Ride1Up Offers First Mid-Drive Ebike: The Prodigy

Ride1Up has announced its newest electric bike. And yes, it is a mid-drive! Kevin Dugger, the owner of Ride1Up had hinted at a new model coming in our most recent interview. Coming in three different frame types, and keeping with Ride1Up’s ethos of value pricing, the Ride1Up Prodigy comes in at $2,295.

You’ll find a handful of ebikes with mid-drive motors under $2,000 but not many. And those that you do find are unlikely to sport the components found on the Prodigy. Most mid-drive electric bikes come in at $2,500 or more. So if you are looking for an affordable mid-drive Class 3 electric bike then the Ride1Up Prodigy might be for you.

Read on for our written Prodigy review or check out our full test in the video below.

Ride1Up Prodigy XC Video Review

If you’re looking for a more affordable electric bike check out the Ride1Up Core-5, 500 Series, or even the LMT’D. These are all ebikes I have personally tested and reviewed.

Prodigy Frame Styles: High Step, Step Through and Mountain Bike

Let’s start off with the frame options. Ride1Up continues the tradition of offering both an XR (high-step) and ST (step through) frame. The step-through still has a top tube but based on pictures it still looks plenty approachable. Plus the added top tube adds extra rigidity to the frame. Beyond the XR and ST, Ride1Up is offering an MTB or mountain bike variation. This diverges a bit from their previous focus solely on commuter-style electric bikes, but is a move I fully support. The addition of a mountain bike frame style allows customers to pick out exactly the ebike that fits their needs.

The mountain bike variation comes with knobby Maxxis Forekaster tires, and costs $100 more. It also adds a suspension fork to tackle trails in comfort. Note that the high step and step through variations of the Ride1Up Prodigy also come with fenders and a rear rack (40 lb capacity).

Suffice to say if you are looking for a commuter bike go with the XR or ST frame style with the Schwalbe G-ONE speed tires. If you plan to do any off-roading, opt for the MTB variation.

Ride1Up Prodigy Motor and Battery

Powering the Ride1Up Prodigy is the German made Brose TF Sprinter with an integrated torque sensor. The Brose TF is enclosed in an aluminum housing and appears to have the highest assistance levels offered in the aluminum series (specs below). It has 90 Nm of torque and will reach speeds up to 28 mph (Class 3 ebike) with pedal assist. Like many mid-drive electric bikes the Prodigy does not have a throttle.

Paired with the Brose TF Sprinter motor is a 36 V 14ah Phylion BN21 using Samsung Cells, and a smart BMS (battery management system). The 504 watt-hour battery is good for 30-50 miles according to Ride1Up which seems like a reasonable estimate based on our experience.

Brose motor specs

The Prodigy comes with a minimalistic 1.5 inch Brose color display. Note that Brose also offers a 3.5 inch screen which does not appear to be an option. The 1.5 inch display has 6 controller buttons and allows you to customize the data displayed on the screen.

Ride1Up Prodigy Brose Display
Brose Display

Ride1Up Prodigy Specs

Ride1Up Prodigy Brakes

Rounding out the Ride1Up Prodigy are some great components. It includes 4 piston hydraulic disc brakes (Tektro Orion HD-M74) with 180 mm rotors, and a 9-speed Shimano Alivio rear derailleur. Shimano Alivio is higher-end than the Shimano components most often seen on budget-friendly ebikes.

On all of the models you’ll find a Buchel Shiny 80 integrated front headlight (80 lux) and on the commuter models, a Buchel Edge taillight. Ride1Up has even included Ergon locking grips on the Prodigy. It’s a nice touch to have name brand locking grips and I personally love the Ergon Grips I’ve tested. The Ride1Up Prodigy weighs 48 lbs. Check out the full specs of the Prodigy on the Ride1Up website.

My Take on the Ride1Up Prodigy

What first caught my eye with Ride1Up over a year ago was the value they offered in their electric bikes. This has been confirmed with the Ride1Up models I have reviewed. With the Ride1Up Prodigy they have struck the balance again and I’ll be searching for other ebikes in this price range to compare the Prodigy. It’s an excellent looking ebike with its matte gray frame and black stainless steel spokes.

It’s exciting to see Ride1Up move into mid drives, specifically opting for a German made Brose motor. I also like that they continue to offer both high step and step through variations and the mountain bike variation is sure to catch the attention of more adventurous riders. I can’t wait to get my hands on this electric bike and see if it lives up to what appears to be an excellent, value-priced ebike. The only downside? The Ride1Up Prodigy isn’t expected to ship until August 2021. I will keep readers updated on when this bike is available to be ordered.

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  1. Where do I purchase a ride up mt bike for me and my wife. Are they readily fixable? Where are they made? Regards, Bruce

    1. Ride1Up electric bikes are available on their website: https://ride1up.com/?wpam_id=85

      Like most ebikes, they are made in China. Ebikes share many of the components of regular bikes, such as shifters and brakes which are easy to replace and fix. Motors, controllers, displays can be replaced and difficulty will vary on each bike. If you don’t want to work on your own bike it’s good to check locally to make sure someone will service it for you.

  2. The Brose web site lists specs for the TF motor as having 280% max assistance, not 380%. Where did you find the 380% reference?

  3. Hey Ryan – I ordered this bike a long while back – for some mountain biking. I know the company doesn’t advertise it as a mountain bike – but do you feel it can be used that way? I’m not doing any super crazy rides – pretty simple beginner style mountain biking – Do you feel this bike can handle that? I’m so excited to receive it next week!

    1. Hi Steve, I think I even heard Ride1Up say that the Prodigy is not meant to compete with the big-name e-mtb brands and models. With that being said my guess is that it will do just fine on some basic mountain bike trails. Please let me know what you think of the bike!

  4. Hey Ryan, Thanks for the update on the Ride1Up Prodigy Brose TF motor. But I’m wondering if the updated specs are correct? The Brose specs show the TF Alum motor has 90Nm torque, but only 280% max assist, while the TF Mag motor also has 90Nm torque, but a whopping 400% max assist! Doesn’t seem to make sense. I’m wondering if that 280% for the aluminum motor is a misprint?

  5. Hey Ryan, I received an updated data sheet from Brose that clarifies the proper specs for the TF motor showing it has 380% rather than 280% assist. The 280 was a typo on their web site. Just FYI
    Regards,
    Bob

  6. I know this is an older article, but would you be able to make any comparison between the LMT’D and the Prodigy? I’m interested in both, and they are very similar in a lotta ways. I guess one thing I’m curious about is the torque and their ability to get me up hills. The Prodigy has 90Nm, but with a mid-drive motor. While the LMT’D has 100Nm with a rear hub motor.

    Anything at all you could maybe say about one over the other, good or bad?

    1. The biggest difference is the mid-drive motor. The mid-drive motor is able to use the gearing, so it tends to make hill riding a bit easier. Where the hub motor is putting the power straight to the ground with no amplification from the gearing. If you have the funds and don’t mind pedaling. The Prodigy is the better of the two. However if budget is an issue and you like the idea of having a throttle, you cannot go wrong with the LMT’d.

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