We review Ride1Up and their entire E-Bike Collection Range

May 20, 2021

Ride1UP is a relatively new, US-based brand of electric bikes. Their offer of e-bikes is small, but isn’t any less impressive because of that - they offer mostly urban, but a fair choice of all-road vehicles.

When the e-bikes first appeared, they were instantly a hit, but the market didn’t offer many different bikes. As the popularity of e-bikes grew, many new brands like the Ride1UP appeared. 

Founded in 2019, the Ride1UP’s idea was to do things their way. Now, the company is one of the most popular brands of budget-friendly eco rides. 

Their bikes are of high-quality, and  they come at rather affordable prices. What’s even better - the bikes come with a 1-year warranty and 30-day return, no questions asked!

If you are looking for a bike for commuting and running errands, chances are - you are going to find the one in the roundup of the Ride1UP e-bikes. So, we decided to make it easier for you and review each bike in their lineup.

So, continue reading to find out what are the best bikes Ride1UP is offering!

700 series

Our Top Pick

700 Series

The Class-3 city commuter can go up to 28 miles per hour on pedal-assist. The seamless design combined with the extreme comfort makes this our favorite bike from Ride1UP.

Prodigy

Our High-End Pick

Prodigy

With the powerful throttle, the Class-3 bike makes sure that you are never late again. The back rack and fenders make this the commuter you were looking for all along.

Roadster v2

Best Bang For Buck

Roadster v2

The Class-3 Roadster v2 is so lightweight thanks to its frame, carrying it up a flight of stairs is never easier. For those looking for a budget-friendly commuter, this is the one!


Best Bang For Buck
Roadster v2


Roadster v2

The aesthetics combined with the lightweight frame make this the best affordable electric bike.

  • Suitable for city and road rides
  • Lightweight
  • Good price

Our High-End Pick
Prodigy

Prodigy

The powerful throttle of the Class-3 electric bike makes this the perfect choice for anyone who wants a fast ride.

  • Great design
  • Charge time: 3-5 hours
  • Range: 30-50 miles

Things You Should Know Before You Purchase A Ride1UP E-Bike

Who Are Ride1UP E-Bikes Suited For?

The Ride1UP bikes are mostly made for those who use the e-bike to commute and run errands. If you want a reliable, solid e-bike that will get you to every place on time, Ride1UP could be the one for you. 

Of course, not everything Ride1UP makes is for commuting - there is something for everyone. Mostly, the bikes are for commuting and city rides. However, the Roadster v2 is offering something a bit more adventurous. It’s not an all-road vehicle, but it’s offering a lot more fun than the average commuter bike. 

Ride1UP prides itself as the affordable e-bike brand, but it falls more into the affordable to medium price category. The design of each bike is carefully thought out - the bikes are attractive, yet simple. The battery is located inside the frame, and the controller is always designed to fit well with the frame, creating a beautiful look overall.

What Kind Of Drive Do The Ride1UP E-Bike Feature?

What is different about the Ride1UP bikes is that the bikes are not Pedelecs, but more of a motorbike-type. That makes them a better choice than the average Pedelec because you can choose whether you want to use a pedal-assist mode or not. 

Generally, a Ride1UP e-bike has 0-9 pedal-assist modes, which is quite a bit more than any other electric bike brand. Every time you choose a higher pedal-assist mode, it gives you the power to go faster, reducing the mile range left on your bike. 

So, what we especially liked is that the Ride1UP brand is transparent about the mile range. Each bike isn’t advertised as ‘up to 50 miles range’, and what is even better - whenever you are riding your bike, you can see how many miles are left in the bike. 

What Motor Does The Ride1UP E-Bike Pack?

In general, each Ride1UP electric bike comes with geared hub motors. What is so great about the geared hub motors is that they aren’t so heavy, and they climb hills easier than a gearless motor. The geared hub motor carries less torque, but it offers a better battery range - so it’s only natural that the commuter and city bikes come with this type of motor.

However, a gearless hub motor may be a bit more long-lasting than a geared hub motor, because it has fewer moving parts. Also, the geared hub motors come with regenerative braking, so the battery range is improved each time you step on the brake.

What Kind Of Battery Is Ride1UP Packing?

