At Interbike last year, Karl and I researched electric bikes and learned a lot, paving the way for future reviews. (Sorry, Vegas encourages bad puns.) This year there aren’t as many electric bikes available for demo, but we did spot a company new to us, Stromer.
This Swiss brand has apparently been the best-selling one in Europe for three years now. They offer one model in step-through and standard frame styles, both for $2850. This is one of the most “normal”-looking e-bikes, with the battery hidden in the down tube, accessed by a nifty door.
The hub motor packs a punch at 600 watts continuous—peak rating is 749w. These bikes were popular with demo-ers, so by the time we got to the booth the batteries were waning, but we were still impressed with the power they put out.
It doesn’t end here, we’ve got a lot more coverage of Interbike 2011.