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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Denago Commute Model 1. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
12 reasons to buy
- The Commute Model 1 is available with a step-thru or step-over frame.
- Each frame comes in two sizes, fitting riders from 4'11" to 6'5" (step-thru) and 5'0" to 6'4" (step-over).
- The Commute Model 1 has a relatively short charge time thanks to the 3A charger Denago provides.
- Users appreciate the inclusion of lights, fenders, a kickstand, and a rear rack with a 55lb capacity.
- An expert says the swept-back bars, adjustable stem, and upright position make it easy to get comfortable.
- Riders can easily change the bike's max speed between 11 and 28mph.
- The throttle only works when pedaling, a safety feature for inexperienced riders.
- The 2.6" Denago tires feature puncture protection. Riders describe them as fast-rolling and comfortable.
- Denago lists a 45-mile maximum range. Tests find the bike achieves close to this, managing 30 miles on the highest PAS level.
- The 500W Shengyi rear hub motor boasts impressive acceleration, says a tester.
- Following real-world tests, one expert labels the bike a "hill-climbing champion."
- Users appreciate the comfortable ride and stable, confidence-inspiring handling.
6 reasons not to buy
- At 64lb or 66lb, the Commute Model 1 is heavy, making it challenging to lift.
- A user says pulling away from a stop can be difficult, particularly uphill. This results from the high weight, cadence-sensor lag, and throttle safety feature.
- One tester complains about unreliable gear changes and counter-intuitive shifter operation from the microSHIFT drivetrain.
- An expert thinks experienced riders might be annoyed that the throttle only works when pedaling.
- One expert criticizes the rear light, which uses AAA batteries and must be turned on separately from the headlight.
- Users say the fenders don't stop all splashes from puddles.
Expert Reviews87/100 based on 4 rated expert reviews
Denago Commute Step-Thru Review – A Big, Comfy Bike With Some Quirks
As is, the bike does include a laundry list of most of the features you’d want on a bike this price, which makes it a good buy for someone looking for a big, exceptionally comfortable bike with a big battery.
Denago Commute Model 1 Step-Thru
Usually, when brands throw the kitchen-sink approach at a bike’s design, the result is a disjointed and impractical mess. Denago’s Commute Model 1 proves to be the exception to that rule. And that combination of features and performance makes this bike great for so many riders.
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