Faraday Bikes builds beautiful E-Bikes, made for commuting to work, riding to the store, or just cruising around in style. The small, San Francisco-based company focuses solely on E-Bikes, and offers two frame options, and two build specs. The Faraday Cortland S E-Bike features a powerful motor to provide pedal-assist, and offers aesthetics of a classic city bike. Thanks to Faraday, a whole new group of people can take advantage of all the E-Bikes have to offer.
The Faraday Cortland S E-Bike is built around an easy-on-easy-off, step-through style frame, the same frame that is used in the Faraday Cortland. The Cortland S uses a standard 1×8 speed chain-driven drivetrain, rather than the belt drive system used on the premium Cortland. The rest of the drive system, however, remains the same. Faraday uses a proprietary battery (this keeps weight distribution low, and keeps the clean lines of the frame), a special 250 watt motor that is housed in a custom, polished aluminum hub shell, and the seattube mounted control unit. The Cortland S has two built-in LED lights, to increase safety during low-light riding, and a bar-mounted controller to adjust the motor’s output. Finally, the Cortland S is more accessible than other E-Bikes. While most E-Bikes weigh close to 60 pounds, the Cortland S weighs under 40. This makes it easy to carry up stairs, and even pedal when the assist is off.
The Faraday Cortland S E-Bike features two classic colors, Slate Grey and Classic White, with polished aluminum components throughout. Rather than the steamed-bamboo fenders found on the premium Cortland, the Cortland S includes two steel fenders, although the bamboo fenders can be purchased as an upgrade. Faraday offers two sizes of the Cortland frame, Small and Medium, for a range of riders.