We tried it: Faraday Porteur

It's not just a bike, it's also a coat rack.

It’s not just a bike, it’s also a coat rack.

Our kids are getting older, and as a result, I can imagine something that was previously kind of unimaginable, which is riding a bike that’s not actually a cargo bike. Late in 2014, this dream drew a little closer to reality, because Faraday Bikes was offering its bikes for a week’s free test ride to anyone who asked. And I asked. Poor Matt ended up being the solo kid hauler for that week, as I gleefully rode through the city childfree. He was glad to see it go, but not me. I have seen the future.

The Faraday Porteur grew from a concept city-bike to a Kickstarter campaign to a real company, a journey that is as desirable as it is unlikely. The Porteur is an assisted bike, and I first saw it in 2012 in a furniture store, as the company had zero connections to actual bike shops at the time. Checking out a bike in a furniture store brought home the inherent difficulties involved in buying any bike, let alone an assisted bike, without local bike shop support. The woman selling sofas had no idea how the bike worked and had lost the brochure. It didn’t inspire a lot of confidence. Now you can buy the Faraday Porteur in real bike shops, including locally at The New Wheel, which pretty much lives by the mission statement of selling not-crappy bikes. This does inspire confidence. Throughout it all, it has remained a bike unlike any other. Six word review?

Faraday Porteur: It’s the cool bike.

A long time ago, I was reading advice on what bike to buy. The article is now lost to the internet wayback machine, but it said that when you go looking for bikes, there is often the bike that you think that you should buy, because it’s the practical or affordable choice, and the bike that you want to buy, the cool bike, which is the bike you desire whether or not it’s practical or affordable. And the author said: “Buy the cool bike.” Why? Because you’ll ride the cool bike, and not leave it in the garage, wishing that you were on the cool bike. Your definition of a cool bike will change over time and in different circumstances. We are still in the stage of our lives where our Bullitt is the cool bike, although for most people, it might better be described as the “slack-jawed disbelief” bike. In general I think “buy the cool bike” is excellent advice. And I can say one thing for sure after a week on the Faraday Porteur: whatever its weaknesses (all bikes have weaknesses), EVERYONE thinks it’s the cool bike. Do I want this bike? Heck yes. I have lust in my heart for this bike. For my needs, it’s not yet perfect, but I am still in the kid-hauling years, so I figure they have time to work out the last few kinks for me. I know from talking to the company representatives when I dropped off the bike that some of the changes I would make are already in progress.

Charging in the garage.

Charging in the garage.

It is difficult to describe people’s reactions to this bike, but I will try. Like the Bullitt, the Faraday is not necessarily the best bike for shy people. For the week that I rode it, I was the most popular that I have ever been. I suddenly found my road-racing neighbor casually hanging out by the garage. Our block is surprisingly cargo-bike heavy, with an Urban Arrow to one side of us and a Frances on the other, but this particular neighbor, notwithstanding our mutual respect and fondness, views all our cargo bikes with what I would describe as fascinated horror. His interest is in road bikes, and he has lovingly rebuilt over a dozen of them, each of which cost more than our entire bike stable, and he rides them exclusively for athletic reasons. Yet every morning that I had the Faraday, he was there when I left home and arrived home, asking questions about it. “That is a really nice bike,” he’d say. On the last day that I had it, he took pictures. When I got to the office with the Faraday, I was far too paranoid to leave a loaner bike at the racks, so I rode up with it in the elevator and parked it in my office. And during that week, there were always, mysteriously, a half-dozen people who’d struck up conversations next to my office door around the time I came in and when I left, who also quizzed me about the bike. My more self-confident colleagues wandered into my office pretty much at will to ask questions about it. Heads turned when I was riding. When our cousins came down from the North Bay for the weekend, I had one of them try it and he yelled as he rode, “This is AWESOME! AWESOME!” I imagine this is something like your life if you are a supermodel. It would probably settle down in time, but it was absolutely fascinating. And yes, it was kind of gratifying.

