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The Faraday Cortland Is An Electric Bike That Looks Like A Regular Bike

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Three years after its original eBike the Porteur, Faraday Bicycles is launching its second luxury eBike, the Cortland.

Now available for preorder on Kickstarter, the Cortland will bring a better battery (290Wh for 25 miles of assisted riding), a more efficient motor, and better software to the line of bikes.

The new bike also has an option to attach an auxiliary battery pack under the seat, adding 20 miles to the Cortland’s maximum range. Cortland also features hydraulic disc brakes, an 8-speed gear hub, and built-in, 4W LED headlights.

While the body of the bike has slightly changed, the Cortland still maintains the simplistic, lightweight design that Faraday pioneered with the Porteur. With a battery hidden inside the frame, both the new and old models looks like regular bikes – an important feature for bikers who may have been hesitant to make the leap to eBikes for aesthetic reasons.

Plus, the bike weighs only 40 pounds, making it one of the lightest eBikes on the market.

Faraday also announced they are adding an option to add GPS tracking to new and old models, which will interface with the Faraday app that also lets you update power settings, track rides and adjusting your lights.

The Cortland is available for preorder now in two models, the Cortland for $2,999 and the less expensive Cortland S for $1,999, which trades the hydraulic disc brakes for mechanical ones, and the carbon belt drive for a chain drive. The Kickstarter campaign ends in a week, but has already blown past its goal of $100,000.