Review: Stromer ST2 Electric Bike

Review: Stromer ST2 Electric Bike


Hi Brett Thurber here from The New Wheel in
San Francisco. Today I’d like to introduce to you the ultimate electric bike: the Stromer
ST2. We’ve been anticipating this bike for over a year and a half now, since we saw it
for the first time at Eurobike. The good news is that this bike exceeds our already high
expectations of what it would be; it’s the best electric bike that I’ve ever tried, and
so today I’d like to talk to you a little bit about what makes it so awesome, and then
dive into OMNI, Stromer’s interface and wireless connectivity. And then talk about the components
and who this bike may be perfect for. When we saw the ST2 prototype for the first time
at Eurobike we got really excited about Stromer as a company, because it was apparent that
they were trying to push the category forward and really define what an electric bike could
be. And as we talked more and more with people at Stromer we realized that it wasn’t by accident
it’s a company that is made up of people who ride these bikes all the time, and they have
a desire to really perfect things, and so they took what the learned from the ST1 and
the improved upon it. They had a team of over 130 people worldwide working on this bike
and invested a lot of money into developing it. The good news is that this all paid off.
The ride feel can only be described as magic on the ST2, it’s the smoothest, most satisfying
feeling electric bike that I’ve ever ridden and it really is in a category of its own.
The heart of the ST2 and what sort of ties the bike all together is OMNI, Stromer’s exclusive
interface and operating system. It sits unobtrusively in the top tube of the bike so it is out of
the way and not right in your face but you can glance down to get vital information like
your trip speed, your distance and your battery indication. There’s two ways to interact with
it: you can interact with it on the bike, or Stromer has an iPhone or Android app that
you can log into and interact with the bike from afar. A button underneath the top bar
of the bike allows you to turn on the system and cycle through menus. The screen is pressure
sensitive, and not torque sensitive, which is important because you can still wear cycling
gloves and still interact with the interface. And so by pressing the screen you’re able
to cycle through different menus while you are riding so you can see a clock, trip speed,
your battery indication and your assist level. If you press the button underneath the top
tube you are able to get into the main menu which allows you to lock the bike, set the
sensor sensitivity, turn on move mode which allows you to sort of walk with the bike and
have the bike propel itself, and then get into some of the more advanced menus. Before
the full controls that you have on the bike, Stromer also has an app for iPhone and Android
that extends the utility of the bike. A few of the key features is a tuning mode, so you
can set different ride profiles and adjust four different variables to set the bike up
just as you’d like and set different, and so for instance if you want sort of a commute
mode that’s really high speed or you want a touring mode that allows you to go long
distance, you can set that all in the app, there’s a status mode, so you can be away
from the bike and you can know if the batteries charged, how many miles you have ridden, what’s
your total odometer reading. There’s a map mode that allows you to see where the bike
is at any time. And finally there’s anti-theft modes so you can lock your bike on your phone
and if someone tries to wheel away with your bike it will start tracking it and send you
an alert and the rear wheel will lock up to make it really hard to pedal. Finally all
of these features that I’ve talked about can and will be augmented over time because one
of the key features from the service perspective is that this bike can have over the air updates,
and over the air diagnostics done so us as a dealer can alert you to new updates and
you can update the bike and extend the utility of it. Just like the ST1 before it, the ST2
has a real attention to detail on the bike component end of the spectrum. So you’ve got
top-end Magura hydraulic disc brakes with MT2 brake sensor levers and MT4 calipers,
which is a perfect combination for an ebike. Like the ST1 you’ve got a really comfortable
ride thanks to a carbon front fork that sucks up the road vibration and Schwalbe Big Ben
balloon tires so you can run those at a little lower pressure to get a comfortable ride but
still remain, and have it still remain more simple but still remain more solid on the
road. The transmission is Shimano XT with Shimano SLX shifting for real crisp shifting.
And finally on the touch points you’ve got Ergon grips and saddles, so even more comfortable
then the ST1. So on the electrical side everything is completely redesigned from the ST1. There’s
a brand new direct drive 500 watt motor, and the key elements to this is that it is now
using a thru-axle, so much easier removal and installation and the controller has been
taken out of the motor and now resides in the down tube of the bike. So that allows
Stromer to put a lot more power into the motor at once without having to worry about frying
the controller. And this allows for the performance that you’ll feel when you ride this bike.
The battery is a new 48V 814 watt hour battery from Samsung. It’s the biggest capacity battery
we’ve ever sold at The New Wheel, and it lends to the extremely long range of the Stromer,
so in economy mode you’re going to go upwards of 100 miles to a charge and even at the top
speed of 28 mph you’re looking at around 40 miles to a charge. Finally, the lighting system
on the Stromer has also been reimagined: it uses a similar City Kit to the ST1 except
the front Supernova light is now resides on the handlebar right in the center of the bike
and a little bit higher up, but it is still just as bright as the Supernova on the ST1.
There’s integrated lighting in the head tube of the bike, and it’s a real distinctive u-shape
and in-between the “u” is a USB charge port. So who is this bike for? I think what is really
revolutionary about the ST2 is that it really spans the spectrum from on the one end it
has extreme high performance and high speed and so if you need to where you are going
as fast as you possibly can you can do that, and if you want to make it extremely easy,
you can do that, and on the other end it’s so in tune with your riding so even at low
speeds you can have an extremely enjoyable time so you can ride with other cyclists and
it doesn’t feel like this bike wants to take off on you. You would think that this would
be a bike for ebike enthusiasts, but because all this, I think it really is a bike for
everyone, and I think that is why at the shop here we are seeing it is a fight here every
night about who gets to take the ST2 home. So there are some particular use cases that
make a lot of sense if you have a long distance commute this is going to be the ultimate ebike
because you’ve got the range and the power and the speed that makes that easy. Or if
you are just someone who appreciates aesthetics and all the technology it’s also going to
be a perfect bike for you. The only drawback is that it is expensive: it’s $6990 as is
here, and it does come with a lot but it is one of the most expensive bikes that we sell
at the store. If you have the money though, I think it is really worth it and keep in
mind that we do offer 12 month no interest financing, so it’s something to save up for,
it’s something to invest in and I hope you can come in and take a test ride.