The launch edition of the Stromer’s St7 will be available in October 2022 for the low price of $14,000 — without any customization.
If the sticker shock hasn’t caused you to toss your phone in bewilderment that an e-bike could cost so damn much, here are some reasons the brand justifies the cost:
With the ST7, the idea was to bring auto-driving mechanics to an e-bike with the “world’s first” S-Pedelec with the Pinion Smart.Shift shifting system and Gates Belt drive electronic. Depending on your battery, one charge can get you up to 160 miles of e-bike cruising.
What does this mean? For starters, smooth pushbutton 12-speed electric shifting as well as shift recommendations and a gear indicator.
In addition, in conjunction with the OMNI connect app and Bluetooth connectivity, you can also:
- lock your motor
- set an alarm
- track the bike via GPS in case someone accidentally walks off with it
- get real-time personal ride performance stats
- suggested bike maintenance updates or prompts
Also, the ABS brakes and dual suspension — fork and seat post — create a smooth ride for long commutes. (The headlights and taillight will come in handy there, too.)
Clearly, tech-wise and syle-wise, the bike is enticing. However, deciding whether to put that much loot down as a downpayment on a new ride or invest it in an e-bike is where things get tricky. That said, if it helps sway you, the ST7 frame does have a 10-year warranty. So, there’s that.