Ride1UP Prodigy

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Release Year
Charge Time
5 Hours
Maximum Range
30, 50 Miles
Top Speed
28 Mph
250 W
90 Nm
Volts and Amp Hours
36V 14Ah
Wheel Size
Number of Gears
56.6, 50.0, 53.2 lbs
Brake Type
Frame Material

Summary of Reviews

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

17 reasons to buy

  • The Prodigy is available in mountain bike (XC), step-over (XR), and step-through (ST) variations. The ST model is easy to mount and dismount.
  • Experts say the Prodigy XR & ST's swept-back handlebars make for a comfortable ride position.
  • Pundits believe the Prodigy is a competitively-priced, mid-drive motor e-bike.
  • Brose’s mid-drive motor outputs 90 Nm of torque. Riders report powerful, intuitive, and smooth pedal assist.
  • Ride1UP says Prodigy riders can attain up to 50 miles of range.
  • Reviewers like the adjustability and lockout on the XC’s 120 mm Mozo air suspension fork.
  • The Prodigy XR and ST include a rear rack with a 40 lb capacity.
  • Stopping power is ensured by Tektro hydraulic disc brakes with 180 mm rotors.
  • Tires are by Maxxis. On the XR & ST, Re-Fuse are grippy and come tubeless-ready. On the XC, knobby 2.4" Forekasters provide ample off-road traction.
  • Each Prodigy model is available in 2 of 3 colors; 'Chameleon, Gloss’, 'Chalk, Gloss' & ‘Carbon, Matte'.
  • An 80-Lux Buchel integrated headlight is fitted to all Prodigies. XR & ST models also include an integrated taillight.
  • Alloy fenders come standard on Prodigies XR and ST.
  • A ‘physical shift’ sensor preserves the life of the Prodigy’s drivetrain.
  • Reviewers say internal cable routing gives the Prodigy a ‘clean’ appearance.
  • The Phylion battery is removable for security and charging away from the bike.
  • The Prodigy comes with a 1-year limited warranty against manufacturing defects.
  • A bashguard protects the Prodigy’s chainring, secures its chain and keeps grease off pants and legs.

6 reasons not to buy

  • The Prodigy is only available in one size.
  • Some test-riders feel limited by the gear range of the Prodigy’s 11-34 t cassette.
  • Shimano’s Alivio rear derailleur is not clutched. Some testers reported chain-slap.
  • The rear fender is attached to the rack and can not be used independently.
  • Brose’s Allround display is quite small.
  • A tester experienced frame flex and a creaking bottom bracket.

Bottom line

Reviewers are impressed with the value represented by the Prodigy. It’s an affordable Class 3 e-bike featuring a quality 250W mid-drive motor that’s tuned to output a strong 90Nm of torque. This allows the bike to tackle challenging ascents under pedal assist. The XC is a mountain bike with front suspension and knobby tires. XR and ST models come commuter-ready; with a rack, integrated lights, and fenders. Prodigy models are available in a single size. The XC performs off-road, but experts do not recommend it for ‘aggressive’ trail riding.

Expert Reviews

91/100 based on 3 rated expert reviews

The Best Mid-Drive Electric Bike on a Budget: Ride1UP Prodigy XR E-Bike Review

The Ride1UP Prodigy is the best mid-drive electric bike on a budget. It both looks and feels a step or two above most other mid-level and budget-class electric bikes. The Ride1UP Prodigy has some serious power.

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Ride1UP Prodigy XR Review

The Ride1UP Prodigy truly fronts with quality components. At this price, it’s rare enough to find a mid-drive motor that benefits from being able to apply its power to the multi-speed drivetrain, let alone to find such a powerful one.

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Electric Ride Lab

Prodigy XC Ride1UP Electric Bike Review

The Ride1UP Prodigy XC is a great option for anyone looking for a budget-friendly mid-drive e-MTB. It feels like a premium mountain bike. It is powerful, sturdy, and comes with a lot of high-end components.

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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.

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Freestyle Enduro 101

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

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.

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User Ratings

92/100 based on 10 ratings
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