Comfort 2 Step-Thru Review

Robb Dorr
Written by Robb Dorr
Co-founder, Cycling Enthusiast

30 mi


20 mph


5 hrs


55 lbs


Rear Hub


Comfort 2 Step-Thru Review: Takeaway

The Charge Comfort 2 Step-Thru is a sensible yet fun utility electric bike designed by women for women. Made by experts from global bike brands Schwinn and Cannondale, the Comfort 2 is a very good bike for getting about, letting your second car rust in the drive.

Ideal for...

Replacing your second car
Family rides
Visiting friends
Light shopping
Cafe/restaurant hopping

E-Bike Overview

Designed from the ground up as a women’s electric utility bike, the Charge Comfort 2 is like a pair of sensible canvas shoes that will last for years while still looking good. 

All Charge e-bikes have a handlebar that can be folded horizontally with the frame and foldable pedals to minimize space when stored. The Charge Comfort 2 also has 2.6” tires that will handle mixed-use paths and mild overlanding well, though don’t throw it down a mountain track. Instead, it’s best for pottering around town on a family ride with the kids or grandkids. 

The 250W rear hub Bafang motor is reliable and provides just the power you need to handle even San Francisco’s legendary hills. It’s powered by a 418-watt-hour rack-mounted battery that offers plenty of range for your needs. 

You have the choice of using throttle or pedal assist depending on your energy levels. On throttle alone, you’ll get 15 miles of range, and on pedal assist, typically 30 miles.

Reasons to Buy

Designed by women for women, the Charge Comfort 2 is one of the best electric bikes for women on the road. Its thoughtful, sensible design makes it ideal for riding about town. And with its folding elements, it won’t take as much space in the garage as many other e-bikes. The step-through frame design allows someone wearing a dress to ride it, or perhaps those who lack the mobility to get astride a high crossbar.

Things to Consider

Charge makes different e-bikes for different occasions. Where the Charge XC is for overlanding and the City is for commuting, the Comfort 2 is for utility runs and going to visit friends. As such, this isn’t a bike for big mileage commuting or serious overlanding. It’s very much in the middle ground and best for recreationists only.


6061 aluminum
250W Bafang rear hub
418 Wh rack mounted
Power delivery
27.5” x 2.6”
7 speed, 14-34t
Cable operated disc brakes, 160mm rotors
Rack, fenders, lights, kickstand

The specs above come from the manufacturer and may vary from what you’ve experienced. Notice something that needs correcting? Let us know.



The 250-watt rear hub motor is made by leading global e-bike component brand Bafang that’s been making e-bike motors almost since they were invented. It’s efficient and powerful for its size. You will find ample power to get up most hills, and when you want to accelerate hard, it’ll give you all the support you need.

You have the choice of throttle power to rest your legs or five levels of pedal assist when you’re feeling more energetic. The fatter, 2.6” tires absorb some of the energy as rolling resistance, but this isn’t an e-bike for racing about — it’s more for pottering.


Charge claims you get 50 miles per charge from the battery. That would be an extremely lightweight rider on a flat route. More average-sized riders would see 40 miles at a pinch on average terrain. The 2.6” tires will take more energy per mile than the thinner ones of the Charge Comfort, but this is only marginal.

Terrain, weather, and payload weight all impact range. If you’re carrying a 50 lb toddler in a child seat on the rack, then you’ll get fewer miles per charge than riding solo.


You’ll be sat in an upright, city bike position, and as such, won’t feel much pressure on your upper body as you ride. The 2.6” tires will absorb much of the bumps in the road and will still be comfortable on mixed-use paths.

The Comfort 2 lacks suspension on the fork, and you may wish to fit an aftermarket saddle on it for added comfort if you’re planning to put in serious miles on the e-bike.


If you use the throttle alone, then this will be a very low-maintenance e-bike. You may have to change the brake pads and tires every 1,000 miles, but that’s it.

Most people will want to use pedal assist at least some of the time. In this case, the chain will likely need replacing every 1,000 miles, as well as the brake pads and tires. As with your car, it pays to get the bike serviced every year if you’re using it regularly.

Charge offers a one-year limited warranty on its e-bikes, but the quality of the components used means this bike won’t fall apart for many years to come.


Made by and for women, the Comfort 2 Step-Thru is a good-looking, sturdy women’s e-bike. Offered in a red, black, or white color scheme, it won’t stand out for being the dame of the ball — it’s more a simple, sensible e-bike. Or in other words, more of a favorite pair of canvas shoes you wear daily than Louboutin heels that are only for show!

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Robb Dorr
Written by Robb Dorr
Co-founder, Cycling Enthusiast
Robb is a massive cycling enthusiast who has more than 20 years of non-motorized cycling experience. He started to lower the barrier of entry to cycling and reduce the intimidation people can experience when getting into the cycling world.

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