ProdecoTech Phantom X3 Electric Bike Video, Pictures, & Specs
ProdecoTech Phantom X3 with a large 38.4V 16ah LiFePO4 battery and a solid mix of brand name components (SRAM, AVID, Rock Shox, Truvativ, Continential, etc.) has arrived for testing and review!
In this first part of the review there are a BUNCH of detailed pictures and specifications to get you familiar with this electric bike.
The ProdecoTech Phantom X3 is priced at $1,899 and comes with a 2 year warranty.
Part 2 of the ProdecoTech Phantom X3 review will give you info on ride characteristics, results from the range test, pros, cons, and overall thoughts on this e-bike.
Alright, let’s get into the details of the ProdecoTech Phantom X3 electric bike!
Checkout the Video & Pictures of the ProdecoTech Phantom X3 Electric Bike
The Phantom X3 basking in an Arizona sunset!
Ready to roll! The Prodeco Phantom X3 is decked out with high quality components from Rock Shox, SRAM, AVID, Truvativ, and more!
The Phantom X3 frame is very similar to the Prodeco Outlaw. It has a very relaxed geometry which makes for a laid back ride style.
Here is a close up of the Phantom X3 frame with large aluminum tubing and thick welds.
This is a view of the large seatstays of the Phantom X3 aluminum frame. Note the quick disconnect connector for the rear hub motor.
The Phantom X3 has a 500 watt direct drive rear hub motor that powers the bike up to 20 mph. You can also see the AVID DB hydraulic rear disc brake attached to the motor. These provide good stopping power!
This is the high capacity 38.4V 16ah LiFePO4 battery that comes stock on the Phantom X3. That is a much larger pack than the typical 36V 10ah pack found on a lot of e-bikes.
This is the key that turns the bike on and off and also locks the battery in place.
View of the cockpit of the Phantom X3. The Truvativ handlebars are wide!
This is the twist grip throttle on the right side of the handlebars. It has a battery level indicator and an on/off switch for the throttle. The on/off switch for the electrical system is near the battery pack on the rear rack.
The left side of the handlebars with the SRAM X7 8 speed grip shifter, AVID DB hydraulic disc brake lever, lock on grip, and bell.
This is the AVID DB hydraulic disc brake lever on the left side of the handlebars along with the SRAM X7 8 speed grip shifter and the bell.
The SRAM X7 8 speed rear derailleur.
The Rock Shox XC32 suspension fork with 120 mm of travel provides a smooth ride and also offers a lockout option.
The Truvativ crankset with a single chainring keeps things simple.
The Truvativ HUSS pedals have a large platform and solid grip.
Continential tires are a well known brand of tires and their Traffic tires are a good hybrid tire for road and some off road riding.
This is the tread of the Continential Traffic tire. Notice a relatively smooth center tread for road riding with side knobs for riding off road.
The Velo Plush saddle on the Phantom X3 is a performance style saddle.
The Prodeco Phantom X3 and the open road!
ProdecoTech Phantom X3 Electric Bike Specifications
Frame: Aluminum frame
Fork: Rock Shox XC 32 with 120 mm of travel and a lockout option
Motor: 500 watt direct drive rear hub motor
Battery: 38.4V 16ah LiFePO4 24 Cell battery
Assist Options: Twist grip throttle
Drivetrain: SRAM X7 8 speed shifter and rear derailleur. 42T front chainring with 11T-28T cogset
Brakeset: Avid DB hydraulic disc brakes
Cranks and Pedals: Truvativ
Tires: Continential Traffic tires 26″ x 2.1″
Accessories: Double leg kickstand and bell
Weight: 64 lbs.
Price: $1,899 USD at the time of this review.
Here is a link to the specifications page of the ProdecoTech Phantom X3 electric bike.
Now checkout Part 2 of the ProdecoTech Phantom X3 review with info on the ride characteristics, the range test, pros, cons, and overall thoughts!
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James Scott says
Price needs to come down. They sell other ebikes similar to this one for $1299 and $999. Also if you get a flat tire on the rear wheel its VERY hard and time consuming to replace.
thats why i buy Schwalbe 2.35 along with the throrn resistent tubes…”not the slime tubes.” I started with Phantom 2….now i am with the X3. Have never had a flat tire, with Schwalbe Tires. Never.”
