Stromer ST1 X, two riders

Boasting sleek Swiss designs and some innovative electronics, Stromer is a company e-bike fans will definitely want to keep an eye on. Bikerumor has checked out two Stromer e-bikes before, the ST2 and the ST2 S, but with a price tag of $9500 the ST2 S is a bike most of us will only read about for curiosity’s sake.

The new ST1 X couldn’t be called cheap, but at just over half the price of the range-topping ST2 S it’ll be attainable to a lot more consumers. The ST1 X sits at the top of Stromer’s ST1 lineup, but doesn’t give up much in terms of components or the nifty electronic functions found on their more expensive models…

Stromer ST1 X, battery pack

All the electronic components and wiring on Stromer’s e-bikes are concealed inside their frames to create a simple, seamless appearance. Hidden inside the (obviously oversized) down tube, a 48v/618Wh battery provides power for the bike’s 500w/35Nm CYRO rear hub motor.

Stromer ST1 X, charcoal, angle

The ST1 X boasts a top speed of 28mph (for the USA, that is- European versions are limited as per local regulations). Regenerative braking charges the battery as you ride, allowing the Stromer to achieve a range of up to 70 miles on a charge. For an extra $500 USD, you can also opt for a stronger 814Wh battery which boosts the range to 90 miles.

The battery pack can be topped up while in the bike or removed for charging at home or work. The charger plugs into a standard wall socket.

Stromer ST1 X, display screen

The mid-range ST1 X still includes connectivity to the Stromer App and Omni portal functions as we’ve seen on Stromer’s pricier bikes. It also features the same touch-screen control unit built smoothly into the top tube. This unit allows you to control the bike’s settings and displays your current speed, battery life, and selected power assist level.

Stomer’s smartphone app tracks your bike’s mileage and service intervals, and allows you to configure the motor settings via your smartphone. The app also controls Stromer’s clever anti-theft function – when the bike is locked, the hub motor goes into a high-resistance mode making pedaling almost impossible. If someone still gets away with it, an internal GPS tracker should tell you whose door to send the police to.

Stromer ST1 X, white

The ST1 X’s aluminum frame is mated to an aluminum fork, which is a step down from the ST2’s carbon front end but obviously accounts for some of the price difference. The X model features a Shimano SLX 1×11 drivetrain, and Tektro Dorado disc brakes. The bike runs on 26” wheels wrapped with Schwalbe’s puncture-resistant Big Ben tires. Stromer includes their own aluminum fenders and Racktime rear carrier rack, plus the e-bike bonus of integrated front and rear lights.

Stromer ST1 X, female rider on Comfort frame
*Photos courtesy of Stromer

Stromer’s ST1 X is available in a Comfort model with a sloped top tube (17” only) or Sport models with 17, 20 or 22” sizes available. Weights are not provided, but given that Stromer’s smaller battery comes in at 9.25lbs I’d expect this bike to be fairly heavy. The ST1 X sells for $4999 USD, and comes in orange, charcoal or white.

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12 COMMENTS

  1. This is not a trolling attempt, I am genuinely wondering why someone would spend this type of money on an e-bike as opposed to a moped, scooter or motorcycle. Is it because it’s electric (no pollution, no noise, less maintenance, no gas), no license required, no special skills needed, etc. What are generally the pervading decision factors that go into this type of purchase? You can get an electric moped scooter for less than $500. You can’t pedal it, of course but it gets you from point A to B. I do think you need a license and insurance though. I also wonder how long until governments figure out that you can tax e-bikes with licensure requirements as well. As kooky as that sounds, governments eventually find a way.

    • Legitimate question. I believe there’s something truly familiar about a bicycle and I would bet you’re correct about the hassles of registration, licensing, maintenance and gas/pollution/noise/space taken up. I couldn’t drag a scooter into my downtown, big-city office (and am not actually sure where I’d park it…) nor could I bring it into the house. I have also seen some research that e(road)Bikes are mostly replacing car trips, not bicycle trips.

      Honestly, I’d love to get my mom on an eBike for running neighborhood errands. I’d also love an eBike, myself, for commuting to work; it’s a bit too far for me to pedal under my own power and arrive in a reasonable amount of time not drenched in sweat. I take public transit now–which I love–but it’s still inside a metal can. A moped would be too slow for the roads along my preferred route, but that route has bike paths and bike lanes where I could legally ride an eBike. And I could park it next to my desk for charging during the day.

      All that said, they are cray expensive, fo’ shizzle, which is the only reason I don’t have one and won’t get one for the foreseeable future. I mean… I have *regular* bicycles to spend crap loads of money on. 😉

      I’m curious if a government tax credit would fly to encourage eBike purchases (like electric vehicles) … ? Would there even be a benefit to that?

    • Governments are already getting sales taxes out of these so there’s that.

      The reason someone would choose this over a scooter? It’s a bike, and some people want to ride a bike, but can’t accept the time loss or work load (arriving at work sweaty). Some want to be engaged in the propulsion.

      Also, e-bikes are still exercise. Imagine if there were no treadmills. Jumping jacks and jump rope are perfectly but people want to RUN so gyms are filled with rows of treadmills. E-bikes are still riding, they’re just more satisfying to many people.

  2. i’ll take this bike before any moped any day. Guys, i can understand the hatred, but if you’ve never ridden a pedelec you don’t know what’s it about… so just ignore this kind of stuff… a pedelec is really *FAR* from a moped.

  3. Katherine says: All that said, they are cray expensive, fo’ shizzle, which is the only reason I don’t have one and won’t get one for the foreseeable future. I mean… I have *regular* bicycles to spend crap loads of money on.

    Yes. While these e-assist bikes are neat and tempting, their price points still can’t out-do my 1987 beater Toyota pickup with 5 speed manual trans, which has a Blue Book value of $1500.

  4. I just do not understand the E-Bike thing. Why would you not want to provide your own power. Your body would be so much happier.

  5. I will take a bike over a car or a moped/scooter any day. Being stuck in a car for hours on end every day is my idea of a living hell. To me a bike is fun, convenient, cheap and non-polluting. it makes it super easy to get around town w/o having to deal with getting stuck in traffic, parking, etc. Plus no need to go to the gym afterwards. Win-win.

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