Boutique Belgian electrical bicycle maker Cowboy simply added a brand new extra upright and comfy 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 in the event you already favored the C4 however disliked its aggressive ahead driving place, skinny saddle, and slender handlebars.
I had an opportunity to check trip the brand new 19.3kg Cruiser in opposition to the unique C4 (now renamed Traditional) and step-through C4ST (now referred to 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.
Using 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 in the event you’re within the behavior of carrying 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 not like 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 greater gear ratio. Truthfully, 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 prices your cellphone, Google Maps baked proper into the Cowboy app, detachable battery, and huge 47mm tires.
The brand new Cruiser is out there in black or “sand” (off-white) colours for an “introductory worth” of €2,990 later immediately.