Stromer hopes stylish youth will swap cars for e-bike commutes on the ST1 X
Swiss e-bike outfit Stromer first started selling its pedal-assist two-wheel commute machines in the US back in 2013, with the launch of the ST1. Taking design elements from its ST1 models and mixing in some ST2 digital connectivity, the company has announced the ST1 X – aiming some of that renowned Swiss attention to detail squarely at young commuters.
We have to say that the ST1 X, in both standard and sporty guises, is a bit of an eye-pleaser. It doesn't seem to sacrifice performance for beauty either, with Stromer quoting a 70 mile (110 km) range and a top speed of 28 mph (45 km/h) in the US (though a 15.5 mph/25 km/h model is also available in Europe).
That pedelec power comes from a combination of a new 500 W Cyro motor delivering up 35 Nm (26 lb.ft) of torque and a 614 Wh battery pack. The latter doesn't spoil the stylish lines of the e-bike, being hidden away from sight in the chunky down tube, and can be topped up in-frame re removed for external recharging. Regen braking should also help eke out a few more miles between juice stops.
A touchscreen display on the top tube can be used to lock and unlock the e-bike and select the drive modes, and shows current speed, remaining range and chosen pedal assist level. A Stromer Omni smartphone app can also be used for remote lock/unlock, motor config and information on servicing. The ST1 X benefits from an integrated alarm system, too, and GPS to help track the bike in the event of theft.
Elsewhere, the good-looking pedal-assist commuter features a Stromer aluminum fork, Tektro Dorado disc brakes, built-in front and rear lights, and cables that are fed through the inside of the frame to keep the design clean. Stromer has elected to seat riders on its own saddle, the ST1 X rides on 26-inch Schwalbe BigBen Puncture Guard tires and shifts courtesy of a Shimano SLX 11-speed system.
The Stromer ST1 X is available now in orange, charcoal or white for a starting price of US$4,999, and comes in a Comfort model with a 17-inch frame, as well as a Sport flavor with a choice of 17-, 20- or 22-inch frames. You can see the Stromer e-bike in action in the short promo video below, but if something that has the look of a regular bike is more to your taste, the Freygeist Classic or the Benelli Achle 29 might be a better fit.
Product page: Stromer ST1 X
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Also, when comparing with a car, consider the TCO, not just the purchasing cost, including the amount of time waster driving and parking in cities.
However, most people don't need an e-bike, since few will use a bike for trips longer than a few miles/kms anyway. But then, since most daily trips are only a few miles/kms, a regular bike is often good enough, as a few days in the Netherlands or Copenhagen shows.