Let’s be real: as a full-time cargo bike rider, I am biased to gush about any bike that is lighter than a Bakfiets, because for me, riding a normal bike is like suddenly losing 50 pounds, quite literally. However, I am not the only person who really, really likes this bike.

What I liked about the Faraday Porteur

  • The Faraday Porteur is beautiful, and I am as vulnerable to the allure of this bike as anyone else. Everything about it looks intentional. Even the wires match the frame. The handlebars support a controller for the assist
    Faraday pileup at the shop.

    Faraday pileup at the shop.

    as well as the usual collection of shifters and brakes and so on, yet it was the cleanest cockpit I have ever seen. Just looking down at it while riding was aesthetically gratifying. Yes, having a gorgeous bike is a luxury, and bikes don’t have to be lovely to be useful, but I can testify now that with a bike this beautiful and practical, I found myself making up useless errands to run so that I could ride it more often. “Sure, I checked the hold shelf at the library once today already, but I should check it again, because you never know.” I found myself dreaming up stuff like this despite the fact that we sold our car in 2012 and so we already ride our bikes everywhere all the time. I would cheerfully have ridden this bike all day long if I could have figured out a way to skip work and arrange child care.

  • The Faraday is extremely easy to ride, and intentionally so. The swept back handlebars are a comfortable width, the Brooks saddle (which is standard) is the choice of those who are picky about those things (I am not, but I like it too), and the gearing relies on a smooth-shifting internal hub that allows you to change gears even when stopped. I typically test-ride cargo bikes, and they all have learning curves to some extent, so maybe I’m overselling this, but it was just so fantastically simple.
  • This bike is both lightweight and balanced. This is probably my cargo bike experience talking again, but I could not get over how cool it was to be riding an assisted bike that I could pick up and carry up the stairs without a second thought. The balance of the bike makes this easier; the assist is on the front wheel and the internal gears are on the back wheel, so you can pick it up by the top tube(s) and it hangs evenly thanks to the equal weight on both wheels. This is not something that I have ever seen any other manufacturer of any bike worry about. It is one of the many thoughtful design features that made me think, “This is so obvious and yet no one has ever done it before.” Not everyone has the ambition to carry their bikes up the stairs, but being able to lift it up easily is also really handy for parking the bike in random places and tight racks that are normally completely out of the question for assisted and/or cargo bikes.
  • The ride is so smooth. Riding a bike in San Francisco comes with a certain amount of jostling, because many streets are poorly maintained. There are potholes galore, and riding over broken glass is a daily experience. On my normal routes, I now automatically hop out of the saddle at the worst points and even the kids know to brace themselves at certain intersections. Well, for one glorious week I said goodbye to all of that, because the Faraday eats potholes for breakfast. I was whizzing down McAllister through its endless ongoing construction one morning at full speed and barely even noticed the giant gaps in the asphalt. When I finally realized that I wasn’t getting bumped, I started aiming for them for a few blocks to prove the point to myself (sorry, Faraday, I’m sure that wasn’t great for the bike). God, it was awesome.
  • The electric assist, which is standard on the Faraday, is the smoothest assist that I have ever used. Also people don’t even notice it’s there unless you tell them. It is a pedal assist, and activated by torque, yet it feels different from traditional pedal assists because the motor is in front. What’s more, it is truly silent. The Faraday is frequently compared to Apple products, which is a fair comparison, because it doesn’t go in for a lot of unnecessary features: the assist controller is a physical toggle: Off/Low/High, and it shows a battery gauge, the end. You could use it blindfolded. When the assist is on, you feel like you are a superhero, but you can’t always feel it come on, because it never jerks, it just sort of slides into place as you’re moving along. I assume that they spent a lot of time developing this. It is another one of those thoughtfully engineered things that made me feel like the Faraday was almost a different species of bike.
