Today, we’re thrilled to introduce you to the latest game-changer in the world of electric bikes – the Ride1Up Prodigy V2 LX. We consider ourselves fortunate to be among the select few who had the privilege of reviewing this exceptional e-bike before it hit the market. Strap in as we take you on a journey through its remarkable features and our candid thoughts. Click here for the current price of the Prodigy V2.
The Pros that Make Us Love the Prodigy V2 LX:
- Near silent motor
- Option to choose many gears with the Enviolo Trekking CVT hub
- Rides just like a mechanical bike
- 100mm travel air fork suspension
- Gates carbon belt drive
- Half the price of bikes with similar components
- 27.5″ x 2.25″ Maxxis Rekon Race tires
- 4 piston Tektro hydraulic brakes
- Beautiful rear light built into the rear rack
- Clean and smoothed-down welds
- Adjustable metal fenders
- Samsung battery cells
- Lower maintenance
- Matte black finish
Silent and Powerful:One of the standout features of the Prodigy V2 LX is its near-silent Brose mid-drive motor. Whether you’re cruising through urban streets or tackling rugged terrains, the motor provides a smooth and noiseless ride that won’t disrupt the tranquility of your surroundings.
Versatile Gear Selection:Thanks to the Enviolo Trekking CVT hub, you have the freedom to choose from an array of gears. This innovative technology allows you to seamlessly transition between an infinite number of gears, without the derailleur noise and limitations.
True Mechanical Bike Feel:Ride1Up has designed the Prodigy V2 LX to mimic the experience of riding a non-electric bike. The combination of the Brose mid-drive motor and the Gates Carbon Belt drive creates a riding sensation that closely resembles traditional cycling.
Smooth Ride, Every Time:The 100mm travel air fork suspension ensures that you glide over rough terrain effortlessly, providing maximum comfort and control.
Exceptional Value:The Prodigy V2 LX delivers premium components that you’d typically find on much more expensive e-bikes such as the Specialized Turbo Vado and Serial 1 City Rush, but at a fraction of the cost.
Top-Notch Components:Maxxis Rekon Race tires offer superb traction, and the 4-piston Tektro hydraulic brakes provide excellent stopping power, ensuring a safe and enjoyable ride.
Integrated Rear Light:The beautifully integrated rear light on the rear rack adds both style and safety to your ride.
Sleek Design:The Prodigy V2 LX boasts clean and smoothed-down welds, giving it a polished and sophisticated appearance.
Low Maintenance:With the Gates Carbon Belt drive paired with the Enviolo Trekking CVT hub, you won’t have to worry about greasing a chain or dealing with dirt and debris getting into your shifter, making maintenance a breeze.
Stunning Matte Black Finish:While the matte black finish exudes elegance, it’s worth noting that it can be a magnet for fingerprints. Click here for the current price of the Prodigy V2.
The Cons That We’ve Noticed:
- Lack of cable management
- The battery cover is made from plastic and the latch feels cheap
- The rear rack is small
- No throttle only pedal assist
- The matte black finish shows fingerprints easily
- The front light needs to be brighter for safe night riding
- Small thru-axle bolt
Cable Management:The Prodigy V2 LX could benefit from improved cable management for a cleaner look.
Battery Cover Concerns:A few of the bike’s components are plastic, such as the cover and latch. I would have preferred the cover to match the matte black finish of the bike and be attached to the battery.
Limited Rack Space:The rear rack, while stylish, is relatively small, limiting its utility for larger cargo loads.
No Throttle Option:If you’re a fan of throttle-only operation, this e-bike may not be for you as it operates solely on pedal assist. I don’t mind it at all because the bike is super smooth and easy to pedal.
Fingerprint Magnet:The matte black finish, while beautiful, tends to show fingerprints easily.
Front Light Brightness:The front light, while functional, could benefit from being brighter for safer night riding. It’s important to be seen by oncoming pedestrians & vehicles, but the throw of the light is too narrow for proper road visibility.
Small Thru-Axle Bolt:The front thru-axle bolt with quick release is the only thing I feel like Ride1Up cheaped out with on this bike. I would have loved for them to use a thicker thru-axle bolt for safety reasons. While it is unlikely that I will ever have issues with the bolt, a nice thick bolt would give me more peace of mind when taking the Prodigy V2 LX on mountain bike trails. Click here for the current price of the Prodigy V2.
Final Thoughts:In conclusion, the Ride1Up Prodigy V2 LX is a fantastic choice for those seeking an electric bike that closely mirrors the experience of riding a traditional bicycle. Its numerous advantages significantly outweigh the disadvantages, offering an exceptional value proposition. With premium components, innovative technology and a competitive price point, the Prodigy V2 LX sets a new standard for e-bikes in its class. If you’re looking to make the switch to electric biking without sacrificing the feel of a mechanical bike, the Prodigy V2 LX is undoubtedly worth considering. Ride on and embrace the future of cycling with this remarkable e-bike!
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