Boutique Belgian electrical bicycle maker Cowboy simply added a brand new extra upright and cozy commuter e-bike to its portfolio. The so-called Cruiser takes the grips, huge saddle, and extra relaxed driving place of the corporate’s C4ST (step-through) mannequin and provides a prime bar and a wider swept-back handlebar. It’s the Dutch-style e-bike you purchase for those who already preferred the C4 however disliked its aggressive ahead driving place, skinny saddle, and slim handlebars.
I had an opportunity to check journey the brand new 19.3kg Cruiser towards the unique C4 (now renamed Traditional) and step-through C4ST (now generally known as the Cruiser ST) in Amsterdam at one in all Cowboy’s new retail companions — an initiative that launched in Could with unbiased bike retailers throughout Europe.
Driving the Cruiser feels similar to the Cruiser ST, and rather more relaxed than the Traditional which places the rider right into a hunched-over place with a lot of hand stress on the grips. In comparison with the Traditional, the Cruiser ought to make for simpler long-distance commutes particularly for those who’re within the behavior of sporting a loaded backpack to work. It’s not fairly as relaxed and upright as a conventional Dutch “omafiets” however the driving posture is an efficient steadiness between sporty and utilitarian, not in contrast to driving a €3,299 Veloretti Ace Two, €2,348 VanMoof S4 or €3,498 S5, or €2,590 Ampler Axel.
Cowboy says the Cruiser additionally encompasses a larger gear ratio. Actually, I didn’t really feel a lot of a distinction between the three bikes, every briefly examined head-to-head in adaptive energy mode. However I rode every for lower than 5 minutes and solely on flat roads.
In any other case, the Cowboy Cruiser — just like the Cruiser ST and Traditional — encompasses a 250W rear-hub motor with single-speed belt-drive, a built-in mount that wirelessly costs your cellphone, Google Maps baked proper into the Cowboy app, detachable battery, and huge 47mm tires.
The brand new Cruiser is obtainable in black or “sand” (off-white) colours for an “introductory value” of €2,990 later at present.