Buying your first electric bike is not an easy task. Since you probably don’t have a lot of experience with e-bikes (if any) you are hesitant to spend thousands on something that is potentially not the right fit for you. So you are looking to “test the waters” with an entry-level bike that is not too expensive. Unfortunately, most of the cheaper electric bikes usually come with lots of shortcomings, and something always tends to go wrong pretty quickly. Sure, if you want quality, it’s a no brainer to spend $5k and get yourself a real powerhouse. But what if you are just not able to spend that much on an e-bike? There are some pretty decent options you can buy for under $1k, we have just recently come across the absolutely best deal for a price around $1000.

We are always suspicious and cautious when a new brand approaches us looking to be featured on our blog. Our reviews and recommendations are always based on our personal experiences, on personal experiences of our friends, or on lots and lots of careful research. But there was something about Ride1Up that was an instant hit for us. The owner, Kevin Dugger, seemed so enthusiastic about his bikes, it was obvious there is more to it than just a desire to profit from this skyrocketing industry. The mission to offer sleek, fast, and quality e-bikes that will last, for a price that won’t burn a hole in your budget resonated with us, so we decided to give these bikes a chance.

And we loved them! There are currently three bikes in the Ride1Up line-up, designed for different types of riders and riding conditions. They’re all powered by 500W motors, and, as you can see here, the specs are on par with all the popular entry-level bikes, that are way more expensive. Here are short reviews of each of the models, as they are definitely worth considering as a fun and ultra-efficient alternative to driving a car.

Electric Bikes by Ride1Up

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Name Core-5 500 Series 700 Series E-Bike LMT`D
Power 500W (750W peak) 500W (1000W peak) 500W (1000W) 500W (1000W)
Speed 28 mph (PAS); 20mph Throttle 28 mph (PAS); 20 mph Throttle 28 mph (PAS); 20 mph Throttle 28 mph (PAS); 20 mph Throttle
Max Range 25-40 miles 25-45 miles 60 miles (PAS); 30 miles Throttle, 30-50 miles
Battery 48V /10.4 AH LG cells 48V 13Ah Reention Dorado ID Plus  48V /14AH Samsung  48V /14AH Samsung
Tires Kenda Kwick Seven.5 27.5″x2.2″ Kenda Kwick Seven.5 27.5″x2.2″  27.5in x 2.4in Schwalbe Super MOTO  27.5in x 2.4in Schwalbe Super MOTO
Weight 53 lbs 53 lbs 62 lbs 51 lbs
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Ride1Up 500 Series City

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The guys from Ride1Up aimed to create a sleek, fast, quality electric bike that will still be affordable, and they managed to do just that with their 500 Series. This is definitely the best bike you can get at this price. It is solidly built, comfortable, rides beautifully. It features 500W motor, and more than decent 48V LG lithium battery, which will give you enough power to get to the top speed of 26 mph in PAS mode, and plenty of juice to go 50+ miles on a single charge. It’s got all the features you would expect from your commuter bike, and then some.

FEATURES:

  • Motor: Bafang 48V 500w rear hub motor
  • Battery: 48V 10.4AH (52 LG M26 18650 Cells)
  • Drive Mode: PAS with cadence sensor / Thumb Throttle
  • Speed: 28 mph (PAS); 20mph Throttle
  • Range: up to 50 miles on Pedal Assist
  • Display: Standard LCD Display with speed controls, 9 levels of pedal assist
  • Frame: 6061 Aluminum Alloy
  • Brakes: Tektro Aries Mechanical Disc with Electronic Motor Shutoff
  • Fork: Suntour XCT Suspension
  • Tires: Kenda Kwick Seven.5 27.5″x2.2″
  • Derailleur / Shifters: Shimano Acera RD-M3000 /Shimano Acera Rapid-Fire

Ride1Up 500 series City is a high quality, classy and stylish electric city bike with great features at a really great price. It is designed for the everyday long-distance rider and it features very nice frame geometry that promotes a comfortable upright riding position. Swept-back cafe style handlebars also provide better comfort over longer distances. You can choose between two throttle options – a twist or a thumb throttle, and there are also 3 levels of pedal-assist, or 9 levels if you get an optional LCD screen. Other features include an integrated LED headlight, removable battery with two keys, and a heavy duty kickstand. Also we have to commend the amazing customer service – the guys that are behind this brand are very passionate about what they do, and really motivated to change the way we get around our communities, by providing high-quality bikes at an unbeatable price. We recommend that you get the optional upgraded display (which is easy to plug in instead of the stock one) with 9 levels of pedal assist.

Ride1Up Core-5

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Neat and simple Core-5 is the commuter bike with fantastic performance. Featuring the 48V 500W rear Bafang motor, with peak power of 750W and 52Nm torque, this bike is capable of easily reaching 20 mph in throttle mode and 28mph with pedal assist, which is the maximum allowed speed for a Class 3 bike. Concealed in the downtube is the 500Wh battery pack based on LG battery cells and it is removable for easier charging. The maximum range is anywhere between 20 and 40 miles depending on multiple factors: rider’s weight, terrain, incline, level of assist and more. The Core-5 features a 7-speed drivetrain with a Shimano Altus derailleur, and a pair of Tektro mechanical disc brakes with 160 Nm rotors.

