Our Rating - 4.5/5
The Ride1Up 700 Series is an easy-to-look-at city bike that will turn your daily commute into a more enjoyable affair. Thanks to a careful selection of high-quality specs and features, it manages to offer a lot more than your average mid-range e-bike without being overpriced.
Ride1Up 700 Series - In-Depth Review
When Ride1Up released their 700 Series commuter e-bike in 2019, it marked a new trend in electric biking circles that enthusiasts have welcomed with open arms. Nobody expected the impressive mix of high-end specs that it boasts, especially for an e-bike with its price tag.
For a new entrant into the industry, this was a boss move that brought the San Diego-based manufacturer's attention. The 700 Series is a significant upgrade on your typical value e-bike and can easily rival high-end e-bikes as far as fundamental riding specs are concerned.
The best part is that it’s accessible to people from all economic spectrums. So, just what makes the Ride1Up 700 Series tick? Let’s find that out in the following review
Schwalbe SUPER MOTO X 27.5x2.4 (584-60)
750W Shengyi geared hub motor
48V14ah Reention Rhino, 52x Samsung 35E Cells
Tektro Dual Piston Hydraulic Disc Brakes
Ride1Up 700 Series at a Glance
The 700 Series is an upgraded version of the first Ride1Up bike, the 500 Series. It sports a relatively cleaner look than its predecessor, but what impresses more is the selection of high-end components it harbors under that smooth frame.
It’s only fair that we delve deeper into this series for you to understand what we’re talking about:
The Ride1Up 700 Series comes with an aluminum frame, a typical feature throughout the Ride1Up e-bike models. You can either go for the cross-over or step-through design, which would be more appropriate for a person with hip sensitivity or a knee injury.
This also makes it very practical when you want to get on or off the bike in a hurry. Between the swept-back riser handlebars and the comfortable quick-release saddle, the 700 Series offers an almost upright riding geometry that should keep you comfortable throughout the ride.
The solid frame, which comes in either Gunmetal Gray or Steel, is paired with a steel spring fork for the bumpier rides you’ll be taking. We would have preferred something lighter and nicer like an air-suspension fork but the hydraulic lockout is a nice consolation. Not to mention that we expected a little compromise at this price.
For a commuter bike, the two 70mm wide aluminum alloy fenders come in handy on rainy days to keep you from being sprayed by the large tires.
The same is true for the sturdily-built rear rack with a 55-pound carrying capacity, for groceries or when you want to bring along your kid on the ride.
The rack further features a triple bungee to secure what you’re carrying and an integrated LED taillight to make you visible to motorists in darker environments. You will also appreciate the bright LED headlight when you have to ride the bike at night; a notable omission in the more expensive Ride1Up LMT’D.
The only problem is that these extra accessories add to the overall weight of the bike. At 62lbs, the 700 Series is the heaviest of all Ride1Up bikes; it requires great effort to carry upstairs and you’ll have a hard time trying to ride it without electric assistance.
Ride1Up equipped this bike with a 750W Shengyi gear hub motor that peaks at 1000W. With this much power, you’ll be able to achieve a top speed of 28mph. Also, the engine produces a torque of 60nm to get you up hilly ascents without a struggle.
This bike features a 22-amp controller that directs the actions of all electrical components. You can toggle with the settings of the bike on the left-side-mounted display on the handlebar. The cool color LCD shows the number of watts you’re getting from the motor, as well as speed, battery capacity, etc.
We were impressed by the intuitive nature of the controls and the straightforward process of tweaking the settings. To ensure your bike’s security, there is even a password setting option to lock out thieves and vandals whenever you’re not around.
There are nine different PAS levels to choose from when riding the bike allowing you to customize the riding experience to your preference. The cadence sensor on this bike is not as satisfying as a torque sensor but 12 magnets cadence sensing is the best you can get at this price level.
Lastly, there is a left-side thumb throttle, as well as a trigger shifter on the right side of the handlebar, which allows you to make the most of the 8-speed Shimano Acera drivetrain with every change in the slope of the terrain.
Backing the powerful motor on the 700 Series is a 672Wh battery pack with Samsung cells. This has enough juice to sustain your ride for between 30 and 50 miles. The actual range of the bike will essentially depend on a range of factors, including the level of pedal assist you choose to use.
The battery is nicely hidden under the downtube and helps to give the frame a generally seamless appearance. Two keys are included in the package for the removable battery, which you can lock on or off in a relatively smooth process.
