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.

18 reasons to buy

  • The Prodigy’s Brose Mid-drive motor outputs 90Nm of torque.
  • The Prodigy is a Class 3 e-bike, reaching 28mph with pedal-assist.
  • On a single charge, riders can attain up to 50 miles of range.
  • The Prodigy XC is equipped with a 120mm-travel Mozo air suspension fork.
  • A torque sensor provides riders with intuitive and smooth pedal assist.
  • Stopping power is ensured by Tektro hydraulic disc brakes with 180mm rotors.
  • Aggressively knobby Maxxis Forekaster 2.4” tires provide ample off-road grip.
  • 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.
  • Internal cable routing gives the Prodigy a ‘clean’ appearance.
  • Wheels are sturdy, thanks to 36 x 13-gauge spokes.
  • Phylion’s battery employs a Battery Management System to prolong battery life.
  • 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’.
  • Like all serious cross-country rigs, it’s fitted with a heavy duty kickstand.

9 reasons not to buy

  • The Prodigy does not have a throttle.
  • No rack, tail-light or fenders are included with the Prodigy XC, unlike the XR and ST.
  • 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 costs $50 extra.
  • 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 mounts to attach two water bottle cages, but limited room in which to fit them.

Bottom line

The Prodigy XC is Ride1UP’s ‘Cross Country’ version of their newest and only mid-drive bike. It’s equipped with a Mozo air suspension fork that offers 120mm of travel. This is a Class 3 e-bike with a top speed of 28mph. It sports a German-built 250W mid-drive motor from Brose, which outputs a respectable 90Nm of torque. The Prodigy’s torque sensor delivers assistance that is more intuitive and efficient than the assistance offered by their hub-drive models. Hydraulic disc brakes are from Tektro and provide plenty of stopping power. Knobby 2.4” Maxxis Forekaster tires can handle loose surfaces. The Prodigy does not have a throttle. The XC is not packed-in with a rack or alloy fenders, as found on XR and ST models. The Prodigy XC is a versatile and relatively affordable mid-drive all-rounder e-bike.

Expert Reviews

80/100 based on 1 rated expert review
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Ride1Up Prodigy XR Review

It uses a premium mid-drive motor from Brose, and reliable Samsung battery cells. Relatively low price point for proven name-brand components including the 9-speed Shimano Alivio drivetrain. The XC is their “Cross Country” model that has front suspension, no fenders, and no rear rack.

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User Ratings

94/100 based on 2 ratings
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