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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
Gearing Type
56.6, 50.0, 53.2 lb
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.

16 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.
  • Testers enjoyed using the Prodigy XC to shred XC gnar on XC trails.
  • Experts say the Prodigy XR & ST's swept-back handlebars make for a comfortable ride position.
  • Pundits believe the Prodigy is competitively-priced.
  • Brose’s mid-drive motor outputs 90 Nm of torque. Riders report powerful, intuitive, and smooth pedal assistance.
  • Reviewers like the adjustability and lockout on the XC’s 120 mm 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.
  • 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, including 'Chameleon’.
  • 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.
  • Internal cable routing gives the Prodigy a ‘clean’ appearance.
  • 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.

9 reasons not to buy

  • Each Prodigy is available in only 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.
  • One tester feels the suspension fork “lacks small-bump sensitivity”.
  • A tester says the XC’s saddle is uncomfortable and “just sucks”.
  • One tester finds the battery is awkward to remove and vulnerable to dirt.

Bottom line

Experts 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 using pedal assist. The XC is a mountain bike with a suspension fork 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. Throttles are not best-suited to use with a mid-drive motor. Regardless, some testers were disappointed at the absence of one on the Prodigy.

Expert Reviews

93/100 based on 4 rated expert reviews
BikeRide – Scott C.C

Ride1Up Prodigy XC – Brose Mid-Drive Motor E-Bike Review | BikeRide.com

They say, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. But how about a bike, by its spec sheet?

Welcome back. It’s Scott with BikeRide.com. Now, I’m not even going to try to hide it, when I saw the Ride1Up Prodigy XC on paper I was excited! A Class 3 mid-drive bike with trail-friendly geometry, 27.5” wheels, Maxxis rubber, quality components, and an air suspension front fork with 120 mm of travel – coming in at a price-point that makes it seem almost to good to be true.

The Prodigy definitely needs to be seen to be believed. So let’s take a look at this exciting offering from Ride1Up and see if the Prodigy is as exceptional as its name implies.

Prodigy Bike Side Shot


Intuitive and Natural Ride

The Prodigy, equipped with a Brose mid-drive motor, is an absolute pleasure to operate. Its responsive torque sensor and natural power output, combined with its lightweight and well-formulated geometry, makes for an exceptional ride. The application of power is smooth and really caters to the rider’s style, making it well-tailored to trail

They say, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. But how about a bike, by its spec sheet?

Welcome back. It’s Scott with BikeRide.com. Now, I’m not even going to try to hide it, when I saw the Ride1Up Prodigy XC on paper I was excited! A Class 3 mid-drive bike with trail-friendly geometry, 27.5” wheels, Maxxis rubber, quality components, and an air suspension front fork with 120 mm of travel – coming in at a price-point that makes it seem almost to good to be true.

The Prodigy definitely needs to be seen to be believed. So let’s take a look at this exciting offering from Ride1Up and see if the Prodigy is as exceptional as its name implies.

Prodigy Bike Side Shot


Intuitive and Natural Ride

The Prodigy, equipped with a Brose mid-drive motor, is an absolute pleasure to operate. Its responsive torque sensor and natural power output, combined with its lightweight and well-formulated geometry, makes for an exceptional ride. The application of power is smooth and really caters to the rider’s style, making it well-tailored to trails or the open road.

The motor is confidence-inspiring, offering the ability to apply just-the-right-amount of torque to climb & pop-over roots and rocks. The balance and weight of the frame feel natural and offer a comfortable descent on fairly rough terrain.

I found the bike light and well-balanced enough that it could easily pop or jump to clear rocks and roots, as well as handle small drop-downs. Despite being capable of leaving the ground, the XC is more comfortable with tires making firm contact.

The motor is powerful and reaches cruising speed quickly on pavement or level trails. With 90Nm of torque, the bike is more than capable of handling cross-country mountain bike trails with ease. Tackling hills is also not a problem for the Prodigy. With plenty of power in “Boost” mode and a 9-speed Shimano drivetrain, you can easily adjust to tackle any grade.

Compared to other bikes at the same price-point with rear hub-mounted motors, the Prodigy is miles ahead of the competition. This Prodigy XC is likely the most natural and pleasant-riding e-bike we have tested among its price-point competitors.

