You may be familiar with the Charge City as one of the urban electric bikes made by startup owned by the makers of Cannondale and Schwinn e-bikes. Charge bikes are popular urban and commuting electric bikes with Charge XC as their premium model. In this review we will write about the Charge City, affordably priced high-end commuter electric bike that is overflowing with value.
Unlike the high-power Charge XC, the City is a much more low-key city commuter electric bike. It’s designed as a commuter electric bike featuring 250W motor which is powerful enough for city cruising and some cool solutions for more comfortable ride. It’s built with an emphasis on urban experience, the Charge City packs in the features most-demanded by commuters. And all that for only $1699. Did I say affordably priced? Well, it’s more expensive than Ecotric Lark, Ancheer City Cruiser and similar models, but it delivers high quality components and finish.
Charge City Main Specs
- Frame: Lightweight and durable 6061 Aluminum Frame
- Motor: 250W Bafang Hub Drive Motor
- Top speed: Up to 20 mph (32 km/h)
- Range: Up to 50 miles (90 km) With Pedal Assist
- Pedal Assist: 5 Pedal Assist Levels
- Battery: 36V, 11.6 Ah (418Wh) Removable Rechargeable Samsung Battery
- Weight: 45 lb (20 kg)
- Tires: Goodyear Transit Tour 700 x 40 puncture resistant
- Brakes: Mechanical Disc Brakes With 160mm Rotors
- Pedals: Fiberglass Reinforced Folding Nylon Pedals
- Saddle: Ergonomic Charge Comfort Saddle
- Lights: LED Headlight and Rear Light
- Integrated Rear Rack
- Integrated All-weather Fenders
- 7 Speed Rear Derailleur
- Rotating Handlebars for Easy Storage
- Tire Pressure Indicator Valve Caps
Charge City – Everyday Commuter
The layout of the Charge City is your everyday commuter electric bike, meaning it performs the best in urban environment and it’s not made for off-road adventures. Just keep it on tarmac and concrete and everything will work perfectly. Of course, you can use it on park lanes and low grass. It doesn’t have fancy suspension and big, plush tires for large potholes and you will definitely feel them. On the other hand it features comfortable saddle designed especially for long commuting so you can enjoy the ride.
The 250W motor is pretty humble comparing to some similar models, and I think that it is the main disadvantage of the City. It’s almost a standard that more pricey commuter electric bikes have at least 350W motor. But it has surprisingly good kickoff and accelerates evenly and with confidence. The main reason for that is quality Bafang motor. The 418 Wh battery is large enough to to service the motor for as much as 50 miles on a single charge.
The Charge City has 5 level pedal assist and if you want to reach the maximum range then it is necessary to engage level 1 and do the most of pedaling by yourself. If you use throttle only mode or level 5 pedal assist the battery will discharge much faster. This electric bike has 7 speed gear, which is not present even at some more expensive urban bikes and if the battery totally empties you can use it like ordinary bike.
Some other cool feature at the Charge City electric bike are integrated bright LED headlight and taillight for better visibility during the night and extra safety.
Besides, I just adore those tire pressure sensors on valve caps. At any time you will know if tires need some extra air or not. If it shows green everything is fine and if it is red than you need to pump some extra air into the tires.
Also, since the Charge City comes as a fully loaded commuter electric bike it features all necessary extras like all-weather fenders resistant to sun, rain and cold weather, integrated rear rack for extra load, foldable pedals and rotatable handlebars for easy storage. These are all premium extras and I like them a lot.
Standard and Step Through
Finally, beside standard model, as of 2021 the Charge City is also available as a low step or step through model. The price stays the same as for the standard model, performances are the same, everything is the same except lower central part of the frame for easier mounting on the bike.
The Charge City commuter electric bike is not for those looking for the cheapest solution. After all this bike cost $1,699.00 and it’s a premium model with quality components. If you are looking for electric bike made with extra care and with quality components that will last longer and reduce maintenance costs that the City is your choice. It’s fully loaded and there is a lot of features that come as a standard equipment like all-weather fender set, integrated rear rack, LED headlight and rear light, indicator tire pressure valve caps, foldable pedals etc. Thanks to that, the Charge City definitely scores high marks. Everything about it feels like a definite step up from the cheaper Amazon e-bikes. While it could always be fancier, I’m pretty darn happy with the Charge City and I hope you will be too.