Included is a 2-amp charger delivered in the package that can fully charge the battery in approximately 3-6 hours, which is quite a long time. Fortunately, you can always invest in a backup battery to extend your riding range.
The Tektro hydraulic disc brakes on the 700 Series have enough braking power to stop the 62-pound bike on a dime. These will come in handy when you are riding at full throttle or when the surface is a little bit slippery on those rainy days.
We also like how responsive the hydraulics are compared to the mechanical disc brakes used on the 500 Series. You don’t have to apply too much pressure to engage the brakes, and this is something that riders with weak hands will appreciate.
Furthermore, the brakes have motor inhibitors or an Electric Cut-off sensor that overrides the PAS and throttle. As long as you are pulling them, the motor will not start when you bump the throttle unintentionally, helping to extend battery life.
Another thing worth mentioning is that the chainring comes with an alloy guard whereas the chain is rust-resistant. If you have to commute on your 700 Series to work, you won’t have to worry about getting your pants messed up.
WHEELS AND TIRES
Instead of cheap Kenda tires used on the Roadmaster V2, Ride1Up decided to upgrade to large 27.5” x 2.4” Schwalbe Super Moto tires on the 700 Series. Their increased air volume lets you enjoy some level of cushioning as you roll on the city streets, especially when riding over bumps and potholes.
The tires also use high-end rubber that copes well with the strain of high-speed riding on the pavement, proving to be durable down the line. Meanwhile, the increased surface area of the tires results in reliable stability, enabling you to venture into off-road trails like gravel and grass without compromising on comfort.
These are paired with smooth 33mm rims that match nicely to result in an all-black appearance.
What Do I Like?
A couple of urban-friendly features on the 700 Series make it the perfect commuter bike. You get front and rear LED lights, a pair of wide fenders, a pannier rack, and even pre-drilled bosses for water bottles to make sure that all your urban escapades are covered.
The integrated battery gives this bike a clean frame that results in a very charming overall design. We especially love the mix of colors on the bike, with the black rims and tires blending effortlessly with the fork and handlebar.
The Shimano Acera derailleur on the bike shows just how much attention was paid to high-quality components. This is not only tighter but also lasts significantly longer compared to other entry-level stuff.
Considering all the high-quality features slapped on a $1500 range e-bike, it’s easy to see that the 700 Series offers a great bang for the buck. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better option in the market.
The overall design of the bike is very charming, and you get to choose between a step-through and a step-over frame. Furthermore, the Gunmetal Gray and Steel color options will blend into any urban setting.
Thanks to the powerful 672Wh battery used on the 700 Series, you enjoy extended riding range of up to 50 miles, which is not common for the price. Not to mention that an integrated smart Battery Management System (BMS) helps to extend its life by guarding against overheating, overcharging, etc.
Your riding confidence doesn’t take a hit when whizzing on the 700 Series at top speeds. This is thanks to the reliable braking performance delivered by the Tektro dual-piston hydraulic disc brakes.
The inclusion of extra accessories on this bike saves you a lot of dollars. If you were to accessorize on your own, the cost of fenders, panniers, racks, and lights could easily run into hundreds of dollars.
What I Don’t Like?
The positioning of the kickstand at the center of the frame can be a little bit inconvenient when backing the bike because of the pedal lock. We would have fancied it a little bit to the back, to also provide more support when you load the rear rack.
Although the bike is delivered 85% assembled, several parts need to be fixed in place before you can take it on the road. From assembling the fork and the headset to figuring the correct tension and fixing the front wheel, it can all be a little too much work for someone with little patience.
This bike weighs 62lbs, which is also the heaviest of all Ride1Up commuter electric bikes. It can be such a drag to carry and store upstairs without a helping hand or ride it without motor assistance.
The motor can be a little bit noisy, especially at high speeds, so you might want to take it easy in the neighborhood to avoid being a nuisance to the public.
Advice to Buyers
Most electrical bikes with such a set of specifications will easily cost you well over $2000 . However, the Ride1Up only retails for a little more than $1500, and to sweeten the deal, the manufacturer offers a $40 discount if you pledge to replace just two of your car commutes per month.
If value for money is what you’re after when shopping for an e-bike, the Ride1Up 700 Series sounds like a nice place to start.
Overall, the Ride1Up is an improved version of your typical value e-bike and stacks up well against some premium models in the industry. It boasts a range of upgraded features, including a hydraulic fork, hydraulic disc brakes, a high-capacity motor, and a durable battery to guarantee you a reliable urban commute.
If you can find a way around the few compromises on the bike, there is every reason to check out this promising electric two-wheel commuter.