Faraday Cortland

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Faraday began when a team of designers and engineers was asked to design the ultimate modern utility bicycle. The challenge was posed by the Portland-based bicycle design and innovation contest the Oregon Manifest. Faraday saw an opportunity to create a totally unique electric bike and worked nights and weekends for 6 long months to bring that vision to life. 

Faraday was unveiled alongside entries from some of the top design firms and bike builders in the US. In online judging, voters from around the world selected Faraday as the People’s Choice winner.

Faraday’s success showed the enormous potential for a better electric bike. On the heels of one successful popular vote, Faraday turned to Kickstarter for its commercial launch. Faraday Bicycles was founded and Kickstarted on July 19, 2012, reaching its funding goal of $100,000 within a week and going on to raise over $175,000 from hundreds of backers around the world. 

By January, 2014, Faraday’s first production run of Porteurs was underway. They worked with their manufacturing partners to address problems and practice continual improvement – part of Faraday’s tireless commitment to refining and enhancing their products. 

Like Faradays award-winning original, the Cortland packs plenty of power into an elegant package. With steam-bent bamboo fenders, leather grips, hydraulic disc brakes, a Gates belt drive, and Shimano Alfine 8 internally geared hub – it’s a dream for any rider.

The Cortland is available in Classic White and Faraday Stingray Blue. It’s also available in Small or Medium. You can add a front or rear rack and many other accessories soon to be launched in NZ.  

We have Faradays available in store for test rides. Email faraday@bicyclejunction to book a test ride or place your pre-order.

For full information about Faraday Bikes, accessories and specifications you can visit the Faraday Bikes website here

Tech Specs

Lightweight and remarkably smooth, the Cortland blurs the lines between “electric” and “bicycle,” showing the world that great design and the power of electric aren’t mutually exclusive.


Frame: Custom chromoly steel Cortland frame

Fork: Custom chromoly steel fork



Gearing: Gates carbon belt drive w’ Shimano Alfine 8-spd internal hub

Shifting: Shimano Alfine trigger shifter

Crankset: Forged aluminum crank

Chainguard: Faraday custom chainring guard


Kickstand: Massload scissoring dual kickstand

Fenders: Handmade steam-bent bamboo fenders

Rims: Alex super light disc, 26″, 36-spoke

Tires: 26-inch diameter, 1.75″ width Continental puncture-resistant tires


Motor: 250W (350W peak) geared front hub motor

Battery: Custom 43V, 290Wh removable Panasonic lithium-ion battery pack with integrated battery management system

Pedal sensor: German-made precision torque pedal sensor

Throttle: None

Control: Bluetooth-enabled E-Ink battery display with 3 position pedal assist mode selector switch

Front Light: Integrated front LED headlight

Rear Light: Integrated rear LED taillight

Charging: Faraday standard 2A charger (110V-240V, 3hr. charge time)


The Cortland’s wide, swept-back bars are designed to place the rider in a comfortable, upright position that’s easy on the back and provides great visibility of cars and other cyclists around you.

The chart above offers a guide for which Cortland is right for you. While height is a good indicator of size, we also recommend measuring your inseam from the floor up, while wearing shoes, and comparing that to the “Standover” height in the chart. Simply 1″ of space between your inseam and the crossbar will make for a comfortable fit. If you’re still not sure then come for a test ride or give us a call on 04 389 3893


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