The Stromer ST2 Combines App Connectivity and e-Bike Practicality
Though still a relatively young technology, the sheer number of electric-powered bikes on the market today is staggering. Designs range from hardcore off-roaders to relaxed boardwalk cruisers, and everything in between. Heck, even Ford built a few e-bike prototypes. The Stromer ST2 is different, however. This Swiss e-bike caters to the everyday rider—no wild suspension setup or retro looks to be seen here. Instead, the ST2 makes a lasting impression in the app connectivity and helpful tech features it offers riders. The first of those unique features is the ST2’s mobile app, myStromer, which is available for iOS and Android devices. RELATED: See More Photos of the 2015 Stromer ST2 e-bike
Using the myStromer app, riders can dial-in the riding experience they want from their ST2 through the app’s tuning mode. Say you want to increase the bike’s acceleration. In the app’s tuning mode, riders can establish preset levels for things like speed, torque delivery, and the reaction time of motor assistance. Want to keep your bike safe? The app can do that too.
The myStrommer app allows owners to electronically “lock” their ST2, making it very difficult to pedal. If the e-bike were to be stolen, the ST2’s built-in GPS system can relay accurate location information back to a user’s iPhone or Android device.
Onboard, the ST2’s interface is known as OMNI, which gives riders access to toggle between three different levels of pedal assistance via a touchscreen mounted in the bike’s top-tube. Almost Tesla-esque in nature, OMNI also allows for firmware updates to be streamed over-the-air, without having to haul your e-bike into your local service shop.
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Eye-catching cloud technology aside, the ST2 does offer much in the way of e-bike practicality. The Stromer ST2 features a 500-watt brushless SYNO Drive electric motor housed in the rear wheel hub. It can provide pedal-assisted power up to a speed of 28 miles per hour and for nearly 100 miles in its most economical setting, thanks to a 48-volt Samsung lithium-ion battery.
When the e-bike does run low on power, riders can charge it back up using a socket mounted in the frame, or by popping the battery out of the downtube and hooking it up to a Stromer charging station.
Complete with daytime running lights, a large “Supernova” front headlight, alloy fenders, and a rear carrying rack—the Stromer ST2 makes a compelling case for the everyday urban commuter. However, with an admittedly steep price tag of $6,990, many commuters may find the Stromer a bit too wallet draining next to similarly priced scooters or motorcycles.
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