The Stromer ST3 Commuter E-Bike Stands Out With an ABS System and Other High-End Features

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In my search for premium commuter e-bikes, I stumbled upon the Stromer ST3. Today, I'm forgetting all about the budget-friendly options I typically cover to bring you a high-end option that might impress you both with its price and capabilities.
Stromer is a Swiss brand that's been producing e-bikes since 2009, long before electric two-wheelers became as popular as they are nowadays. Swiss brands are generally associated with exceptional quality and, of course, an appropriately high price tag. When it comes to this brand's products, they tick both boxes.

The company's first e-bike was the Stromer V1 – a sporty design, massive batteries, and enormous amounts of power characterize this two-wheeler. Fast-forward to today, and these traits are still visible in all of Stromer's products.

The manufacturer prides itself on being a Swiss company. It goes even further and claims it developed the first Speed Pedelec with an integrated battery, full connectivity, and a fully integrated design. The company follows a simple mission: "introduce a new, different riding experience onto the road."

The ST3 is designed to offer an enjoyable commuting experience. At first glance, this e-bike definitely stands out with a minimalistic yet practicality-focused design. In fact, the ST3 was the Red Dot winner of 2022.

Stromer ST3 E\-Bike
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Before we go any further, let's talk costs. Are you sitting down? Because the ST3's price might blow you away. The base version of the e-bike is available for a hefty €7,290 ($7,777), which is definitely on the higher side when compared to the countless e-bikes on the market.

One of the first things to consider when purchasing any bike is its construction. The ST3 features an aluminum frame – that's a bit surprising considering there are carbon fiber e-bikes that cost less than this. But bear with me, as the ST3 stands out with other features.

It's available in two styles: Sport and Comfort. Sport is offered in three sizes: M for those with a height of under 178 centimeters (5'10"), L for 175 to 188 centimeters (5'9"), and XL for those above 188 centimeters (6'2"). Moreover, the Comfort version only comes in an M size for those under 178 centimeters.

There isn't a significant difference between the two. Comfort features a lower top tube, making it slightly easier to get on it. What's more, it has a lower seating position.

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The easiest way for me to present this electric bike is to go through its configurator. So, first off, we'll have to choose between two colors: Cool White and Deep Black – these are perfectly in theme with the bike's minimalistic design.

Next up, we'll have to choose the frame styling, size, and riding position. The latter can be selected in either Comfort or Sport, with the former offering a more stretched-out riding position, while Comfort allows for a more upright riding position. If you plan on using it as often as possible for minutes, I will go with the second option.

Up to here, it's more about personal preference and comfort. But here's where the options you choose can significantly impact your riding experience.

The ST3 is offered as standard without a suspension, as Stromer says its S-Pedlecs are optimized for hard surfaces because of their large-volume tires. If you require additional comfort, you can opt for a specially developed upside-down suspension fork – you'll have to empty an extra €1,000 ($1,073) for it.

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Although there's no rear suspension available, there's one component you can go for that will increase your comfort even further: a Kinekt suspension seatpost for €245 ($263).

Compared to other types of e-bikes, commuter ones must prioritize range, and this is precisely what the ST3 does. It features a 48 V, 814 Wh battery that offers up to 150 km (93 miles) of range, more than enough for the average commute. Still, if that's not enough, you could spend an extra €340 ($365) and get a 983 Wh battery providing up to 180 km (112 miles).

Stromer claims it'll take a maximum of 4 hours and 45 minutes to juice up the battery. Furthermore, it can be removed from the downtube and charged wherever you like.

The battery powers a Syno Drive II rear hub motor with a maximum output of 820 W (720 W in the United States). What's more, it delivers up to 44 Nm (32 lb-ft.) of torque and enables the ST3 to reach a top speed of 45 kph (18 mph), so it's categorized as a Class 3 e-bike in the United States and Canada.

Stromer ST3 E\-Bike
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You get an 11-speed Shimano chain drive as standard on the ST3. However, two upgrades are available that might arguably make the most significant difference. You can get a Pinion C1.9 XR 9-speed gearbox with a Gates carbon belt drive, a much more durable, clean, and low-maintenance option. Moreover, you can even integrate a Blubrake ABS system for additional safety. The pinion gearbox will cost you an extra €828 ($888), while the ABS is offered for €850 ($912).

The ST3 rides on 27.5-inch rims with Pirelli Cycl-e ST tires. Moreover, plenty of stopping power is provided by Stromer HD942 brakes with 203-mm discs front and back. Other notable components that make commuting a breeze on the ST3 are a fender, a carrier that can support up to 22.5 kg (50 lbs.), and front and rear LED lights.

And lastly, just as expected on any high-end e-bike, you get a display and other connectivity options. The display showcases essential riding info, and you can connect your phone via Bluetooth – there's even an app you can download on your phone. Moreover, you can electronically lock and unlock your e-bike. In the unfortunate case of your e-bike going missing, rest assured, as it's integrated with a GPS system.

All in all, the ST3 is an excellent commuter option, although it definitely surpasses most people's budget. If you add all the best upgrades, the total price will reach €10,543 ($11,309). There are also other accessories you can add. You can find out more information about this e-bike on Stromer's official website.
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About the author: Mircea Mazuru
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Starting out with a motorcycle permit just because he could get one two years earlier than a driver's license, Mircea keeps his passion for bikes (motor or no motor) alive to this day. His lifelong dream is to build his own custom camper van.
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