Brose Motor Unit

Brose Motor

The Brose TF Sprinter is a German-made mid-drive motor with an elegant style and refined performance. It offers a very intuitive and natural riding experience that tailors power output to each individual’s riding style. The motor’s integrated torque sensor is highly responsive and whisper quiet.

When no power is being applied, the motor de-couples, creating zero pedal resistance. Together, all these features give you a very unobtrusive unit that provides the most natural overall e-bike ride possible.

The Brose display further increases the overall performance of the unit, due to its ease of use and a reasonable amount of customization settings. The detailed menu allows you to tweak the bike’s display features.

However, it seems to lack some of the more in-depth custom features Brose displays typically offer, such as customization of assist settings.

Prodigy Right Side

Premium Components and Thoughtful Design

The Prodigy is almost too good to be true. It’s truly a challenge to find anything you wouldn’t like about it! Throughout the bike, the components are impressive and of great quality.

A Shimano Alivio derailleur and shifters provide crisp gear changes, as well as a Shift Sensor to protect drivetrain components. The Prodigy is also equipped with Tektro Hydraulic brakes and 180mm rotors, offering excellent braking capability.

Additional Premium features include an air suspension fork, internal cable routing, and Samsung battery cells. Even the Maxxis Forekaster 27.5”×2.4” tires are of higher quality than its price-point competitors. With that being designed to provide balanced traction in a variety of situations.

The bike is as impressive in person as it appears on paper, with a clean and modern look to pull the whole package together. Overall, the design and specs of this bike make it a choice that’s hard to beat. If I was in the market for a hardtail e-MTB in this price range, the Prodigy would be a serious contender.


I’m going to be completely honest on this one… In our testing, the Prodigy does not bring many cons to the table. It’s a well-priced bike with some well-thought-out components. Overall, I was hard-pressed to find things that did not work well. But of course, there are still a few. Here are some items that could be improved:

Brose Display

Brose Display Is Missing Some Features

This could be due to local regulations, but the Brose display that shipped with our unit seemed to be missing some features from the settings menu that the user manual indicated should be included, such as:

  • Display off setting
  • Plain Design Interface option
  • Light settings
  • Custom assistance settings

The options we most anticipated were the custom assistance settings. This would allow users to assign custom power levels to each assist setting. The Brose TF sprinter motor is capable of providing up to 380% power assist with its 90Nm of torque. It would be great to know how much assistance is assigned to each level and be able to unleash the full capabilities of the bike.

Seat Overhead

Uncomfortable Seat

I’m usually not one to complain about items like this, but the seat just sucks. It’s hard as a rock and very uncomfortable, especially when a few bumps come your way. I would definitely recommend upgrading it or buying some padded shorts to avoid the pain.

Chain Slap and Clunking in Rough Terrain

The Prodigy performs very well. So well, in fact, that you may find yourself pushing the boundaries of its capabilities! That being said, the sound of the chain slapping and something clunking in the frame will remind you this is not a true e-MTB, built to stand extreme abuse.

The bike is well-designed to handle mild to moderate cross-country trails. But you will find yourself starting to look for more premium parts as you push toward more-advanced or technical trails. While the Alivio shifter is crisp, a rear derailleur with a clutch would eliminate chain slap and make for a more comfortable ride in rougher terrain.

Riding Downhill on Prodigy

What Is the Ride1Up Prodigy XC?

The Prodigy, which is available in three frame styles, is the first e-bike from Ride1Up to feature a Brose mid-drive motor. The ST (step-through) and XR (stepover) are more commuter-centered. These models feature integrated rear racks, brake lights, thinner tires, and fenders. The model we received for testing is the Prodigy XC. The XC features an air suspension fork, trail-inspired geometry, and Maxxis tires.

Its design and overall build allow it to travel on or off pavement easily. It’s a perfect mix of fun and function, a commuter and weekend trail cruiser. With great aesthetics and performance to back up the looks, the Prodigy is really a great option for bikers looking to commute during the week and hit the trails on the weekend.

Prodigy Front Bars

What Does It Do Best?

This bike offers a very natural and pleasant ride. Bike commuters who do not need to carry cargo would benefit from the power, performance and ride quality. Some may look to add comfort features such as swapping the seat or adding fenders. The tires will send a lot of water and road debris your way at 25 mph, in its stock form. Overall, the bike could easily handle any commute. The Class 3 speed allows you to take off and keep up with traffic, while the mid-drive motor adapts to your riding style.

