This is my new 2016 Turbo base model. I have been a life long road cyclist who became frustrated not being able to ride like I did when all I did was ride. A friend of mine had gotten a Stromer for commuting after seeing them in Europe several years before they stared getting popular over here. He loves and raves about it and that got me interested. I purchased an inexpensive e bike to confirm I would like and use it regularly. I put 3,000 miles on it in no time and went on the hunt for nicer properly balanced bicycle.
I test road many bikes from Easy Motion, Felt, Curry, Stromer, and others. All were nicer than my Prodeco X2, but non of them were “the one” for me. The Turbo was on my “need to try list” and I recently rented a late 2013 Turbo S for the weekend. Within a couple of miles on the Turbo I knew it was “the bike for me”. It wasn’t the fastest, it wasn’t the lightest, it didn’t have the best specs…….it just felt like a road bike. Perfectly balanced and absolutely silent and fluid.
I completely understand it is not the bike for everybody. You have to want to really feel the road and be a part of making it move. Even more so with the base 200w model I have. You can make it fly, but you have to work to do it. I found the Turbo S I rented to have more power that I wanted most of the time. I kept it in Eco 60 mode and still wanted to work harder than I had to. The base model I bought I do leave in Turbo mode most of the time and find it about right for my taste. I can always hit 26+ mph when I need or want to.
As you can see from the pictures I have tweaked it a bit to my preference, Schwalbe Marathon tires. I expected them to be slower than the stock slicks, but to my surprise it was as if I removed a ball and chain after installing them. The Thudbuster was a must with the shredded road in Paso Robles, Ca. were I live. I also hate straight bars, I have no idea how they ever ended up being the norm on hybrid bikes. They are horrible for control and are all wrong for arm, hand and shoulder position. I installed Somo CLARENCE BAR 31.8, better in every way. I love the way the Specialized fender and rack kit looks but couldn’t swallow its $300. price tag. I put on SKS P50 Chromoplastic Longboard Fenders. They fit and look great, there dark brown gray color looks nice with the warm silver color of the Turbo.
So far I am thrilled with my choice, 500 miles in 4 weeks and always wanting more! I will keep you posted.