Ride1UP Prodigy XR

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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
56.3 lbs
Brake Type
Frame Material

Summary of Reviews

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

20 reasons to buy

  • The Prodigy’s Brose Mid-drive motor outputs 90Nm of torque.
  • On a single charge, riders can attain up to 50 miles of range.
  • The Prodigy is a Class 3 e-bike, reaching 28mph with pedal-assist.
  • Stopping power is ensured by Tektro hydraulic disc brakes with 180mm rotors.
  • A torque sensor provides riders with intuitive and smooth pedal assist.
  • The Prodigy XR comes fitted with a rear rack.
  • An 80-Lux Buchel Shiny headlight is included with the Prodigy.
  • Alloy fenders are included with the Prodigy XR.
  • 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.
  • A ‘physical shift’ sensor cuts power during gear changes, preserving the life of the Prodigy’s drivetrain.
  • Experts say the Prodigy XR’s geometry and swept-back handlebars make for a comfortable ride position.
  • Grippy Maxxis Re-Fuse tires offer puncture protection and come tubeless-ready.
  • A heavy-duty kickstand is attached to the Prodigy’s chainstay.
  • Phylion’s battery employs a Battery Management System to prolong battery life.
  • The Prodigy XR is available in two colors; ‘Gloss Chameleon’ and ‘Matte Gray’.
  • Brose’s Allround color display is easy to use.
  • 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.

10 reasons not to buy

  • The Prodigy does not have a throttle.
  • The Prodigy is only available in one size.
  • Experts felt limited by the gear range of the Prodigy’s 11-34t cassette.
  • Experts say road reverb can be felt at high tire pressures, on uneven surfaces.
  • The Prodigy XR has mounts to attach two water bottle cages but limited room in which to fit them.
  • The rear fender is attached to the rack and can not be used independently.
  • Brose’s Allround display is quite small.
  • The Shimano Alivio rear derailleur is not clutched, leading to some chainslap.
  • Ride1UP’s 2-amp charger takes longer to top up than 4-amp options.
  • The attractive ‘Chameleon Gloss’ metallic color costs $50 extra.

Bottom line

The Prodigy is Ride1UP’s newest and only mid-drive bike. 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. By employing a torque sensor, the Prodigy delivers a much more intuitive and efficient level of support than that offered by their previous models. Hydraulic disc brakes are from Tektro and provide plenty of stopping power. Tires are from Maxxis and are reinforced with puncture protection. With a rear rack, headlight and alloy fenders included, the Prodigy XR is seen as a relatively affordable option for an entry-level mid-drive commuter. The Prodigy does not have a throttle.

Expert Reviews

80/100 based on 1 rated expert review
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Ride1UP Prodigy XR Review

A feature-complete commuter-ready speed pedelec that can hit 28mph. It uses a premium mid-drive motor from Brose, and reliable Samsung battery cells.

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User Ratings

94/100 based on 2 ratings
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