The first Stromer ST5 has arrived at Seattle E-Bike, and... IT'S GONE!

Sometimes things are worth the wait.  We certainly waited, longer than we expected for the Stromer 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.
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Finally, the whole, magnificent, magilla.  Ladies and Gentlemen, we proudly present (ta da da da da da da) the STROMER ST5. The first is out the door in four hours, two more coming Tuesday, two more later next week.  Get them while they’re hot!


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.

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Bike of the Week and Screaming Deal of the Week!

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...

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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

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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

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Next week, and I mean next week, we will move out Kalkhoffs, and feature the sale our most popular bike line, Blix, is having.

 

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