Tom Schantz says
Do you mean the Schwalbe Big Apple HS 430 Fatty Bicycle Tire (26×2.35, Allround Wire Beaded, Reflex)? These are very big but I assume they fit the bike. I was going to add Sunlite thornless tires and a kevlar tire liner. I get a lot of flats but then I ride 100-200 miles a week.
Thanks Pete. Great Pics”….Hey, i got one of those beautys. The hydralic brake system is heavenly. Nice job Pete.
Eric F says
Price is ok but love how for these pics any one under 6′ need not come for a test ride and if the seat doesnt clear the battery, like on most of the “Pedego bikes” a shorter rider will have an issue. Also couldn’t they incorporate a rack into that battery hold and why put the key on the side so it can get damaged in a crash?
Dave Druen says
HI I own a 2013 Prodeco SE Outlaw. While this style is not for everyone just like all other E-Bikes depends on the individual. But I will tell ya this while many can pick it apart just like the rest I suspect some of these reviews are from other dealers and bike companies. They cannot touch this price point and they know there is quality here! You may not like the bikes style or where the battery is but Prodeco bikes are well made and made in the United States by American workers. These bikes remind me of the comparison between the Chevy Camaro and the Ford Mustang. The Mustang was much cheaper in price but could out perform its competitors. But the Chevy Camaro was quite a bit more in price. Most of us did not need all the fancy stuff. This price range allows more average people like myself to own a quality Electric Bike. There are better bikes out there but not in this price range. Prodeco still competes even with the higher price ranges…
Dave Druen says
I also will say my Prodeco SE Outlaw is a awesome bike I did feel as though they left some things out that just did not make sense! For a hard tail not to have any shock absorber on the rear of the bike was crazy and a back killer. Also came with no Kick stand. And the seat while nice holy crap hard and unforgiving. When your making an off road bike and nothing to absorb the jump? Also if you are not going to include it on the initial setup make parts and options or places to get options available to the buyer.Bike companies could make so much more money if they would give you a range of options to purchase later after you have ridden it and tested it.
Jay Stewart says
I own an Outlaw SS. This is an incredible bike for quality and price. I purchased a kick stand for about $50.00. You can find a kickstand on the internet from NYCEWHEELS a bike shop located in New York City. I agree a shock absorber would have been a nice addition to an amazing bike.
I also wonder if some of the negative comments, in regard to Prodeco, are made by competitors.
This is a well made bike that is made in the USA. You can pay more but you will probably be disappointed if you do not buy from Prodeco.
hey pete-ever done a review of the iGO ebikes? I own an iGO “Cruze” and it runs as great as it looks..why no mention of this company? another comment/question: whoever designs ebikes must stand about 7′ high !i.e., the seat hights are WAY too high!!! a reply would be nice…..thanks!
My phantom x2 had terrible support from the company. My brakes were a problem from day one which was March of this year. They squealed like crazy and I and the dealer where I bought the bike tried to fix them. Finally I gave up and tried to get Prodeco to upgrade them to the 2013 model (the rotor and brakes). They said they would not replace wear and tear items and were firm on that even though I told them it was like that from the start and the dealer has that on record. I more than likely had no more than 100 miles on them as I had surgery in June. Never again
Tom Schantz says
I’m curious as to how hard it would be to switch the thumb throttle on the PhantomX2 with the twist throttle from the X3. That thumb throttle can numb your thumb on a cool night. Also, I assume that battery is a bit more powerful than the ones that came with the X2 but that they will work with the X2. While my X2 was in the shop for repairs I was riding my cheap 250 watt bike, which has a twist throttle (you only use it for increased powr on hills) while just peddaling with the power on allows you to use the motor. I love this about my cheap bike.
Lynn Ellsworth says
I think the price is reasonable considering it has an aluminum frame and good quality components. The Y shaped stand is an excellent idea. Unfortunately I am only 5’6″ tall so there is no way I could ride this bike and feel comfortable getting on and off it.
Tom Schantz says
I’m 6’1″ and I have to hike my pants up to mount the X2, so I know what you are saying.
