Stolen Stromer ST2 S Replacement

Whoisthisdude

New Member
Hi All - My Stromer ST2 S was unfortunately stolen a few weeks back, but insurance has agreed to reimburse the NEW value of the bike (roughly $10k). As a result, I have circled a few options for replacing the old bike, and hoped to get a bit of advice on what the best possible replacement might be. I typically commute around 5 miles each way daily on the bike (assuming no rain), so would like something that's both fun to ride and highly reliable.

Stromer ST3
Riese & Muller Charger3 (HS Rohloff version)
Specialized Turbo Vado SL 4.0/5.0

While the price of the Specialized bike might seem a bit out of sort with the other options, I wondered if the lighter frame/battery would be a better option overall given I live in an apartment and moving around a 70+ pound Stromer was less than ideal in tight conditions (and pocketing the remaining insurance settlement is certainly nothing to be upset about). My commute isn't especially far and mostly flat, so I'd be interested to hear whether the comparably less powerful Specialized motor would be a material downgrade given a the lack of challenging terrain that I run into on my daily commuter rides. Thanks in advance for your thoughts!

J
 

Taylor57

Well-Known Member
Hi All - My Stromer ST2 S was unfortunately stolen a few weeks back, but insurance has agreed to reimburse the NEW value of the bike (roughly $10k). As a result, I have circled a few options for replacing the old bike, and hoped to get a bit of advice on what the best possible replacement might be. I typically commute around 5 miles each way daily on the bike (assuming no rain), so would like something that's both fun to ride and highly reliable.

Stromer ST3
Riese & Muller Charger3 (HS Rohloff version)
Specialized Turbo Vado SL 4.0/5.0

While the price of the Specialized bike might seem a bit out of sort with the other options, I wondered if the lighter frame/battery would be a better option overall given I live in an apartment and moving around a 70+ pound Stromer was less than ideal in tight conditions (and pocketing the remaining insurance settlement is certainly nothing to be upset about). My commute isn't especially far and mostly flat, so I'd be interested to hear whether the comparably less powerful Specialized motor would be a material downgrade given a the lack of challenging terrain that I run into on my daily commuter rides. Thanks in advance for your thoughts!

J
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Sierratim

Well-Known Member
With a 5 mile mostly flat commute you should be fine with the lighter weight Vado SLs.

My only concern is the term 'mostly flat'. How much power did you use on your Stromer for the 'non-flat' sections? How fit of a rider are you?

I ask as the Vado SLs will have noticeably less 'punch' than you're accustomed to. It'd be best to test ride one on your commute route.

Other than that, the comments re the Vado SL on other theads are quite positive so I'd definitely take a look.
 

Law

Active Member
It seems heavier riders will not fair well on Vado SL, so your on notice.

Insurance all depends on limits and coverage. 400/year here with Cincinnati agreed new bike replacement and 2 m coverage Bodily injury liability etc.
 

Gee_Whiz

Member
You might want to get the one that gets you closest to what you paid originally and then sell it for the one you want to keep. So id say an R&M superelite.

If you're less than 250lbs the SL is probably a good bet due to the weight and the fact that it looks like a normal bike. Being in NY, any of the high end options is going to make your bike a target so it might not even be a bad idea to look at more inexpensive, better performing options like those with a Bafang motor or even something like an Aventon Level that has aesthetic polish and still solid performance (doesn't do torque sensing though and is a hub motor)
 
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