Congrats! The black liquid is scratch paint. I had the same question when I got my bike in the box like you did.Short update...
Wow this bike is heavy.
Took all the packing off...crud my display is broken
Fit and finish is top notch.
It came with a small bottle of black liquid...maybe chain oil??
The reflector package just doesnt look like it belongs on this black beast...did anyone else leave them off? (I know safety and all)
Wow is this bike heavy!
More to come.
Marathon Plus 26 x 2" to the rescue.Well I headed out this am with a fresh battery and a smile on my face to meet a friend for breakfast (12.5 mile ride). 1.6 miles in I hit a staple and got a flat. My wife came to the rescue and hauled me in.
The point to all this???
Changing a flat on the back of the ST1 Platinum is not so speedy. Took me a little over an hour by the time I wrestled the stretchy wraps and installed the zip ties. I would hate to loose a zip tie on the wires...very little clearance between the wires and the disc brake rotor. It would cut the wires very easily if the zip tie failed.
Definitely more effort and care to change a rear hub verses a mid drive. If you lack mechanical skills I would avoid a rear hub.
One positive note - the wax based chain lube helped keep my hands and arms cleaner. I didn't have chain oil all over everything. I just hope wax keeps the drive train in good shape.
Going for a 30 miler with the road bike guys this afternoon. I could not keep up on my mid drive...hope the ST1 fills my gap.
@Ravi Kempaiah, I hope you learned your lesson! When you have carpenters working on your house, DON'T play with their nail gunAlmost as gory as this....
@grench@grench@grench, that is one nasty flat and on a shakedown cruise I hope you get a chance to post a video of you with your Stromer and your roadie friends with their featherweights riding up hill. Your bike should give them some serious competition! Are you keeping your Optibike? For off road...winter?
I will get some vid...it will be a couple of weeks before I can ride with them again. The ride went well I was able to keep up until a couple of the hot dogs kicked it up to over 30mph. I was topped out between 27-29 and they were pulling away!!! I had no idea they could ride that fast...kinda makes me question the speedo on the ST1. Mapmyride did not record any speeds over 26mph.
Yes I will keep the Optibike I still like the mid drive feel. I just wish it had a higher support speed. I think I will put a good front suspension fork on the ST1 and see how it compares.
I took a spill on the ST1 without the battery on the gravel...hit a gravel mound on a curve coming into my driveway and the front tire disappeared...rubbed the skin off my nose and forehead...scratched my glasses. I bled like a stuck hog... I have taken the same bump on the Opti with the front suspension fork with no issues. That's why I am thinking of adding the suspension fork to the ST1.
I think the problem is keeping the front tire on the ground...no really worried about the hand and arm impact...so I think the front shock is the better solution???@grench
As for suspension, have you looked at bar/stem suspension like the Stafast? I think there are a couple others that were recently released for sale as well. I believe one uses air and springs, springs like the Bodyfloat and one uses elastomers like the Thudbuster. I have no idea if, or how well they work and if they even come close to what a Fox or Rock Shox fork can do, just a thought.
Anyway, customizing is half the fun! Good luck with your upgrades and have fun with it all
I know nothing about Front fork shocks...I do like the one on my Optibike - Fox Talas but wow are they expensive. Are they really that much better?Got it!
I was looking at forks with thru-axles and ran across these for 26" wheels. They might fit a Stromer, won't fit my 29'er
RockShox Reba RL Solo Air Forks - 15mm
RockShox Reba RL Solo Air Fork
Site says 63% off, selling for $277.00 (reg$755), I've seen them sell for $550+/-. Might be worth a look.