is nowhere exhaustive.

The Get and Go

Both the Stromer Sport and A2B Alva + are powerful electric bikes, so the real difference comes to battery life and top speed.

A2B Alva + battery packThe winner here, hands down, was the A2B Alva+.

From the moment I left the shop, I was powering down 2nd Avenue at the speed of post rush-hour NYC traffic! Not in a bike lane happening to go the speed of traffic (which would be dangerous) but I was riding like a motorcycle, often having to change lanes to maintain my superhuman commuting speed.

The Interface

Stromer Sport Electric BikeWhere the A2B dominated the top speed category, the Stromer Sport had a far more intuitive controller- all controls at my finger tips and easily accessible. I will be even more stoked with the Stromer ST-2 comes out with smartphone integration in Summer 2014.

The A2B’s interface utilized a click wheel, which was not as easy to use while riding but still doable, albeit my frustration was beginning to develop as the night wore on.  The Stromer Sport wins here, by a landslide.

The Ride

Stromer Sport Electric bikeEach bike was taken down different routes, but under similar conditions.  In spite of being two generations older than its German compatriot, the Stromer Sport soldiered along crumbling Brooklyn streets with ease.  The ride was more like a familiar mountain bike, rather

Weight

Okay, the A2B is one heavy sucker, plain and simple, there are definitely some lighter weight electric bikes out there. Getting it up my three story walk-up took two trips, one for the battery and wheel, one for the frame. And I still struggled to get it up the stairs, once falling over backwards with it. The Stromer Sport was a lot heavier than my normal bicycles, but I was still able to get it upstairs without incident or disassembling. The Stromer Sport easily wins this: I just had to throw this bike over my shoulders and I was up in a matter of minutes.

Looks

Okay, this is a tough one–and it really comes down to personal preference. With its square tubing, the A2B Alva+ looks more like a bike of the future, even earning compliments from the NYPD officer who pulled me over for riding in Central Park after hours (oops!).

Stromer Sport - the best looking electric bike

The Stromer Sport looks like any standard high-end mountain bike, with the battery cleverly hidden away in the downtube, and a sleek rear motor that can only be spotted by someone familiar with electric bikes.

Personally, the Stromer Sport wins my vote for this round.

The Winner: A2B Alva+!!

Alva + electric bike

From the fenders to the lights to the ability to pass fossil fuel burning cars on the city streets, I was in love with the Alva+ by the time I crossed the Manhattan Bridge. The Stromer Sport is a great electric bike for the price, but A2B makes a mean electric bicycle.

This isn’t to knock Stromer, though.  Stromer still has some of the best service in the industry and that is why I’ll forever be a fan of both Stromer and A2B

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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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