Electric Vehicles For India News & Reviews This $999 electric bike is perfect for city residents

This $999 electric bike is perfect for city residents

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As more e-bikes cram in extra features and components, they also start packing on the pounds. But what if you’re just looking for a lightweight, simple e-bike to get you where you’re going quickly and easily? That’s where Propella comes in. And the Propella Mini may be the best lightweight electric bike yet for urban residents.

At just 33 lb (15 kg), the Propella Mini is about as light as you can get for budget-priced electric bikes.

We’ve seen lighter e-bikes with carbon fiber frames and other fancy lightweight features, but their several thousand dollar price tags can’t touch the $999 Propella Mini’s value.

For anyone that lives in an apartment and has to carry their bike up the stairs or wiggle it into an elevator everyday, a small and lightweight e-bike that doesn’t break the bank is key.

And that’s exactly what Propella delivered.

Check out my video review below to get an up-close look at the e-bike in action. Then keep on reading for all of the details below!

Propella Mini e-bike video review

Propella Mini tech specs

  • Motor: 250 W (400 W peak) Bafang rear geared hub motor
  • Top speed: 30 km/h (18.5 mph)
  • Range: 32-56 km (20-35 mi) depending on pedal assist level
  • Battery: 36V 7Ah (250 Wh)
  • Charge time: 2.5 hours
  • Weight: 14.9 kg (33 lb)
  • Frame: Aluminum alloy
  • Tires: 20″ x 1.75″ CST
  • Brakes: Shimano mechanical disc brakes
  • 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: $999

Small bike, big deal

The Propella Mini electric bike takes everything that I loved about Propella’s full-size V4 single-speed e-bike, and somehow wraps it all up in an even smaller, lighter package.

The 400W peak-rated Bafang motor is plenty peppy for typical city riding, especially since there’s no throttle on this model. That means your legs are always helping to power the bike.

With five levels of pedal assist, you can choose anything from a strong workout ride with very little motor assist to a breezy cruise where your legs provide minimal effort.

If you’re one of those people that require a throttle, stop reading now and check out a different e-bike review. But if you enjoy cycling and just want a faster, easier way to get around, the Propella Mini hits the spot.

The 250 Wh battery is small and compact, meaning it fits easily in a backpack if you want to take it with you when parking the bike. On the other hand though, the compact size also means it doesn’t have as much capacity as larger e-bikes, but then again it doesn’t need as much capacity since you aren’t using an energy-hungry throttle. Plus the bike rolls on narrow street tires that make the ride extra efficient.

I found that with moderate assist, I was achieving ranges of around 35 km (21-ish miles). If you’re already a strong cyclist, you’ll probably use even less assist and get more range than me.


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