E-bikes priced around $ 1,500 are a dozen, with a wide range of features and form factors. Most e-bikes at this popular price point come with a relatively standard set of components, battery capacity, motor power, and even the seats.
The Ride1Up e-bike changes the game and offers components that would normally fetch a much higher price on an attractive step-through frame that’s finished with a smooth, matte finish. We reached out to the company to see if we could get our hands on one, to see if the bike was up to spec.
Disclaimer: Ride1Up has provided the author with a 700 series step-through free of charge for the purpose of this review.
The Ride1Up 700 Series Step-Through E-Bike is characterized right from the start by its extremely functional oversized step-through frame and premium components that make the bike look as if it should have been more expensive. At $ 1,595, the 700 Series ST sits right in the middle of the Ride1Up e-bike range, with more expensive fairings with better components at the top and a handful of cheaper options at the bottom for those looking for a more value-oriented e-bike.
Ride1Up sent us the 700 series step-through in matte gunmetal gray, but it’s also available in steel. The matt finish gives the bikes a sleek, modern look and feels comfortable. The oversized down tube of the step-through with matt gray and black paint is reminiscent of the gray primer of many self-made hot rods with the glossy black stickers that bring the bike into the modern age.
This down tube also contains the removable Reention Rhino battery with 14 Ah and 672 Wh. This package is equipped with Samsung cells, so you can be sure that it will have a long service life. As a removable package, owners have the option of purchasing an additional package from Ride1Up for $ 539 for even more flexibility.
Just a few years ago, these replacement packages cost buyers back $ 600 to $ 700. With the decrease in battery cell prices in recent years, they are now much cheaper and enable much more interesting use cases for electric bikes at significantly lower prices.
When we got on the bike we took it out for our standard 20 mile review route and from the start the Ride1Up 700 Series Step-Through has been a joy to ride. The step-through frame makes getting on the bike easier and this applies in two respects when transporting luggage on the luggage rack supplied. The Selle Royal Freeway Gel Saddle is much more luxurious than most e-bikes and ensures a comfortable ride for many kilometers.
The design of the frame and the handlebars bent backwards ensure a comfortable, upright posture that has brought decades of European design feeling into the world of e-bikes. Driving in an upright position significantly relieves the lower back and offers a better view of the surroundings while driving.
The saddle height offers a lot of flexibility and supports riders from 5’0 “to 6’2” and while I’m on the higher end of that spectrum, I found the 700 series very comfortable. We’re used to adjusting the seat in a snap, but the 700 Series also has an adjustable stem that allows it to be quickly adjusted from 0 to 60 degrees with a single Allen key.
On the way down the steep hill to the beach, the hydraulic Tektro disc brakes with two pistons ensured a firm hold even on the steepest descents. At the front, the hydraulic Mozo suspension fork offers 100 mm of travel to absorb larger bumps on the road and for short off-road stints. The first 5 miles of our route are downhill with plenty of opportunities to test braking power on different slopes and the 700 series brakes were solid.
Tires also play an important role in braking and the 27.5 ″ x 2.4 ″ Schwalbe Super Moto X tires were more than up to the task. These Beefcake tires offer a nice mix of traction with their hatched pattern, low rolling resistance with their slim profile, and volume with a 2.4 inch diameter that makes for a comfortable ride.
Compared to most e-bikes, Ride1Up delivers the step-through of the 700 series in an approximately 25% smaller box. This is fantastic from an emissions and cost perspective as it is easier to ship and less packaging is wasted. Why pay more to ship a larger box if that doesn’t add long-term value to the bike? This efficiency comes at a price, however, as the bike is made up of more parts and thus requires more assembly.
The assembly of a typical e-bike takes 30-60 minutes, depending on individual suitability. I assemble and disassemble a ton of e-bikes and it usually takes me around 20-30 minutes. It took me just over an hour to assemble the Series 700 step-through, and that’s not what I’m comparing, but that’s true of Ride1Up’s assessment. The company ships the bike 85% assembled and expects it to take 1-2 hours to assemble.
I recommend having this bike shipped to a local bike shop for assembly unless you are very familiar with bikes. It’s not that complicated, but in my experience, the quality of how the bike is assembled has a direct impact on the number of squeaks, rattles, and problems you will experience over the life of the bike.
The real power of e-bikes is the electric drivetrain and the Ride1Up 700 series has it all. It has a 750 watt Shengyi geared hub motor (500 watts rated power, 880 watts peak power) that offers an impressive balance between power and range. On our test track, it was equally comfortable to race down hills, speed through the plains and crank up steep climbs.
Ride1Up says the 700 Series is capable of 30-50 miles per charge and that feels like a very fair rating based on our testing. We drove our 20 mile test route that started on a full charge and came back with about 2/3 of a charge. As with any electric vehicle, the actual range per charge depends on how much you lean on the battery with pedal assistance and / or the throttle, the terrain, the temperature and the weight that is being transported.
The pedal assistance is dosed based on the input of the cadence sensor, which is located on the crankshaft. It monitors how fast the pedals are moving and prompts the motor accordingly.
We tested the step-through version of the 700 series, but it is also available with a standard triangular frame called the XR for those who prefer that frame style. Both can be purchased directly from Ride1Up on the website for $ 1,595.
- Range: 30-50 miles per charge
- engine: 48V gear hub Shengyi motor, 28 mph (500W rated)
- battery: 48V14ah Reention Rhino, 52x Samsung 35E cells, Smart BMS
- sensor: Integrated sensitive cadence sensor PAS
- Chokes: Thumb throttle on the left
- Rear derailleur: Shimano Acera RD-M3000
- Gear lever: Shimano Acera 8-speed trigger switch
- cassette: 11-30T Shimano cassette
- fork: Mozo hydraulic lockout, 100 mm travel
- tires: Schwalbe Super Moto X 27.5 × 2.4 (584-60) tires
- saddle: Selle Royal Freeway plush gel
- Brakes: Tektro double-piston hydraulic brakes with electrical switch-off sensor
- stem: Promax adjustable 0-60 ° 60 mm 31.8 mm handlebar clamp
- Bike capacity: 275 pounds
- Porter: 50 pounds rated load weight with side brackets
- Bike weight: (with luggage rack and fenders) 62 pounds
- Driver height area: 5’0 ″ -6’2 ″