  • This is an assisted bike, but you don’t need to use the assist. Typically an electric assist bike is carrying so much extra weight in the form of the battery and the motor that it can be unpleasant to ride without keeping the assist on at the lowest level. This is particularly true given that assisted bikes tend to be used to carry lots of stuff. However on the Faraday I found myself riding with the assist off most of the time. I flipped it on to go through big intersections and up hills, but kept it off when riding on flat streets or mild hills, because I didn’t need it. The Faraday staff wanted me to tell them, when the week was over, how much range I had been able to get out of the bike, and I was honestly unable to answer the question, because I spent so much time riding it with the assist off that I never ran down the battery before I made it home to recharge it, even after the couple of times when I forgot to plug it in overnight. I had range anxiety before I rode the bike, because the battery seems underpowered from the specs, but ultimately the issue never came up.
  • Although the Faraday is not billed as a cargo bike, it can easily carry a ton of stuff. Even back in 2012, when it was a Kickstarter campaign, it had a frame mounted front rack, so the steering wasn’t affected when you threw stuff in the basket. That front rack is still there, and it’s beautiful, bombproof, and laughably easy to take on and off. The only thing I would add to it is a matching cargo net, the best bicycle accessory ever, but mine sort of clashed with the white bike because it’s black. I was getting very picky about aesthetics after a week on this bike. They have a matching bungee cord for the front rack but a bungee cargo net is better. Faraday also offers a rear rack now, and if I were getting this bike, I would get neither or both, because putting just one of them on messes with the balance of the bike and makes it more of a hassle to carry. Who am I kidding, I would get both, the bike is plenty light enough to handle the weight and they’re so practical. The front rack can carry everything I needed in a workday. The rear rack would allow you to bring home a cart full of groceries as well.
  • This was my first experience riding a bike with a belt drive, and I am now a fan. No chain = no need for a chain guard. You can wear normal clothes and ride this bike.
  • The lights are integrated into the bike and they are always on when the bike is on, just like cars in Canada (and they stay on whether or not the assist is on). What’s more, if you decide to get the front rack, there is an option to mount the light on the front of it, so you can pile all kinds of stuff on the rack and still see where you are going. I found the lights to be plenty bright even for night riding on the unlighted paths of Golden Gate Park. This is a great commuter feature and much too rare, even on other assisted bikes.
  • The bike comes in different frame sizes, for those of many heights. At 5’7” I was, as usual, on the medium frame, but I have heard that people who are 5’4” can also ride that size, which suggests that the small frame may be suited to even the shortest among us. My road-racing neighbor, who is well over six feet tall, was really too tall to ride my medium frame bike, but I saw a similarly-sized rider at Faraday on a large frame.
  • How much does it cost? $3500. There aren’t really any options other than the front and rear racks that would change that price, and demand is such that it’s not likely to go on sale. For what Faraday is offering, which is an assisted bike made with exceptionally good parts, the price is reasonable. Yet like all assisted bikes that you would actually want to ride, it is definitely not cheap. (Unless you are used to buying expensive road bikes. Then you will laugh and tell me that it is a steal.)

What I didn’t like about the Faraday Porteur

  • I was terrified that it would be stolen. Seriously, I have never spent so much time worrying that I would lose a bike, and I don’t usually ride beater bikes. This bike is so appealing that the thought of leaving it at a bike rack gave me palpitations, and so I found myself making up errands only for situations where I could bring the bike inside or watch it from inside. I parked it my office most days, which doesn’t really bother anyone, but then I worried about it all through that week’s fire drill. Although, as mentioned, I have lust in my heart for this bike, one of my most serious reservations about the prospect of buying one is whether I would have the nerve to ride it and park it in many parts of this notoriously-bike-theft-prone city. This sounds kind of ridiculous as a downside (“I dislike that it’s so desirable”) but it’s a real issue.
  • In its current form, the Faraday is not a kid hauler. This is true even though with the new rear rack, it is entirely possible to put a Yepp Maxi on the back of the bike. However just because it is technically possible does
    Faraday with Yepp.

