Faraday Cortland
Faraday doubles down on their simple, intuitive design with a frame that's easy to step-through

From $ 2,499

Faraday Cortland

2016 Faraday Cortland pictured for $3499. See Cortland S model at $2499 here.


  • New bike, new battery: New for 2016, the Faraday Cortland S features a comfortable step through frame design paired with a larger 290 Wh battery for more range.
  • Simplicity, refined: tried and true Shimano Altus 8 speed rear derailleur plus Avid BB-5 mechanical disc brakes get the job done
  • De-light-fully accessorized: Integrated front and rear lights, all metal fenders, and a super-stable double kickstand.
  • Cargo and color options: Cortland S available in Classic White and Slate Gray finish with optional matching front and rear cargo racks available. The Cortland is available in Classic White or new Stingray Blue. Matching front and rear racks available for all models.
  • Enhanced Model - Faraday Cortland: features include a Gates carbon belt drive, Shimano Alfine 8-speed rear hub and Shimano Alfine hydraulic disc brakes - starting at $3499
  • Steel is real...comfortable: You may need to try this to believe it, but the ride quality of the Cortland S (and the Cortland) is surprisingly good. There's no formal suspension elements here, but the steel frame and classic riser bar offer tons of comfort.
  • Designed with feedback from folks like you: We the people asked for a step through frame, and here it is. We asked for a larger battery, and behold, almost 20% more juice!
  • The New Wheel True Warranty™: Faraday's warranty backed by The New Wheel's professional service department. Includes lifetime frame coverage, 2 years for electronics, and 1 year for all other components.

You Get So Much More

Complimentary Service
Your new electric bike comes standard with 6 months of complimentary service. To help ensure that your bicycle works great over its lifetime, we'll include a useful service schedule and can even send you handy reminder emails.
Extended Service Options
Professional electric bike repair
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The New Wheel’s commitment to service is paramount. Throughout the lifetime of your bike, beginning from when it is built and tuned to our exacting standards, we will work to ensure that your bike continues to perform reliably and enjoyably.
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Our Take

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
    Chain Guard Yes
    Kickstand Yes
Specs subject to change, errors, and omissions.

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