When it’s time to get off the pavement, the additional features that set it aside from the ST and XR really start to shine. The suspension fork and Maxxis tires offer good traction and ride comfort. Despite the lack of rear suspension the geometry and weight distribution of the bike offer a forgiving ride, and bumps are surprisingly manageable.

The overall capability of the bike, on the trail, exceeds other bikes in its category and price-point. While not being a dedicated e-MTB, the Prodigy XC will handle cross-country trails easily. It would make for a great gateway into the joys of e-MTB trail riding.

Riding Downhill

Who Should Buy This Bike?

This bike is going to shine for bike commuters unafraid to find new trails and get off the pavement, especially those who want to go electric without losing the natural riding feel of a bicycle. It’s well-engineered and functional.

Seasoned bikers will appreciate the refined details, geometry and natural riding style. The great thing about this ride is that it does double-duty, getting you outside on the trails when it’s not time to lay down the miles during your commute.

Purchasers looking for an entry-level cross-country e-MTB would not be disappointed. The bike is well-crafted and has components that will get you out on the trail right away. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or brand new to the sport, the Prodigy XC provides a well-rounded build for a reasonable price.

Reasons to Look Elsewhere?

Not everyone needs to power down the street at 25 to 28 mph. Class 3 e-bikes do come with some drawbacks. Most states let you take a Class 3 e-bike into road lanes or bike-only lanes on road shoulders (so-called curb-to-curb). However, you can’t take them on bike paths that exist outside of the road or on multi-use trails shared with pedestrians (like parks for example). So for those without the need for speed, la Class 2 e-bike may be more suitable.

However, if it’s a Class 3 you’re looking for, then it will be hard to find something better. The Prodigy is designed to shine in its legal riding environment and brings the power and traction to get you on and off the road.

Prodigy Side Shot


I like to give praise where it is due and full transparency when something needs a change. In all honesty, looking over the Prodigy – and after putting more than 100 miles on the unit – I cannot find much not to like about this bike. It really brings together everything you would be looking for in a Class 3 hardtail e-MTB. It definitely lives up to this classification.

The price-point is also easy to love, and after further inspection, it’s almost too good to be true. You get a ton of high-quality components at every turn, and the Brose motor really shines. It’s powerful, responsive, and whisper-quiet. When you hear it beside an equivalent-wattage rear hub motor, the difference is incredible. The hub motor whines at a high pitch.

If I was in the market for a hardtail e-bike, the Prodigy XC would catch my eye. So, if you are in the market today, read on to see the full specs of the Prodigy XC. It’s well worth a look and it’s well worth the asking price. I know I’ll still be taking this one out for rides, long after the review is complete!

Front fork and Bike components


Electric Bike Class: Class 3
Warranty: 1-Year (manufacturing defects)
Model Year: 2021
Battery Weight: 7 lb 14 oz
Total Weight: 50 lb
Motor Brand: Brose (TF Sprinter)
Motor Type: Mid-drive
Motor Nominal Output: 250 W
Max Torque: 90 Nm
Battery: Phylion BN21 • 36V 14Ah (Samsung cells • smart BMS)
Range Claimed: 30-50 mi
Range Tested: 25-30 mi (maximum assist)
Speed: Up to 28 mph
Throttle: N/A
Pedal Assist: 4 levels
Controller: Brose Frame (integrated controller)
Charger: 36V 2-amp
Charge Time: 6-8 hrs
Display: Brose Display Allround (1.5″ color)
Frame: 6061 Aluminum Alloy
Fork: Air suspension (hydraulic lockout)
Brake Levers: Tektro HD-M275 (hydraulic)
Brake Calipers: Tektro HD-M275 (hydraulic)
Brake Rotors: 180 mm front • 180 mm rear
Chain: KMC e9 EPT (mid-drive)
Crankset: 170 mm
Derailleur: Shimano Alivio RD M4000
Shifter: Shimano 9-speed (trigger shifter • electric shift assist sensor)
Cassette: Shimano 11-34 t
Rims: 27.5”
Spokes: Stainless steel (13G • black)
Tires: Maxxis Forekaster 27.5″×2.4″
Fenders: No
Lights: 80-lux headlight (integrated)
Grips: Velo (locking • rubber • ergonomic)
Handlebar: MTB (width: 31.8 mm • rise: 20 mm • sweep: 0°)
Kickstand: Yes
Pedals: Wellgo (flat)
Max. Rider capacity: 300 lb

Side shot Frame

Frame and Geometry

With the Prodigy XC, first impressions are revealing. It’s more than just aesthetically pleasing. Modern geometry is combined with a sloped top-tube and slack head-tube angle. It has a trail-focused, step-over-style aluminum frame that allows for comfortable descents on varied terrain and secure climbing traction.

