Faraday Porteur Electric Bicycle | US$3,500.00 | www.faradaybikes.com
today’s electric bikes may look a wee intimidating to some rider or too loud not for everyone to take notice (crooks, included), which might lead it to be jacked while its rider stepped away to grab a cup of coffee. yes, you could loose a precious bike as quick as getting a cup of joe. what if you could have a classic bike that has the sophisticated look but not too loud to tempt anyone into jacking it and at the same time, still have the advantage of an electric pedal assist ride? this is where the Faraday Porteur Electric Bicycle comes in. bearing a practical, timeless classic design with frame handcrafted from TIG welded 4130 chromoly steel, only two things actually giveaway that it is actually an electric bike – a thumb-operated on/off switch and an e-ink battery readout display. with a simple push of a switch, the electric pedal assist kicks in, matching your pedal power and if you need a little extra oomph to conquer a hill, just hold the switch to its ‘on’ position for an extra boost of power.
powering its 250W brushless DC electric hub motor are lithium batteries hidden away inside the frame – again, not giving away its true nature. the battery pack gives an electric pedal assist range of around 10 to 15 miles and takes just 45 minutes to be fully juiced. other practical features include integrated LED headlights and taillights that automatically lights up at dusk, waterproof bamboo fenders, 8-speed Shimano Alfine internally geared hub, avid mechanical disc brakes, Brooks B17 leather saddle, Velo Orange GrandCru headset, and a detached, generously-sized front rack that can be loaded up with up to 30 pounds of cargo. if you the Faraday Porteur Electric Bike sounds all good to you, you can get one for yourself by making a pledge of $3,500 over at its Kickstarter page. hit the jump for a product video or a few more awesome images of the Faraday Porteur Electric Bike to further convince why you should be getting one.