You may know Ariel Rider from the Seattle-based company’s popular high-performance, high-speed electric bikes. But recently they also unveiled an extremely medium-strength e-bike that is bursting with value. The new Ariel Rider Rideal borrows from many of the e-bike industry’s most popular parts and features and then delivers it in an affordable electric commuter bike.
Unlike the powerful electric scooters that Ariel Rider is generally known for, the Rideal is a much more restrained electric bike.
It is designed as a commuter e-bike and therefore has a motor that is powerful enough for hard starts and climbs, but does not limit the efficiency of the bike too much.
The Ariel Rider Rideal is designed with an emphasis on urban drivability and offers the features most requested by commuters.
And for just $ 999, it’s enough for one song.
To see the bike in its real environment, check out my test video below. Then read on for my full review.
Ariel Rider Rideal Video Review
Ariel Rider Rideal Specifications
- Engine: 750W rear hub motor
- Top speed: 20 mph (32 km / h)
- Area: Takes up to 100 km, less when driving with gas
- Battery: 48V 14Ah (672 Wh), removable / lockable
- Weight: 52 pounds (23.5 kg)
- Tire: 27.5 x 1.95 in
- Brakes: Mechanical Tektro disc brakes (180 mm rotors)
- Extras: LED display, LED headlights and rear / brake light, side stand, Shimano Tourney 6-speed gearshift, attachment points for luggage rack accessories at the front and rear
A simple bike that doesn’t … save too much
The layout of the Ariel Rider Rideal is your basic city e-bike.
That means it doesn’t have fancy suspension. It doesn’t have any big plush hoops. And it doesn’t have built-in high-tech features like cameras or connectivity.
But by saving more than a few dollars on a truncated feature list, the Ariel Rider team was able to invest in making it all a little nicer.
The Velo seat is actually pretty comfortable without getting in the way of pedaling, and I love the grab handle underneath for moving the bike around the garage. The handles made of synthetic leather are elegant and sit comfortably in the hand. And even the paint has a light metal flake look that gives it a subtle shimmer that gives it a higher quality feel without overdoing it with a kitschy glitter finish.
The 750W motor is more powerful than similar Metro e-bikes, the 624 Wh battery is larger and therefore offers more range, and the bike even has a 6-speed gearbox – a feature that is becoming increasingly rare in the budget will. oriented e-bikes.
The headlights and taillights won’t compete with the fancy lights made in Europe on higher end electric bikes, but they work better than the lack of lights we see more of in this area too.
While making comparisons with other e-bikes, we are comparing the bike with its closest competitor: the single-speed RadMission.
Is the Rideal a RadMission clone?
We have seen many companies trying to take on Rad Power Bikes, the (by far) leader in North American e-bike sales. Some companies have made blatant rip-offs and clones of Rads Bikes, inevitably of much lower quality.
In this case, the Rideal feels more like an “inspired” than a clone. In fact, it has a number of advantages. While the frame style and the display scream for RadMission, the bike’s performance data actually shine a little brighter. The Rideal has a bigger battery, a more powerful motor and has a multi-speed transmission that can be helpful on different terrain / hills.
That doesn’t mean that it can ever achieve the added value of a company like Rad, like the excellent reputation for Germany-wide support and Rad Mobile Service, which can send an e-bike technician directly to your workshop for repairs. But comparing bike to bike doesn’t feel like one of those cheap clone situations. And since Rad has never competed in terms of performance, it seems more of a high-performance e-bike company, putting its penchant for larger motors and batteries in a niche that Rad took advantage of first.
Anyway, what’s the point of such a bike?
The long and short of it is that not everyone needs an over-the-top e-bike with fat tires or an e-bike with a long tail. Some people just want a simple, lightweight electric bike to ride to campus or to the local coffee shop.
The ability to add some useful features such as: For example, adding a front rack, like the one I added in the end, means you can even take a little light cargo with you.
I wish some of the accessories on the Ariel Rider Rideal were standard, such as the fender set which is an additional $ 59. But if the bike is only $ 999, I understand they’ll have to try and fill in the profits with a few accessories.
But for a simple all-purpose e-bike that is designed for no-frills riding, the Rideal definitely scores. Everything about it feels like a definite step up from the cheaper Amazon e-bikes. Amazon’s low-dollar e-bikes typically have plastic pedals and light mounts, soft or rickety brakes, unforgiving saddles, and other cost-cutting measures. But the Rideal feels like you’re on a $ 1,500 e-bike than you are on a $ 750 e-bike.
It is not just feel good, but it also has the corresponding performance. Though it has a simple LED display to check Pedal Assistance (PAS), the cadence-based sensor works great, providing everything from light low end support during a workout ride to powerful high end support that is basically means your feet are just thrushes connected to your shins.
The biggest complaint I have with LED display e-bikes is that there is no odometer. I can live without knowing my current speed (and if I’m realistic it probably won’t kill me if I don’t know my mileage), but I really like to see the odometer tick over time. It’s both a fun feature to enjoy the sense of achievement when you’ve hit big milestones and a good reminder of mile-based maintenance like checking spoke tension every few hundred miles.
But here, too, at this price, I won’t complain too much about the lack of a real LCD display.
I knew this was going to be a simple e-bike and that is exactly what I was looking for. It works great, has a lot of power, more than enough range, and even comes in two frame styles (high-step or mid-step) to allow a little bit of customization for smaller and larger riders.
Although it could always be fancier, I’m damn happy with the Rideal. I honestly think it’s worth more than $ 999 based on the performance and quality feel of the ride, but don’t tell Ariel Rider I said that!
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