Like most e-bikes, all Ride1UP electric bikes come with premium lithium-ion batteries. The batteries in the Ride1UP are built into the frame, so the whole design looks great. 

The cells inside are commonly Samsung premium cells, so they ought to last you longer than the average battery. However, do note that the battery will start to deteriorate after a while - that is just the harsh reality of lithium-ion batteries. 

A lithium-ion battery usually lasts around 3 years of daily commuting, but you can extend that if you take extra care of your battery. Even if that isn’t the case, you can always replace the battery if need be.

What Kind Of Range Do Ride1UP Electric Bikes Feature?

Well, the range is perhaps one of the most important features of an electric bike. The range is, simply said, how far can you go on a full charge of your bike’s battery.

For all electric bikes, the range depends on a variety of factors - what level of pedal-assist are you using, type of terrain, your weight, and so on. It’s difficult to say what the average battery range Ride1UP is sporting because the bikes themselves are very different.

On the other hand, we can safely say one thing - every bike goes an extra mile compared to an average e-bike. At the very least, you can get 25 miles out of your Ride1UP pick!

What Is The Price Of The Ride1UP E-Bikes?

Ride1UP may pride itself as the affordable e-bike manufacturer, but the truth is, their bikes are a bit more expensive than the average affordable e-bike. Some bikes can be costly, but they don’t fall in the high-end category, either.

So, what is important is what you get for your money and with Ride1UP, you get a lot. The bikes are very durable and resilient. Whatever bike you choose, you will get a bike that serves you well in your daily commutes. What is also great is that you can choose the frame type to best suit your style and needs!

What Does Ride1UP Stack Up Against Rad Power?

Rad Power is an e-bike company similar to Ride1UP. They offer budget-friendly vehicles, too - but let’s see the differences up close!

Top 5 Rad Power Bikes Reviewed

Controller

The Ride1UP e-bikes come with a hidden internal controller. The controller is typically located inside the frame - so it’s perfectly safe and less prone to mechanical damage.

Also, there are fewer cables you can damage if you accidentally snag them. However, Rad Power bikes come with an external controller that can get damaged pretty easily.

Ride1UP Offers Class-3 Bikes

Rad Power offers Class-2 bikes exclusively, while Ride1UP offers Class-2 and Class-3 bikes. Class-2 bikes have a speed limit of 20 miles per hour, while Class-3 can go up to 28 miles per hour in pedal-assist, or 20 miles per hour on throttle alone. So, Ride1UP is the ideal commuter bike, especially if you feel like you’re rushing to work each morning. 

Charge Time

Charge time that is too long can make the whole e-bike experience a hassle. Rad Power bikes take over 5 hours to charge - while the Ride1UP bikes rarely take over 3-4 hours!

Battery

The Ride1UP e-bikes are sporting an integrated battery - so it’s less prone to mechanical damage, just like the controller. The integrated battery makes the bike look better - another thing where Ride1UP excels compared to RadPower.

Brakes

All Ride1UP e-bikes are packing hydraulic disc brakes, while the Rad Power bikes come with mechanical disc brakes. Hydraulic disc brakes are easier to adjust and they allow for a smoother commuting experience and reliability.

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Specifications & Electronics

  • Motor: 750w geared hub motor
  • Battery: 48V14ah Reention Rhino, 52x Samsung 35E Cells
  • Range: 30-50 miles
  • Weight Capacity: 275 lbs
  • Bike Weight: 62 lbs
  • Charging Time: 3-6 hours
  • Wheels: Schwalbe SUPER MOTO X 27.5x2.4 (584-60) tire

700 series

Ride1UP’s 700 Series is the company’s most popular, best-selling bike. However, that isn’t the only reason why this bike was our top choice - the components and the excellent quality are!

The 700 is a solid city and commuter bike. However, it’s not exactly often that you will run into an e-bike that comes with a 750-Watt motor with 60nM torque. Another pro is that this bike is astonishingly durable because of all the high-quality parts.

For a medium-range price, you get an electric ride that is so much more than just decent.

The reliability and the extreme comfort of the 700 series are partially thanks to the hydraulic disc brake. The 700 series e-bike is a Class-3 bike, meaning it can go up to 28 miles per hour with pedal-assist, and 20 miles per hour on throttle alone.

