Ride1Up LMT’D V2: An In-Depth Review of the Affordable, City-Focused Ebike

Ride1Up’s LMT’D V2 holds a unique place in the ebike market, not just for its affordability but also for being an effective city and commuter ride. My first experience with Ride1Up was in 2020 with their first gen LMT’D, and seeing both the brand and the LMT’D model evolve over the years has been fun heartening. The LMT’D V2, priced at $1,595, remains a standout for its value, especially as a torque sensor-equipped ebike optimized for urban riding.

Ride1Up LMT’D V2 Video Review

LMT’D V2 Assembly and Size

LMT’D XR or Step-Over

The LMT’D V2 comes in two frame styles: a step-through and a step-over (XR). The step-through accommodates riders from 5’1″ to 6’2″, while the step-over suits those from 5’6″ to 6’4″. Weight is a reasonable 55 lbs with a carrying capacity of 300 lbs. The bike’s step-through frame is notably taller than some competitors with a standover height at 23 inches, requiring a bit of a leg lift for mounting. This could be a consideration for those looking for a more accessible ebike.

At 6′ tall I could get full leg extension though I still felt like I was towering over the LMT’D so taller riders may want to strongly consider the step-over. The Ride1Up LMT’D ebike offers different handlebar designs for its step-through and step-over or XR models.

The step-through version features swept-back handlebars, promoting a relaxed, upright riding posture, ideal for comfort during city rides. On the other hand, the XR model is equipped with more standard, straight handlebars, suited for those who prefer a traditional, sportier cycling experience. This allows riders to choose the style that best fits their ergonomic needs and riding preferences.

The Ride1Up LMT’D V2 ebike comes in three elegant color options: Brushed Copper, Charcoal Satin, and Snowstorm (pictured).

LMT’D V2 Components and Features:

  1. Brakes and Tires: The bike is equipped with Tektro hydraulic disc brakes with 180 mm rotors, offering robust stopping power. For tires, Ride1Up opted for WTB Groove E tires, sized at 27.5×2.4 inches, which provide a reliable grip on urban roads.
  2. Fork: The LMT’D V2 now sports an SR Suntour XCM 32 front suspension coil fork with 100mm travel. While heavier than the air suspension fork previously, these are noted for their durability and reliability, with preload and lockout adjustments available.
  3. Lighting and Fenders: An integrated 60 Lux front headlight and a new rear light built into the fender (though not brake-actuated) improve visibility. Sturdy metal fenders offer ample protection from splashes.
  4. Cockpit: Ergonomic rubber grips, a left-hand thumb throttle, and a Shimano 8-speed trigger shifter enhance control and comfort. The swept-back handlebars on the step-through model offer a more upright riding posture.
  5. Display and Battery: Ride1Up’s consistent color display shows wattage, speed, battery, and more, with customizable settings including pedal assist levels and display brightness. The 48V 14Ah battery is average for this price range but is now bottom-loaded for slightly trickier handling. The battery is UL-2271 certified.
  6. Drivetrain and Pedals: With an 8-speed Shimano drivetrain, the bike supports diverse riding needs. A 750W sustained motor (peaking around 900 watts) with 95Nm of torque on the rear promises good power delivery, especially with the torque sensor enhancing the natural riding feel.

Overall you’re getting some nice and more name-brand components here compared to similarly priced ebikes like the SR Suntour fork and the awesome WTB tires. Most riders considering this ebike are likely looking to have a torque sensor ebike without spending closer to $2000.


Throttle-only tests show a gentle start, reaching 20 mph with the left-handed thumb throttle. The torque sensor provides a responsive and natural riding experience, with the ability to customize power levels across pedal assist settings. Changing from Class 2 to Class 3 mode allows for speeds up to 28 mph with reasonable effort, thanks to the motor’s power. Both of these features are unlocked in the advanced settings of the display.

Speeds in the low 20’s are possible without too much effort at the highest pedal assist level.

Cons of the Ride1Up LMT’D V2 E-Bike:

  1. Assembly Complexity: The LMT’D V2 requires more assembly than some other ebikes, including installing the fork, cranks, and rear light. Those not confident in bike assembly might need a bike shop’s help, adding to the overall cost.
  2. Step-Through Height: The step-through frame is taller than some competitors at 23 inches, which could be less accessible for some riders.
  3. Battery Accessibility: The battery is bottom-loaded, making it slightly trickier to remove and replace compared to top-loaded designs.
  4. Lack of Motor Cut-offs: The hydraulic brake levers lack motor cut-offs, a safety feature typically included on ebikes with throttles.
  5. Adjustments for Taller Riders: Taller riders might need to adjust the step-through model (e.g., using an adjustable stem) for optimal comfort or choose the high-step model.

Concluding Thoughts:

The LMT’D V2 shines as a valuable commuter ebike, especially with its torque sensor. Minor updates like sturdy fenders and a new rear light enhance its utility. For anyone considering a commuter e-bike, the LMT’D offers compelling features at its price, backed by a strong community and solid customer support from Ride1Up.

We would also recommend checking out our other Ride1Up reviews as they have a slew of commuter-style ebikes available, all at great prices.

Ride1Up lmt’d v2 review
Electronics (Battery, Motor, Display)
Components (Shifter, Derailleur, Fork, Brakes)
Ride1Up lmt’d v2 Pros
Customizable pedal assist levels
Battery is UL-Certified
Quality brand tires
Class 2 or Class 3 switchable in the display
Great price
Two frame options with different riders in mind
Name-brand suspension
Torque sensor
Ride1Up lmt’d v2 cons
No motor-cutoffs on brake levers
Step-thru still has a higher than most standover height
Bottom-load battery
More assembly required
No-mounting 4-bolt pattern for a front rack