Propella V4.0 is a nice-looking bike. Budget e-bikes tend to look pretty clunky and unsightly, but with this bike you can tell that the company didn’t backed down when it comes to the aesthetic. The lightweight battery is practically indistinguishable from a water bottle, and there are no cheap plastic parts that you can find on many of under $1000 commuter e-bikes. There are some compromises that come with the price; there are no fenders, no chain guard, and no suspension whatsoever.
As for the performance, it is as expected, nothing more, nothing less. The battery is fairly small, 250Wh, which means somewhat shorter range, but 20 miles in the urban environment covers a lot of ground. The 250 W (350W peak) Rear hub Bafang motor gives good amount of power, and in PAS level 5 you will get to 18 mph with barely any pedaling. The digital handlebar display shows level of pedal assist and battery life, speed, time of day, and mileage.
Because of it’s a single speed and has a smaller battery, this bike isn’t good for hilly terrain, but if your commute is relatively short and on mostly flat roads, and you value the way your ride looks, Propella is a great on the budget option for you.