I love my new Story commuter bike!! I can finally ride a bike in my hilly Colorado neighborhood. My husband loves to ride but I could never join him...I would end up walking the bike up the hills. Now I can breeze right past him! I was stopped at a stop sign waiting for my husband and a lady in a car stopped and said, “I love your bike! It looks great!” Most people are astounded when they find out it's an electric bike. My husband assembled my bike as soon as we received it. He is a mechanical engineer and was very impressed with the quality and ease of assembly. My only issue is that I ordered the commuter version with the higher bar but should have ordered the walk through version. I'm 5’4” and thought it would be fine but it makes me nervous when I stop the bike.
What can I say? The moment I step on the pedal of my Story Bike and feel the assist kick in, I cannot help but smile! My husband says I’m like a school girl riding her very first bike. He’s right. I sit straight and tall on my Story Bike and ride it everywhere - with and without assist. My Story Bike is taking me places and I am enjoying every moment!!
My situation is a little more complex. I live in Hawaii, which truly is paradise, unless you are having something shipped to you. After waiting for the barge to arrive, my Story bike was delivered to my home on the flat trailer of a semi truck. The hard part, the wait, was over.
I loosely assembled the bicycle in less than 10 minutes, then transported it a local bike shop. When I walked it into the shop, the staff was quietly working. I told them I needed a safety inspection on my brand new electric bicycle. "THAT BIKE IS ELECTRIC!?" The fun had begun. Two of the five employees said they had read about Story Bikes and the other three were just trying to figure out how it could be electric. The repair specialist was excited about getting his hands on it since he had read all about it and has a variety of e-bikes at home.
I took my blue commuter, I have named Levi, home and rode for the first time.
The first mile, I rode with the bike turned off to run it through being "a bicycle" instead of an e-bike. The next 4 miles were ridden at each assist level on flat, uphill and downhill terrain.
All but the steepest hills were flattened to a comfortable degree. Wow! Levi was exactly as described and functioned precisely as advertised!
I absolutely love my Story bike and plan on covering many many miles of paradise with it.
Over the next six months, I will be buying two more for my wife and daughter. I cannot wait for Chapter 2.
After the bike arrived and I put it together (easy enough even for a guy who does not do tools) I took it to a local bike shop to check my work and get it "fitted". The bike mechanic had never seen a Story before and was impressed at how well it was designed and constructed. So am I. I found myself riding it the other day and had forgot to turn on the power (till I got to that last hill), but it was still an easy pedal,,,,
I purchased a black step thru bike to have some fun riding and to get some exercise. My two main reasons are the Story e-bike looks like a bike and its weight is lighter than most of the other e-bikes. Plus the bike has upgraded components, like torque pedal assist, nice LCD display, 20 to 40 mile range, fenders, back rack, and front light which runs from the battery. Since I got the bike my wife (who was scared of e-bikes) tried my e-bike and found it easy to ride which resulted in her purchase of another Story e-bike. It was great for me because now (when it is delivered) we will be able to ride together. That's my Story.
First off, this was a big purchase for me, so I researched a lot of e-bikes for several weeks before deciding on this one, especially since it wasn't a known brand to me (I live in the Pacific NW). There were many things going for it, but the 39# weight, the range per charge & features for the price point, and their mission to donate bikes for kids in Ghana AND train people to fix them when needed were the main things that convinced me to go with them. The other ebikes in the same general price range were 10+ pounds heavier. I am 51, 5' 7", and in decent shape, and really debated between the step thru vs. commuter. I went with step-thru for ease of use and longevity as I age.
I ordered early September 2020 and it arrived early November. We assembled it easily- and even completed it by flashlight because the power went out in the middle of our assembly! haha. Luckily, our weather was good that month and I was able to take several neighborhood rides to get used to riding again and then completed a 30 mile ride with friends. It took prepping for this ride to notice a few things I had not considered (as I have never biked anything other than the neighborhood with any other bikes).
1- My bike rack requires a cross bar mount the bikes. I contacted customer service to see if they sold something, and they recommended a bar from amazon. It works great. However, eventually, I would like to get a different rack that the tires sit in racks, rather than being supported by the crossbar. It's 39# weight means I can get it on/off the rack myself w/ help. Bonus!
