In 2019, Ride1Up released the 700 Series commuter e-bike – a game changer in the world of electric biking appreciated by riders from all economic backgrounds.
The bike stands out for its impressive array of high-end specs despite its reasonable price tag. It is bigger and better than the typical value e-bikes and can rival high-end models when it comes to the fundamental riding specs. So, what exactly makes this model so special?
Let’s explore that in depth below.
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 e-bike is crafted from an aluminum frame, a feature consistent with Ride1Up's other models. It can come in either cross-over or step-through designs; making it better suited for those with hip sensitivity or knee injuries.
This also makes getting on and off the bike quick and easy. Additionally, its swept-back riser handlebars and comfortable quick-release saddle provide riders with an almost upright riding geometry that leads to a comfortable ride.
The frame is available in Gunmetal Gray or Steel colour options and features a steel spring fork that provides adequate support on bumpy roads. Although air-suspension forks are preferred for their lighter weight, this model still offers a satisfactory experience when paired with its hydraulic lockout feature.
Lastly, two 70mm wide aluminum alloy fenders protect riders from getting splashed by the tires during rainy days.
The Ride1Up 700 Series e-bike is equipped with a sturdily built rear rack that can carry up to 55 pounds, making it ideal for groceries and transporting kids. The rack further features a triple bungee to help secure items, as well as an integrated LED taillight to ensure visibility in darker settings.
Additionally, its bright LED headlight makes night riding easier and safer; a feature not seen on some more expensive models of the brand.
However, these extra accessories come at the cost of increased bike weight -- at 62 pounds, it is the heaviest amongst Ride1Up's e-bikes and requires considerable effort when carrying upstairs or riding 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 for customizability, as well as a 12-magnets cadence sensor that provides optimal performance at this price range.
To further enhance the riding experience, there is a left-side thumb throttle and a trigger shifter on the right side of the handlebar, making full use of the 8-speed Shimano Acera drivetrain across varying terrains.
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.
To maintain a seamless look, the battery is concealed under the downtube, and comes with two keys for locking on or off in a straightforward manner.
Additionally, it includes a 2-amp charger that can fully charge the battery in 3-6 hours. To increase riding distance, riders can always opt for an extra backup battery.
The 700 Series is equipped with Tektro hydraulic disc brakes, providing superior braking power for a 62-pound bike, allowing it to stop quickly even when riding at high speed or on wet surfaces.
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.
They are paired with sleek 33mm rims for an attractive, all-black look.
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 adds to its high-quality components, which are not only tighter but also longer lasting than entry-level models.
Combined with all these features at an affordable price point of $1500, you won't find a better value 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 kickstand on the 700 Series is positioned at the center of the frame, which can be inconvenient when backing the bike due to its pedal lock. Moving it further back would create more stability when loading a rear rack.
Though the bike arrives 85% assembled, there are still a few pieces that need to be put together. This includes assembling the fork, headset and front wheel, as well as ensuring that all components have been tightened to the correct tension. This could be quite daunting for those with limited patience or technical know-how.
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.
Though there are compromises, if worked around, the Ride1Up is the perfect option for those looking for an electric two-wheel commuter.
Our Rating - 84/100
Ride1Up 700 Series
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.