Sometimes things are worth the wait. We certainly waited, longer than we expected for the Stomer ST5, and boy was it worth it. We just built our first, and test rode it. All previous Stromers relied on the same large powerful hub motor, but tuned to different outputs as the class of bike went up. Even the tuning for the ST2S, was very conservative, as you might expect from the German Swiss builder. The ST5 has a larger motor, very conservatively rated at 800 watts. Ride it and you will know what we mean by conservative. In general a powerful center-drive bike will out climb a Stromer, because of the hub set up. No longer. The ST5, which can easily exceed 30 mph if its computer is assured it is lawful, can climb the 16 to 20 degree slopes of South Main Street, easily in the low 20's with moderate pedaling. How steep is that? Pretty much everyone knows Virginia Street, in the Market, between Western and 1st Ave. That monster is 17 degrees.
My children still hate me, because the final exam on Dad's driving test, was to stop and go at the stop sign at the top of Virginia, on the 17 degree cobblestones with a car behind them, in the rain, with a stick shift. If your kid can do that, and both of mine did, you can give them the keys. I call it tough love, don't know what they called it.
Skip the car, buy and by this Stromer, it will flatten all of our hills, and most of the time get you to your destination well ahead of those poor devils stuck in their cars in the gridlock that our traffic has become.
Here are some pictures of the finer points of the new Stromer:
- Hydraulic brakes cables are full of fluid, which is why they are called hydraulic. Fluid can leak, air can intrude. Much harder with the ST-5's new metal protected hydraulic joints.
- Stromer listen to us and installed the Tektro quad piston hydraulic brakes on the ST-5. Reliable, and they stop. Fast. Fast as a Stromer ST5. Any resemblance to the Red Brembo Brakes on a Mercedes SL 550 AMG or other German and Italian rockets, is purely coincidental.
- The superb derailleur that goes with the Tektro.
- Flats happen. They will happen much less often on these Pirelli tires. Wicked tough, a bike tire, built like a motorcycle tire.
- The best horn set up yet. People need to get our of your way.
- The new brake handles allow you to take full advantage of the stopping power of the Tektro.
- New integrated headlight switch, same old incredibly powerful Stromer headlight. Do not look into this light, you will see dots on your retina for some time.
- The new Omni central display. It is probably smarter, they always are. But it is definitely more beautiful, it is now in color.
If you miss out, Stromer will air-ship you one, not for the usual $1200, but for $300. They must have friends at SwissAir. That is less than one third of the governor's cut.
This is normally a Tuesday feature but Yesterday was September 11, which will always be a solemn day in our history, I am not going to push bikes on the net on that date.
I want to thank our readers. Your response to this feature has been terrific. Good for both featured bikes, but the Screamers have been screaming out of the store. Something to think about. They are extraordinary deals.
BIKE OF THE WEEK
Our Bike of the week is three Bikes. All made by Blix bikes. Blix has been a steadfast, high selling bike for us for more than 5 years, and keeps getting stronger. They offer tremendous value in a good looking well executed package. Our bike of the week is never discounted, but it sometime a vehicle for announcing a manufacturer's sale on a product we love. Blix is holding a $200 off sale on their diamond frame bikes:
The Blix Stockholm, with hydraulic disc brakes and a 500 watt rear hub motor, was $2099, is now $1899!
Blix Stockholm - $1899.00
The Komfort Prima, with hydraulics brakes and a Shimano Steps Center Drive motor, was $2649, and now has been reduced to $2449!
Blix Komfort Prima Step-Over - $2449.00
The Aveny has disc brakes, but not hydraulic, and a 350 watt motor. It was $1899, now its $1699! It could be a screaming deal if it was not the bike of the week.
Blix Aveny Step-Over - $1699.00
SCREAMING DEAL OF THE WEEK
We love Easy Motion Bikes, and our customers do as well. But their small folding bike, the Volt, usually loses out to our all time best seller, the Blix Vika+, But that was before they were practically free.
Our Screaming Deal of the week is the Volt by Easy Motion. We only have two, they are super-light at 38 pounds. They fold, you can stick them both in the trunk of your car, or a locker on a boat. They were $1499, now Screaming out of the store at $950! Even though Screaming Deals do not come with a in store warranty, the Volts come with Easy Motion's best in the industry 5 year warranty on most components. Great company, fine, lightweight folder, but the market has spoken. Come steal'em!
