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If you'd like to roll Leonardo DiCaprio style, but don't have the budget for a new Fisker Karma, there is a much less expensive, more environmentally friendly way to do it. Last summer, the actor and Blake Lively were photographed together in New York City, looking quite stylish whilst riding a pair of Stromer electric bicycles. For about $2,800, you can too. (And by "you can too", we mean you can look stylish as well, not cavort about NYC with Miss Lively.)

Sold under the brand Thömus, the Swiss-designed, Taiwan-built bikes have been around for three years now and have steadily been building up a solid reputation. Unlike other electric bikes, the Stromer can either automatically assist you or, with a twist of the throttle, do all the work. For 2012, the company is launching its Elite model which adds more gears, hydraulic brakes and an LCD dash panel to the standard model.

NYCeWheels, which sells the Stromer line along with a variety electric bikes and scooters, made a sweet video demonstrating the effectiveness of its 600-watt motor and trick removable lithium battery. Check it out after the break.



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      Baldur Norddahl
      • 3 Years Ago
      It has a nice look, but it would be illegal here (Denmark/Europe). An electric assisted bike must by law have a motor no stronger than 250 watt, the motor must not provide traction when you stop paddling and the motor must stop providing traction when you exceed the speed of 25 km/h. You could have it registered as a 30 km/h scooter instead. Then you would be required to wear a full helmet. And it would be limited to 30 km/h, not much faster than the bike. Or you could have it registered as a 45 km/h scooter or even as a full motorcykle. But that would make it illegal to use in bike lanes and in the woods. At first sight, these rules might look like crap. But as an owner of a electric bike I can tell that it actually makes perfectly sense. Electric bikes are ment to use the same space as "manual" bikes and other pedestrian traffic. We do not want people to go there at car like speeds.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Baldur Norddahl
        Ooh! you have weird laws there, but the ability to upgrade your bike's registration has a lot of possibilities :). Take those plates off and head into the woods... :) I'd love to register my eBike as a motorcycle. I'd put dual hub motors on it and go 50mph+ all day with no weird looks from the cops. Then afterwards i can stick my motorcycle in my car or carry it into my 2nd story apartment.. I've tried to do it but end up being sent in an endless loop by my local & state government. An electric bike is what you make of it Baldur. It can be a 250w pedal assist affair, or something that embarrasses V6-V8 cars off the line which is basically a motorcycle on a bicycle frame. Don't be afraid to think outside the lines - sounds like you've got room to do an interesting build that would *really* work as a car replacement, at a fraction of the cost of even a gasoline powered motorcycle..
          EZEE
          • 3 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          if you have a balcony, you can lower it down via rope...
        Ryan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Baldur Norddahl
        I ride my road bike at 30 km/h on our bike paths here (~1.5 m wide, non-motorized vehicles only). But there isn't much traffic, and electric bikes are very rare here. I think their top speed should be limited to 30-35 km/h (18-20mph), and I am ok with the 250 Watt max for a commuter bike. An off-road mountain bike might need the extra power to climb a hill. My bike is 12 years old, and I think that bike is very nice... I just have to start saving now...
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      I do love how stealth this bike is.. but i've seen the specs and could build a comparable bike with the battery pack in the triangle for about $1100. ..and also i am not saddled with proprietary components.. that's a plus..
      Kei Jidosha
      • 3 Years Ago
      Model pictured is $4k with Deore, 105, Avid and LCD Display. I wonder if Bionix knows the Taiwanese stole their motor hub. Nice frame design though with integrated battery holder and upper end components. Range sounds weak, but maybe a smaller battery.
      mike999
      • 3 Years Ago
      lmao. HIppies are so easy to anger. Beware the wrath!
      Larz Larzen
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's beautiful - but I'm not going to lay out $3,000 for a thief magnet.
      Edge
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice bike, but the only thing stopping me from getting one, besides the expense, is that I would taking away from my workout. My bike keeps me in shape. Cost me about $300, it's light, and less worry about it being stolen, and relatively easy to maintain. I might consider an electric bike, when I'm in my 60's.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Edge
