Propella 7S electric bike review: Simplicity and slick looks combine in this affordable e-bike

by Micah Toll

This e-bike is as simple as it gets and that is part of what makes it so attractive as a commuter e-bike.

Propella 7S Tech Specs Motor: 250 W (400 W peak) Bafang rear geared hub motor Top speed: 30 km/h (18.5 mph) Range: 32-64 km (20-40 mi) depending on pedal assist level Battery: 36V 7Ah (250 Wh) Charge time: 2.5 hours Weight: 16.8 kg (37 lb) Frame: Aluminum alloy

Propella 7S Tech Specs (Cont'd) Brakes: Shimano mechanical disc brakes Tires: CST XPEDIUM 700C x 35 Extras: LCD display with speedometer, battery gauge, PAS level indicator, odometer, tripmeter, 5 speed settings, mounting points for racks/fenders, alloy bar ends, metal pedals, compact charger Price: $1,249 (but sometimes on sale for $1,099)

While I enjoyed the SS as a great urban e-bike for flat cities, the 7S model adds a 7-speed transmission that is sure to be praised by commuters living in hillier areas and that want the ability to downshift for hill climbing or upshift for flat land speed.

When it comes to the Propella 7S, you have to go into this e-bike knowing what it’s for and what it isn’t for. This is an urban-oriented e-bike, which means it is meant to be light and efficient. Tipping the scales at 37 lb (16.8 kg), it weighs significantly less than many other urban e-bikes we’ve seen.

It isn’t a powerhouse since it has a relatively small 250 watt motor, but it still puts out a peak of 400 watts to give you the extra power you need on acceleration or hill climbing.