Ride1Up has always been known for providing good value with their electric bikes, and nothing proves that more than their brand new full-carbon road bike, called the CF Racer 1.
With the CF Racer 1 and its lightweight full carbon frame, SRAM components, hydraulic disc brakes and a classic road bike geometry any serious cyclist would appreciate, Ride1Up has upped their game. They’ve also left most of their competition in the budget friendly ebike category behind.
That’s what I’ve always appreciated about Ride1Up. They build electric bikes that are geared for cycling enthusiast, even those coming from a road bike background. Many budget ebikes are heavy, clunky, and offer subpar components. They rely upon powerful motors to make up for their weight and other shortcomings. That’s definitely not true of the CF Racer 1.
The CF Racer 1 has a MRSP of $2295. That’s very good! Finding a full-carbon framed non-electric bicycle for that price is difficult.
For comparison, a good gravel/road bike is the Salsa Journeyer GRX 600 which features an aluminum frame and carbon fork. The Journeyer is outfitted with Shimano GRX components and is priced at $2499 at REI, at the time I’m writing this. It blows me away that Ride1Up can offer a full-carbon frame electric bike for less than an aluminum frame gravel bike.
For the electrical components, it’s what I’d expect for a lightweight ebike. It features a 250-watt rear hub motor and a 36 volt, 7 ah battery. That may not seem like a lot of power, but the type of rider such a bike attracts are ones who want to do a lot of pedaling on their own. Considering the bike only weighs about 27 lbs, most riders will easily be able to pedal without any assistance, anyway.
My Velotric T1 ST is a similar style ebike with an aluminum frame, and I ride it 80% of the time without any assistance from the motor. I only use the motor when climbing the worst hills or battling a headwind. That’s the beauty of this category of ebike. You can ride like a traditional cyclist, get a great workout, and have the option to use the motor when needed. It allows me to ride farther, more confidently.
If you’re coming from a road bike background and now have sensitive knees, or maybe other health issues, this would be a great option to allow you to keep doing what you love.
The CF Racer 1 is available as either a road or gravel bike. If you choose the road bike version, the bike will be outfitted with 700c x 32 mm tires. The gravel option is equipped with 700c x 40 mm tires. It’s also available in two color options and two frame sizes.
Quick Specs of the Ride1Up CF Racer 1
- 250 w Bafang Motor
- SRAM Chain
- 300 MM Carbon Seat Post
- One-Piece Handlebar and Stem
- 36 V 15A Controller
- 36 V 7AH Samsung Cells Battery
- VeloFox DM02 Display
- SRAM Rival 1 160 mm Hydraulic Disc Brakes
- SRAM Rival 1 Ergofit Brake Levers
- Carbon Rigid Fork
- Schwalbe E-One 700Cx32 (Road Bike) or Continental Terra Trail Shieldwall 700Cx40 Tires (Gravel Bike)
- SRAM Rival 1 11-Speed Double Tap Shifters
- Prowheel 42T Allow Chainring
- 11-42T Cassette
- 11-Speed SRAM Rival 1 Derailleur
- Double-Walled Aluminum Rims
- Selle Royal Asphalt GF Saddle
- Sapim 14G Spokes
- Weight: Abt 27 lbs
- Payload Capacity: 225 lbs
So, is there a catch? Did Ride1Up go cheap in any way on the CF Racer 1? Well, nothing is glaringly obvious, considering the price. Carbon frames aren’t cheap, and the SRAM Rival 1 components are good.
I would have preferred to see a torque sensor instead of a cadence sensor, especially for a bike that begs to be pedaled, much like a standard road bike. On the plus side, the cadence sensor is high quality with 24 magnets, so I’d expect it to be responsive.
The other drawbacks are the limited sizing and modest weight limit. The two frame sizes accommodate riders from 5’3″ to 6’3″, which leaves out shorter riders (like me) and taller folks. The 225 lbs weight limit is about what I’d expect, but it would be nice if it were more.
Overall, though, I can’t complain much. I love seeing such a bike offered by a company like Ride1Up. The bike has been thoughtfully designed and is far from the clunky ebike offerings that were so common just a few years ago. This is a legit road/gravel bike.
I also appreciate that Ride1Up added several mounting points on the frame for water bottles and other accessories. You can bring plenty of gear with you on long rides, and even do some bike touring. It’s a versatile bike.
As I touched on earlier, with good gearing and its light frame, the CF Racer 1 can be ridden very practically without any assistance, so the small-ish battery isn’t really an issue for most riders. It should provide very good range, assuming you’re putting some effort into your ride.
I look forward to seeing it in action. You can check it out at Ride1Up.com.
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