    Faraday with Yepp.

    not mean that it is a great idea. There are a number of issues that make riding with a Yepp Maxi kind of a non-starter. First is that the assist is really designed to haul one person (more on that below) and on steep hills, I suspect that it would be a struggle to carry a kid as well, even with the assist on high. Obviously for already-strong riders this isn’t an issue, but for many people it would be. Second is that the Porteur has a high horizontal top tube, so it’s designed to be mounted by swinging your leg over the back. With a Yepp seat on the back that’s impossible. I tried swinging my leg over the top tube as an experiment, which is how we get on and off our Bullitt and EdgeRunner, and it was, to say the least, not easy on this bike. The tube is just too high to make that move comfortable, and it kept clipping my shoe at the heel, which knocked me and the bike over a couple of times. With a kid strapped in the rear seat, that would be seriously scary. The Yepp Maxi actually having a kid in it raises a couple of other issues. Most annoyingly, the power button is placed right below the rider’s saddle, directly within reach of a Yepp-encased toddler’s hands. And the power button has a cool light that goes off and on when you press it. I don’t know any kid in the entire world who could resist turning the bike on and off and on and off and on and off and on and off and on and off as you rode, no matter how dramatically they were threatened. That makes having an assisted bike kind of pointless, and possibly dangerous. What’s more, the Yepp seat blocks the taillight, so riding with it at night would be a bad idea unless you clipped on an aftermarket light. It’s clear that the idea of adding a child seat is still very much in development at Faraday. They are developing a bike with a step-through frame that deals with a number of these issues at once. If I really wanted a Faraday as a kid-hauler I would wait for the step-through model or use a front seat (something like the Oxford Leco might work on this model).

  • The assist lacks pickup. This came up most often at intersections, when I really wanted a boost button. Honestly I didn’t feel that there was much difference between the low and high settings of the assist, so I would have preferred that the toggle be Off/On/Boost instead of Off/Low/High. And here is the San Francisco-specific concern: on steep hills, the assist felt underpowered, even with just me on the bike. I was very surprised, because this bike was designed in San Francisco, but on my first trip up Page Street (which I rode up from Market Street to Golden Gate Park, and which involves a surprising amount of elevation gain), I was working harder than I had expected I would. Honestly, I didn’t mind that much in the end, because it wasn’t overwhelming, and I appreciate having to work to go up hills sometimes. Exercise is healthy. However the assist is definitely not a hill-flattener. I was not particularly laden at the time, but if you added another 30-50 pounds of live child weight the effort involved would be even more noticeable. This for me is not a deal-breaker, but I definitely thought it was a missed opportunity.
  • The riding position on the Faraday is too aggressive for a commuter. The handlebars are too low. It was such a disappointment. When riding in the city it makes sense to be very upright, so you can see over the cars. That is why recumbent bikes in San Francisco are as rare as emeralds. Yet despite the swept back commuter style bars on the Faraday, I was hunched over riding this bike, like it was designed for a triathlon or something. A stem extender would be non-negotiable if I were going to ride this bike regularly (this is actually already in development for the step-through model at least, I saw it on the demo bike).
  • To my astonishment, I had occasion to test the fenders with more than my eyeballs, as I had this bike during the one week that it actually rained in San Francisco since forever. The rear fender is too short. I ended up with a stripe of mud on the back of my jacket to prove it (according to people in rainier locales, they are also too narrow). The fenders are bamboo, and beautiful, and this issue would probably never come up again for me personally, but if you live in a place where there is precipitation, you will want longer fenders.
  • Initially I blamed myself for this: I broke the kickstand, which is a Pletscher double. Then I found out that everyone who uses the Pletscher has broken theirs at least once. Some people have even broken multiple Pletschers. It’s a cool-looking kickstand, but given the quality of the rest of the parts, this bike should have something better. An Ursus Jumbo would be a much more solid choice.
  • Speaking of missed commuter opportunities, the Faraday has no bell. Yes, you can get an aftermarket bell, but on a bike where even the wires match the frame, not including a matching bell is a bizarre oversight. I really missed having a bell on a few occasions when I was nearly doored.
  • As mentioned above, the power button is poorly placed, as it is underneath the saddle. It’s horrible if you’re trying to carry a kid in back, who would mess with it, but it’s not great even if you’re not, as you have to dismount to turn the bike on if you forget to do it before you start riding. I did that a couple of times, as I was riding without the assist on so much of the time. I would realize that the lights weren’t on, or I’d hit a hill and suddenly, “Dang.”
  • The battery on the Faraday is enclosed in the down tube, so it can’t be removed for charging. For me personally it wasn’t a huge issue, because we ran outlets to our garage, and I just plugged it in there. If you keep your bike inside, which given the theft risk isn’t a bad idea and given the relatively light weight isn’t impossible to imagine, it’s also not a big deal. However there are several situations where this could be a real hassle. Moreover, the question of what to do when the battery needs to be replaced is unclear to me. The battery does have a two year warranty, which is about as good as it gets with assisted bikes. I would want to know more about this question before buying the bike.
  • Like all assisted bikes, at $3500, it is not cheap, even if it is a good value for the money.

