Can the Storm Electric Bike Deliver For Cheap?

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What happens when a surfer with a background in industrial design finds himself injured and unable to get to the beach? In his Indiegogo campaign, Storm Sonders says when he found himself in this situation he built himself an electric bike. To do this, he used parts he sourced from manufacturers in Asian and all over the world. The result is what he is calling the Storm eBike, aptly named after himself.

The Storm eBike has been gaining attention. Sonders’ Indiegogo campaign broke $2 million in pledges within the first two days, trouncing the original $75,000 goal. But what is getting so many backers to stand up and pledge their money is the electric bike’s price point. The initial early bird price was just $499. With other electric bikes on the market costing thousands, this low price tag is very appealing.

The Storm eBike could be a great deal or a massive disappointment. Claims on the Indiegogo campaign are giving specs that some people are finding a little difficult to believe. The Storm eBike is boasting a 350W motor capable of a top speed of 20 miles per hour. It supposedly weighs approximately 55 lbs with it’s battery included. Sonders claims the lithium ion battery can fully charge in just 90 minutes and can go as far as 25 to 50 miles on a single charge.

Probably one of the most impressive claims is about the electric bike’s wide and water resistant tires. Storm claims they make the bike all terrain. The design is supposedly able to tackle city streets, mountain trails, and even sandy beaches.

Critics are finding it doubtful the electric bike could actually weigh so little with it’s steel frame, heavy motor, and battery. They are also doubting that the battery could fully charge in 90 minutes or last for up to 50 miles. Another concern is the quality of such an inexpensive electric bike. There is doubt if the company can deliver on it’s promises or if they even intend to.

To answer these doubts Sonders and his team are planning a series of ‘demo-days’ to show that their bike can do what they claim. On the Indiegogo page the team states:

“There has been a lot of speculation about the bike over the past few days and we want to assure you that it is real, it exists and it is quality.

We feel the best way to address this is to invite our backers, potential future backers and those naysayers out there to test the bike for themselves.”

The controversy hasn’t stopped pledges from coming in. The campaign has now raised over $3 million. In the end, crowdfunding is a gamble, one it seems many pledgers are willing to take. The Storm eBike could deliver or leave its backers in the lurch.

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  1. It’s amazing how a tragedy can transform a person into someone creative. Great things really come from great failures. What an amazing story.

  2. If this thing performs even close to the claims he’s made it would be a screaming deal on an electric bike. Those things are currently very expensive and this is at a price point that is realistic for the mass market.

  3. My company owns and operates a Tour company in the Washington, DC and Annapolis, MD areas. We presently use all electric vehicles that are street legal and provide a niche for us that walking Tours and Double Deck buses can’t match. That said, we get requests for different types of Tours and the distance is too great for most to walk and an electric bike could be of great interest. I hope this bike will largely perform and cost as promised. I intend to try and learn more about their progress. There is a market for this product!

    • Have you thought about the Ridekick power trailer? It can be attached to any bike or trike and can be removed in seconds to return the bike to a traditional pedal bike.

  4. Hello, I have been a supporter of the Sonders E Bike (renamed because by accident there is another company using STORM with their E Bike)… and as a supporter I attended their “Demo Day”. I was actually quite skeptical going in and concerned our support would yield no product of quality, if at all. After the demonstration ride it was enlightening. Sonders has won over my guarded approval. More so he/they say the demo bike is 99% true as a production bike. The May deadline to begin shipping is being held to. A warranty of 30 days is being granted – which is vastly superior to NO warranty being offered before. Indigogo is offering an “insurance” option to protect supporters in the event this crowdfunded deal flops and nothing is delivered. And the string of improvements and answers goes on. Ultimately it may not climb the steepest trails (or any trails)… nor might it traverse the softest sandy beach – but I rode it and what it does is quite good enough for my money!


    • The Indiegogo campaign is over so you won’t be able to pre-order one for the first run. They are planning to put to bike on sale to the public again, though there is no date for that yet. Here is a link where you can reserve a Sondors eBike (as it’s now being called) when it goes on sale again.

      I hope that helps:)

  6. I’m one of the early “investors” thinking I’d be willing to gamble $499 to get a brand new electric bike.
    I’m now feeling confident that my bike just might ship this month as promised. I will say they are making some of their costs back by inflating the cost of shipping which is around $200. Even an extra battery which costs $150, cost $50 to ship. There’s a really slick electric bike company near where I live that makes retro looking e-bikes and they can cost $4,000. So I’m pretty stoked to get a bike for a fraction of that price.

  7. Hi

    Do u or can u arrange electric bike to use for pizza delivery? Can u attach front and back delivery box on to the box?

    Are u able deliver the bike to London?