Ride1UP Prodigy XC

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Release Year
Charge Time
5 Hours
Maximum Range
50 Miles
Top Speed
28 Mph
250 W
90 Nm
Volts and Amp Hours
36V 14Ah
Wheel Size
Number of Gears
48.0 lbs
Brake Type
Frame Material

Summary of Reviews

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

21 reasons to buy

  • The Prodigy XC is an affordable option for a hardtail mid-drive mountain bike.
  • Aggressively knobby Maxxis Forekaster 2.4” tires provide ample off-road grip.
  • The XC is equipped with a 120 mm-travel Mozo air suspension fork with lockout.
  • Testers say the XC exhibits real mountain bike geometry.
  • The Prodigy’s Brose Mid-drive motor outputs 90 Nm of torque.
  • Testers say the XC delivers ample power on both dirt and pavement.
  • On a single charge, riders can attain up to 50 miles of range.
  • The Prodigy is a Class 3 e-bike, reaching 28 mph with pedal assist.
  • A torque sensor provides riders with intuitive and smooth pedal assist.
  • Stopping power is ensured by Tektro hydraulic disc brakes with 180mm rotors.
  • Owners found the Prodigy quick to assemble, in as little as 40 minutes.
  • A bashguard protects the Prodigy’s chainring, secures its chain and keeps grease off pants and legs.
  • An 80-Lux Buchel Shiny headlight is included with the Prodigy.
  • The Phylion battery is removable for security and charging away from the bike.
  • Brose’s Allround color display is easy to use.
  • A ‘physical shift’ sensor cuts power during gear changes, preserving the life of the Prodigy’s drivetrain.
  • The Prodigy XC is available in two colors; ‘Gloss Chameleon’ and ‘Matte Gray’.
  • Internal cable routing gives the Prodigy XC a clean appearance.
  • The Prodigy XC is fitted with a heavy-duty kickstand.
  • Phylion’s battery employs a Battery Management System to prolong battery life.
  • The Prodigy XC uses a shorter stem than XR & ST models, for direct handling.

12 reasons not to buy

  • The Prodigy XC suits dirt roads but not aggressive MTB trails.
  • The Prodigy does not have a throttle.
  • No rack, tail-light or fenders are included with the Prodigy XC.
  • Experts felt limited by the gear range of the Prodigy’s 11-34t cassette.
  • The Shimano Alivio rear derailleur is not clutched, leading to some chainslap.
  • The Prodigy is only available in one size.
  • The attractive ‘Chameleon Gloss’ metallic color incurs an extra cost.
  • Brose’s Allround display is quite small.
  • Ride1UP’s 2-amp charger takes longer to top up than 4-amp options.
  • The Prodigy XC has limited room to attach 2 water bottle cages.
  • Owners say the bike’s non-gloss paint options are easily marked.
  • Some users found the XC’s battery indicator to be unreliable.

Bottom line

The Prodigy XC is Ride1UP’s cross-country mountain bike version of their newest and only mid-drive bike. It’s equipped with a Mozo air suspension fork that offers 120 mm of travel. It isn’t suited to aggressive trails but will handle gravel and moderate dirt roads with aplomb. This is a Class 3 e-bike with a top speed of 28 mph. A Brose 250W mid-drive motor outputs an ample 90 Nm of torque. The Prodigy’s torque sensor delivers assistance that is more intuitive and efficient than the assistance offered by their hub-drive models. Tektro hydraulic disc brakes provide plenty of stopping power. Knobby 2.4” Maxxis Forekaster tires can handle loose surfaces. The Prodigy does not have a throttle. It does not come packed-in with a rack, alloy fenders or a tail-light (unlike the Prodigy XR and Prodigy ST commuter models). The Prodigy XC is a versatile and affordable option for an entry-level, electric, mid-drive, cross-country mountain bike. It suits riders who are seeking an active, pedal-assisted e-bike experience.

Expert Reviews

87/100 based on 2 rated expert reviews
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Ebike Escape

Ride1UP Prodigy Review: A Mid-Drive E-Bike, Cheaper Than the Rest

At this price-point, I think this is the only affordable electric bike that I personally can recommend taking out on actual mountain bike trails. The power delivery on this motor is just really nice. Feels like more of a premium experience. For those looking for more versatility, maybe commuting and exploring off-road, then the XC is the obvious choice.

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Freestyle Enduro 101

Ride1UP Prodigy XC E-Mountain Bike (Honest Unpaid Review)

First and foremost, it’s got that 90 Nm Brose motor. It’s got more than enough power for any situation I’ve gotten into, off-road or on-road. It’s not made for aggressive trail riding. The frame can take it but the forks are not made for that kind of riding. When you get a boost, it’s just effortless.

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User Ratings

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