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 MTB700 Series E-Bike
TypeCity Bikee-MTBUrban Commuter
Power500W500W750W
Speed26 mph (PAS); 20mph Throttle26 mph (PAS); 20 mph Throttle27 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.)
60 miles (PAS); 30 miles Throttle,
Battery48V /10.4AH LG, frame integrated and lockable48V /10.4AH LG, frame integrated and lockable 48V /14AH Samsung
Tires28in x 1.75in Kenda27.5in x 2.1in Kenda 27.5in x 2.4in Schwalbe Super MOTO eBike tires
Weight53 lbs53 lbs62 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 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.

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.

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

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.