The Faraday Bike is the prettiest electric assist bicycle you will ever see

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CES is a vast ocean of iphone cases, so the Faraday Porteur electric assist bicycle stood out like gold among the dross.

Inspired by the classic European delivery bikes of the 1940’s and 50’s and updated with state-of-the-art components and construction techniques, the award-winning Faraday Porteur allows novice and experienced riders alike to go farther, faster, with ease. It’s impossible to tell it’s electric until you ride it – and then it’s impossible to imagine riding anything else.

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The big question about electric bikes is whether they are e-bikes, that have a throttle and where the motor can do all the work, or whether they are electric assist, where you have to pedal, the bike detects the resistance and gives you a boost. I asked Faraday founder Adam Vollmer why he went the electric assist route and he said "it should feel like a bike- it is a bike."

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We designed the Faraday Porteur to look and ride just like a familiar, high-quality bicycle. The Faraday Porteur looks and feels like a premium city bike, but it performs in a class of its own. Most importantly, the Faraday lets you work as much, or as little, as you want. Want to get there without breaking a sweat? No problem. Want to break a sweat AND break your record time? You can do that too. Faraday goes where you go, no matter what your mood or what your destination.

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It is just beautifully designed, detailed and assembled. Guess where the batteries are; I got it wrong. More at Faraday Bikes.

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* I thought the batteries were in the double top tubes, but they are packed into the down tube.

The Faraday Bike is the prettiest electric assist bicycle you will ever see
It stands out among the cellphone cases at CES like gold among the dross.

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