When you’ve researched or examine electrical bikes at any level prior to now, you’ve seemingly come throughout the title Cowboy. Cowboy makes a number of the extra revolutionary ebikes in the marketplace, and it simply launched two new fashions—the C4 and C4 ST—that characteristic extra highly effective motors and modern integrations.
Traditionally, Cowboy has supplied one model of its bikes, however beginning with the C4 there are actually two variations: the usual C4, which is akin to Cowboy’s bikes of the previous, and the brand new C4 ST, which introduces a step-through mannequin. Step-through bikes supply a decrease high tube than “normal” bikes, making them simpler to get on.
Because of the decrease entry level on the step via mannequin, it’s additionally higher fitted to shorter riders. Like previous Cowboy bikes, the C4 is finest fitted to riders from 5’6″ to six’4″. The C4 ST mannequin drops the rider peak all the way in which down to five’2″ at a minimal and as much as 6’2″ on the most. Step via bikes additionally place the bars above the saddle generally, in order that they’re additionally nice for riders who might have mobility points since they’re additionally way more upright. The bars on the C4 ST even have extra backsweep than the common C4, which additional places the rider extra upright.
Previous that, nevertheless, the 2 bikes are the identical. Each fashions introduce a extra highly effective motor than the Cowboy C3, which provides as much as 50% extra torque. Meaning you get extra energy for much less work. The most important draw back (no less than in my “I prefer to journey bikes quick” thoughts) is that the pedal help tops out at simply 15.5 miles per hour (25km/h).
Cowboy is considerably distinctive in its strategy to gearing—the place most different ebikes supply a extra conventional gearing system (or inner hubs on the very least), Cowboy rolls with a single-speed carbon belt drive system. The bikes use a torque sensor to robotically modify energy as wanted, so that you get extra energy on ascents and fewer on descents, principally.
You’ll get the identical vary from the C4’s battery as its predecessor—so about 43 miles/70km. That is the higher restrict, in fact, and can differ in line with terrain and climate (driving right into a headwind will take extra energy, for instance). But it surely nonetheless provides a basic concept.
When you’re on the lookout for extra specifics when you’re on the bike, nevertheless, the brand new Cowboy app is the place it’s at. It’s full of new bike-related metrics, which embody battery vary and consumption. Past that, the app can be dwelling to extra rider-driven metrics, like well being and health, driving stats, and navigation. It’s a sleek-looking app by itself, however its integration with the bike makes it even sleeker.
The C4’s cockpit is a stealthy, streamlined, built-in setup with a built-in telephone mount on the stem. It makes use of the Quadlock system to carry the telephone in place, which is likely one of the most sturdy and trusted methods in the marketplace. However wait, it will get even cooler—in case your telephone has wi-fi charging, the bike can cost it when you’re on the go. The stem has a built-in wi-fi charger, which pulls juice from the bike’s inner battery to supply a cost. Scorching rattling, y’all.
In fact, this might probably introduce its personal set of points. As with all proprietary bike components, this makes it laborious to alter to a special system. So if you end up wanting to change the attain in your bike, you could be out of luck because of this new built-in system. Equally, if the wi-fi charger had been to mess up, it could possibly be a dear repair.
Past all of this, each C4 fashions characteristic some fairly good security options—crash detection (via the app), theft detection, built-in lights, Discover My Bike, and extra.
Each bikes (and their forks) are fabricated from tried-and-true 6061 aluminum, characteristic Gates carbon belt drives, and 47c Cowboy customized tires. They’ll be accessible in September for € 2.490 ($3,000 USD), however you’ll be able to pre-order them starting today.
It’s additionally of observe that Cowboy isn’t accessible within the U.S. as of but, however the firm plans to broaden into the States inside “the next 12 months.”