San Diego-based electrical bicycle firm Ride1Up has lengthy been a worth chief within the US e-bike trade. Now with the brand new Ride1Up Prodigy’s unveiling, the corporate is bringing the identical value-oriented design to its first ever mid-drive electrical bicycle.
Ride1Up Prodigy e-bike introduced
However whereas hub motor-based e-bikes have been low-hanging fruit for a lot of budget-oriented e-bike producers, mid-drive electrical bicycles have eluded affordability for years.
The centrally-mounted drive items typically produced by proprietary German manufacturers have sometimes saved costs lofty – often in the $3k-$5k range. Nonetheless, the brand new Ride1Up Prodigy appears to have cracked the code to affordability.
That includes a Brose TF Sprinter mid-drive motor with inside belt discount, the Ride1Up Prodigy gives Class 3 speeds of as much as 28 mph (45 km/h) with an entry-level price of $2,195.
The staff has been designing the bike for fairly a while now, with the brand new mannequin beforehand anticipated to be prepared early this yr.
Nonetheless, lengthy elements delays from a lot of their suppliers have pushed again supply occasions significantly – an issue encountered by almost each electrical bicycle producer.
The delays are so severe that Ride1Up isn’t prepared to ensure supply occasions. As an alternative of taking pre-orders with an unclear timeline (which is an unfortunately common practice in the e-bike industry), Ride1Up is asserting the bike immediately and can start taking pre-orders as soon as the manufacturing timeline is extra strong.
As the corporate’s co-founder Kevin Dugger defined to me through e-mail:
“The producers of the parts we wish for this mannequin are up to now behind sadly. We are going to seemingly take pre-orders this summer season with an earlier delivery date seemingly. Curiously, it’s loads simpler to get low finish parts proper now than high-end parts.”
Whereas we watch for pre-orders to open, we will nonetheless take pleasure in ogling the bottom priced Brose-powered mid-drive electrical bicycle but.
The Ride1Up Prodigy sports activities spectacular specs for its worth, together with not simply that Brose motor with included torque sensor but additionally four-piston hydraulic disc brakes, a 9-speed Shimano Alivio transmission and included rear rack and fender set.
Buchel LED lights within the entrance and rear and Schwalbe G-One tires maintain riders secure and caught to the highway, a minimum of on the pavement-oriented XR and ST frames that provide a step-over and step-through geometry, respectively. Each embody a hydroformed aluminum fork to match the body.
There’s additionally a MTB model that upgrades to a suspension fork and Maxxis Forekaster tires, however looses the fenders and rear rack. You seemingly received’t miss these commuter-spec parts if you’re screaming down the paths anyhow although.
The 504 Wh battery hides away properly within the bike’s downtube and may present loads of vary on these pedal assisted e-bikes. Ride1Up claims a variety of between 30-50 miles (50-80 km) relying on experience model and terrain.
We beforehand gushed over the Ride1Up LMT’D and its combination of high-spec parts at a reasonable price (take a look at the video beneath). So to observe up with an much more premium e-bike appears to be the pure subsequent step for Ride1Up.
For now, Ride1Up is estimating availability in August, 2021. We’ll you should definitely replace when pre-orders open.
I respect Ride1Up’s technique right here. I do know they’ve been engaged on this bike for some time they usually’re tremendous bummed that they will’t get it out to riders sooner as a result of bicycle trade’s severely stretched provide chain brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
However with the bike basically completed so far as design goes, they nonetheless wished to share the information and let riders know what they’ve coming, even when they don’t really feel proper taking orders but with out a strong supply timeline.
Simply the truth that we’ve bought an almost $2k Brose-powered mid-drive electrical bike on the best way is music to my ears.
The 2 road variants look superior as Class 3 e-bikes which are fast and nimble. Whereas some will complain about that lack of suspension on the XR and ST fashions, these aren’t mountain bikes. You’re taking a look at commuter bikes which are designed for environment friendly driving and reliable design. And there’s nothing extra reliable than a inflexible fork.
If you’d like that nicer suspension, the MTB model appears to have you ever lined, and is a cool technique to provide each on- and off-road experiences utilizing the identical e-bike platform.
And lastly, take a look at that worth of $2.2k! Certain, we’ve seen less expensive mid-drive e-bikes, however solely with off-brand mid-drives and less expensive bicycle parts. That is essentially the most reasonably priced Brose-powered e-bike I’ve seen that also gives top quality parts designed to final for years of day by day driving.
That’s fairly candy!
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