The Charge Comfort 2 e-bike is a smooth ride that fits into tight spaces

For the past few weeks, I’ve been walking around in 2 . charging convenience Step through the bike. It has big tires for comfort both on and off the road, plenty of power to get out of the stopping line, rear rack and bumpers for passengers, and comfortable handlebars for the palm of your hands.

The Charge Comfort 2 is priced at $1,899 and is available in three colors: Candy Red, White, and Midnight Blue. Compared to the Comfort 1, the Comfort 2 fits a wider range of passenger heights, increases the load capacity of the rear rack, cleans things up with internal cable routing, and has a slightly larger screen. It’s a very comfortable bike to ride for hours and I especially love that I can use it to ride around in my work clothes without sweating.

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framework 6061 . aluminum alloy
Engine Size 250w bafang rear axle
pedal assist Five levels
Domain 50 miles
maximum speed 20 mph
battery capacity 36 volts 418 watts
Show Backlit LCD screen
Lights Front and rear
payload 300 pounds
seat Charge Comfort Plus
Rear rack capacity 55 pounds
brakes mechanical disc
bumpers Foreground and Rear
payment system 7 speeds Shimano
Tires 27.5 x 2.5 inch Puncture Resistant Goodyear Transit Tour
bike weight 55 pounds

 

One of the easiest bikes to assemble

Other than a fully assembled folding e-bike, the Charge Comfort 2 was one of the easiest bikes to assemble out of all the ones I tested and I’m sure anyone can assemble it together and in riding condition in 10-20 minutes. Comfort Bikes has cleverly designed the cardboard packaging so that it can double as a stand to hold the bike in position while installing the various parts.

The setup process goes like this: you keep the frame in the cardboard packaging, install the handlebars, install the front wheel, flip the pedals, and adjust the seat height. That’s all for assembly and I couldn’t be more impressed, given the bike’s large shape. The battery was easily charged and I was able to enjoy a bike ride within an hour of delivery.

I also love the Charge assembled tire pressure indicator valve caps so you can quickly and easily make sure your tires are pumped and running well. While a quick start guide should be all you need to get set up the first time, the owner’s manual provides all the details on your bike for future maintenance and troubleshooting.

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How can a big bike be so compact?

Charge Comfort 2 has a design similar to Discover Velotric 1 With headlights and taillights and fenders, a rear cargo rack, and a Shimano seven-speed drivetrain. Its battery is located under the rear cargo rack and above the rear frame, which makes the bike very light up front, with all the weight near the rear. At 55 pounds, the Comfort 2 is fairly light for a full-size bike, yet still has an impressive rider capacity of 300 pounds.

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Unique swivel front handle for slim storage

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Swivel handlebars and inversion pedals allow you to store the bike in tight spaces.

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The standout feature of the Comfort 2 that I haven’t yet seen on any other bike are the swivel front handlebars for storage. On the top of the bike there is a release lever that allows you to rotate the handlebar 90 degrees so that it is in line with the rest of the frame. Folding the handlebars like this gives you at least two feet of width and makes storing the bike between boxes and corners very easy. This is one of my favorite features of the Comfort 2.

As for the handlebars, there are ergonomic, rubberized and ergonomic handles that allow you to easily ride while resting on the palm of your hands. The left thumb throttle lever is located next to the handle with an electronic horn button under the throttle. This is the only bike I’ve ever tested with an electronic horn, which differentiates itself from traditional vibration-based chimes.

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Throttle, horn, and width.

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Next to the throttle is a small monochrome display that shows you the speed, trip odometer and remaining battery capacity, along with three buttons. There is the central power button and the increase and decrease buttons to switch between five assist modes, flashlights, and walking assist. The Bafang small screen shows you your speed, trip odometer and remaining battery capacity.

The brake handle and gear shifter/indicator are located on the right side of the handlebar. There are seven available speeds that have proven useful for hill climbing. There is also a RevoShift indicator (see image below) with a number showing your current gear. Simply rotate the rubber piece out of the shift indicator to switch between available gears.