2- There are NO water bottle cage screws on the bike!! So I had to take my two water bottles in a backpack that I strapped onto the rack (thank goodness for the rack!), which was pretty inconvenient, as I had to stop anytime I wanted a drink. After that ride, my husband found me a velcro strap on bottle rack- it's not great, because it slides around a bit, but we found mounting it on the vertical part of the frame below the seat works best (it doesn't slide around as much). He also bought an adapter that screws on to my handlebars (I wrapped the bar with electrical tape first to prevent the metal adapter from scratching the bar up). Since then, I have taken several 10-15 mile bike rides now that I have easy access to two water bottles.
3- There isn't a powered rear light, just a reflector. I bought a rechargeable flashing light that hooks to the under seat bag I bought for tools/spare tire). This was important to me because it is those rear strobe lights that really grab my attention when I am driving in a vehicle.
4- The front tires do not have quick releases. However, I had to change my first flat tire last week (I didn't notice until home after the ride) and the wrenches worked well on the nuts. I was able to change the tire easily.
I know that was a lot of information, but I wanted to point those things out for those of you researching and comparing so you don't have to learn the hard way, like I did. However, this bike is advertised to be a cruiser, not a long distance exercise machine. However, it IS doing the job as both for me! I wanted it to work for both a casual Saturday morning ride to the farmer's market but have also found a lot of enjoyment in riding it and the diversity it is providing in my weekly exercise routine!
Overall, I am VERY happy with my purchase. I love how easy it is to switch between using the peddle assist or not. I no only need peddle assist going up our long, steep hills. The seat is comfortable and my toosh has not been sore (I used padded bike shorts). The seat height adjusts easily and although the handlebar grips are for looks and not grip- they have worked great with and w/o gloves. I got the matte black and the tan seat/handles look really classy with it. The back rack is practical and I plan to get a waterproof pannier for it at some point. If you are still here at the end of this novel, I hope it was helpful for you. I suggest you do some comparisons- seeing how much the Storybike offers compared to other ebikes in this price range- this one is a winner for sure (in spite of the few things I overlooked and learned would be beneficial). Enjoy!
I have been looking for a bike to reduce my perspiration when traveling to meetings here in Miami. My Story Road Bike is it!
Nervous about major cross country purchase without possibility of test ride but glad I took my chances! First of all, I had so many concerns and questions I was pleasantly surprised when one of the actual company founders called me in response to my email chat! We had great conversation and not pushy at all but I was definitely feeling confident enough after the call to place my order. My husband assembled in no time flat and I must admit I was a bit taken aback at the size and weight of the bike, but to be fair it is a commuter bike. And once you get on and ride...well all those concerns disappear! After a quick test ride in the neighborhood we went on a 20 mile ride that weekend for mothers day and my new bike made for a PERFECT day! Looking forward to years of fun and exercise!
I love my white step through e bike. It is beautiful and it allows me to bike anywhere with my husband who is a crazy fit cyclist. I took it this morning to the grocery with panniers and to get there I had to climb 2 steep hills. No problem. I love the confidence it gives me to go anywhere. The quality is high and the price very reasonable!
Performance and style exceeded expectations!. Support team responded immediately to questions. They were also helpful in recommending options to “accessorize” the bike. I am thrilled with this bike.
Love this bike. The quality and ease of use is excellent. I like that it is not overly heavy like many others that I had looked at. The price is right and I am glad I made the purchase.
I figured out how to put the bike together in an afternoon, no problem. I had a minor issue with the bike rack, which was replaced quickly and easily. I'm navigating hills to and from work and love my commute. Thanks.
I had a few questions about settings and assembly... which was easy but I was trying to make it harder than it needed to be. The online assistance was INCREDIBLE! Almost immediate and thorough! You NEVER get that these days. Riding my road bike and it is AWESOME! Battery charge lasts ridiculously long and riding is smooth and fun. When I asked about modifications they immediately sent not just the answer but a link to the precise product on Amazon. This company ROCKS!!!
I am loving my new bike! Great design, looks impressive. I maybe should have gotten the step thru because the bar cuts it a little close, if you know what I mean.
We live on a very steep hill in Golden, Colorado. There is a beautiful river path to ride but my 12 year old son who is very small for his age always struggles to get back home. I was so happy this bike also fit him. He zipped up our hill much to his and my delight!! The bike is aesthetically beautiful, easy to set up, easy to ride. We are in love and wish they were not back ordered as I would purchase two more for my daughter and myself. It looks as if I won't get to ride my new bike much as my son has decided it is his now. I love their mission and that our purchase gave a bike to another child. The bike arrived quickly, was easy to assemble. My only complaint is the front fender is easily bent and doesn't withstand being placed on our car bike rack. I will probably be removing it. Thanks for a beautiful product. Hello to spring. We couldn't be happier!!!