How big a problem is a heavier e bike in reality?

ROJA

Active Member
I test rode a Stromer (ST2, although I'd actually buy the ST1 T most likely) and really liked it. One of the biggest things holding me back is the weight.

Stromer = 62 lbs
Specialized Turbo = ~50
Trek XM700+ = ~45

I want to mix up my commutes with partial transit and sometimes taking the bike in my car (hatchback) and I think the extra weight would make that really tough. I lifted the Stromer and really don't think I could get it in my hatchback. I regularly carry my < 20 lb road bike and it's a breeze (don't even need to remove the front wheel). I believe that 45-50 would be doable, but that I just couldn't do 60+.

I'm curious how you guys handle this in real life! Or is this not an issue for you?

Thanks! And great forum- so much awesome info!
 

JayVee

Well-Known Member
It's an issue for me too. I was considering buying the Turbo but I have about 14 steps to climb. The motor itself weighs 5.4 kilos. I could not climb a flight of stairs easily with the Turbo X, so I weighed it: 26-27 kilos with the battery (but without a rack). Frame size:L. I used a scale that's for weighing parcels and it's not precise. But, trust me, that bike is closer to 60 pounds than 50 when fully configured. You can get it down to 22-23 kilos without the battery, but the big problem is that the Turbo is rear heavy. That makes lifting it a bit more difficult. A Bosch powered bike is only a couple of kilos lighter, but much more manageable as the weight is centered in the middle, and better distributed. Go to your local e-bike shop and try to lift up these bikes. I'm pretty sure you'll see what I mean.
 

smitty

Active Member
I test rode a Stromer (ST2, although I'd actually buy the ST1 T most likely) and really liked it. One of the biggest things holding me back is the weight.

Stromer = 62 lbs
Specialized Turbo = ~50
Trek XM700+ = ~45

I want to mix up my commutes with partial transit and sometimes taking the bike in my car (hatchback) and I think the extra weight would make that really tough. I lifted the Stromer and really don't think I could get it in my hatchback. I regularly carry my < 20 lb road bike and it's a breeze (don't even need to remove the front wheel). I believe that 45-50 would be doable, but that I just couldn't do 60+.

I'm curious how you guys handle this in real life! Or is this not an issue for you?

Thanks! And great forum- so much awesome info!

It's pretty difficult to keep the weight down on any e-bike for the obvious reasons of motor and battery weight. The lighter e-bikes more often than not have a limited range which, depending upon the situation, may be fine. I have found it difficult to handle the 60 lbs of the Stromer, but have also found that by removing the battery and the front tire, it becomes a good bit more manageable and I can get it into the back of my SUV with a good bit more struggle than with my 20lb. road bike, but I'm also well past 70. On the road at speeds of 20 - 28 mph, I'm happy to have the extra weight, the larger heavier tires and heavier battery that supplies not only decent power steps but also a much greater range. The ST-2 is a great bike. I purchased an ST-1 and rode it 300 or so miles before deciding to move up to the ST-2 which was well worth the additional monies. The motor on the ST-2 is approx. 4lbs lighter than on the ST-1 from my understanding, so with the battery removed you have an extra 4 lbs or so that doesn't have to be dealt with. Probably it became psychological, but saving that 4 lbs. or so seemed to make loading the bike easier, especially so with the front tire removed. At this point, I am definitely thinking that installing a trailer hitch and buying a good rack is probably a reasonable investment as far as transport...insofar as security is concerned in that case, I would most likely still remove the battery and front tire and load the bike into the car for overnight stays away from home.
 

drcollie

Member
I have a Stromer ST2 s and the weight doesn't bother me at all. I can routinely lift it easily into my BMW X4 as needed. The extra kick from that big battery is worth the additional pounds. I'm 62 years old, own a furniture store and routinely move sofas and case goods of 200 lbs, so that may be why the weight doesn't see to matter much.
 

Ravi Kempaiah

Well-Known Member
I test rode a Stromer (ST2, although I'd actually buy the ST1 T most likely) and really liked it. One of the biggest things holding me back is the weight.

Stromer = 62 lbs
Specialized Turbo = ~50
Trek XM700+ = ~45

I want to mix up my commutes with partial transit and sometimes taking the bike in my car (hatchback) and I think the extra weight would make that really tough. I lifted the Stromer and really don't think I could get it in my hatchback. I regularly carry my < 20 lb road bike and it's a breeze (don't even need to remove the front wheel). I believe that 45-50 would be doable, but that I just couldn't do 60+.

I'm curious how you guys handle this in real life! Or is this not an issue for you?

Thanks! And great forum- so much awesome info!

I recently moved to Chicago and my house entrance has 8-10 steps.
In Chicago, you can't afford to keep the bikes outside, so I have left my ST2 in the storage and have been using Haibike Super Race exclusively because I can easily carry it up the stairs.
it's 40lbs and very easy to maneuver.
 

Brambor

Well-Known Member
for everyday commute I would think that lifting the ebike onto a roof of my Hyundai Elantra would be a pain in the ham. However I do put my ebikes on the room rack anytime we do a trip. I almost always remove the battery. We have ST1 and Specialized Turbo. It is tricky especially for the first bike in the middle of the roof. I usually leave the car door door open as this allows me to get a closer access to the roof.

As for carrying the ebikes up stairs, luckily I only need to carry it up 5 stairs. My best tried technique is to grab the bike frame right above the bottom bracket with one hand and use the other hand on the handlebars. The hand by the bottom bracket does all the lifting and helps with the overall balance.
 

John ware

Active Member
I've got an ST2 and Thule EasyFold setup and just love it. Strapping down both wheels and clamping onto the frame makes it really secure. As others have mentioned I always transport the bike with the battery removed which makes getting onto the rack or into the back of my small SUV very doable. I'm in my early 60s and can manage the weight, but if I had to hoist it onto a train or up a couple flights of stairs it might be a challenge. Then again the extra range and power the bike provides might make me decide to grin and bear it.