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The steering wheel grip is very comfortable.

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The brake and engine wires lead forward and then down the bike frame so little or no wires can be seen. These wires are also bundled together and secured for a cleaner aesthetic. This is one area where you see a big difference between more expensive and less expensive bikes, as smart wire control gives the car a cleaner look.

A front fender is included to help keep water and debris flowing as you cycle on your commute or off-road adventure. The front fender is a two-piece design with a short flap in front of the forks and a longer piece behind. The headlight is battery operated and mounts over the front sight fender piece.

There are mechanical disc brakes on the front wheel with large, puncture-resistant Goodyear bars and tires fitted to the bike for comfort on the road and decent traction when out and about. Due to the speed at which I travel and the daily need for a reliable rider, it was difficult for me to go back to normal tires once after using these puncture-resistant tires.

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Several inches in width are saved for storage when flipping the pedals.

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Another storage element in the Comfort 2 is the foldable pedal design where you can simply pull out and rotate the pedals to a vertical position. This reduces the width of the full bike by about five to six inches.

The seat is wide (205mm), comfortable enough for me being 6ft, as well as adjustable to my preferred angle. The bike was also rated for a rider capacity of 300 pounds, so 250 pounds was acceptable. Heavier riders obviously won’t see the bike’s advertised distance and speed limits since these limits are for riders in the 180-pound range.

Behind the seat we find a rear flap that is attached to the trunk. There are four mounting screws so you can check they are tight as well. The rear rack is rated to hold up to 55 pounds, so it’s perfect for securing groceries and other gear you might be hauling around town.

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The unique battery position takes advantage of the space between the rack and the rear frame.

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Another unique design feature of the Comfort 2 is the placement of the battery pack. They are located under the rear fender and completely above the rear fender. The key and lock secure the battery into the stowage hole using a set of charging indicators on top of the battery. I think this is an interesting storage location for the battery and found it gave me plenty of room to swing my legs through the step design, with most of the bike’s weight distributed around the rear tire area.

The Charge Comfort 2 is powered by a 250-watt rear hub motor that delivers electric assist up to 20 mph. I mainly used the throttle assist to help me start from a parked position at a traffic light or stop sign and generally enjoyed the slowdown. Thanks to my weight and riding surface, I was able to get around 16-17 mph with the throttle alone. The seven gears were good for attacking steep hills where the battery power wasn’t enough to move me up.

There is a long kickstand on the left side of the rear wheel and there is a rear red taillight to keep rear cars and traffic aware of your presence.

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Price and availability

Comfort 2 has an MSRP of 1899 USD. If you buy a second bike (you need a riding partner, right?), you can save $200 with the code “BUYTWO”. Charge Bikes also offers free US shipping with a 30-day return policy. Note that Charge Bikes do not ship to Alaska, Hawaii, or other locations around the world. The company also offers a one-year warranty against defects in materials and workmanship.

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The slim storage profile is what really sets the Charge Comfort 2 apart for me, and if you have an apartment or garage with limited space, you’ll greatly appreciate the foldable handlebars and foldable pedals. Now it’s a feature I’d like to see on every bike I own.

The Comfort 2 is designed with proper cable management, with all cables to and from the battery and brakes running through the inner frame with the only visible cables at the front of the bike. The lights are bright, the fenders keep out debris, and the large tires help provide a stable driving experience.

The small screen works decently and does the job of indicating the status of the bike, but I would have loved to have seen a larger center screen. I like having the throttle on one side and the gear knob on the other, so I was happy to see this design on the handlebars. The handlebars are very comfortable, as is the seat, so those looking for a smooth ride will be happy to know that the Comfort 2 lives up to its name.

Alternatives to consider

I haven’t seen other electric bikes with these slim storage features, but there are others that are under $2000. Check out some other options that may meet your driving needs.

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