What is so great is that you can pick out one out of two frame types - Cross-Over or Step-Through. Also, the 700 comes with two color options - gunmetal gray and steel.

The integrated battery doesn’t only provide the bike with a seamless look, it provides the bike with a solid range of 30 to 50 miles. Most e-bikes in this range come with a much smaller range, so there’s that - and if you’re worried that the battery isn’t easy to remove, don’t be. The battery comes with two keys for super-easy removal. 

What we didn’t like so much is that the bike weighed heavier than any other Ride1UP e-bike. That means the bike could be too heavy to carry up the stairs. 

The 700 Series is a bike perfect for commuting thanks to the wide aluminum alloy fenders. Also, if you need to carry a bag with you, you can place it on the back rack that comes with a triple bungee strap and pannier rods.

Click here to read our in-depth review of the Ride1Up 700 Series.

PROS

  • Two frame types to choose from
  • Durable and very comfortable
  • Powerful battery
  • Attractive, seamless look

Cons

  • Very heavy

Specifications & Electronics

  • Motor: Brose TF Sprinter German-made36V14ah Phylion BN21, Samsung Cells mid-drive motor
  • Battery: 36V14ah Phylion BN21, Samsung Cells
  • Range: 30-50miles
  • Weight Capacity: 275 lbs
  • Bike Weight: 48 lbs
  • Charging Time: 3-5 hours
  • Wheels: Schwalbe G-ONE 27.5”x2.0”
Prodigy

The Prodigy e-bike is truly something else, but the price demanded that we place it in our ‘high-end’, premium category. 

The Prodigy comes in one color - matte black, which will look elegant and flush with your style, whatever it is. There are 3 types of frames you can choose from for your Prodigy - Cross-Over, Cross-Country, and Step-Through.

What is so special about this e-bike is that it’s packing a Brose TF Sprinter mid-drive motor. That’s why the Ride1UP Prodigy is a powerful, lightweight Class-3 bike, and it sports a top speed of 28 mph, like all bikes in this class.

The specs packing in the Ride1UP’s Prodigy go way over the price range, and we’re not talking about the motor alone.

What makes this electric ride so special is the four-piston hydraulic disc brakes and a 9-speed Shimano Alivio transmission. The high-quality brakes make the city ride extremely safe. What’s more, the Prodigy features Buchel LED lights in the front and back for the perfect vision in all situations.

Also, this bike is the perfect high-end commuter/city ride because it comes with a rear rack and a fender set. So, if you need to take anything heavier with you, just know that the Prodigy can do all the heavy lifting with the weight limit of 275 pounds!

Prodigy is packing a powerful 36V14ah Phylion BN21 battery with Samsung cells, which enable a battery range of up to 50 miles. Of course, the battery range depends on the amount of pedal assistance.

Like most Ride1UP bikes, the Prodigy comes with 9 levels of pedal assistance. The TFT display also has information about advanced features, and you can check out the battery status, which is pretty neat.

The only thing we didn’t like about the Prodigy is the rather long charge time - it can take up to 5 hours. So, compared to other bikes in this article that’s a pretty long time.

Click here to read our in-depth review of the Ride1Up Prodigy.

PROS

  • Back rack and fender included
  • Powerful motor and throttle
  • High-quality brakes
  • Very light

Cons

  • Long charge time

Specifications & Electronics

  • Motor: 500w (peak) 350w (nominal) Geared Hub Shengyi
  • Battery: 36V 7.0ah Samsung 35e Cells
  • Range: 20-35 miles
  • Weight Capacity: 275 lbs
  • Bike Weight: 33 lbs
  • Charging Time: 2-4 hours
  • Wheels: Kenda Kwest 700Cx28C
Roadster v2

The Roadster v2 is one of the best rides the Ride1UP company has made, and an absolute winner of our affordable, budget-friendly category. For a rather small price for an electric bike, you get a great quality vehicle that ought to serve you well.

So, the Roadster v2 comes with a 36V 7.0ah Samsung 35e Cells battery. That battery offers a decent range of 20 to 35 miles - nothing too extravagant, but it’s to be expected with the price.

