The best mid-drive electric bike on a budget: Ride1Up Prodigy XR  e-bike review

by Micah Toll

When it comes to mid-drive electric bikes – or e-bikes with the motor mounted near the pedals – you’re generally looking at a group of higher quality but also higher priced e-bikes.

But with theRide1Up Prodigy, though, we’ve finally discovered the best of both worlds: A high quality mid-drive electric bike complete with German-made motor yet that is still available at an affordable price.

Ride1Up Prodigy Tech Specs Motor: Brose TF Sprinter mid-drive • Top speed: 28 mph (45 km/h) Range: 30-50 miles (50-80 km) Battery: 36V 14Ah (504Wh) Weight: 50 lb (22.7 kg) Load capacity: 300 lb (136 kg)

The downside of mid-drive motors is that they are more expensive, which means that low-cost mid-drive electric bikes (under $2.5k or so) generally use lesser known Chinese motors instead of the costlier European mid-drive motors like Bosch and Brose. To get those nicer Euro motors, you usually have to spend well north of $3.5k or more.

Yes it’s pretty darn natural feeling, but when you crank the power meter up into higher power modes, you’ll remember it’s electric because you’ll really start flying!