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

E-bikes

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Name500 Series CITY500 Series MTBRoadster GHOST
TypeCity Bikee-MTBUrban Commuter
Power500W500W500W
Speed26 mph (PAS); 20mph Throttle26 mph (PAS); 20 mph Throttle26 mph (PAS); 20 mph Throttle
Max Range25-50+ miles
(depending on rider weight,
terrain, incline, level of assist, etc.)
25-50+ miles
(depending on rider weight,
terrain, incline, level of assist, etc.)
45 miles (PAS); 20 miles Throttle,
Battery48V /10.4AH LG, frame integrated and lockable48V /10.4AH LG, frame integrated and lockable 48V /8.7AH Samsung
Tires28in x 1.75in Kenda27.5in x 2.1in Kenda 26in x 1.75in Kenda hybrid eBike tires
Weight53 lbs53 lbs50 lbs
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Ride1Up 500 Series City

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: 48V10.4AH (52 LG M26 18650 Cells)
  • Drive Mode: PAS with cadence sensor / Throttle (Thumb – Gold model or Twist – Black model)
  • Speed: 26 mph (PAS); 20mph Throttle
  • Range: up to 50 miles on Pedal Assist
  • Display: Standard LED Display with speed controls, 3 levels of pedal assist, and battery life.
  • Frame: 6061 Aluminum Alloy
  • Brakes: Tektro Aries Mechanical Disc Brakes with EABS- Electronic assisted brake shutoff
  • Fork: Suntour XCT Suspension
  • Tires: 28” x 1.75” Kenda
  • Derailleur and Shifters: Shimano ACERA rapid-fire
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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 500 Series MTB

Despite its name Ride1Up MTB is not an actual mountain bike. It is more of a commuter, or light trail bike, that you can use for a comfortable everyday ride. It will help you uphill, as the 500W Bafang motor is powerful enough to power your pedaling up a serious incline and not leave you breathless. The frame feels a bit large, but due to the drop-down frame style, this bike is a great fit for riders 5’4”-6’5”. And it is very easy to ride, so it is ideal option for your very first electric bike.
The Ride1UP 500 series use a 52-cell arrangement of LG M26 18650 Lithium Ion batteries in a Reention Dorado 48V enclosure, which is lockable and removable and includes set of keys and a USB charger port. Thanks to the battery being integrated into the frame, the design of this bike is sleek and the overall quality of the build is impressive. All the parts are carefully chosen and designed and you will get a a high-performance electric bike capable of 50 mile range and speeds of 26 mph for much less than you would have to pay for an e-bike with similar performance.

FEATURES:

  • Motor: Bafang 48V 500w rear hub motor
  • Battery: 48V10.4AH (52 LG M26 18650 Cells)
  • Drive Mode: PAS with cadence sensor / Throttle (Thumb – Gold model or Twist – Black model)
  • Speed: 26 mph (PAS); 20mph Throttle
  • Range: up to 50 miles on Pedal Assist
  • Display: Standard LED Display with speed controls, 3 levels of pedal assist, and battery life.
  • Frame: 6061 Aluminum Alloy
  • Brakes: Tektro Aries Mechanical Disc Brakes with EABS- Electronic assisted brake shutoff
  • Fork: Suntour XCT Suspension
  • Tires: 28” x 2.1” Kenda
  • Derailleur and Shifters: Shimano ACERA rapid-fire
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Ride1Up Roadster Ghost

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The Ghost is a brings the classic 1930s Roadster bike look back. Equally fast as the 500 series, this model is simple – no gears or shifter. Simplicity paired with impressive performance is what sets this model apart.The bike overall has a sleek concealed look, and it is available in two color options, black and blue. Despite being simple in design and the cheapest bike in Ride1Up super affordable inventory, it is not stripped from necessary features. Ghost comes with an integrated LED tail light as well as a headlight, rack and fenders. The screen is smaller, and only has 3 pedal assist settings: Eco, Mid, and High. You can remove battery but you will need tools unlike the 500 series, that only needs keys.This bike also has a narrow allowable height range because of the flat top tube frame style, and it will best with riders 5’4″-6’tall.

FEATURES:

  • Motor: Bafang 48V 500w rear hub motor
  • Battery: Samsung 48V*8.7AH
  • Drive Mode: PAS with cadence sensor / Thumb Throttle
  • Speed: 26 mph (PAS); 20mph Throttle
  • Range: up to 45 miles on Pedal Assist and up to 20 miles using Throttle
  • Display: Starunion Grip LCD Integrated Display
  • Frame: Flat Top Tube 27″; Hi-ten steel
  • Brakes:  Tektro Aries Mechanical Disc, Rotors: 160mm
  • Rims: Rear- 13G 120mm, Front- 13G165mm
  • Tires: Kenda  26″ x 1.75″ hybrid eBike tires
  • Weight: 50lbs

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.