Ride1UP Core-5

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Facts

Gender
Release Year
Brand
Charge Time
3, 6 Hours
Maximum Range
45 Miles
Top Speed
28 Mph
Watts
750 W
Torque
60 Nm
Volts and Amp Hours
48 V 12.8 Ah
Class
Drive
Wheel Size
Number of Gears
Weight
49, 51.9 lbs
Suspension
Brake Type
Frame Material

Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Ride1UP Core-5. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

16 reasons to buy

  • At this affordable price, the Ride1UP Core-5 strikes reviewers as a good value.
  • The Core-5 is a Class 3 e-bike offering pedal-assist to a maximum speed of 28 mph.
  • The Core-5’s throttle can boost riders up to 20 mph.
  • In range tests, the Core-5 bested similarly-priced e-bikes.
  • Tektro mechanical disc brakes are capable and easy to maintain, on the Core-5.
  • The Core-5 is available in 'Slate Blue' and 'Midnight Gray' colorways.
  • Testers are impressed by the power output and acceleration exhibited by the Core-5's Shengyi geared hub motor, which produces an ample 60 Nm of torque.
  • The Core-5 places riders in a favorably upright position, resulting in relaxed handling.
  • The bike's battery is sleekly integrated and easily removable.
  • At 2.2” wide, experts report that Kenda Kwick tires are comfy, smooth and swift.
  • Testers find the Core-5’s display to be easy-to-read, easy-to-use and comprehensive.
  • Ride1UP says the XR frame fits riders 5'6" to 6'4", while the ST frame suits heights of 5'0" to 6'1".
  • The step-through Core-5 ST is easily accessible, for older and/or less-flexible riders.
  • The Core-5 can carry a total payload of up to 300 lb.
  • Reviewers are comfortable astride the Core-5's Selle Royale Freeway saddle.
  • There are mounts for a water bottle cage and rack on the Core-5.

5 reasons not to buy

  • Some reviewers are underwhelmed by the Core-5’s ability to get going from a dead stop on a hill.
  • For Core-5 owners, assembly may be more involved than on similar e-bikes, requiring attachment of the crank and headset.
  • Reviewers griped over the Core-5’s lack of a rear light, fenders, or rack.
  • Testers note the Core-5’s motor can be noisy when put under pressure.
  • One 5’11” tester doesn’t recommend the Core-5 XR for riders taller than 6’0”.

Bottom line

The Core-5 from Ride1UP is a stealthy e-bike for riders aimed at commuting, recreation, and weekend rail-trail jaunts. Its integrated battery is easily removable (for security and charging) but also makes for a sleek appearance. Experts agree that the bike is affordable and attractive. The Core-5's sturdy aluminum frame allows it to carry a total payload of up to 300 lb. Owners are pleased that the bike has both pedal assist (to 28 mph) and a throttle (up to 20 mph). Some testers feel the Core-5 struggles from a dead stop on steep inclines. The Core-5 now has an upgraded 12.8Ah battery. It’s difficult to ascertain whether the Shengyi motor is a nominal 500W or 750W.

Expert Reviews

83/100 based on 7 rated expert reviews
91

Ride1UP Core-5 Electric Bicycle Review

The Ride1UP Core-5 is an amazing bike. It looks like a bike, it’s not overly heavy, it’s smooth and comfortable to ride, and it’s cheap. In short, it’s a good buy.

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Electric Bike Report

Ride1UP Core-5 Review, 2022

Everything from the sharp angles on the top tube, to the low-profile battery integration, screams sophistication. Being 49 lb, fully rigid, and having fast-rolling tires, all add up to one speedy experience that we couldn’t get enough of.

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Modern Castle

Ride1UP Core-5 Review

The bike is comfortable, the controls are easy to understand, and it handles well as you ride.

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80

Ride1UP Core-5 Review

The Ride1UP Core-5 impressed our testers and easily bested the competition in our test of affordable e-bikes. Our only gripe is that it is light on included features, but regardless, we think it’s the best we’ve tested in this price range.

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Ride1UP Core-5 Review: A Subtle and Stylish Electric Bike

The available power and throttle are ideal when mixing with cars. The Core-5 would be perfect for handling a commute or a shopping trip. It’s a smooth, comfortable, ride.

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User Ratings

86/100 based on 47 ratings
  • 5 star
    70%
  • 4 star
    11%
  • 3 star
    6%
  • 2 star
    4%
  • 1 star
    9%

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