For a reasonable price, the Denago Commute model 1 offers a solid overall package. Find out how the reasonably priced e-MTB persuaded us here.
Denago offers their electric bicycles through budget stores, distributors, and its own website. We borrowed the “Commute model 1” electric mountain bike and gave it a week of testing. Our evaluation revealed that the e-mountain bike is the best among reasonably priced e-bikes.
The Denago Commute model 1 could at first glance look like an old-school e-bike with its sizable battery in the center of the frame. Is that still current? But if you leave this place too hastily, you’ll lose out. Because reading the data sheet indicates that the e-bike has all of the necessary components for off-road use.
And as it turns out throughout the test, even more. Actually, my Commute model 1 received a Shimano brake, albeit a mechanical one, in place of the Tektro disc brakes. Although Tektro produces reasonably good brakes, that is still a compliment.
Contrary to the 8-speed gears, the Microshift rear derailleur is available instead of the Acera gears that are advertised online. However, in actuality, there is practically any difference in class here. Such shifts have been commonplace since the pandemic, thanks in large part to inexpensive e-bikes. Delivery issues can arise with even inexpensive components.
The Suntour suspension fork is one location where the proper component is crucial. Suntour is at least a legitimate brand, even though it is not Fox or Rockshox. Here is where many inexpensive e-mountain bikes fall short. Cheap forks with no brand strike too far, shoot out again without braking, or yield excessively when loaded horizontally.
|Frame and fork:||6061-T6 Aluminum Alloy|
|Chain:||KMC Z-Series, 8 speed, 3/32”|
|Tires:||Denago P-1195, 27.5 x 2.6"|
|Top Speed:||28 MPH on pedal assist|
|Motor:||500W and 50 Nm torque rating|
|Battery:||48V, 13.6Ah, 652.8Wh|
Denago Commute model 1: Design and Build Quality
Before I even enter the forest, I observe that Denago, with the Commute model 1, has actually succeeded in introducing a very affordable E-MTB to the market. Despite the fact that the frame is a little too small for me at 185 cm, I still feel at ease. While riding, the e-bike does not appear to be inexpensive at all.
The braking system reacts superbly, and the shifting is flawless. Shimano has been producing bicycle components for well over a century, but I can attest from personal experience that the Tektro Aries brake, when used as intended, performs admirably.
Regarding the pedals, I experience some nostalgia. The wide pedals with pins shocked me when I recently tested the Denago Offroad. Sadly, the Denago Commute model 1 is a little bit more traditional in this situation.
This e-bike handles beautifully overall, so that is a minor flaw. Whether by chance or engineering prowess, everything fits together properly. I feel so assured after only a few minutes that I’m flying up the mountain without using my hands.
The suspension fork, too? She honors the vow I made to myself. It should always be this way: smooth, synchronized driving, good cushioning while rolling over obstacles. This creates a stable team for off-road use when combined with the off-road tires from Maxxis.
Denago Commute model 1: Motor and Battery
The back wheel hub of the Denago Commute model 1 houses a 500 Watts motor that is managed by a pedal sensor. In other words, the device detects when you are pedaling and activates the motor. The device, however, is unable to detect how firmly you pedal.
On low-cost e-bikes, the rear-wheel drive and pedal sensor combo is standard. It functions either better or worse depending on the system. But what usually stands out is the apparent thrust of the back engine, which is likewise activated when you softly press the pedal. The Denago Commute model 1 is in the same situation. However, the support for karacho does not begin right away; rather, it begins gradually and builds up the boost over time. Because of this, even in the absence of a torque sensor, a reasonably realistic driving experience is guaranteed.
You can adjust the support’s tensile strength and the top speed at which the motor can still pass under your thighs (10, 14, 24, 35 or 45 km/h) with the support levels 1 through 5.
The small display does more than just provide information about your speed, battery life, support level, or miles. The motor activity is also seen in the top left. This means that you are always aware of how much the motor, battery, and potential range are being used.
To navigate between the five support levels, use the button on the display. Level 0 is another option, and I was also impressed. The Commute model 1 is quite simple to operate even without motor help because of the sporty shape and the high-quality equipment. I didn’t feel any resistance when pedaling, and with the correct gear, I had no trouble going more over 45 km/h over a short distance of a few hundred meters.
On the handlebar, there is a reflector as well. There is also a lamp present. However, both result in a congested cockpit. I didn’t even attach the lamp during the daytime ride because of this.
Denago Commute model 1: Conclusions
Drive instead of just watching! The Commute model 1 e-bike is a dependable friend that truly merits the moniker e-MTB for anyone who doesn’t mind the external down tube battery. I haven’t yet found an inexpensive e-mountain bike that makes me feel like I’m ready for challenging rides.
But with the Commute model 1, I was able to jump over muddy woodland roads securely and even use a root or two as a kicker without the fork breaking. It can absolutely go a little wilder, but it’s not a bike for the biking part.
The Denago Commute model 1 will suit all riders who want a sporty ride, are between 1.65 and 1.80 feet tall, and wish to experience some action on an e-bike. The e-bike can be purchased from the Denago website for a very reasonable RRP of $1799.
Due to the suspension fork and general handling, I would also choose the e-bike over less expensive e-MTBs that cost between $1500 and $2000. Just put, it’s worth more. I anticipate a longer service life because of the high-quality fork and the way the components work together.
Even better, Denago Commute model 1 is occasionally offered for sale as part of promotional activities. The e-bike is presently available on the Denago store for just $1799.