Easy Motion EasyGo Volt - $950.00
Yes, yes, we missed last week, the second week of this undertaking. Well, stuff happens. We are summer time busy, and Alex our assistant manager and lead sales person, broke his collarbone in not one, but two places. Ouch! Alex is on injured reserve, please send out a good thought for him. I don't know why he picked a fight with Mike Tyson. If you are an ortho surgeon, and have some slots sooner than ten days from now, please call me immediately. Our service techs can provide the pins. So Ryan, who makes these blogs pretty, is spending most of his time covering the sales floor. So we blew it. You probably do not care, but I do. This is going to be a regular feature. But also, the one week wait was worth it, because, at long last, the bike of the week is, drum roll please...
BIKE OF THE WEEK
The Stromer ST5. Development and production take a long time. I rode an ST5 prototype at Eurobike 2017, more than a year ago. The new top of the Stromer line is worth the wait, though. It has a larger, 27.5 inch wheels, which I think is ideal, especially since the power has been increased. Read more at https://www.stromerbike.com/en_INT/e-bikes/st5.html. Every possible bell and whistle, you will note that the claimed rating is 850 watts, with the U.S rating "TBD." Worry not, Stromer has always been, how shall we say it, extremely conservative with its ratings. The ST5 will be wicked quick. Stromer bikes are not light, but they handle. We have always referred to the ST2S as the Mercedes S-Class AMG of E-Bikes. The ST-5 is the S-Class AMG 12 litre biturbo of E-Bikes. Only two less wheels, for $211,000 less, and it will blow the doors of the AMG every time in Seattle rush hour traffic.
At 4 a.m. Saturday morning, I finally received confirmation that the first two should be at Seattle E-Bike this week. One is spoken for, the other will be a short terms demo until we can no longer fight people off. # more come about September 14. Our order was not completely ready when the truck showed up, so they are flying 3 to us at their expense.
There is a way you can know exactly when you will get your ST5. The ST5 is $10,000, and it is pre-selling like popcorn. Stromer has a deal with an air freight company. You can buy one from us, and they will put it on the plane in Zurich for $300, which is about $800 less than typical, and less than one third of what the State of Washington will charge you, just for the privilege of buying it.
Supplies are limited for that offer, but our operators are standing by.
Stromer ST5 - $9999.00
SCREAMING DEAL OF THE WEEK
FYI, our last Screamer were the Emazings, we have since the markdown, sold 5. Thank you for recognizing a Screaming Deal when you see one. We have a few more, though.
This week are the Besv bikes. Our Besv’s come with 20” wheels, the PS-1, and 28” wheels, the LX-1. I think they are gorgeous, see below, and they have a cantilevered seat that soaks up the bumps. But they are not quick, and market acceptance has been mediocre to poor. So the $3999 LX-1 is now a Screaming Deal at $1799, more than 50 percent off, and the $1999 PS-1 is now $999. We do not have many, so come on down.
BESV LX1 - $1799.00
BESV PS1 - $999.00
Next week, and I mean next week, we will move out Kalkhoffs, and feature the sale our most popular bike line, Blix, is having.
For $40 we can completely evaluate all of your bike's electric components.
Come to 220 South Jackson Street, our home, and you will see a 3000 square foot showroom. Ah, but there is more, downstairs, 3400 square feet, most of it devoted to the practice of the arcane art of E-Bike diagnosis, repair, fabrication, and even creation of our own custom machines.
Once a month, whether they need it or not, I let the gnomes up to see sunlight. You should see them squint. Much more frequently, they ask me to buy them stuff. Machines and devices that often seem exotic, always seem expensive. But I have to feed them something, so they usually prevail. Actually, I sometime cook for them as well.
I have to admit, the machines are cool, and do useful things to help us offer good service, and create new E-Bike experiences. Stay tuned for a blog about our "party" bikes.
For some months, we have offered a comprehensive diagnosis of the bicycle part of your E-Bike for $90, and that includes a brief diagnosis of the electrical side of things.
Now, we have a new set of magical devices assembled. We can now, very completely, diagnose the entire electrical side of your E-Bike in a very thorough way. We can tell if your motor output is as rated, and if not, why. That involves evaluating not just the motor itself, but the various sensors and controllers that tell it how to perform, and how to fully perform. We can even evaluate the controls that link you to your motor, which give you input into the entire process. We can literally look into the soul of your battery, and see not only if it will charge up, but whether and why it will, or will not, hold its designed amount of charge.
