Ride1UP Core-5

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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 12.8 Ah
Wheel Size
Number of Gears
49, 51.9 lbs
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

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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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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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
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