Belgian e-bike manufacturer Cowboy has released a couple of new e-bikes with a very minimal design and a range of frame geometries that make them more accessible to riders.
When we tested Cowboy 3 in 2020 and Cowboy 2 in 2019 we were impressed by their light weight and very smooth ride, but we were disappointed that they only had one body size and style, which excludes riders who were not 5 ‘5’ and 6 ‘4’ ‘tall, and a comfortable stepless design .
The fourth-generation Cowboy fixes the problem by selecting the original step-by-step framework and the new step-by-step option.
C4 has a similar look to the Cowboy 3, with a new gray paint option in addition to the graphite black and muted white of previous models. It weighs 18.4 kg, so it’s slightly heavier than the 16.9 kg Cowboy 3, but still light enough to shoulder and carry upstairs.
C4 ST is, as the name suggests, a new stepwise transformation. It has the same shape as the classic frame, and it simply lacks an upper tube, so you can easily mount the bike on regular (slightly restrictive) clothing, which is a real plus for urban traffic. It is available in the same monochrome color palette and aluminum construction, but tilts the scales a fraction of 18.2 kg lighter.
Both C4 and C4 ST are now available for pre-order from Cowboystarting at £ 2290 (about $ 3,200 / $ 4,000). It’s a little more than Ribble Hybrid AL e, which is currently sitting at the top of the help the best electric bikes, and while it really isn’t cheap, it’s a very reasonable mid-range price.
Both have a low-maintenance carbon belt that gives Cowboy e-bikes a smooth ride. This requires much less TLC than a traditional chain, without worrying about tightening or oiling, although that means this is the bike that is best kept on the streets. Carbon belts don’t go so well with mud, as Shimano engineer Gavin Brough explained to us in a comprehensive guide to electric bike maintenance.
While many electric bikes use both gear and adjustable power control, the Cowboy simplifies driver matters with a system that adjusts power assistance based on the amount of force applied to the pedals. As a result, even if you have less overall power consumption throughout the trip (unless you decide to turn off the engine completely, which is a perfectly valid option for cycling this light), there is much less to think about riding. you can focus on the road and traffic instead.
Both bikes also offer collision and theft detection, which alerts you to an emergency conversation if you fall, and alerts you if the bike is moved when you’re not near. They also connect to the Cowboy app, which gives your phone step-by-step navigation (choosing the cleanest, fastest, or least booked routes) as well as weather reports, bike diagnostics, and driving statistics.
We are currently testing the C4 model and will bring you a comprehensive review soon.