        upstate: i know what you mean! And that is an issue for me in a place where there are basically no bike lanes. I seem to be the only one crazy enough to go out on the road with something other than a SUV here... am definitely moving next spring!! I did have a nice low-power pedal assist / hill climber bicycle when i lived in the Portland area, and it was fantastic to have. After moving here, i ended up building an electric bike that does ~40mph and has the acceleration to keep up with traffic. It's basically a really light motorcycle with massive mountain bike tires. I ride it in the car lane and cars treat me as a moped or dirt bike. The only reason i stick to the bicycle frame is that i have to carry the thing upstairs every day and motorcycles/scooters do get stolen. It is actually quite scary to ride at pedal bike speeds here so my pedal bike gets used rarely :| Anyway it sounds like you need to move pretty damn bad. So do i.. America needs to get out of their cars.. no use hauling ~3000lbs of steel to go get a gallon of milk..
          EZEE
          • 3 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          As a bikerider myself (Peugot racer) no bike paths, and a-hole drivers are quite annoying. I had a person in a Mitsubishi Conquest (not a hemi, I was shocked) throw a bottle at me (hit me in the back) once. I saw a cop and told him, gave the car make, model, pointed the direction he was going...cop just looked at me like, "what do you want me to do about it?" Was not a high point of my bike ride...
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Edge
        Actually an electric bike doesn't have to take away from your workout. You can pedal the entire time. For me, it drastically expands the kind of hills, distance, and types of roads i can take. A daily 30+ mile commute with a few thousand feet elevation gain would be no problem. If your commute or excersize regimen is short, i agree that an eBike is useless. But if you need to get somewhere 2-3 times faster over a really long distance.. and it replaces a car.. it's worth it, absolutely.
          Edge
          • 3 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          You posted above: > "I'd put dual hub motors on it and go 50mph+ all day with no weird looks from the cops." I have a feeling I'm getting much more a workout than you each day. I hope you wear a helmet, because doing 50 mph on a bike is nuts! I've Youtube videos of bike builds doing those speeds, and 50 is way to much. I can now see why you call yourself "2 Wheeled Menace".
        upstategreenie
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Edge
        only thing that makes me have to get a motorcycle with giant wheels instead of electric bike is every redneck here drives a hemi ignores traffic signs honks at pedestrians and is a bitter disgruntled right wing denialist and we have huge potholes created by rednecks driving hemis who don't want to pay higher taxes to fix roads they destroy and think bike lane with a picture of a bike in it is also another driving lane. case in point: locally one guy downtown tried to cross in what can barely be made out to be a crosswalk and broke his leg when hit by a redneck driving a hemi and the guy in the hospital with a broken leg being hit by aforementioned redneck driving a hemi to communist mart got a ticket for jaywalking. not as bad as lady in atlanta who was jailed when her own son was run down by a redneck in a hemi speeding because it was her fault there was no crosswalk in her community or within 10 miles of her house, but still pretty bad. welcome to theocratic oligarchy of teabagistan!!!!!!!! if you don't worship oil you are gay!!!
          Marco Polo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @upstategreenie
          @upstategreenie What is the world coming to! You mean the redneck didn't even back up to finish the guy off, just leaving him with a broken leg? Shocking!
          throwback
          • 3 Years Ago
          @upstategreenie
          "we have huge potholes created by rednecks driving hemis" I didn't know only Hemi's cause pot holes.
          EZEE
          • 3 Years Ago
          @upstategreenie
          :D Wow - there is just so much cool about your post! Especially the first paragraph.... And yes Marco, the engine causes pot holes! Only Hemi's! Not Kenworth trucks, not Chrysler products WITHOUT hemi's, only hemi's! Your last paragraph reminded me of an episode of family guy, in which Rush Limbaugh made a guest appearance. When asked about Hummers, he said, "It is the best. I'm not saying you have to be gay to drive something else, but if you drive something else, you're probably a guy who likes to pleasure other men sexually."
      paulwesterberg
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like a nice E-bike at a reasonable price. The pedal assist modes sound like a great way to make bike commuting more accessible to weak kneed office drones. It looks like the rear "brake" controls the regenerative braking which is cool.
      mike999
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why not just come out of the closet? That would be much cheaper.
        DaveMart
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mike999
        So your view is that anyone riding an electric bike is gay, and it is OK for you to abuse anyone who is?
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mike999
        Better let my future wife know :(
      upstategreenie
      • 3 Years Ago
      yes that is what he was implying. he is a jack*( and is the poster child for american backwardness. mike your inbreeding is showing.
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