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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.
The Faraday Porteur is the award-winning original design. Steam-bent bamboo fenders, a Gates belt drive, and smooth-shifting Shimano Alfine 8 drivetrain make this Faradays finest electric bike.
The Porteur comes in either Classic White or British Racing Green, and in your choice of three sizes. You can add a front or rear rack and many other accessories soon to be launched in NZ.
Faradays are available for pre-order for delivery in June. 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
Lightweight and remarkably smooth, the Porteur 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 Porteur frame
Fork: Custom chromoly steel fork
Saddle: Faraday standard City Saddle. (Optional upgrades available)
Brakes: Promax hydraulic disc brakes
Stem: Threadless one-piece riser stem with forged headlight mount
Headset: Faraday high polish sealed bearing threadless headset
Grips: Faraday leather lock-on grips
Handlebar: Faraday Porteur riser bar
Pedals: MKS Sylvan premium Japanese touring pedals
Gearing: Gates carbon belt drive w’ Shimano Alfine 8-spd internal hub
Shifting: Shimano Alfine trigger shifter
Crankset: Lascoy alloy crank
Chainguard: Faraday custom chain-ring guard
TIRES AND TRIM
Kickstand: Pletscher Swiss scissoring dual kickstand
Fenders: Handmade steam-bent bamboo fenders
Rims: Alex super light disc, 26″, 36-spoke
Tires: 26-inch diameter, 1.5″ width Panaracer puncture-resistant tires
Motor: 250W (350W peak) geared front hub motor
Battery: Custom 43V, 250Wh removable Panasonic lithium-ion battery pack with integrated battery management system
Pedal sensor: German-made precision torque pedal sensor
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)
SIZE AND GEOMETRY
The Porteur’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 Porteur 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, come see us for a test ride or give us a call on 04 389 3893
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