Stromer ST2—High-tech Thoroughbred.
I relayed my first impressions on this bike last month after attending a dealer introduction and training session. Then I was in the house at the west coast launch event. Now that I have put some solid riding miles on-board this Stromer ST2, I am ready to offer more about what it’s like to be on one of the most electronically and mechanically advanced E-bikes on the market. If you haven’t read that March 2nd article, you might consider doing that first (link below). That will fill you in on some details not covered here.
To start off, I envision that Stromer put the think tank method into play designing this E-bike. With the ST1 they had a great playing field to start with. Many riders, engineers and visionaries must have worked to put together a long laundry list of needed and wanted features. From there the engineers took over to bring each item into being. So many details are evident that you just don’t see anywhere else, come to life on this modern machine. This goes just not for the bike itself, but the whole network of on-line support and possible changes to the bike‘s programming.
I can’t go into every detail to prove this to you, so let’s dive into just one aspect that stands out. The rear wheel / motor attachment is space age stuff to be sure. It has one through bolt that secures it all. The motor has no external wires to deal with, all the connections are made in a hidden and nearly sealed place that lines up automatically as the motor is slid into place. As you look at this one thing, you see smooth flowing lines, but none of the mechanics that make it work.
And that motor, wow. With 20% more power and torque than before, what you don’t feel is any roughness or surging. The flow and rush is there for your ride anytime you feel the need, and when you want it, you feel it. Of course the braking matches the speed dash with large hydraulics front and rear. The power and modulation you get is up there with the best the bike world has to offer. Add to that the brake hoses are almost fully concealed in the frame and fork. Even the front one is hidden inside the head tube area. The wiring too is nearly invisible.
If there is one downside of the bike (other than the price point), for some that might be the riding position. Stromer makes sport bikes and you just feel sporty riding them. Adding a wider saddle and slightly higher handlebars (or stem) is an option (like most any E-bike), yet you can’t go too high on the bars due to the cable and wiring lengths. Most who are Stromer fans and owners love this lean into the wind stance, and Stromer seems content to stay with it. Me, I didn’t mind, but a couple people I let ride it didn’t care for the bent over cockpit at all.
Stromer has been known for their torque-sensed control system since the beginning. It gives the most natural assist, and for seasoned riders it out performs them all. The bike’s motor responds to your needs and makes no compromises. Light pedaling garners no or minimal assist from the motor, yet step up your game and the power is there in a pounding wave. Being a true pedelec, there is no throttle to allow assisted riding without pedaling. Unless you are headed downhill, the only way to move out is to spin the pedals.
Being such a complicated E-bike, the controls for a basic ride are anything but. The simple to use settings are a breeze. You turn on the bike from a push switch below the display (under the upper frame). Turning it back off requires a re-push of that button to bring up a screen that gives you your shut down icon, settings menus, locking and anti-theft options (also controlled from your cell phone if you want). On the right bar is a 3 button switch that allows your choice between 3 power-assist sensitivities and your lighting power. I went into the menu to make it so whenever the bike is on, the 2 front lights and the one rear light are always lit.
What I’m saying here is, you turn the bike on, select a assist level, and ride. That is as simple as it gets. Of the three levels, 1 & 3 are pre-set to minimum and maximum, while # 2 is customizable from your cell phone. On this subject (and what a large subject it is), when you receive your bike, Stromer taps your email and apps your cell phone (with your permission of course). With these connections to your Stromer ST2, it allows you, your dealer and the Stromer company to customize your settings, evaluate your bike, access your maintenance records and pin-point its location (and so, so much more).
This may be big brother warmed over for the bike world, yet we all know how all this is wanted by the throngs of tech hungry people of this planet. Do you want it? That is your choice and the ST2 delivers if you do. If you want to know all that it does electronically, then head over to the Stromer website, pull up an easy chair, and dig in for the duration. I personally don’t have the space here, or the time to cover every aspect that Stromer has programmed into the ST2
The riding is easy on a Stromer. Shifting, braking, and powering up all come as natural as any high-end bike you might try (only better because this is an E-bike). All the bike components work as a team and come from some of the best suppliers. The electrics back it up and off you go. It is as smooth as it gets and with every ride you will know you are living the E-bike dream. The power is awesome for every road the bike and you might encounter. The feel and handling match every other part from top to bottom.
Is this the bike for me? Not really, but what a ride it’s been. Thanks for showing us all what time, smarts and money can do for an E-bike Stromer, great job. Turbo Bob.
“It is the unknown around the corner that turns my wheels.”—Heinz Stucke, German long-distance touring cyclist.
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My article to present the Stromer ST2—consider reading this first.
I posted many videos of the Stromer and the 2 events. This is the most recent one.