One of our favorite solutions to sitting in rush-hour traffic is riding our bike to work, and E-Bikes have made commuting much more practical. Faraday Bikes is named after Michael Faraday (Tesla car fans may see a theme here), and the company’s sole focus is on building great electric-assist bicycles. The Faraday Cortland E-Bike is their flagship model, and put the San Francisco-based company on the map.
There are a number of E-Bike solutions currently on the market, but most are clunky or ultra-modern looking. The Cortland is neither. With classic lines and two very classy colors, the Porteur looks equally good cruising around town in jeans as it does commuting to work in a sport coat. Faraday spent considerable effort integrating its E-Bike functionality, actually enhancing the bike aesthetics. The battery slides into the downtube, the “brain” is built into the back of the seattube, and a beautiful, aluminum headlight is integrated into a custom-made handlebar. Its stepthru bicycle design has a low standover which makes it very easy to get on and off the bike.
With Faraday’s approach to beautiful styling, it’s great to see the performance details integrated into the Cortland. A major disadvantage of most E-Bikes is total bike weight. It’s common to see normal E-Bike-weights of around 60 pounds, three times that of a normal bike. Faraday engineered the Cortland to weigh less than 40 pounds, through the use of a small, efficient battery, motor, and other lightweight features. An efficient 250 watt hub-mounted motor propels the Cortland with two different assist modes – Standard and Boost. Its built-in battery is good for around 20 miles of use, and can be fully charged in 3 hours.
The finishing kit on the Faraday Bikes Cortland E-Bike is first class. The chromoly frame is finished in either British Racing Green or Classic White colorways. Polished aluminum parts adorn the Cortland, including a custom aluminum handlebar with a built-in LED headlight. To compliment the classic styling and protect its user from from road spray, a set of custom bamboo fenders come standard. A Shimano Alfine 8 internally geared hub is driven by a Gates belt drive system, meaning no grease or oil to worry about. It is available in two sizes (Small & Medium), and is good for riders 5’0″ and up.
The Faraday Cortland is easy to accessorize. They offer an extended range battery (hidden as a leather seat bag) for another 20 miles of range, a sturdy front rack for hauling groceries, and a myriad of theft-prevention devices.
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