Summary Review: Ride1UP 500 Series Electric Bike
An old problem reared its head while we were reviewing the Ride1UP 500 Series: Electric bikes are just really tough to sort into categories.. There’s just too many ways you could feasibly use an e-bike — or too many opinions chiming in — to neatly parse out who and what exactly a particular bike is best for. But by golly we try.
That’s why this review of the Ride1UP 500 Series was a bit tough to write. When the Electric Bike Report team sat down to debate how we’d describe this bike and define who exactly it was for, we hit a wall. Despite our different backgrounds and areas of expertise in the bicycling world — from racing to weekend path cruising and everything in between — we all really liked the 500 Series. Usually, there’s at least one among us who’s a detractor. Not this time.
The 500 Series is a comfort commuter at heart, but in reality it’s just a really good all-around e-bike for the money. It’s comfortable, sporty enough to throw around, has good battery life and doesn’t pretend to be some newfangled take on an eMTB or electric folder. We’re not trying to claim it’s perfect — we’ve got some gripes with the cadence sensor and battery readout that I’ll get into later — but you’ll be hard pressed to find a more versatile and well decked comfort e-commuter at this price
Our testers with a racing background liked how stable the bike felt at speed, and our testers that look for commutability appreciated its surprising range and comfort during longer stints in the saddle. Everyone, no matter their background, liked the 500 Series’ mellow yet satisfyingly torquey 500W motor.
Add this all together, and Ride1UP has given you a solid option for anyone looking for one bike that can wear many different hats and won’t break the bank.