2016 Faraday Porteur S pictured for $2499. See Porteur model at $3499 here.
The Porteur S, refined anew for 2016 shares many of the great features of the original Porteur while shaving the price. What are the differences?
The 250W electric motor is identical between the Porteur and the Porteur S, and the chromoly steel frame construction is also the same.
So how is the Porteur S different from the original Porteur?
The Porteur S drivetrain is a Shimano Altus 8-speed derailleur system. On the Porteur, the drivetrain is a Shimano Alfine 8 speed internally geared hub. While gear range is fairly similar between these two models, the Porteur and its internally geared hub offers longer service intervals in all-weather conditions.
The brakes on the Porteur S are Avid BB-5 mechanical disc brakes. Avids are one of our favorites when it comes to mechanical disc brakes. Strong and easy to adjust - BB-5s are a simple but sturdy touch for the Porteur S. By comparison, the Porteur features Shimano Alfine hydraulic disc brakes which offer a little more stopping power and a noticeably more supple feel.
A Gates carbon belt drive on the Faraday Porteur is replaced with a chain drive on the Porteur S. A chainring guard on the Porteur S will keep the chain away from your pants - but the drivetrain isn't quite as quiet and clean as that of the Porteur.
Integrated LED Lighting remains a stock option on the Porteur S, which we love. And the optional front and rear racks are available for the Porteur S, just like the Porteur.
The signature bamboo fenders of the Porteur are made of metal on the Portuer S. A few other details (cork grips, different tires) round out the changes.
The Porteur S is the first in the new Faraday line up to get the largest battery, offering up to 25% more range to the average rider.
In all, we find the Porteur S to be a compelling option if you're not highly compelled by the Gates carbon belt drive, Alfine internally geared hub or hydraulic brakes - all features which we love, but are not essential for enjoyment of a Faraday.
As one of our most competitively priced bikes, the Porteur S represents a unique entry point into the world of electric bikes in it's natural simplicity, style and ease of use.
If you are drawn to the Faraday concept but need a bike with a step through frame, check out the Faraday Cortland detailed here.
|Size||51, 55, 59cm|
|Fork||Faraday Chromoly Steel|
|Frame||Faraday Chromoly Steel|
|Tires Porteur S||Chao Yang 26 x 1.75"|
|Tires Porteur||Continental Contact, 26 x 1.75″|
|Saddle||Velo Comfort Gel|
|Brake Porteur S||Promax DSK-300R Mechanical Disc|
|Brake Porteur||Tektro Vela Hydraulic Disc|
|Transmission Porteur S||Chain|
|Transmission Porteur||Gates Carbon Belt Drive|
|Hub Porteur S||Shimano Generic Freehub|
|Hub Porteur||Shimano Alfine 8 IGH|
|Shifter Porteur S||Shimano 7-Speed Gripshift|
|Shifter Porteur||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|