This is not the time in my life when I would get a bike like the Faraday Porteur. However that time will come before too much longer, and I already want one. There are bikes that you ride, and even though they’re not perfect, you say, oh to heck with it, I want it anyway. I want to kick my kids off our bikes and get this bike. I loved the Faraday Porteur. It’s totally the cool bike.

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17 responses to “We tried it: Faraday Porteur

  1. akismet-63143eb7c8cfb6168fcea704e38ce53e

    If they ever make a Faraday with a step through frame I’m going to be drowning in drool.

    Jenn

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  2. akismet-63143eb7c8cfb6168fcea704e38ce53e

    Oops! That was supposed to go to my husband, not you! Thanks so much for a great review. Now I have a new bike to dream about.

    Jenn

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  3. I was waiting for your review. I didn’t try it on big hills, so I didn’t have that perspective, but I agree with you on most everything else. I, too, was very popular with this bike and VERY afraid of it being stolen. So afraid. I did leave it chained up outside while donating blood (I figured the assist would help me not have to work so hard to get home while I might still be a little light-headed). So nervous that whole time. I thought of asking the ARC if they’d let me bring it in.

    I did have to charge mine and ran out of charge suddenly going up a small hill, but the rest of the way was downhill so it was all good. It was about 15 miles of range and I wasn’t going up huge hills. I wonder if it’d eat up more battery if it were doing more work.

    I took it on the BART and I totally carried it up the stairs, though it was a little on the heavy side. I think that says more about my upper body strength than the weight of the bike, though!

    And yeah, not kid-friendly. I’d like one in the future, but it’s not a bike for me right now. Maybe after I get a job this spring. My personal bike is almost a decade old and falling apart. On the other hand, I don’t worry about that one being stolen.

  4. julien

    Hello,
    I love your blog! I am trying to decide if I should buy an assisted cargo bike.
    we moved in SF with my wife 2 years ago, and I am biking to work everyday.
    But now we decided to from Japantown to 9th avenue and my commute has nearly doubled to 1h and now include hills which I had managed to avoid so far. On top of that my 2.5yo kid is going to preschool, right on top off one of those hills.
    After reading your blog I feel more confident that I could take on this challenging daily commute.
    But I am curious, after 2 years of use, no regrets about the Bullitt?
    How long was your commute with your kids and was it difficult.
    Finally is an assisted Bullitt still the best you can get?
    It does look gorgeous, but I am just wondering if you heard anything about new bikes about to come out.

    Thanks again for your great reviews!

