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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.
Expert Reviews86/100 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.
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.