At a very affordable $1,099, the Cruiser Model 1 is still a great little e-bike that will handle most of the tasks you might do on a utility e-bike. It’s an eye-catcher thanks to its stylish curves and great proportions. It’s just the bike to be seen on as you head from point A to point B.
It has a 350W rear hub motor that can kick out as much as 55 Newton meters of torque, making those hills a breeze.
One of the big selling points of Denago’s e-bikes is that they all come with 3 amp fast chargers that allow you to charge the battery quickly. In the case of the 396 Wh battery on the Cruiser Model 1, this could mean a full charge in just three hours. This more than makes up for the relatively low range of the battery, which might do 25 miles in typical riding conditions.
The battery is integrated into the frame, putting the center of gravity nice and low. In turn, this gives a very natural riding feel. This riding feel is only held back through the cadence sensor, which can provide a slight lag between you pushing the pedal and delivering the power from the motor.
The Cruiser Model 1 also has a throttle. Using it will more than halve your range on the battery but when it comes to exertion-free riding, it’s a great feature!
Reasons to Buy
Not everyone can afford or even wants a $5,000 electric bike. At almost a fifth of that price and well within the spectrum of affordable e-bikes, the Denago Cruiser Model 1 is a quality, affordable, and comfortable e-bike to ride.
Thanks to the frictionless rear hub motor, you can ride it without power like a traditional bike. That can considerably extend your range (almost infinitely!) without the drag offered by mid-drive motors.
We love the curves and color scheme of this machine. You may well choose it just because it has a certain look. Its curved top tubes and swept handlebars make it look like a classic beach cruiser, while the downtube battery compartment sits well within the design vernacular of this machine. Beautiful from end to end, it is definitely one you’ll love to be seen riding.
Things to Consider
Range is the first item to consider with the Cruiser Model 1. Though you can’t expect miracles at the price point, you might only get 20 miles per charge. You may also want to consider the power of the 350W motor, just 55 Nm. That sits well in the mid-range of power outputs for e-bike motors. With the battery limitations, the Cruiser Model 1 is definitely not for use in a hilly city like Portland, OR or San Francisco, CA. A flatter city like Chicago or San Diego might be just the perfect home for this e-bike.