Through the miracles of modern technology, and the genius of our gnomes, we can offer this complete electric diagnosis, this magic, very efficiently, for only $40. Far less than two high quality, large, three topping pizzas. (trades considered)
Not climbing hills like it used too? Top speed down? Cutting out at the worst possible time? (Whenever it cuts out, it is always the worst possible time) Seems like battery range is decreasing? Leave your bike with us for 3 to five days (the battery process requires patience) and you will get a report on your system, telling you what is wrong, what it would cost to repair and replace, or possibly, telling you it is your imagination and you have wasted $40. (Our rates for telling you why you are imagining things are $275 per hour, with absolutely no estimate on the number of hours required, it could take years).
Seattle E-Bike is proud to say we have been selected as the exclusive Northwest dealer for Fantic Electric Bikes. They are Italian. Fantic began 50 years ago in Treviso Italy, building motocross and motard gasoline race machines. Treviso is in the shadow of the Dolomites. Talk to anyone who has seen most of the world's mountain ranges, and they will rank the Dolomite highly. Sharper peaks even than the North Cascades, although a less tangled range. Google them, they are stunning and obviously have provided tremendous steep trails for Fantic to develop their bikes. Fantic makes both full suspension, mtb, and a line of Mountain/City bikes called the Gravel. We have ordered the Gravel X Titanium. Elegant, fast, capable. Since Seattle's streets are often rougher than mountain trails, the Gravel can be your perfect commuter/trail riding combination. All are rough terrain oriented. All have superb components, top to bottom. Even the lithium batteries, almost always made in Asia, are made in Germany by BMZ. With price points from $4000 to $8500, you have a right to expect the best. Fantic is it. We have waited a long time to find a super premium machine in the off road niche. Now we have it, or will by May 11th.
Give us a call to arrange a test ride
In the meantime, feast your eyes on the Gravel X (sorry, Titanium not shown). and the XF1 Enduro.
Why are GoCycle bikes so special? Because they are so superbly engineered that they bust all folding and compact bike preconceptions.
Preconception 1. Folding bikes are less rigid.
Generally true, but not with the GoCycle. Rigidity is important in a bike. The less stiff the frame, the more energy is wasted in flex when you pedal. Our other folding bikes do a good job of reducing flex, but they do not eliminate it. They are still a good value, because they are inexpensive, relatively light, and you can fit two in the trunk of a car, safe from thieves. We have one elderly couple that circumnavigates San Juan Island, 49 miles, on two of our Blix Folding bikes. Gocycle eliminates flex completely with an ingenious integral locking system that I cannot explain, you have to see it. It is stiffer than virtually all bikes, E or otherwise, because it has a magnesium frame.
Preconception 2: Bikes with 20 inch wheels do not perform like bikes with 26 to 29 inch wheels.
Again, generally true, but not with GoCycle. GoCycle does not have a 20 inch bike wheelbase, it has a full size wheelbase, allowed by the strength of magnesium and its ingenious frame design. But wait, there’s more…. The 20 inch tyres on the GoCycle have to be seen, to be believed. Incredibly low friction, and high pressure, compensate for their small diameter. Just Bragging: GoCycle is the lightest full power E-Bike at 36 pounds, and you can buy a beautiful canvas bag to carry it in. They are faster than standard E-Bikes, with great acceleration.
Preconception 3: GoCycles are expensive.
This was true, although for the quality and engineering, they were a bargain at $4499. That is still the price of the electronically loaded G3. However the new GS is only $2799, an astonishingly low price for what you get, and an English build (That’s why I called them “tyres”). Everything I have said about the GoCycle is true for both the G3 and the GS. With the GS, they have just stripped off all of the bells and whistles (and the fenders, it’s only 36 pounds) If you want some G3 stuff on your GS, we can oblige.
How did they do it? They hired the chief designer of McLaren Automotive. They make, along with Ferrari, the world’s best Formula race cars. You can also buy a street McLaren for under $200k that goes 204 mph, or the top of the line, about $4 million, that is the world’s fastest production car, at 244 mph. The guy who designed those cars designed your GoCycle.
