At first glance, the Charge City e-bike is an attractive ride that many riders would proudly call their daily commute. As an urban cyclist, you’re probably wondering how it compares to the competition. From its accessible price to a wide range of innovative features, Charge City is our top pick if you’re looking for a fun and reliable stepper bike.
Charge sent me a City Electric Bike for a thorough review.
The bike required assembly once it arrived. Assembly was simple and took about 10 minutes, which is the company’s estimated installation time. I liked the user-friendly instructions and the fact that all the necessary tools were included.
My test ride was red, but City Electric is also available in blue, turquoise, and silver. It is also available in a low or standard frame. The low-step version generally fits riders 5’1″ to 6’0″ and comes in one size. At 5’3″, I found the low-step frame to be quite comfortable and accessible. A low top tube makes it easy to mount and dismount the bike and stand above the frame if needed. Riders between 5’1″ and 5’9″ will fit the standard small bike model. If you are between 5’10” and 6’3″, Charge recommends the large size.
Created by the same people who make Cannondale and Schwinn bikes, this award-winning e-bike is aimed at urban riders. Features like full-length mudguards, integrated LED lights and a user-friendly display make commuting fun even when the weather isn’t cooperating. The front light even has a built-in horn (loud enough!) to alert others. Although the screen is small, you can check the current battery level, power assist mode and speed while you are browsing.
Although its 250-watt Bafang hub-drive motor might seem skimpy, it’s plenty for most tasks. For example, I comfortably climbed a long grassy hill with an 8% rating on pedal assist level three out of five. However, your experience will vary depending on factors such as rider weight and terrain. The motor kicks in as soon as you start pedaling and may take some getting used to if you are riding an e-bike for the first time. It is mated to a Shimano Tourney seven-speed derailleur for smooth and reliable shifting.
Like most e-bikes, this one has pedal assist technology. With five modes available, you can select the setting that best suits your riding needs. An easily accessible thumb throttle lets you cruise in all-electric mode when your legs get tired.
Charge’s estimated 50-mile range with its powerful 418Wh lithium-ion battery with Samsung cells seems pretty accurate. However, the number will be lower if you use higher pedal assist levels. The battery sits comfortably on the down tube and is removable for added safety and convenient charging.
Some riders might wish this bike had hydraulic brakes, but its ProMax disc brakes with 160mm rotors are responsive and reliable, even during quick stops. Its puncture-resistant Goodyear tires were just as confident on rough terrain as they were on paved surfaces. The tires can’t compete with fat tires in terms of off-road capabilities, but they’re light and versatile enough for all-around riding. Built with a durable 6061 aluminum frame, this e-bike weighs just 45 pounds including the battery.
Although the frame does not fold, you can fold the pedals and handlebars for easy storage. Handlebar stems rotate 90 degrees for smoother carrying. Automatic air pressure sensors display green if you’re ready to go or red if it’s time to inflate the tires.