The bike really could benefit from a dropper post to get the most out of the overall geometry. However, it would be a pretty big stretch to include one at this price-point. All-in-all, those coming from other modern Cross-Country, Trail, or All-Mountain bikes will find the ride very comfortable and easy to adjust to.

The ride is further improved by a 120 mm-travel air suspension fork with hydraulic lockout and 27.5″×2.4″ Maxxis Forekaster tires. These items reinforce the overall cross-country style of the bike and bring some great performance to the trail.

The Brose motor is beautifully integrated into the frame and offers a natural riding experience that almost makes you forget it’s electric. The general ride quality of the bike will leave seasoned riders satisfied. When it comes to weight distribution and maneuverability, the Prodigy outshines other models at the same price-point.

Overall, the bike offers a fantastic and natural riding experience on the trail. For the price-point, the Prodigy XC may be the most affordable e-bike capable of tackling beginner cross-country MTB trail riding.



If the Prodigy is an all-star team of components, then the MVP has to be the Brose TF Sprinter mid-drive motor. The overall performance and capability of the motor are head and shoulders above that of price-comparable hub-mounted units. The application of power is perfectly tuned by Brose’s internal torque sensor, which applies it almost silently.

When not under power, the motor de-couples and you are left with no pedal drag. The overall result is one of the most natural riding experiences we have had on any e-bike in this price range.

The unit was quick off-the-line with speedy 0-20 mph and 0-25 mph times. This ensures you can easily take off and keep up with traffic from a stop.


  • Assist Level: Boost
  • 0-20mph: 5 Seconds
  • 0-25mph: 8.5 Seconds

We did find that it is a challenge to exceed 25 mph on level ground with the current settings of the motor and controller, as it depends on the amount of power you apply to the pedals. If those custom assistance settings were available on the included Brose display, I anticipate we could likely get closer to that 28 mph maximum speed.

When it was time to leave level ground and head up to the hills, the 90Nm of torque offers more than enough power to climb even the steepest inclines. Off the pavement, it offers great pep and power through any ups and downs you’d encounter on the trail. Combined with the lightweight and crisp shifting, the unit is a pleasure to pedal in any power assist setting.

The unit was quick to climb on our two hill tests:

Hill Climb Results 1

Short Hill Climb:

  • Time: 00:55
  • Distance: 0.15 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 85 ft
  • Max grade: 18%
  • Avg Speed: 10.1 mph

Hill Climb 2 Results

Long Hill Climb:

  • Time: 01:58
  • Distance: 0.3 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 210 ft
  • Max grade: 18%
  • Avg Speed: 8.8 mph


Cockpit and Control

The cockpit is uncluttered and refined, with a 20 mm rise on the bars and short 50 mm stem that feel modern and trail focused. The Tektro mechanical levers are responsive and fingers find the optimal lever position easily, making for comfortable braking. The bars are uncluttered, leaving room for a dropper-post switch – if you wish to upgrade.

The Brose 1.5” full-color display is aesthetically pleasing and further conserves space on the bars. The drawbacks of its small size and functional design are that the information displayed on the screen can be hard to see without moving in for a closer look under certain light, and the buttons can be a challenge when wearing gloves.

The Brose display does offer great functionality and clear information though. It features an easy-to-see, full-color display with adjustable backlight and is controlled by six push buttons. The sleekly designed display is easy to setup and use.


After powering on the display (with a two second push of the power button), the screen showcases the battery level illustrated as a battery bar as well as a percentage, current assist level, speed, and light indicator. The lower portion of the screen is a detail section you can cycle through. The display offers many ways to customize which information is shown and how it displays. So what you see when powering on may differ, based on your location and model.

Button functions for our test unit are:

  • A two second push of the Power button activates or deactivates the unit.
  • A single push of the Menu button cycles info through average speed, maximum speed, odometer, range, time, trip and trip time.
  • A long push of the Menu button opens the menu. Up and Down to select, Menu to enter, and Light button to go back in the menu.
  • Our Light button had no use other than in the options menu. It was powered on at all times with no option to turn it off.
  • The Up and Down buttons cycle assist levels with five settings: Off, Eco, Tour, Sport, and Boost.
  • Walk Mode is activated by a two second press of the bottom button, then pressing and holding the Down arrow to activate Walk Mode for the desired period. Releasing the button ends the mode.