We have sold hundreds of Emazing Bikes since we opened our doors 6 years ago. They are well made bikes, and light too, only 37 pounds, which is rare in an E-Bike. At 350 watts, they do not conquer the steepest hills in town without a strong rider, but they have superb pedelec, and are an extraordinary value.
They are introducing a more powerful line, which we think will be a killer, and are working with us to clear out our old inventory from 2016 and 2015 for only $1299 (as-is). It is a while supplies last kind of thing, a great deal from the regular MSRP of $2000.
If price is a problem, you will never get another chance to get a good E-Bike again for this price, so come grab one soon, they won’t be around long. A test ride will convince you they are nicely dialed in.
The reason you can find wonderful European Bikes at Seattle E-Bike is because, since I started the store 6 years ago, I have flown each year to Eurobike, in Freiderichshavn Germany. It is, by a factor of three, the largest bike and E-Bike show in the world.
In 2012, there were probably 10 E-Bike Brands at Eurobike taking up 2 percent of the show. This year, year 6 for me, there were at least 100 E-bike brands, the models taking up 15 percent or so of the space at the show, at least half of much more space as non assisted bikes. (Over half the space is highly specialized, like rows of booths just offering pedals.)
I always follow my Eurobike visit with visits to major European cities
This year Stockholm, and Gdansk. Previous years Amsterdam, Berlin, London, Paris, Brussels, Brugge, Munich, Zurich, and various cities in France and Italy. Every year, I see that the Urban Core of the Norther European cities are becoming increasingly dominated by bicycles. In Amsterdam, more people own at least one bicycle (many own 4 or 5). More own bikes instead of owning a car. The Dutch are the leaders, in boat building and bike usage.
Now, now more than 40 percent of Dutch bicycle sales are electric bikes
Here in Stockholm I rented a bike (non electric) because one look at the density and size of central Stockholm told me that it was the best way to travel. Riding around all day confirmed it. I must have seen 100,000 bikes, and between the bike paths and their general presence everywhere, they are respected by motorists and I felt safe even with an oh so slow, 20 inch heavy, 3 speed rental. But boy, did I wish I had an E-Bike. There is a reason E-Bike's are taking over Eurobike.
Seattle is ahead of most of the U.S. in bike use, but hopelessly behind Northern Europe.
Given the our ethos....green is good, its great to be outdoors, a little drizzle won't hurt you, and working your body is a virtue.... there can be only one reason bikes are not more prevalent in our traffic choked city.
Our hills! Yes, our hills!
Kansas is mountainous compared to the Netherlands. The highest spot a Dutch person has to reach is 18 feet above sea level. Stockholm has grades, but not grades we would find noticeable. London, Berlin, Brugge, Brussels, are all extremely flat.
If you want to comfortably and frequently, ride up Cherry Street, or Queen Anne Ave, or Stone Way, or climb over Beacon to Rainier, or make the run out on Madison to the Lake, or 35th West in West Seattle, which has 33 times as much vertical that the entire country of the Netherlands, you have your work cut our for you.
Two must have links with great information for commuters
Gravity being immutable, you have two choices, if you want to really enjoy riding in Seattle, you can either work out hard an hour a day until you are 40, 2 hours a day until you are 60, and then three hours a day after that. Or.....you can flatten our hills through the miracle of lithium powered electrical assist. Still riding as hard as you wish, but going where you want, as far as you want and at speeds 50% to 200% faster, depending on the terrain.
Let's face facts, if we are going to get more of our aging butts back on bikes, and take back the City, you need an E-Bike.
Unless you are the athlete referenced above, you owe it to yourself and our City to find something that will get your butt back on a bike. Everyday, everywhere. Leave the car at home, maybe even sell it. Better it is parked at home than crawling at 2 mph downtown.
At Seattle E-Bike, we believe we have the most different bikes, and the best bikes
We can find the right one for you. Call 206-344-8000 right now an make an appointment for a FREE test ride. As eloquent as I like to think I am, I cannot explain the joy and liberation that you feel in the first 5 minutes of your ride. Better than the day your parents took the training wheels off.
Stay tuned, when I get back from Europe, we will be introducing a device that will make E-Bikes even more useful than they already are!
Ride safe, but Ride.
Brian Nordwall, Founder, Seattle E-Bike.
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