E-bikes are a polarizing topic when it comes to the subject of taking them off road, but more and more commuters are looking to them as a possible option for transportation and utility purposes. We can have fun on just about anything with two wheels and a handle bar, but like scooters, we’d just as well not be caught riding one.
The Faraday Porteur might be the exception.
Even if you’re not an e-bike fan, its easy to agree — the Faraday Porteur is quite possibly the best looking electric bike around. Unlike many electric bikes currently on the market, it doesn’t scream electric. They have been finding a niche with urban commuters looking to zip up hills in office wear without breaking a sweat. Designed for utility, the Faraday features functionality usually found in cargo bikes and lines more inline with a classic cruiser.
In fact, it might take you a minute to figure out where they hid the motor. That’s not a generator hub, the torque pedal assist motor is housed there, providing assistance while pedaling. With the electric assistance it’s possible to cruise along in a high gear and pass other cyclists while barely pedaling. (which is actually pretty damn fun to do)
Like many cargo bikes, the front rack attaches to directly to the frame, which keeps the weight of the load from having adverse effects on the handling. It’s listed as an optional accessory, but if we were going to ride an electric bike, it would be mandatory to us.
The demo bike we rode also featured the leather lock holder, which also housed several tools. I suppose the downside of such a nice lock holder would be you’re need a lock to keep it…
Riding the Faraday
The beautiful lines of the bike inspire a more thought out style of dress. I generally go with function over fashion when getting around town by bike. On the Faraday, I felt a bit underdressed riding it around in bike jeans and a t-shirt. With a bike like this, you could dress up and not break a sweat, a major selling point of going electric.
Faraday has Porteur models starting at $2,799. The model as spec’d here runs $3892. Bike lock not included.