FEATURES:

  • Motor: 48V 500W Geared Hub Motor
  • Battery: 48V 10.4AH
  • Drive Mode: PAS with cadence sensor / Left Side Thumb Throttle
  • Speed: 28 mph (PAS); 20 mph Throttle
  • Range: up to 40 miles on Pedal Assist
  • Display: Standard LCD Display with speed controls, 9 levels of pedal assist
  • Frame: 6061 Aluminum Alloy
  • Brakes: Tektro 160mm Mechanical Disc, with Electric Cut Off Sensor
  • Fork: Suntour XCT Suspension
  • Tires: Kenda Kwick Seven.5 27.5”x 2.2″
  • Derailleur / Shifters: Shimano Altus / Shimano ASLTX30R 7-speed

Out of the box, this e-bike comes pretty plain; besides two frame types and two color options, there is no anything else to add to it. The core-5 has no lights, fenders, or rack, but all of that can be added as extra accessories. The lack of even suspension hints that this e-bike is designed as an urban city commuter. Kenda Kwick Seven.5 2.2 inch tires are perform great on the pavement.This bike is a little over the $1000 mark, it is on par with the bikes that cost twice as much. So in terms of value, you get a lot for the money.

Ride1Up 700 Series

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The 700 Series is the Ride1Up higher-end e-bike option for biking enthusiasts. We’ve already reviewed it and we were impressed. It comes with a stronger hub motor, better hydraulic brakes and other features that you’d usually find on far more expensive bikes. The 700 Series has two frame size and handlebar options that can accommodate a wide range of riders. The battery pack is removable for easy recharging.

FEATURES:

  • Motor: 48 V 500 W Shengyi Geared Hub Motor (1000 W Peak)
  • Battery: Reention Rhino Samsung 35E 48V 14 Ah
  • Drive Mode: PAS with cadence sensor / Thumb Throttle
  • Speed: Pedal-assist 27 mph, Throttle 20 mph
  • Range: Pedal-assist 60 miles, Throttle 30 miles
  • Display: Full Color LCD Display
  • Frame: Step-Thru 16” and 19” High-Step
  • Brakes:   Shimano Hydraulic Disc Brakes, Rotors: 160mm
  • Derailleur and Shifters: Shimano Acera Rapid-Fire 1×7 Speed
  • Tires:  Schwalbe SUPER MOTO 27.5 x 2.4”
  • Weight: 62.2 lbs
  • Max Weight: 275 lbs

This e-bike rides like a dream and we often have to remind ourselves that it’s not a dedicated off-road bike; the speed shifters and the soft front suspension really inspires confidence, it makes you jump curbs and take shortcuts over grass and dirt. Its top speed is a big surprise, as it can reach 28 mph on level ground. Despite the high top speed, this bike’s controller is very gentle and beginner-friendly.

This rugged bike comes out of the box with a fixed rear bike rack and aluminum fenders, which was a nice surprise too, as most of the time you have to buy aftermarket ones. In short, this is one of the best options out there for beginners and e-bikers with a commute.

Ride1Up LMT`D

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The LMT`D is the most powerful of Ride1Up bikes, featuring the 750W motor with 100Nm of torque. The extra power in the motor and the amazing torque do not matter when it comes to top speed as it is still limited to 28mph in pedal-assist and 20 mph in throttle mode, but you will surely notice this when you go up an incline. Battery is the same one used on Series 700, a 48V 14AH battery using Samsung 35e 18650 cells. The biggest upgrade of this moment is the bottom bracket torque sensor, which will make riding experience on this bike a whole another level.

FEATURES:

  • Motor: 48V750W Geared MXUS Motor
  • Battery: Reention Rhino Samsung 35E 48V 14 Ah
  • Drive Mode: PAS bottom bracket torque sensor / Thumb Throttle
  • Speed: Pedal-assist 28 mph, Throttle 20 mph
  • Range: Pedal-assist 50 miles, Throttle 30 miles
  • Display: Full Color LCD Display
  • Brakes:  Tektro Auriga 180mm Disc Dual Piston Hydraulic
  • Derailleur / Shifters: Shimano RD-M370 / Shimano 8-speed Trigger Shift
  • Tires:  Schwalbe SUPER MOTO 27.5 x 2.4”
  • Weight: 51 lbs
  • Max Load: 275 lbs

There is a lot of really nice features on this bike, air suspension fork, LCD color display, bottom bracket torque sensor. The brakes have been upgraded to dual-piston Tektro Auriga hydraulic disc brakes with 180 mm rotors. The frame type is a classic diamond, and there are two handlebar types to choose from. One thing missing on this bike is a rack, and according to the guys at Ride1Up the rack from the 500 and the 700 series doesn’t fit this model. But everything else that is on this e-bike offers so much performance-wise, that you can hardly get anywhere else for well under $2000. The LMT’D is available for pre-order.

What’s the Catch – Why Are Ride1Up Bikes so Affordable?

So is it really possible that bikes this good can actually be this cheap? Well, apparently it is. Ride1Up claim to have one of the most effective supply chains of parts and assembly. The owner has worked hard for over a year towards making the most efficient supply line that could possibly be created without sacrificing on the product.

Also, as we mentioned earlier, this brand is a product of passion, completely self-funded, keeping the margins low, and providing the best deals to customers. And as they decided to keep the price low, by not pouring insane amount of money into the marketing, and what they offer is a real deal, here we are, helping spread the word! :)

Why Choose Ride1Up?

To sum things up, here is a list of reasons to take a step towards improving your daily commute with Ride1Up:

  • Unbeatable price – you will hardly find a better e-bike for around $1000.
  • 1 Year Warranty with every bike – they stock replacement items.
  • Amazing customer service – all you emails and calls will be answered quickly, and you can be sure you will get all the help you need.
  • Quick and FREE shipping – in some cases they ship same business day, and shipping within the continental United States is free.
  • Each bike will come with an attached front headlight, a set of keys for the battery (for 500 series), a charger, a kickstand, a user manual in English, and safety instructions.