Ride1UP 500 Series

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Release Year
Charge Time
3, 6 Hours
Maximum Range
45 Miles
Top Speed
28 Mph
750 W
60 Nm
Volts and Amp Hours
48 V 13 Ah
Wheel Size
Number of Gears
55.0, 57.09 lbs
Brake Type
Frame Material

Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Ride1UP 500 Series. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

16 reasons to buy

  • Aficionados praise the 500 Series’ Class 3, 28 mph swiftness, once it’s up to speed and in the flow.
  • In trials, the 500 Series’ throttle ramped-up riders’ speed to 20 mph, without resistance.
  • Pundits are riotously enthusiastic about the great value represented by the 500 Series' low asking price.
  • Swept-back bars give the ST model a comfortable, upright riding position that offers riders a clear view through traffic.
  • Reviewers say the 500 Series’ upright riding position is comfortable, even over distances.
  • The 500 Series can be programmed to offer from 3 to 9 levels of pedal assist.
  • Reviewers appreciate the ability to customize the power input of the 500 Series’ assist levels.
  • The step-through version of the 500 Series ensures easy mounting, dismounting, stopping and starts, for shorter, older and less-flexible e-cyclists.
  • Boffins are satisfied with the range offered by the 500 Series’ 48 V 13 Ah battery.
  • Tektro Aries mechanical disc brakes halt riders with great vigor and reassurance.
  • The 500’s Suntour XCT 100mm suspension fork pleases testers by soaking up chatter on uneven pavement and placid dirt roads.
  • Reviewers love the gear-shifting action from the back section, where a Shimano Acera 8-speed drivetrain undertakes duties with aplomb.
  • Test-riders praise the ergonomically pleasing position of thumb levers, for gearing and throttle.
  • Experts laud the use and replaceability of a Reention brand battery, on the 500 Series.
  • The ST 500 Series features a highly adjustable stem, to allow owners to fine-tune their fit.
  • As with all Ride1UP bikes, the 500 Series comes furnished with a 1-year warranty.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A tester of a 500 Series with a 500 W motor, says assist is, “slower engaging than we would have liked”.
  • The 500 Series has an integrated Buchel 50-lux headlight, but no tail-light is included.
  • Reviewers point out that, unlike other Ride1UP models, the 500 Series’ battery protrudes angularly from the bike’s frame.
  • Some users noted damage on arrival, on their Ride1UP 500 Series.

Bottom line

The 500 Series is a versatile and affordable urban e-bike, available in both step-through and step-over frames. It is equipped with a Reention 48 V 13 Ah battery and 100 mm-travel Suntour suspension fork, to iron-out urban imperfections. Pedal assist levels can be set from 3 to 9, with customizable power input. Testers stress the 500 Series is not an off-road option. Most reviews are for the 500 W-motor 500 Series. Ride1UP now specifies the motor as 750 W.

Expert Reviews

85/100 based on 3 rated expert reviews
Electric Bike Report

Ride1UP 500 Series Review, 2022

A solid, affordable, and versatile comfort commuter e-bike. Everyone, no matter their background, liked the 500 Series’ mellow yet satisfyingly torquey 500W motor. Overall, it’s a lot of bike for the money.

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The Journier

Ride1UP 500 Series 2021 Review

I fell in love with it. It offers a lot for the money. It’s a good, solid bike. It’s a fast bike, if you want it to be. You can choose between 3, 5, 7, or 9 levels of pedal assist. I can’t stress how useful this is.

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Ebike Escape

Ride1UP 500 Series Review (Step-Through) | a Lot for a Little

There is a pretty strong case for spending $___ more for the 500 Series compared to the Core-5. You get front suspension, larger battery. Minor improvements: pedals, brake levers, gel seat, adjustable stem, improved shifter, 8 speeds.

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Electric Bike Review

Ride1UP 500 Series Review

The 500 Series is Ride1UP’s most popular model because it offers good quality at a relatively low price. More steps to assemble because the fork and stem are not attached. Approachable, with a lower standover height.

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Ride1UP 500 Series E-Bike Review: Could This Be the Best Bang for Your Buck?

The Ride1UP 500 Series is a great option for a modestly-priced commuter or recreational e-bike intended mostly for road use. Even though the pedal assist works decently well, I still found myself throttling most of the time.

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User Ratings

98/100 based on 83 ratings
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