    • Thank you! We have no regrets about the Bullitt after two years (in fact I wrote about that back in November). However there are lots of other bikes on the market now, and we’re very happy with the EdgeRunner we’ve added, as it allows us to tow the kids’ bikes when they get tired. If you are curious, a trip to Blue Heron in Berkeley will give you a sense of most of the family bikes that are available and practical for this area.

      Our commute with the kids has been from the Inner Sunset to Japantown (Rosa Parks/NLF) and then up to Laurel Heights, then back again. Round trip my trip runs 8-10 miles/weekday, with three major climbs each way. When Matt worked downtown, he would go from Japantown to downtown after the school dropoff, then return, which involved more distance but fewer hills. Until the middle of last year, we lived most of the way up 5th Avenue, so we had big hills on both ends of the ride. We have since moved closer to the park and downhill, and that’s been nice.

      • julien

        Thank you for your reply,
        I am going through the blog and indeed found the post you mentioned.
        I will head down to Blue Heron for some serious testing 🙂
        but he design of the Bullitt and the description you made 2 years ago seems to really fit my needs.
        Thanks again!

  5. Hey there! This is Adam from Faraday. So glad you loved the bike and found yourself looking for excuses to ride it more. That’s exactly the intent with which it was designed – to encourage people to get out and ride more by making riding so much fun. I also appreciated some of your insights about drawbacks, and wanted to update you on how we’re working to address some of them (or in some cases, already have).

    Thanks again for taking the time to try the Porteur and sharing your experience.

    Kid-haulability:
    We’re super excited for the debut of our step-through model this summer, which will be a kid-hauling machine. Any readers interested in that particular model are encouraged to sign up for our mailing list at http://www.faradaybikes.com to be the first to hear about this and other exciting news coming this year.

    Get up and go:
    We’ve significantly enhanced the bike’s low-speed pickup on all new Porteurs shipping in 2015, making hill-climbing and acceleration in stop-and-go traffic even easier. We always strive to find the balance between a ride quality that preserves the smooth sensation of riding a bicycle while also providing plenty of assist, and with our newest bikes we think we’ve nailed it.

    Customizability:
    Because the Porteur’s electronics are almost entirely integrated into the frame, customizing a Faraday to suit your personal preferences is just as easy as with any bicycle – and highly encouraged! We’ve enjoyed seeing our customers raise/lower their handlebars, and swap out every component ranging from tires to saddle, fenders, bars, pedals and grips to create unique variations that are every bit as beautiful as the original. Your local bike shop is your best resource for modifying your Faraday, but shoot us an email at riders@faradaybikes.com and we are happy to offer suggestions and help.

    Battery removal/remote charging:
    The battery on a Faraday can be easily removed and replaced at end-of-life by any bike shop in a quick 15-minute operation. This summer, we’ll launch an optional auxiliary battery that will not only double the bike’s range, but also allow for the battery to be removed and recharged indoors on occasions that bringing the entire bike close to an outlet is not convenient.

    Theft:
    We definitely hear you on this concern. We’re happy to say that of the hundreds of Faradays we have shipped, only one has been stolen – and that one was nabbed during a garage break-in. One of the reasons we’ve focused on achieving a light weight with the Porteur is that it makes storing your Faraday indoors, either at home or in the office, much easier. Ultimately, we do believe – like with any bike – that a stout lock well-used, plus a dash of common sense, should keep you safe.

    Price:
    We couldn’t agree more that a bicycle shouldn’t just ALLOW you to ride … it should ENCOURAGE you to ride! That’s why we build beautiful, quality machines that will leave you searching for excuses to leave the car at home and run more errands by bike. And while we agree that $3500 is a great value for a well-built bicycle that will quickly become your go-to for your daily transportation needs, we also know that that price puts the Faraday out of reach for many. We’ve been working hard to address that, and are pretty close to announcing new models that will deliver the same Faraday thrill at a variety of more accessible price-points. Sign up for our emails at http://www.faradaybikes.com to be the first to find out when they launch!

