The saddle isn’t the least comfortable we’ve ever ridden, but it certainly
wasn’t the most. For the most part it
didn’t matter, because the suspension
made the ride so nice, but on long-distance rides, something softer might
be nicer. While we’re on the subject
of soft, the Ergon grips are made of a
very soft rubber compound that de;nitely is comfortable on long rides, and
it’s a slightly smaller diameter than
most, which made for a pleasant overall feel.
Night riding is made easy thanks
to the IQ-X lamp from Busch & Müller,
which puts out a blindingly bright 100
lux. It is controlled from the Intuvia
controller, and it throws a great directional beam to the front with a wide
wash on the sides for peripheral vision.
The Schwalbe 27.5x2.4-inch Moto-X
tires have a retro-re;ective stripe for
excellent visibility from the side at
night. Those tires also are big enough
for great road contact and control
while still taming rougher surfaces. We
always felt like we had plenty of grip,
even on smooth, sand-dusted bike
You’re paying more than a premi-
um price for the Delite, which is on
par with the price of a Stromer ST2 S,
which has a single 1000-Wh battery.
But, you’re also getting top-quality full
suspension, which makes a massive
difference on long rides. We could
ride this easily on long touring trips for
days, whereas an aluminum bike with
no suspension on imperfect streets,
which is practically everywhere, can be
really jarring and cause fatigue quickly.
If you like to do long rides and love
full assist and a plush, comfortable and
precise ride, take a test ride on one.
It’s one of the most comfortable and
fun street bikes we’ve ever ridden. ■
The rear Fox Float Factory
shock is well protected inside
the frame, but still easily
accessed for adjustments.
We’ve been on two-battery rides where
we’ve had to carry the extra battery in a
pack. That’s no fun at all. This is the elegant solution to that, with two of Bosch’s
highest-capacity batteries. There’s no
need to switch anything; the Bosch-designed system does it all itself.
These studs are
the way to mount a
water bottle without a cage.
The IQ-X light is fantastically powerful for night rides.
The included taillight is also very effective.
slightly to the front and even with the
one mounted on the bottom of the top
tube. The bike is de;nitely heavy to
carry upstairs, but because the weight
is centered, it isn’t unwieldy.