The C3 Strom Astro e-bike left an indelible impression on me.
It’s more like a motorcycle and feels like one when you ride it, minus the need for a driver’s license. And like other e-bikes with similar moped or dirt-bike designs, it’s a powerful class-3 e-bike, meaning it moves with its throttle alone, or with pedal-assist up to 28 mph, and can go up to 32 mph off-road mode. However, this e-bike style is not great for pedaling; it’s for a niche group of riders, not those looking for a traditional bicycle experience but with some pedal-assist.
Design and features
The sleek and minimalistic design of the $2,399 C3 Strom Astro is eye-catching. The frame is sturdy and constructed from aluminum alloy, with clean lines and welds offering stability while riding. Details like the integrated head and signal lights and the removable Samsung lithium-ion 780-watt-hour battery, which resembles a gas tank, help it stand out. The battery requires a key to be removed for some extra security. Just be sure to unlock the battery first and then remove the key so it doesn’t hit the frame while being removed. There’s enough open space in the frame for a carry bag, too.
The bike is not lightweight, coming in at 92 pounds — not ideal if you need to carry it upstairs. It does support a total payload of 330 pounds, which is the industry standard as of late.