Notice: Assembly Required!
The bike comes in a narrow box, and it requires some assembly. You’ll need to attach the fork to the frame, mount the front wheel, the handlebars and add the seat. If you’re experienced with bike maintenance, it’s not too hard. You can also follow the video tutorials at https://ride1up.com/bike/Support. If you’ve never done this, there is no shame in going to the friendly neighborhood bike shop. The last thing you want is to have your front wheel fall off, or damaging the bike in some way; so leave it to the pros.
The Ride1Up Series 700 is classified as a Class 3 e-bike when using pedal-assist (faster than 20mph), and a Class 2 e-bike when only using the throttle (slower than 20mph, but faster than 15mph). This means that is should be legal anywhere in the USA, but please check your state’s laws and regulations. These bikes are not legal in Europe, as EU bikes are limited to a maximum of 15 mph.
In short, we’re quite impressed. There are a few downsides such as the lack of customization (mainly the colors), the weak headlight, the lack of a rear suspension and the rather annoying battery placement that makes removing it and putting it back in a bit of a hassle, but everything else is fantastic.
The best feature this bike has is the amazingly low price; there are bikes that cost a grand more that don’t have all these features. The build quality, the gentle controller, the good motor and the front suspension, the hydraulic brakes, and all the other features are a nice surprise we didn’t expect. To be honest, we thought this bike would cost $2,200, and it would’ve been an okay choice at that price, but at $1,449 it’s a fantastic choice. For the extreme enthusiast crowd, this bike is nothing special compared to their $6,000+ e-bikes, but they’re not Ride1Up’s target crowd.
But if you’re a e-bike beginner with a lot of disposable income, this is your best bet; and if you’re someone who’s already had a taste of how great entry-level e-bikes are, this is the next step.