Denago City Model 1

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Release Year
Charge Time
4.5 Hours
Maximum Range
45 Miles
Top Speed
28 mph
500 W
50 Nm
Volts and Amp Hours
48V 13.6Ah
Wheel Size
Number of Gears
Gearing Type
53 lb
Brake Type
Frame Material

Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Denago City Model 1. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

12 reasons to buy

  • The City Model 1 comes in a step-through or step-over frame.
  • The 3A charger cuts charging times by one-third compared to typical 2A chargers.
  • The max speed can be adjusted in one-mile-per-hour increments between 11 and 28mph.
  • Experts say it's easy to get comfortable thanks to the upright position, ergonomic grips, padded saddle, adjustable stem, and quick-release seatpost.
  • Testers agree the Zoom hydraulic disc brakes with 180mm rotors provide strong, easily modulated braking.
  • One expert reckons the City Model 1 seriously outperforms similarly priced competitors.
  • A tester compliments the "smooth and refined" Shengyi hub motor.
  • The 2.2-inch Kenda Kwick tires are puncture-resistant. Reviewers praise the traction and comfort on pavement, dirt, and gravel.
  • An expert says the large display is easy to read in sunlight.
  • As a safety feature, the throttle only works when the pedals are turning, preventing the bike from launching forward if the rider accidentally brushes the throttle.
  • Several riders feel the bike's ability to get up to speed and cruise up hills is impressive at this price point.
  • An expert appreciates the double chain guard, which helps riders avoid soiled clothes.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The City Model 1 doesn't have lights, a rack, or fenders.
  • Two users find the power too sensitive, saying it takes time to get used to the initial acceleration.
  • Some users are unhappy about not being able to use the throttle from a standstill.

Bottom line

The City Model 1, a 500W e-commuter, was Denago's first bike. It’s available in a step-over or step-thru frame. Owners can easily adjust the riding position and speed limit (11mph to 28mph) to switch between Class 2 or 3 configuration. Unfortunately, the power can be too sensitive. The bike also doesn't have lights, fenders, or a rack, so buyers may have to budget extra for those components. Nonetheless, experts appreciate the strong motor and brakes and comfortable ride quality, rating the bike as a worthy contender at this price point.

Expert Reviews

84/100 based on 3 rated expert reviews
Electric Bike Report

Denago City Model 1 Electric Bike Review 2023

The Denago City Model 1 looks great on paper and only gets better once someone considers its price. And out on the road, it’s a delight.
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Chris Crossed

Denago City Model 1 – Step Thru E-Bike Review

I think it’s a great bike… For what you get and the quality of the parts, I’m pretty impressed overall.

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Cycle Volta

Denago City Model 1 Step-Thru Review

Denago has put together an impressive debut here, delivering a well-rounded package and a level of performance far exceeding its price tag.
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The Average Tech Guy

Denago City 1 E-Bike Review…

This is one that I think we’ll be keeping, and we may even go out and get another one of these.
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Chris Crossed

Denago Range Test & Speed Settings | City Model 1 Step-Thru E-Bike

My initial hopes for more than 40 miles were dashed, but this is still a great e-bike.

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EBPMAN Tech Reviews

Get Active With the Denago Electric Bike From

This is a really, really good performing bike. I am pleasantly surprised.

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Tech Savvy Buyer

Denago City Model 1 E-Bike Review | Best E-Bike 2022

It’s an absolutely fantastic bike. Great value for the money.

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Organic Authority

This Electric Road Bike is a Blast and Got Me Back to Big Nature (Spoiler: It’s Not a Cheat)

This city bike is great for riding around cities when you don’t want to get in your car and deal with parking, expensive Uber rides, or traffic. I can now say goodbye to the grind of fighting for parking at the beach, too.

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