The motor is powered by a 36V 14Ah Phylion BN21 with Samsung Cells and Smart BMS (specific to Phylion’s e-bike batteries). The bike benefits from the fact that it is fairly light, and features a geometry that makes the most of pedal propulsion. The motor is also conservative and benefits, as a mid-drive, from the combined pedal & motor power which allows this battery to drop to a 36V rating and 7 lb 14 oz weight, without a significant decline in range.

Our range test showed that, in boost mode (maximum assist), you can expect approximately 25 to 30 miles of range.

Range Test:

  • Distance: 22 mi
  • Time: 1 hr 42 min
  • Elevation: 2,718 ft

Range Test results

Charger, Battery Removal, Keys

The battery is charged with a 36V 2-amp charger with auto shut-off. The total time to charge is approximately six to eight hours when fully drained. The battery is well concealed in the frame and securely clicks into position. It is released with the key. The key is not needed for bike operation. After releasing the lock with the key, the battery will pop ¾ out at the bottom. Reaching under the battery, you will find a small push tab, which will release the battery completely from the frame.

Charger on Bike

The charger plugs securely into the battery after removal or can charge the battery externally through the bike’s battery charge port.


With a Shimano 9-speed shifter and Alivio rear derailleur, shifting is crisp and precise.


Additionally, an Electric Shift Assist Sensor improves shifting further, by protecting the drivetrain from wear and tear associated with shifting under power.


The 42t chainring and 11-34t Shimano cassette combine to offer a nice range. In consort with the added power of the 90 Nm motor, you can tackle any hill with ease. This gear spread allows you to ride with a lower assist level, increasing range. Overall, the performance and durability of the drivetrain are excellent.


The only reason may seek an upgrade is due to significant chain slap. Having a rear derailleur with a clutch would be beneficial if you choose to move into more bumpy and aggressive terrain.

Front Brake


The Prodigy features Tektro HD-M275 hydraulic levers and calipers with 180 mm rotors that look ready for some abuse. Overall, braking is precise and capable. These brakes easily stop the bike, which is needed when speeds can hit 28 mph. The braking performance on the trail was a pleasant companion and complimented the geometry, allowing the bike to be as confident on the descents as it was on the climbs.

The Tektro system is also easy to maintain, with simple pad replacement and non-corrosive mineral oil. Overall, they have chosen a winning combo for the brakes and they will perform well on the bike for its lifetime.

The brakes held up in our test. Distance can also be affected by the bike’s weight and tire compound.

Braking Distance Results

Brake Test 25mph

20 mph: 25.5 ft

Brake Test 20mph

25 mph: 34 ft

Front Wheel

Wheels, Tires

Keeping with that modern e-MTB vibe, the Prodigy XC brings 650B (27.5”) rims with 27.5″×2.4″ tires. It’s a playful and modern wheel size offering the best of both worlds. It’s also not typical to see Maxxis tires on e-bikes in this price range. The Forekaster is a great choice, intended to be a ‘Goldilocks’ tire. They offer a great platform for cornering, traction, braking, and little rolling resistance. These tires will carry you through mixed terrain and weather with ease. Overall, it is a great setup, and well-suited to the capabilities and intended use of the Prodigy XC.


Most mountain bikes do not feature reflectors, and the Prodigy is similar. It does, however, have a nice bright front light to aid night riding and increase driver awareness. But no rear-facing reflectors or wheel reflectors.



The Prodigy features a standard single-sided kickstand.


Contact Points

The grips are fairly comfortable, despite being a flared ergonomic style that I typically dislike. They offer a reasonable platform to place your hands and a good grip. Most users will probably swap them out.

Seat & Post

The saddle is downright uncomfortable. I never expect much from a saddle but the Selle Royal SRX seems especially hard and I find myself reaching for padded shorts before any ride. But if a brand is going to save money, the saddle is not a bad place to start!


The Wellgo flat pedals are a fine budget platform. While not the most performance-minded pedal, I find that the Wellgos are reliable and comfortable for a bike pedal right out of the box. You could get away without changing them.


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User Ratings

95/100 based on 15 ratings
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Bike Comparison

Ride1Up Prodigy in comparison to averages