Electric Bicycles Revisited

Dale Campbell, CSCC Newsletter Editor

At a recent visit at the Café Velo (www.cafevelobikes.com/), one particular bike caught my attention.  Curious about the bike, I asked the sales rep if it was an electric.  She said yes, informing me that they actually carried two of the manufacturer’s models.  Looking closer at one of the models, I realized that this was a Swiss built eBike, manufactured by Stromer, which is a brand of the BMC Group (think Tour de France cycling team, Cadel Evans, Tejay Van Garderen).  Humm, its Swiss manufactured by a company that sponsors a competitive cycling team.  That definitely has my attention.  After a few more questions and another close look at the two models, I walked out of the bike shop with a brochure to study.  Pictures, specifications, accessories – just the stuff to look at and dream about how it would be to ride an eBike.  If you’re now as curious as I was, here’s a link to a comprehensive review of the product that will give you more information than I can include in this article:  www.electricbike.com/stromer/ 

Inquiring about the prices for the bikes, it was interesting to learn that one of these was in the “somewhat” affordable range of less than $3,000.  This is for a bike that weighs around sixty pounds, has 500W of continuous output and can travel at speeds of 20 to 30 mph. A further search on the Internet indicated that a Stromer eBike can be bought on ebay for $1,700 to $1,900.  Digging even deeper, I found another manufacturer that provides a side by side comparison of their product to the Stromer vehicle.  Offered at a lower price for the same or comparable components, EVELO has a strong argument of stating that their eBike is $855 less costly than the Stromer.  Take a look and see what you think:  www.evelo.com/compare-stromer-evelo-electric-bicycle/ 

Competition, supply and demand – all a practical reflection of the stuff we learned in Economics 201.  I’m sure the market will continue to grow; eBikes will become more affordable and more readily available in most communities across the US.  But, does spending the money on an eBike make practical sense here in Colorado Springs?  Perhaps, if you’re a regular bike commuter or would like to start commuting and have that “extra” that an electric bike would offer.  If you’d like to learn more about the Stromer, go visit Café Velo.  I intend to so in the coming month.  Perhaps I can have a test ride and see what it’s really like.  Stay tuned….
Bent Fork Chronicles - Volume 6, Issue 4, 1 August 2013

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