What is great is that you can choose the size of the frame - the small (52cm), and the large (58cm). Also, the Roadster is available in 3 matte colors - burgundy, black, and silver.

The design and clean lines make Roadster v2 look like your regular bike, and not an electric ride at all.

Another fantastic thing is that this e-bike weighs only 33 pounds, making it the lightest bike in our article. If you need to carry your bike often, the Roadster v2 is perfect for you.

However, the Roadster v2 comes with a 500w (peak) 350w (nominal) Geared Hub Shengyi motor, which is smaller and less powerful than most e-bikes. It’s still a Class-3 electric bike, but it has a top speed of 24 mph on pedal-assist.

The charge time is decent - it takes no more than 4 hours and no less than 2, which is fast enough to give you some juice if you are running low and are far away from home.

What we liked is that the bike is extremely comfortable, and the saddle is durable and comfy, much more than you would expect from an affordable e-bike. The only flaw is the lack of accessories like a back rack, which you may need to buy separately.

Click here to read our in-depth review of the Ride1Up Roadster v2.

PROS

  • Color options available
  • Great design
  • Fast charge
  • Very comfortable

Cons

  • Lack of accessories
Roadster v2

Specifications & Electronics

  • Motor: 48V Geared Hub Shengyi Motor
  • Battery: 48V10.4ah Reention Eel Pro LG Cells
  • Range: 20-40 miles
  • Weight Capacity: 275 lbs
  • Bike Weight: 49 lbs
  • Charging Time: 2.5-3 hours
  • Wheels: Kenda Kwick Seven.5 27.5”x2.2
Core 5

Ride1UP’s Core 5 is just one of the hit electric bicycles by this company. It falls more in the affordable range, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t bring a lot of cool features to the table.

The frame is a lightweight 6061 aluminum frame so it doesn’t add up much to the overall weight of the bike. The bike weighs 49 pounds, which is not too much if you have to carry it anywhere.

The battery is a 48V10.4ah Reention Eel Pro with LG Cells, and it’s located inside the frame, so the bike looks amazing. The ergonomic handles and the soft saddle will keep you comfortable even during longer rides.

This is a classic Class-3 electric bike, as it comes with the top speed of 28 mph on pedal-assist, and 20mph on full throttle.

Core 5 comes with two frame options - Step-Through and Cross-Over. Also, it comes in two color options - Midnight Gray and Slate Blue - and we love the color options because both are so elegant and will look great while you’re strolling the city streets.

What is fantastic about this electric bike is that you don’t have to drive it exclusively on the city streets. Thanks to the All-Terrain tires with K-Shield protection, the wheels are resistant to punctures. If you want to take your bike out for an adventure in the woods, you absolutely can!

Moreover, the bike is fully charged in as little as 2.5 hours, so it’s perfect for those that keep forgetting to plug their vehicle in. On the small but functional LCD screen, you can see what pedal-assist mode you’re in, the current speed, as well as the battery status.

The only flaw of this otherwise perfectly decent affordable bike? The lack of accessories like the back rack and fenders, which you will need to purchase separately.

Click here to read our in-depth review of the Ride1Up Core 5.

PROS

  • All-Terrain tires
  • Fast charge
  • Fast charge
  • Comfortable

Cons

  • Lack of accessories

Specifications & Electronics

  • Motor: 48V750W Geared MXUS Motor
  • Battery: 48V14ah Reention Eel Pro Samsung Cells
  • Range: 30-50 miles
  • Weight Capacity: 275 lbs
  • Bike Weight: 53 lbs
  • Charging Time: 2-4 hours
  • Wheels: Schwalbe Super-Moto X 27.5”x2.4”
LMT’D

LMT’D e-bike is a great bike option from Ride1UP, and thanks to its powerful specs, it falls into a more high-end category. This e-bike comes in two color options - a Midnight Gray and a Sand/Brown color combo, so it will look good on the streets no matter what you choose. Also, it comes with two frame options - Cross-Over and Step-Through. 

The powerful 750w geared hub motor with 100nm torque will give you the speed and the acceleration you need to get on time each morning.

This is a Class-3 e-bike, meaning it has a top speed of 28 mph on pedal-assist, and 20 mph on full throttle. The charge time is no more than 4 hours, which is relatively decent, but taking into account the rather high price, it could be better.

