The e-bikes from Ride1Up have always been known for offering an excellent price-performance ratio with above-average high-quality components at surprisingly low prices. Now the company has opened pre-orders for the Ride1Up Prodigy, the company’s highest quality model to date.
The Ride1Up Prodigy takes the brand to a new level with the introduction of the company’s first mid-drive e-bike, but also a highly regarded Brose mid-drive.
Many companies that started out in the e-bike value category have evolved into higher-end e-bikes by starting with Chinese mid-drives like Bafang’s. But Ride1Up went directly to a German high-end manufacturer for its drive system.
With the TF Sprinter motor from Brose and the 9-speed Shimano drive, the Ride1Up Prodigy reaches class 3 speeds of 45 km / h. A 500 Wh battery offers a range of 30-50 miles (48-80 km) depending on driving style and terrain.
In fact, the team has been working on the new model for quite some time and expects it to be available early this year.
It was officially unveiled in January, but long part delays from many of their suppliers delayed delivery times and meant that Ride1Up couldn’t take pre-orders without clear delivery dates.
Pre-orders are now finally possible at prices starting at $ 2,295.
The Ride1Up Prodigy offers impressive features for its price, including not only the Brose motor with integrated torque sensor, but also hydraulic four-piston disc brakes, a 9-speed Shimano Alivio gearbox and a luggage rack and mudguard set supplied.
Buchel LED lights at the front and rear as well as Schwalbe G-One tires ensure safety and traction, at least for the road-oriented XR and ST frames with step-over and step-through geometry. Both include a hydroformed aluminum fork to match the frame.
There’s also an MTB version that upgrades to a suspension fork and Maxxis Forekaster tires, but loses the fenders and luggage rack. However, you probably won’t miss those commuter-specific components when you scream down the trails anyway.
It’s interesting to see that Ride1Up offers both commuter and trail-ready versions of the bike that can share similar frames and components. Smaller optimizations make the models more suitable for the different driving profiles.
The only downside to pre-ordering Prodigy V2 is how long it will be before it arrives. Shipping is listed as January, which means riders will unfortunately miss this riding season in much of North America. In view of the enormous pent-up demand for parts availability in the e-bike industry, however, such waiting times are becoming the norm.
And if someone thinks the Prodigy is a little bit rich for their blood, Ride1Up has several other lower-cost models that are huge value for money too.
The $ 1,895 Ride1Up LMT’D keeps high quality parts like the hydraulic disc brakes, but the $ 1,045 Ride1Up Roadster V2 is a crazy bargain for a single-speed belt-drive ebike.
I’ve tested both e-bikes (here for the LMT’D and here for the Roadster V2) and would definitely recommend them. Check out my test videos below to see the e-bikes in action.
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