2016 Faraday Cortland pictured for $3499. See Cortland S model at $2499 here.
The video above is for the Porteur S - functionally identical to the new Cortland,
with the exception of the Cortland's new unique step-through frame.
The Cortland S and Cortland, new for 2016/2017, replicates everything great about the Porteur S/Porteur line up, except with a stylish step through frame design.
The 250W electric motor is identical between the Cortland and the Cortland S and the chromoly steel frame construction is also the same.
How is the Cortland S different from the Cortland?
The Cortland S drivetrain is a Shimano Altus 8-speed derailleur system. On the Cortland, the drivetrain is upgraded to an internally geared Alfine 8 hub by Shimano. Gear range between the two models are fairly similar, but the Cortland, with its internally geared Alfine hub, offers longer service intervals in all-weather conditions.
The brakes on the Cortland S are Avid BB-5 mechanical disc brakes. Avids are by far our favorite when it comes to mechanical disc brakes. Strong and easy to adjust - BB-5s are a simple but sturdy touch for the Cortland S. By comparison, the Cortland features Shimano Alfine hydraulic disc brakes which offer a little more stopping power and a noticeably more supple feel.
Instead of a belt drive, found on the Cortland, the Cortland S features a standard chain drive. A chainring guard on the Cortland S will keep the chain away from your pants - but the drivetrain won't be quite as clean as that of the Cortland.
Integrated LED Lighting is stock on both the Cortland and the Cortland S, which we love. And the optional, color-matched front and rear cargo racks are available for the Cortland S, just like the Cortland.
The signature bamboo fenders of the Cortland are instead made of metal on the Cortland S. A few other small details (cork grips, different tires) round out the changes.
Both the Cortland and Cortland S offer new larger battery for Faraday, at 290 Wh (previous Faraday bikes featured 250 Wh batteries). This will offer you a little more range with each battery charge - likely maxing out at around 20 miles per charge in hilly San Francisco.
The Cortland S remains a compelling option at $2499, especially if you're not highly motivated by the Gates carbon belt drive, Alfine internally geared hub or hydraulic brakes.
As one of our most competitively priced bikes, the Cortland S is a fantastic entry point into the world of electric bikes in it's natural simplicity, style and ease of use. With the new step through frame design - even more riders will be trying and considering this bike as their next transportation solution.
|Size||49cm & 53cm|
|Fork||Faraday Chromoly Steel|
|Frame||Faraday Chromoly Steel|
|Tires Cortland S||Chao Yang 26 X 1.75"|
|Tires Cortland||Continental Contact, 26 X 1.75″|
|Saddle||Velo Comfort Gel|
|Brake Cortland S||Promax DSK-300R Mechanical Disc|
|Brake Cortland||Tektro Vela Hydraulic Disc|
|Transmission Cortland S||Chain|
|Transmission Cortland||Gates Carbon Belt Drive|
|Hub Cortland S||Shimano Generic Freehub|
|Hub Cortland||Shimano Alfine 8 IGH|
|Shifter Cortland S||Shimano 7-Speed|
|Shifter Cortland||Shimano Alfine 8-Speed Rapidfire|
|Motor||250W Geared Motor|
|Power Pack||306Wh Integrated Lithium-Ion|
|Console||E-Ink Thumb Control|
|Ride Mode||Torque Sensed Pedal Assist|
|Max Range||25 miles|
|Top Motor Speed||20 mph|
|Front & Rear Light||Yes, Integrated|
|Fender||Integrated Aluminum or Bamboo|
|Rear Carry Rack||Optional|
|Front Carry Rack||Optional|