According to Prodeco, the X3 will fit riders from 5’4″ and taller. I’m 5’6″ and have been researching the question of size for a while as I am considering this bike.
I was looking for a new electric bike two months ago was going to purchase one from Prodeco the only reason and I mean the only reason I did not purchase from them is it does not have a petal assessed sensor on it.
Tom Schantz says
Future e-bikes–and the future should be now–should always have the battery installed perpendicular to the seat (as it is one my cheaper bike) and I have seen older bikes where they installed two batteries in this fashion, side by side on either side of the seat post. This also allows you to have a rear rack for carrying goods. Throttle should be a combination of thumb and twist plus the motor should be engaged simply be peddaling, thus giving you three speeds, pedal assist, thumb, and twist, using of course three levels of power. This way you can make the bike accessible to people of any height. Locating the motor in the pedal assembly takes away the biggest problem of the electric bike, changing a flat on the motor wheel. It also helps with the balance on the bike. In fact, I’m amazed that this isn’t standard on all new bikes. I know some of the more expensive bikes do this but I don’t see why it should raise the cost much, if at all. Part of the appeal of ebikes is to return cycling to older riders and, believe me, older riders don’t like messing with complicated flat repairs, plus the more range you can give a bike the more likely people are going to use it for longer commutes. I sometimes carry TWO extra batteries (which adds weight and cuts down on distance per battery) just to make sure I can make my almost daily longer commutes, which includes a few hills and often requires riding into headwinds.
James Scott says
Yes I agree changing a flat tire on a rear motor bike can be a hassle.
It’s a trade-off betwen cost, performance, reliability and service ability.
Hubs vs Mid-drives.
There are discussions of the pros and cons all over the ebike forums.
Tom Schantz says
I only ask because the more expensive and perhaps higher quality bikes have mid-drives. It would strike me that repairs and service would be easier on a mid-drive.
Dr. Love says
Sounds like many are describing my eBike – The Polaris Strive (Strive ST is step-thru frame model). At $1999 retail, I believe it is the best bang for the buck! I have only had it for two months, but absolutely no problems or gripes. It is truly a great bike with high quality components and features!
FOSTER LEWIS says
This bike is great. On city streets I blow by everything on my way to parks, trails & hills all on the same ride. Easy to stop at stop signs/lights and get through intersections at about car speed not holding up anyone. I am 71 yrs old, 6′ tall and 160lbs. I love this bike. Got my Phantom 3 from Bike-Smiths on eBay. It’s a super company. Take it out of the box, put on the seat and handlebars, and go. I could not be more pleased being able to ride again after many years. Thanks Prodeco and Bike-Smiths!
Great job Pete. Love everything you put on the site. Always looking forward to your next review.”
The hydralic brakes are “Heavenly”…thats the only way i can explain them. Totally amazing.
Michael K. says
Yes, disc brakes are the only brakes that should come on e-bikes. I have yet to convert my bike from the old fashion side pull to a disc brake up front. Cost is a factor in my situation, but riding in the mountains It is a necessity.
Michael K. says
I like the bike, but I like comfort and a beach cruiser with a comfortable seat would suit me. I converted my beach cruiser over to an ebike a couple of years ago and have enjoyed riding it ever since.
I think the battery pack should have been put down lower by the main down tube and so you could have a usable rack.
Tom Schantz says
Agreed. Having the battery pack mounted over the rear tire causes all sorts of problems; makes rear unbalanced, is subject to bouncing on bumpy roads, affects battery on and off, puts extra weight on rear wheel leading to more falts and of course takes away the possibility of hauling goods on a rear rack. It’s really only done because it is easier for the manufacturer. My PantomX2 has a rear battery mount but by other ebike has a battery pack by the main down tube and whereas I’ve had several problems with the Phantom X battery I’ve never had one with the down tube battery. And it is just as easy, if not easier, to take on and off. The problem of course with the ebike industry is that it’s all new and it will be the riders who can best judge what works and what doesn’t. Eventually, I suspect all batteries will attached to the down tube, direct drive will replace hub drive, leading to better balanced bikes with more efficent motors and better use of batteries.
Tom Schantz says
The first thing I did after I got my PhantomX2 was to add a wide, comfy seat.