Sparta F8i Stepthrough Silver/Grey
The SPARTA RF8i Step-through electric bike (formally RX+) is simple and easy to operate – and thanks to its step-through frame getting on and off is a piece of cake! The build quality of this pedigree Dutch machine is excellent. It features maintenance-free 8 speed Shimano Hub gears, a fully enclosed chain, and its light-weight Li-Ion battery can be recharged on the bike or unlocked and removed to recharge in the home or hotel. A great choice for men and women who prefer not to do battle with a cross-bar!
MADE BY DUTCH MEN AND WOMEN IN APELDOORN, HOLLAND.
- Silent powerful hub motor
- Built-in electronic and mechanical security
- Shimano Nexus 8 speed hub gears.
- 5 power assistance levels.
- Power Boost and Park Assist throttle
- Rollerbrakes (anti-lock brakes) fitted front and rear for optimal safety.
- Full mudguards and fully enclosed chain.
- Built-in front and rear lights
- Sturdy side stand fitted as standard
- Tool-less adjustable handlebars
- Sprung seat post
- Head-stock front suspension
Sparta have always been ahead of the competition when it comes to security:
Electronic Security: Before the Sparta can be sold the owner’s details must be stored electronically in the motor, the battery, and the handlebar-mounted LCD display unit. These details are also recorded by us, by Sparta in Holland, and stored on the European cycle database. Once the bike has been registered in this way the large clear display unit acts as an electronic immobiliser – simply un-clip it from the handlebar and the Sparta’s battery and motor are disabled. In practice this feature – unique to Sparta e-bikes – renders the e-bike of near zero value to knowledgeable cycle thieves …so they leave it just where you left it.
The multifunction back-lit LCD handlebar display shows the following information:
- total mileage
- trip distance
- selected assistance level
- battery charge status
- remaining range
- average speed
- time and date
Mechanical Security: A hardened steel mechanical ‘ring-lock’ is secured to the frame just beneath the saddle (thieves would have to cut this Sparta in half to pinch it!). If the Sparta is going to be left unattended for longer periods a bayonet chain (optional) can be plugged into the frame’s ring-lock enabling the Sparta to be secured to a railing or cycle stand. The mechanical ring-lock’s key is also used to lock the battery securely in position.
Un-professional thieves that aren’t familiar with Sparta’s advanced security systems are flummoxed by the built in mechanical locks. In eight years only one of our London customers has had their Sparta stolen – once the thieves realised they couldn’t break the e-bike’s mechanical locks and were unable to make the motor or battery work they dumped it. The police soon discovered it and entered the Sparta’s frame number into the European cycle database. The Sparta in question was delivered to the owners door by the police 4 days later.
The F8i’s bright lights come on automatically when the Sparta detects low light levels.
Should you every have a flat battery the motor turns into a dynamo automatically to power both lights. Its aluminium frame is reassuringly sturdy, and the combination of gel filled Selle Royale seat, sprung seat post, and clever head-stock front suspension ensure maximum rider comfort whether on road or exploring bumpy tracks and rural paths.
Dependable maintenance-free roller-drum brakes front and rear give effective and predictable braking in all conditions, and it’s gentle steering geometry make it a very relaxing bike to ride whatever the road or track conditions.
The powerful ION motor – designed and built by Sparta – has no internal moving parts so it’s completely silent and sealed against the elements.
The amount of assistance it provides is directly proportional to the amount of pressure you put on the pedal – you are in complete control: press gently on the pedals and the bike will whiz you along at speed, stop pedaling and your e-bike will simply coast to a halt – it’s just like riding a manual bike, only much easier and much more fun!
Battery & Range:
There are 4 battery options: 300, 400, 500, or 600Wh (Watt Hours). Choose the smaller one if you plan to do only shorter trips, or the 600Wh if you need to travel 100+ miles before stopping to recharge.
The following ranges (Km) are achievable under normal riding conditions, use the minimum range as a guide for hilly and or stop-start environments, the maximum as a guide for range between charges in flat open terrain.
POWER SETTING 300Wh Battery 400Wh Battery 500Wh Battery 600Wh Battery
SPARTA are the most successful electric bike producer in Europe, by a huge margin.
They enjoy the No.1 spot in Holland, Germany, Belgium, Austria and France where their e-bikes win design awards year after year. How have they achieved this international success? …simple, by making electric bikes that exceed the expectations of their home market, Holland, where today hundreds of thousands of Dutch men and women are whizzing about on Sparta e-bikes. The Dutch know a thing or two about cycling – if they think a Sparta offers better value and performance than all the others, then it’s quite likely the rest of the word will too!
Sparta’s e-bike designers begin with a clean sheet of paper on which they write the following: Reliability; Security; Style; Ease of use; Silence; Comfort; Performance; and above all, Value for Money. Have they delivered? Clare and I think so.
For each and every one of the 8 years we’ve been supplying and servicing Sparta electric bikes to customers in the UK they have been way ahead of their competitors: Like other world-leading technology companies such as Apple & Samsung, Sparta have managed to take mid-bogglingly complex engineering and package it in reliable and easy to use products:
- No other e-bikes have built in mechanical security locks and personal electronic immobilisers
- No other e-bikes have powerful silent motors that automatically turn into dynamos to power lights if you ever have a flat battery
- No other electric bikes incorporate a switch-less regenerative braking system to recoup energy when you’re descending steep hills.
Sparta started with the advantage of decades of experience producing “SpartaMets” – those peculiar contraptions that combine a bicycle with a small petrol engine hidden within the rear wheel – a few of which can still be heard buzzing around the streets of Amsterdam today. We have a 1972 vintage SpartaMet in our Suffolk showroom – come and try it, its great fun!
As advances in battery and electric motor technology developed to a point where comparable range and power could be achieved without the din and smoke of a two-stroke engine, Sparta made the natural leap to e-bikes.
With this wealth of powered bicycle experience behind them they developed a range of beautifully engineered e-bikes that meet the requirements and expectations of discerning customers of all ages and tastes. For example, some Sparta e-bikes have batteries hidden away in their frame so they look like conventional bikes. Some have removable batteries so they can be un-clipped and recharged alongside the toaster up in a 7th floor flat. All have built in mechanical locks and many have electronic immobilisers. All have powerful and silent maintenance-free motors.
In seeking out the best e-bikes available I visit many factories. I’m at Sparta’s headquarters in Apeldoorn at least twice a year and each time I’m surprised by some new manufacturing process, or advance in technology. Sparta, you see, are ahead of the game by at least two years. But one thing never changes: the Dutch men and women that operate their state-of-the-art production line, man the phones, print the brochures, and make the coffee, are happy and proud of their work. They may not sport wooden clogs these days, but the sight of a smiling Dutch workforce doing what they’ve done best for centuries is somehow reassuring in this modern age. Producing 21st century vehicles built on the same ‘Quality First and Last’ ethos as their 1930’s machines, that’s something special indeed.
When we deliver your Sparta e-bike our staff will take time and care to ensure the seat, handlebar and controls are perfectly adjusted to suit your size and riding style. Once everything is perfectly positioned you will be able to appreciate the real value of a Sparta electric bike – an invisible hand pushing you up every hill, the hidden technology that’s so subtle you’ll think you’re bionic, all the pleasures of cycling without the sweat!
SPARTA make 56 different models of electric bike, each designed to meet a specific need – if you would like us to help you find the perfect Sparta for you please email or call Clare or James on 0208 960 9848 (London), 01728 830 817 (Suffolk), or Martin at our Midlands branch on 0116 3666 980 (Leicester).