At first there was nothing. Then man invented the wheel. So in 2022, the Cowboy Cowboy invented the 4 ST electric bike. Then again: there was nothing since I got it stolen. On June 2, 2022, the editorial staff at JV Tech had the pleasure of receiving the Cowboy 4 ST for testing. The perfect opportunity to do our very first electric bike test, but apparently not everything went as planned …
My love of cycling
As a child, and as soon as I could, I hurried on my big sister’s bikes to learn to ride them. A love story was born then, between me and the cycling world.
And it’s good, all my elementary school friends are crazy about speed, but above all cross country skiing. From the time I was 7, I began to rush down the slopes of the small cross-country ski trail that lay in my small hometown.
From BMX to the skate park, to cyclocross on the steep bump of the track, nothing scared me. But apparently I was too busy with other passions to continue cross-country skiing and even just cycling.
When the editors received this electric bike to test it, I jumped at the chance. I was going for the first time in my life to cycle in the Paris region, and believe me, it is very different than in my home landscape …
My first impression of the exclusive Cowboy 4 ST electric bike
I knew, of course, that we were not going to be dealing with cyclocross or similar bikes, but for the first time, I was going to test an electric bike and also a pretty expensive bike.
In early June, the editors finally received the Cowboy 4 ST, a very classy electric bike with many options. Who says a lot of options, says rising price … And that is the case to say, as Cowboy 4 ST is sold for the neat sum of 2790 €.
The Cowboy 4 ST is a high-end electric bike created by the brand of the same name. After making 3 generations of bikes, Cowboy 4 is presented as the culmination of their work. Full of features, a removable battery, an ultra-complete application, everything was perfect to give me a very good experience.
After a brief explanation of the main features of the cowboy 4 ST, I hurry to put it away in the bicycle room designed for this purpose. After several internal problems, it is impossible for me to come back that evening. Quite disappointed, I just take the bus until the problem is solved.
It is done ! A week later I finally ride on cowboy 4 ST. Incredible first impression: a comfortable grip and a boost at start-up that changes me a lot from classic bikes.
On the first trip home, the urge forces me to walk around different blocks of buildings several times, just to enjoy the comfortable feeling of walking around the Paris region without getting stuck in traffic jams.
A good half hour later, Eventually I go back to my building, where I hurry to park the bike in the room located on my ground floor.
All evening I had only one wish: to climb on cowboy 4 ST to take a ride, but the adults’ obligations you know … So I had to wait until the next day to enjoy a ride during the fresh tomorrow, between my home and the editorial staff at jeuxvideo.com.
After two full weeks of use, the drama approached with rapid strides … In the dark and … No, something downright stupid happened that led to the theft of the cowboy 4 ST.
The Flight of the Cowboy 4 ST, a drama in one act
When I started to control cowboy 4 ST, the tragedy hit my building: all floors were flooded with water … Poorly done work by one of the owners damaged the entire water system … In no longer did my solution for storing the electric bike.
On top of that, there is the fact that I have to hurry to an important meeting, the pressure rises and I then decide to hang the bike on a barrier located right in front of my living room, that’s how I will always keep my eye on it.
Naive as I am, as a good province (that’s what the Parisians call us), I stupidly thought my bike was safe. The street is constantly crowded and I could still look into it whenever I wanted. Well, that’s what I was thinking.
After a whole night’s work, I decided to get some sleep, I deserved it.
When I got up just a few hours later, at 7 in the morning, my first instinct was to go and see if the bike was still there. And apparently he was gone … What was my reaction when I saw that the bike was no longer there? Take the cowboy app out to see if I could track the GPS chip placed in the frame of the bike, but nothing at all … The Cowboy 4 ST bike worth 2790 € had disappeared … I then hurried to inform my editor to report the theft. After this I had to go to the police station to report the theft
Many questions began to cross my mind: what will happen to me? Can we find the bike? How will my colleagues react? Of all these questions, one answer was for sure, I would not find the bike as the GPS obviously did not work.
A bike ready for a test, worth € 2790, all gone … It’s the life I wasn’t going to live, but hey, anything can happen.
Conclusion on this bad experience
While I was happy and proud to take this test, the Paris region prevailed. I guess I could have done something different to not get this bike stolen, but you can not change the past.
A day outside is already too much. If you ever have a rather expensive bike, tell yourself that thieves will discover it quickly. And tell yourself that even with a huge metal padlock tied around the frame, the theft could not be prevented.
If this experience taught me anything, then it is that you should always return your bike to a place, a room or whatever. A few hours may be enough and you will get a bad surprise early in the morning.