Cowboy’s improved C4 electric bike launches alongside first step-through model
Cowboy, maker of a few of our favourite pedal-assisted electric bikes, is again with two new fashions for 2021. The Cowboy 4 is an entire overhaul to final yr’s Cowboy 3 whereas the Cowboy 4 ST options the corporate’s first step-through body. Each bikes profit from a brand new powertrain with 50 % extra torque than final yr’s C3 in addition to a brand new built-in “cockpit” with Quadlock mount that wirelessly costs your cellphone as you trip. However that’s only a begin to the bevy of tweaks each huge and small that Cowboy hopes will justify a price ticket of €2,490 / £2,290 (about $3,000 USD) when the bikes ship in September.
I had an opportunity to trip close to ultimate pre-production variations of the Cowboy 4 and Cowboy 4 ST alongside Adrien Roose, co-founder and CEO of Brussels-based Cowboy. Whereas the 2 bikes share the identical specs, the rides couldn’t be anymore completely different.
“We’ve stayed true to our preliminary imaginative and prescient of offering a greater various to the automobile — in type and performance — and with the Cowboy 4 it’s a shift we are going to speed up and lead,” stated Roose in a press assertion.
The fourth-generation C4 maintains the identical sporty using place and ultra-responsive steering as each Cowboy earlier than it. However this yr’s model has a redesigned 250W rear-hub motor that is still silent because it assists riders as much as a max pace of 25km/h (15.5mph), despite the fact that it’s smaller and produces noticeably extra torque. The bump from 30Nm to 45Nm of torque is obvious on the first downstroke, with the lightest of touches propelling the marginally heavier 18.9kg / 41.67-pound e-bike ahead with sufficient gusto to assist easy out hills.
The C4 ST has a decrease saddle and better grips that put the rider right into a extra upright place. That coupled with a decrease gear ratio (2.71 on the C4 ST vs. 2.85 on the C4) makes the trip really feel extra relaxed regardless of having the identical motor and Gates Carbon belt drive as its brother. The C4 ST is the model you purchase for lengthy, lazy commutes with a laptop computer bag, or for anybody who gained’t match the C4’s taller body.
The C4 e-bikes, like their predecessors, provide solely a single energy setting with no throttle and no further gears. They depend on a torque sensor to regulate the facility supply as wanted, which has historically resulted in one of the intuitive pedal-assisted rides on the street.
Cowboy refers back to the Quadlock mount with built-in wi-fi charging unit because the “cockpit.” It might cost your cellphone at as much as 15W from the e-bike’s detachable 360Wh battery, however requires a Quadlock-compatible case that should be bought individually for about €29 / £29. Though the cockpit is cumbersome sufficient to suit one other battery, the house is generally empty I’m informed, offering a large base for the wi-fi coils and entry to the body to run brake cables by means of.
Cowboy’s redesigned app.
The Cowboy apps for iOS and Android have additionally been completely redesigned with an emphasis on well being and health along with navigation, with many new options rooted in sport design principle. “What we’re making an attempt to realize is a few bizarre combine between Strava, Peloton, and Pokémon Go,” stated Roose, “merely to encourage individuals to bike extra.”
The fourth-generation Cowboy 4 additionally improves upon the Cowboy 3 in quite a few different methods:
- The C4 is redesigned right down to the part stage, making the most effective trying e-bikes look much more cohesive and modern. Cowboy says the C4 now options “200 custom-made components” assembled by Flex in Hungry, together with the motor and tires. The Selle Royal saddle, SunRace hydraulic brakes, and Gates drive are the notable outliers.
- The €89 Cowboy mudguards are lastly commonplace, which partially explains the added weight and value of the brand new e-bikes.
- The C4 and C4 ST nonetheless don’t include kickstands, however a minimum of Cowboy now makes its personal as a €29 / £29 add-on. It’s additionally making an optionally available rear rack priced at €99 / £99.
Cowboy doesn’t at the moment promote e-bikes within the US, however that may change subsequent yr, in response to Roose, who’s notably bullish after listening to President Biden’s plans to chop CO2 emissions. “Our development, and the expansion of the US e-bike market, is making a transfer for us fairly interesting and we wish to bounce,” stated Roose. “We’re speaking the following 12 months.”
For Europeans, the €2,490 / £2,290 buy value for a Cowboy 4 / 4 ST contains theft and crash detection, and free on-demand cellular repairs accessible nationwide in Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, France, Austria, Luxembourg, the UK, and in choose cities in Spain and Italy. Cowboy additionally touts its 94.4 % buyer satisfaction price, noting that homeowners get replies to assist requests inside six minutes, on common. A bit poke at e-bike rival VanMoof, maybe, which struggled to assist consumers of its S3 and X3 e-bikes as gross sales ramped up throughout the pandemic.
The C4 and C4 ST can be found in three colours: black, khaki (greenish), and sand (off-whiteish). Take a look at rides will start in July earlier than the bikes begin delivery in September to Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain, and the UK. Preorders start at present after a €100 / £100 deposit.
The Cowboy 3 can be being diminished to €2,190 at present and now comes commonplace with mudguards. That’s a value drop of €189 in comparison with the identical e-bike bought final yr.
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