I’m a huge fan or Torker Bicycles for the mere fact they produce bikes that are reliable, functional and very affordable. I was pleased to take photos of the new line up for 2013. Please forgive the unfocused shots, not sure what happened to my camera, but I’m sure you can get an idea on how the bike is supposed to look.
I was intrigued by the new so-called Electric Hybrid bicycles. These bikes are supposed to assist you pedaling, are supposed to be lighter than an electric moped and are supposed to look like regular bikes. We asked Torker Bicycles to let me test their T-450 E hybrid bicycle; this bike meets the claims mentioned above.
The Torker T-450, a very “regular” looking bike
The T-450 is a very nicely equipped bike with a rear rack, full fenders, a full chain guard, 700c tires and a Sturmey Archer 5sp Twist Grip drivetrain.
The rear rack houses the polymer lithium battery and it is ready to hold my panniers.
Protanium aluminum front motor
Sturmey Archer 5 speed internal hub.
Why an Electric Hybrid? Although my 7 mile commute can be considered short, I need to ride my commute in about 1/2 hour. Coming back from shoulder surgery, I’m in no shape to ride at a constant 15 mph and arrive sweaty to work. My plan is to ride with the electric motor on my way to work and turn the motor off on my way back so I can benefit from the exercise that bike commuting provides. I will put the T-450 through its paces and I will keep doing updates and a full review in about 2 months.
In my next post, I will “accessorize” the T-450 for my commuting needs and I will also list some of the stuff that I like to use to clean myself once I get to the office. Stay tuned!
A few days ago, I posted a teaser shot of a new bike just received to be reviewed. As promised, here it is!
the Torker Cargo T
Maintenance-free internal Shimano 3-speed hub with twist-shifter, Heavy-duty front and rear cargo rack, heavy duty steel frame and fork â€” 1 size fits most, Front roller brakes improve stopping power, Sturdy DM 350 alloy rims with rust resistant SS spokes, Front and rear Fenders, Full-wrap chainguard, Cush springer saddle, Dutch â€œTringâ€? bell.
I mentioned in the teaser that this bike came with something that most commuter bikes don’t. Well, there’s actually a few things.
Full wrap chain guard
It also comes with a heavy duty rear rack. I know some commuter bikes come with them, but these racks are by far the burliest I’ve seen come stock on a bike.
Since the Cargo T is made out of sweet steel, the ride was phenomenal. It was like driving a Caddy. What surprised me about this bike was the fact that it responded really well. I rode the bike to work this morning and on my lunch break, I rode it around to see how well it handles. Well, this thing is pretty nimble and quick to respond.
Another interesting tidbit about this bike, other than it being a super smooth ride, was how comfortable I was while riding it. The geometry is very slack, and puts a rider in a more upright position. My commute was actually fun; I wasn’t trying to beat the clock, but I was out there just enjoying the ride. I couldn’t help it since this bike really is a joy to pedal around.
Stick around for a full review.
Price: $599.99 (verified by Torker)
Load capacity of racks: 20 lbs front, 40 pounds rear.