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 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.

24 reasons to buy

  • The Prodigy is competitively priced for a mid-drive motor e-bike.
  • This is a Class 3 e-bike, reaching 28 mph with pedal-assist.
  • The Prodigy’s Brose mid-drive motor outputs 90 Nm of torque.
  • A torque sensor provides riders with intuitive and smooth pedal assist.
  • On a single charge, riders can attain up to 50 miles of range.
  • The Prodigy is available with either a step-through (ST) or step-over (XR) frame.
  • A step-through frame makes it easy to mount and dismount the Prodigy ST.
  • The Prodigy comes fitted with a rear rack. It has a 40 lb capacity.
  • Alloy fenders are included with the Prodigy.
  • Stopping-power is ensured by Tektro hydraulic disc brakes with 180 mm rotors.
  • An 80-Lux Buchel Shiny headlight is included with the Prodigy.
  • The Prodigy XR is available in two colors; ‘Gloss Chameleon’ and ‘Matte Gray’.
  • The Prodigy ST is also available in two colors; ‘Gloss Chalk’ and ‘Matte Gray’.
  • Grippy Maxxis Re-Fuse tires offer puncture protection and come tubeless-ready.
  • Experts say the Prodigy’s geometry and swept-back handlebars make for a comfortable ride position.
  • Owners found the Prodigy quick to assemble, in as little as 40 minutes.
  • A ‘physical shift’ sensor cuts power during gear changes, preserving the life of the Prodigy’s drivetrain.
  • Internal cable routing gives the Prodigy a ‘clean’ appearance.
  • The Phylion battery is removable for security and charging away from the bike.
  • Phylion’s battery employs a Battery Management System to prolong battery life.
  • Brose’s Allround color display is easy to use.
  • A heavy duty kickstand is attached to the Prodigy’s chainstay.
  • 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.

16 reasons not to buy

  • The Prodigy is only available in one size.
  • The Prodigy does not have a throttle.
  • A tester became concerned with frame flex and a creaking bottom bracket.
  • Testers felt limited by the gear range of the Prodigy’s 11-34t cassette.
  • The Prodigy XR has limited room to fit two water bottle cages within its frame.
  • Experts say road reverb can be felt at high tire pressures, on uneven surfaces.
  • The rear fender is attached to the rack and can not be used independently.
  • The XR's attractive metallic ‘Gloss Chameleon’ color incurs an extra cost.
  • The Prodigy ST is not available in the ‘Gloss Chameleon’ colorway.
  • 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 Prodigy’s weight makes it impractical to carry or pedal unpowered.
  • At the front end of the Prodigy, there is a mass of somewhat messy cabling.
  • Assembly can involve indexing gears and adjusting disc brakes.
  • The Prodigy’s upright seating position can place stress on riders’ sit-bones.

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 28 mph. It sports a German-built 250 W mid-drive motor from Brose, which outputs a respectable 90 Nm of torque. By employing a torque sensor, the Prodigy delivers a much more intuitive and efficient mode of pedal-assist than that offered by previous Ride1UP 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 is seen as an affordable option for a road-ready, entry-level, mid-drive commuter. The low-step frame on the Prodigy ST makes it easier to get on and off. It also suits less flexible riders and dress-wearers. The Prodigy does not have a throttle. This is an e-bike for users who still want to exert pedal energy when riding. The Prodigy XC is a fully off-road mountain-bike variant.

Expert Reviews

86/100 based on 3 rated expert reviews

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. It weighs in at 56.6 pounds, enough to make it a pain to get up or down stairs, and a bit of a nuisance to ride without motor power.

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Electric Bike Review

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

I don’t say this lightly when I call the Ride1Up Prodigy the best mid-drive electric bike on a budget. It’s an awesome deal for an awesome riding e-bike. The bike 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. It’s you, but with more oomph.

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User Ratings

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