  6. Hey there! This is Adam from Faraday. So glad you loved the bike and found yourself looking for excuses to ride it more. That’s exactly the intent with which it was designed – to encourage people to get out and ride more by making riding so much fun. I also appreciated some of your insights about drawbacks, and wanted to update you on how we’re working to address some of them (or in some cases, already have).

    Thanks again for taking the time to try the Porteur and sharing your experience.

    Kid-haulability:
    We’re super excited for the debut of our step-through model this summer, which will be a kid-hauling machine. Any readers interested in that particular model are encouraged to sign up for our mailing list at http://www.faradaybikes.com to be the first to hear about this and other exciting news coming this year.

    Get up and go:
    We’ve significantly enhanced the bike’s low-speed pickup on all new Porteurs shipping in 2015, making hill-climbing and acceleration in stop-and-go traffic even easier. We always strive to find the balance between a ride quality that preserves the smooth sensation of riding a bicycle while also providing plenty of assist, and with our newest bikes we think we’ve nailed it.

    Customizability:
    Because the Porteur’s electronics are almost entirely integrated into the frame, customizing a Faraday to suit your personal preferences is just as easy as with any bicycle – and highly encouraged! We’ve enjoyed seeing our customers raise/lower their handlebars, and swap out every component ranging from tires to saddle, fenders, bars, pedals and grips to create unique variations that are every bit as beautiful as the original. Your local bike shop is your best resource for modifying your Faraday, but shoot us an email at riders@faradaybikes.com and we are happy to offer suggestions and help.

    Battery removal/remote charging:
    The battery on a Faraday can be easily removed and replaced at end-of-life by any bike shop in a quick 15-minute operation. This summer, we’ll launch an optional auxiliary battery that will not only double the bike’s range, but also allow for the battery to be removed and recharged indoors on occasions that bringing the entire bike close to an outlet is not convenient.

    Theft:
    We definitely hear you on this concern. We’re happy to say that of the hundreds of Faradays we have shipped, only one has been stolen – and that one was nabbed during a garage break-in. One of the reasons we’ve focused on achieving a light weight with the Porteur is that it makes storing your Faraday indoors, either at home or in the office, much easier. Ultimately, we do believe – like with any bike – that a stout lock well-used, plus a dash of common sense, should keep you safe.

    Price:
    We couldn’t agree more that a bicycle shouldn’t just ALLOW you to ride … it should ENCOURAGE you to ride! That’s why we build beautiful, quality machines that will leave you searching for excuses to leave the car at home and run more errands by bike. And while we agree that $3500 is a great value for a well-built bicycle that will quickly become your go-to for your daily transportation needs, we also know that that price puts the Faraday out of reach for many. We’ve been working hard to address that, and are pretty close to announcing new models that will deliver the same Faraday thrill at a variety of more accessible price-points. Sign up for our emails at http://www.faradaybikes.com to be the first to find out when they launch!

  7. What an incredible review! Can we share this on our Facebook page? We just started selling the Porteur and did a little video review but it’s way better to get some personal experience as a reference. Here’s the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iasRkM1wcAU

    Would it be ok to share your blog? Thanks again! -Peter

  8. I probably should have read this BEFORE I ordered my Porteur, but no matter, I think I will be plenty happy with it. I only comment because that “buy the cool bike” idea is exactly why I ordered it. I went to a local e-bike expo specifically to try the Porteur, but I tried to be open-minded and seriously consider other bikes. Didn’t work. Nothing was half as cool as the Porteur.

  9. Bought one of these Faraday step through models. I live in NYC – CAN NOT get the spare parts and this thing if you ride it a lot needs adjustments and parts. I have found the service guys ok but they do not seem to talk to each other or people in other “departments”. Small companies are supposed to be better. Will not go into detail but needless to say the customer service lacking – mean well but THICK. Maybe you have to live down the road and I do not so I should not have the bicycle. If you live in California it’s a nice bike – go for it. Other then that look elsewhere.

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