From the outset, what smacked us in the face about the Faraday Porteur was the very high price tag. This is a premium-priced bike that offers a few features the company, no doubt, believes justify the stratospheric asking price. It has a powerful 750-Watt rear-mounted geared hub motor that, combined with the light weight of the steel frame (only 40 pounds) drives this bike to the regulated speed of 20MPH quite swiftly with the help of 8-speed Shimano gearing. The battery boasts Panasonic cells (it’s a 43-Volt, 5.8-Ah arrangement) and the belt-driven bicycle offers the rider an extremely quiet, smooth ride. There’s also torque-sensing capability, mechanical disc brakes,
There’s no denying that for a lot of riders, the Faraday Porteur simply isn’t going to be an option. At thirty-five hundred bucks for the base model, there are a lot of shoppers who are going to get sticker shock and quickly turn to a more affordable option. What’s frustrating is that for the amount of money asked, there’s still more you’re expected to buy, and while the Porteur is a nice bicycle, we don’t find anything about it that justifies paying quite that much out of pocket to park one in your driveway or garage. When paying this much we would expect a feature set that is near perfect, and that’s not what we got.
For example, we weren’t thrilled that, at this very high price, the battery can’t be removed to charge the bike, which means you’ve got to bring the whole thing inside. While the bike is easily operated and offers nice, bright front and rear LED lights, we were annoyed at all the features considered optional. These additional features, we feel, should come with a bicycle whose price tag is already uncomfortably close to nearly four thousand dollars. It feels, quite honestly, like being “nickeled and dimed” to death. When your price point is already in the premium range, one of the things the buyer gets for paying that much should be a full slate of luxury options and premium construction (the bike does offer the latter).
We will say that the bike has great fit and finish, great ergonomics, and very tasteful, premium materials, such as the bamboo fenders. Wiring is modular and nicely integrated for a clean, easily serviced form and function. Aesthetics are great. It’s a really nice bicycle and there’s no getting around that… but you’ve got to be able to pay for it to take it home.
– Dauntingly high price
– Battery pack not easily removable
– Base model lacks features and additional features raise the price even higher
– Powerful motor
– Light overall weight
– Quiet, smooth ride
VERDICT: You’ve got to have deep pockets even to afford a Faraday Porteur, but to get the options you want drives the price dizzyingly high. Avoid this one unless money is no object.