The battery on the LMT’D e-bike is a 48V14ah Reention Eel Pro with Samsung cells, which allows the battery range of up to 50 miles. What is the con of this bike is that with the stronger price, we’d expect a better battery range.

RST Asteria Air Suspension 80mm Travel fork, the Tektro 180mm Dual Piston Hydraulic Disc brakes, as well as the comfortable seat and ergonomic handles, make riding this bike a breeze. The Schwalbe Super-Moto wheels are perfect for touring, as they come with Green Guards to make riding over cracked pavement a smooth experience. 

The 2.2” TFT display shows the level of pedal-assistance, the battery percentage, you can measure the length of every trip you take, and you can check the current page. However, the best thing about the LMT’D is that it comes with a built-in cadence sensor. 

The cadence sensor is a part of the pedal-assistance system. So, the cadence sensor makes the pedal-assistance smarter because it sensors when to engage the bike’s motor and to propel the vehicle forward.

Click here to read our in-depth review of the Ride1Up LMT’D.

PROS

  • Advanced display
  • High-quality parts
  • Fast charge
  • Strong motor

Cons

  • The battery range could be better

Specifications & Electronics

  • Motor: 48V Geared Hub Shengyi Motor
  • Battery: 48V 13AH Reention Dorado ID Plus with LG cells
  • Range: 25-45 miles
  • Weight Capacity: 275 lbs
  • Bike Weight: 53 lbs (55 with the rack and fenders)
  • Charging Time: 3-4 hours
  • Wheels: Kenda Kwick Seven.5 27.5"x2.2" (650b)
500 Series

The 500 Series by Ride1UP is perhaps the best-selling bike by Ride1UP because it’s one of their first products. This bike is not affordable per se, but it offers a lot for its relatively medium price range.

Luckily, there are some options for the 500 Series, like choosing between a Cross-Over or a Step-Through bike frame. Also, you can choose whether you want a back rack and fenders included, and pick your bike in one of the two colors - black or gold!

Like all Ride1UP bikes, this is a Class-3 bike, so it has a top speed of 28 mph on pedal assistance.

The bike comes with a 48V 13AH Reention Dorado ID Plus battery with LG cells. The battery allows for a decent range of 25to 45 miles, which is fine - but nothing too great.

The 500 Series packs a 750w geared hub motor with 60nm torque, so the bike will speed up swiftly whenever you need it to. At 53 pounds, the 500 Series is not too heavy, so it won’t drain the battery even when going uphill.

The charger has an automatic shut-off once the battery is fully charged, which is a neat detail. The bike has a weight limit of 275 pounds, so if you opt for the bike with the rack and fenders, you can carry whatever on it!

The brakes are Tektro Aries Mechanical Disc brakes, which make the ride a bit less comfortable than the hydraulic disc brakes. However, what is neat about these brakes is that they come with Electronic Motor Shutoff, so when you are braking, the motor turns off and saves the battery power.

We liked the security measures for the battery - as the 500 comes with two keys needed to remove the battery. On the LCD screen, you can choose the pedal assistance mode, see the current speed, battery status and turn on the headlights!

Click here to read our in-depth review of the Ride1Up 500 Series.

PROS

  • Powerful motor
  • Advanced LCD screen
  • Color and frame options available
  • Good weight limit

Cons

  • The brakes could be better

Bottom line

To conclude, Ride1UP generally offers bikes for the city and daily commuting, except for the Core 5 bike. Ride1UP pride themselves in the fact that their bikes are affordable.

Sure, you will be able to find bikes cheaper than the Ride1UP, but those bikes won’t match the quality. The high-quality parts and the attention to details make each bike so special, and don’t let us get started on the beauty of the design.

So, if you’re looking for a long-lasting, medium-priced bike, we recommend you buy the 700 Series. On the other hand, if you are looking for something more affordable, the Roadster v2 will fit you like a glove!


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About the author

Emma was born and raised in the UK, studied in Amsterdam (where she discovered her passion for biking), and is currently living in Ohio. Her main passion is cycling, that's why she is always looking for an amazing new e-bike to make her journey even more unforgettable!

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