Ride1Up cracked the code to deliver some of the best values in the electric bike world with the Core 5 and 700 series. With such a great track record, we really wanted to spend some time on one of the company’s premium bikes, the LMT’D. The LMT’D is billed as the bike that was built to “deliver the maximum speed and power allowed before entering motorcycle territory”.
Its 750-watt continuous, 1,000-watt peak MXUS motor with 100 Nm torque definitely reaches the legal maximum output for e-bikes in the USA and breaks the maximum motor output limits for customers in the EU. It comes in a high-step frame called an XR and a step-through frame. Both builds contain the same components and the same fully integrated 672 Wh, 14Ah Reention battery. We opted for the sand XR frame for our test and were pleasantly surprised at how good the paintwork looked in person. With that said, let’s cut the box open and see what this thing can do.
Disclaimer: Ride1Up made the LMT’D available to the author free of charge for the purpose of this review.
Even before the bike arrived, it was clear that the Ride1Up LMT’D would raise the bar in some crucial areas. In particular, the hydraulic double-piston Tektro brakes, the 750 watt continuous / 1000 watt peak power motor and the Schwalbe Super Moto X tires provide a solid foundation for a powerful electric bike. On the flip side, the RST Asteria Air Fork isn’t something to write home about, but it’s perfectly fine for the occasional trail workout.
When the bike arrived in the typical undersized bike box from Ride1Up, we eagerly opened the tape and started assembling it. For all electric bikes, Ride1Up chooses to ship its bikes without the forks attached. This results in a more compact shipping packaging, but about twice the assembly time compared to most electric bicycles.
We rate the assembly of the LMT’D as mediocre and recommend all but the most experienced bicycle mechanics to send it to a local bicycle shop for assembly. We’re not mechanics, but we have more experience assembling bikes so we took on the task right away. It took us a little over an hour to assemble the bike for its maiden voyage.
After a few hours on the charger to recharge the battery, we set off to drive around town. Because e-bikes offer so many more ways to go further and faster, braking is the basis of our tests. Right from the start, the hydraulic brakes of the LMT’D were pleasantly firm and ensured a quick braking reaction when the double-piston brake calipers clamped on the 180 mm brake calipers.
When we sped down the mountain at the beginning of our test track, the oversized 27.5 ″ x 2.4 ″ Schwalbe Super Moto X tires offered a satisfactory level of traction and control. When we hit the brakes, the combination profile hit the asphalt and reduced speed without affecting traction.
Off the paved road, the tires proved their efficiency on dirt. The cross profile is great for our tough trails here in Southern California, but owners looking to tackle softer trails or mud will definitely want to swap them for tires with more meat. They are perfect for the LMT’D as it was built as a full-fledged city slayer mountain bike.
In addition, the LMT’D has a fairly simple color display that gives you everything you need without having to lug around extra volume. The buttons on the left of the display make it easier to raise and lower the pedal assistance and keep the + button pressed to switch the light on. The throttle is located directly under the display and is ready to generate impulses from the engine. We love the throttle to get in after stopping and climbing small inclines.
Speaking of performance: The Ride1Up LMT’D has a powerful 750 watt continuous, 1,000 watt peak output MXUS rear hub motor with 100 Nm torque. As our route left the flatlands, we found that the engine’s set-up was smooth at the lower support levels, with enough nuances to make it a solid platform for the casual weekend use or even for a more spirited commute.
As we neared the end of our test route, we pushed the engine to its limits, climbing 600 feet of elevation in just over half a mile. The engine rose to the challenge and conjured up an impressive amount of torque and power to carry us up the hill without pushing my body to its limits. It is the ideal test for any engine and the Ride1Up LMT’D was more than up to the task.
At the end of our test track, we had used more battery capacity than expected because we had fun with the engine. On subsequent rides, we found that the battery was more than sufficient to provide pedal assistance for the manufacturer’s recommended range of 30 to 50 miles at the lower assistance levels.
As with any electric vehicle, the actual range depends on the weight of the driver, the support provided by the engine, the temperature and the terrain. It’s definitely not a cop-out. It’s a simple affirmation that I can easily drain the battery by flying around town for 15 miles on pedal assist level 5, uphill and downhill. Likewise, I could easily extend this range to 50 miles by keeping the assistance level at 1 on one of my favorite routes on the very gentle bike path from Ventura to Ojai and back.
At $ 1,899, buyers shouldn’t expect a premium electric bike from the Ride1Up LMT’D. Premium hand-shift bikes that don’t even have electrical assistance easily run into the thousands of dollars, with some of the top-end bikes topping the $ 10,000 mark. That said, the LMT’D is one of the better electric bikes we’ve tested in the $ 1,500-2,000 segment, and even has components that we’d only expect on bikes that cost $ 2,500.
We had a great time riding the LMT’D around town and see it as a great commuter platform with plenty of power for almost anything your commute can throw at it. For more information on the Ride1Up LMT’D or to buy one for yourself, visit the official website here.
All picture credits: Kyle Field, CleanTechnica
Ride1Up LMT’D XR e-bike specifications
- engine: MXUS 750W geared rear wheel hub motor with 100Nm torque
- battery: 672 Wh, 14 Ah, 48 V Reention Eel Pro Pack with Samsung cells
- area: Up to 30-50 miles per charge
- sensor: Cadence sensor
- Help: 5 levels of pedal assistance with thumb throttle attached to the left
- class: Class 3 e-bike with gas assistance up to 32 km / h and pedal assistance up to 45 km / h
- frame: Aluminum alloy
- Brakes: Tektro Orion 4-piston hydraulic calipers with 180 mm rotors
- fork: RST Asteria air suspension 80mm travel
- tire: Schwalbe Super-Moto X 27.5 “x 2.4”
- ST frame: City / Café upright handlebar
- XR frame (as tested): 31.8 mm riser bars, 50 mm rise
- Mechanical drive: Shimano 8-speed Rapidfire Plus with Altus rear derailleur and 11-32T cassette
- saddle: Selle Royal Freeway plush gel
- Seat post: Promax 350mm x 31.6mm
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