Bike of the Week: Ride1Up Prodigy V2

Ride1Up Prodigy V2 LX
Ride1Up Prodigy V2 LX with Brose Mid-drive Motor and Enviolo CVT

This week’s bike of the week comes from the popular direct-to-consumer ebike brand Ride1Up. This is a company that has been known for offering electric bikes with components that are often better than the competition, and for better prices.

Over the year, Ride1Up has released models that have taken that to an even higher standard. There is no other model that they offer that shows this so well as the Prodigy. When the original version was released in 2022, the biking industry was surprised that a mid-drive bike, especially with the German-engineered Brose system, was priced well below $3k. This is something that I would expect to pay closer to $4k for.

Ride1Up Prodigy V2 ST with standard 9-speed drivetrain, listed for $2395.

Now, Ride1Up has come back with the upgraded Prodigy, the Prodigy V2 that really shows refinement in a bike that was already pretty darn good. I own the original Prodigy, and could argue that it is one of the best riding ebikes that I have ever ridden. Ride1Up did did a fantastic job picking the right components of the bike.

So many ebike companies sell electric bikes that forget how to be good at being a bicycle. Regardless of whether the bike has a motor, it still needs good bike components that you’d expect on any quality bicycle. You’re probably tired of hearing me complain, but many ebikes come with sub-par gearing, and it drives me nuts!

The standard 9-speed transmission of the Prodigy V2 matches up very well with the pedal assist levels to offer a comfortable cadence and speed. You shouldn’t be doing any ghost pedaling on the bike. The Prodigy V2 even offers a CVT transmission, but more on that in a bit.

Beyond that, what is so nice about the Prodigy is that all the other components are also good. The handlebars are exactly what I would pick. The grips are comfortable. I still have the original seat. In fact, I haven’t felt the need to change a single thing about the bike.

Anyway, you’re here for the Prodigy V2, so let’s see what’s new!

New is a sleeker frame-style, and front suspension is now included with each frame style, as well as a rear rack and fenders. The MAXXIS 27.5 x 2.25″ tires, coupled with an air front suspension fork make this a comfortable ride over a variety of road and trail conditions.

The 36 volt 14 Ah battery offers Samsung cells and a Smart BMS for safety, and you can expect a range between 30-50 miles.

There are two drivetrain options, included the standard 9-speed, 11-34T cassette paired up with a microSHIFT derailleur. This may be one area where Ride1Up cut the cost a bit, but I’ve always had good luck with microSHIFT parts. The other drivetrain option is the Enviolo CVT internally geared hub, offering a continuous variable speed transmission. The CVT option is also equipped with a Gates belt drive.

The CVT option is an extra $300, but offers a low-maintenance transmission and smooth shifting. Unlike a standard derailleur that requires constant adjustments, and can be damaged, an internally geared hub needs very little maintenance. It adds a little more weight to the bike, but with an ebike that isn’t so much of a concern.

The standard derailleur ST/XR frame style weighs 58 pounds, while the CVT ST/LS option weighs in at 61 lbs. Both options have a 300 pound payload capacity, a rear rack capable of hauling 40 pounds, front and rear lights, Tektro hydraulic brakes, and depending upon which frame style you choose can accommodate riders ranging from 5’1″ to 6’4″.

A high-step and step-thru frame is offered. Three color options are also available.

Overall, the Ride1Up Prodigy V2 upgrade is solid. I like that front suspension is now included on each frame style, as well as fenders and rear rack. This makes the bike a ideal commuter or touring bike. I’m really liking the tire size, not only for comfort but grip on a variety of surfaces. They will do well on gravel, without being too clunky and inefficient on pavement.

The Prodigy V2 is good, solid choice for anyone wanting a mid-drive ebike that doesn’t cost a fortune. I own three Ride1Up models, and have enjoyed each one, so I have quite a bit of experience with the company, and have found them to be responsive. The only downside is that Ride1Up is only direct-to-consumer, so you won’t find local dealers, but the Brose mid-drive motor and electrical components are very good quality. I’ll also add that if you want a quiet motor out on the trail, nobody does it better than Brose! I’m a fan.

Check out the Ride1UP Prodigy V2, here.

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