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.