Ride1Up Begins Adding Step-Thru Models Beginning with the 500 Series

500 Series Step Thru Frame
500 Series Step Thru Frame

Ride1Up has some fresh new offerings for the ebike community.  By this fall all electric bike models will have a step-thru frame option or a small frame option.  The 700 Series already had a step thru frame but now so does the popular 500 Series.  There’s also a brand new model called the Roadster V2 at just $995. This is a direct competitor to the new Mission from Rad Power Bikes.  The Roadster V2 is a lightweight ebike at only 32 lbs that looks like a regular bike and we’ll have much more on it soon.

The 500 Series, like almost all bikes from all brands, has been on preorder for much of the spring and summer of 2020.  Ebikes are in high demand and manufacturing was significantly delayed due to Covid-19.  Shipping is taking a bit longer too due to the volume of items being shipped, as many consumers have gone online for their shopping needs.

The good news is that there is light at the end of the tunnel and the wait for an ebike won’t be so long in the future.

If ordered today the 500 Series is projected to ship around August 10th which will still allow for some great fall weather rides if you’re in a part of the country that experiences all four seasons.

The 500 Series is a step up from Ride1Up’s entry level bike, the Core 5.  The 500 Series is a Class 3 ebike, meaning it can go up to 28 mph on pedal assist.  It’s also equipped with a throttle that can go up to 20 mph.

For shorter riders and those that just prefer the convenience of a step thru frame, the new frame options allow greater choice between the different models Ride1Up offers.

Step thru frames make a lot of sense for ebikes since they tend to be heavier.  It’s safer to be able to straddle the bike when at stops and when taking off.  Also, it’s more practical to step through the frame than try to swing a leg over a bag on the rear rack.

If you have knee or hip issues, step thru frames are the way to go and they’re not just for women. Many men prefer them too because they’re so practical.

500 Series Specs

  • 500 Watt Geared Hub Motor
  • Aluminum Alloy Frame
  • Tektro Aries Mechanical Disc Brakes
  • Shimano Acera Derailleur
  • Suntour XCT Front Suspension Fork
  • Shimano Acera Rapid Fire Shifters
  • 48 Volt 13 Amp Hour Battery
  • 44T Chainring, 11-30T Cassette
  • Kenda Kwick Tires; 27.5″ x 2.2″ with Added Puncture Resistance
  • LCD Display; 9 Levels of Pedal Assist
  • Integrated LED Headlight
  • Range 25-45 Miles

Sizing for 500 Series Step-Thru

  • Bike Weight 53 lbs
  • Total Length 71″
  • Wheel Base 43″
  • Handlebar Height 42″
  • Weight Capacity 275 lbs
  • Height Range 5’1″ – 6’2″
  • Min Seat Height 31″
  • Max Seat Height 38″
  • Handlebar Reach 18″
  • Standover Height 18.5″

Sizing for 500 Series Standard Frame

  • Bike Weight 53 lbs
  • Total Length 71″
  • Wheel Base 43″
  • Handlebar Height 42″
  • Weight Capacity 275 lbs
  • Height Range 5’5″ – 6’5″
  • Min Seat Height 30.5
  • Max Seat Height 37.5″
  • Handlebar Reach 22″
  • Standover Height 28.5″

If you prefer a step up in components the 700 Series is worth comparing.  Both bikes have their pros and cons.  The 500 Series is lighter which is great if you’re going to be lifting it onto a rack or carrying it up stairs.





The 700 Series has hydraulic brakes which a great upgrade over mechanical ones in that they need far fewer adjustments over time.  The 500 Series may be a little more nimble in turns.  The 700 Series has an integrated battery for a cleaner look though it’s easier to upgrade the battery in the 500 Series if you want more range in the future.

Of course price is a consideration with the 500 Series a few hundred dollars less than the 700 Series.  Both bikes are a great option with good components that should last.  For more info on the 700 Series read all about it here.

You can check out the 500 Series specs in more detail here and the 700 Series here.  We’ll soon have the step-thru version of the 700 Series so check back for a full review.