Best affordable mid-drive electric bike: Ride1Up Prodigy review
It is one of the nicest riding electric bikes i have tested in a long long time, and i do not say that lightly stick around, so you can see why Music so heres a 10 second crash course. On e bike motors 99.9 of e bikes either have a hub motor with the motor in the center of the wheel or a mid drive motor mounted near the pedals. Like this. One hub motors are simpler and cheaper, whereas mid drive motors, offer a more refined ride and drive the bike through its gears, but are usually more expensive. Because of that, and the really good mid drive motors are made by european companies like bosch or in this case brosa. Those are expensive motors, and that means that they make the bikes theyre on expensive too, like usually at least three to four thousand dollars and often much higher, except not anymore, thanks to ride one ups prodigy e bike here, its the first e bike with the german Mid drive motor to actually offer a reasonable price, which is currently 2295 bucks and weve got an affiliate link in the description that wed love you to use. If this video convinces you on just how awesome the e bike is, which im sure it will because check this out, despite this e bike, costing half of what many other e bikes with the same motor are priced at its got so much going for it that Youd think it came off of a bike.
Shop showroom floor, its fully loaded with aluminum fenders, its got that awesome, rear rack that is sleekly designed, instead of just being a boring welded up set of tubes. The rack also hides and protects the rear, led tail light plus theres a bright, led, headlight up front for tires were rolling on these awesome. Maxxis refuse street tires for brakes. Weve got quality tektro hydraulic calipers on 180 millimeter disc rotors on the drivetrain weve got a very nice shimano, allevia nine speed setup, which is a step up from bottom tier derailleurs, youll find on most budget e bikes Music. But the main attraction here is, of course, that brosa tf sprinter mid drive motor, which puts out a whopping 90 newton meters of torque and is the reason this e bike can hit a top speed of 28 miles an hour or 45 kilometers per hour when, in Its highest pedal assist mode. The motor feels so darn natural thanks to the brosa torque sensor that measures how hard youre, pedaling and actively applies motor assist based on your own output. Instead of feeling like your legs are controlling the motor. You just kind of feel like your legs are stronger than they really are. Theres no telltale lag of typical cadence sensors. The pedal assist just kicks in and makes you feel like youre wearing an e bike, mech suit, giving you stronger hill, climbing ability and faster speeds than youd be able to achieve on your own.
That quality torque sensor is important, since this is a throttle. Less e bike: hey dont, blame me thats what you get with european e bike, drivetrain makers, but anyways. The lack of a throttle means you better. Have some high quality pedal assist to offer a pleasurable experience and the ride? One up prodigy absolutely delivers there, whether youre flying fast at high speeds or taking it easy with modest cruising. The pedal assist just feels so comfortable and natural and is certainly helped by the wide range of nine gears. Plus the lack of throttle means you get great range. The battery on this thing, which is frame integrated but still easily removable, is a 504 watt hour pack, which does sound a bit smaller than many other e bikes with six to seven hundred watt hour batteries. But the range here is actually as good or better since youre going to be putting in at least a little bit of your own pedaling support and potentially a lot. If you want to get your own workout in a range of 30 to 50 miles is easily achievable, depending on which power level you choose and thats going to be plenty for most riders. I see this as a combination, leisure and commuter e bike. If you need to go more than 50 miles, this might not be the one for you or maybe just pick up a second battery now heres the thing i know im going on and on about everything i love about this bike, how great it rides and just How awesome it is, and that were all lucky that it exists on this earth all right.
I know im going a little overboard, but it really is that great and i dont want you to think this is some paid ad or something we dont do that. These are literally my honest thoughts. However, i know that no e bike is perfect and the right one up prodigy is no exception. There are two things i would have loved to see here. The first is a throttle, and the second is some form of suspension, throttles theyre, just great for when youre, tired or when youre moving big loads or you just dont, want to pedal so hard and suspension. Well, obviously, that helps ease out the ride and just make things a little bit nicer, especially if you have back problems or leg problems or anything else. Now i should mention that you actually can get suspension on this bike. Theres a front suspension version. That is the xc model of the bike, which is designed for trail riding and other light mountain bike, ish riding that doesnt mean youll, be doing any downhill routes on it, but it does give you front suspension as an option. Even if you have to give up your fenders and rack for it, that version of the bike would be great for anyone who rides on both the street and trails, but if youre, mostly sticking to bike lanes and commuter style riding this xr version i have here Or even the step through version of this model are probably the better choice for you all in all.
Im just super excited about the doors that the ride one up. Prodigy is opening here. Yes, there are other affordably priced mid, drive e bikes out there sure the comment section will be full of people throwing the electric x premium at me and yeah thats. Another awesome offering, but its also a fat tire folder, which is its own niche of e bikes. For a full size, comfortable urban bike like this or the trail version for off roaders. Finally, having a brosa mid drive, powered e bike at a price that is dangerously close to 2000 bucks flat is an awesome development for this industry, and i cannot wait to see whats coming next Music thanks for watching everyone. We hope you enjoyed that review of the ride, one up prodigy, if you did why dont you give this video a thumbs up and dont forget to subscribe, so you wont miss any of our future electric vehicle. Videos well see you here next time, Music cause.