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Core-5

Best value starter ebike

(286 customer reviews)

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Speed

Speed

Class 3 electric bike, with 28mph pedal assist and 20mph throttle

Motor

Motor

Powerful 750w sustained geared hub motor with 60nm torque

Range

Range

25-45 miles depending on rider weight, terrain, incline, level of assist, etc.

Frame

Frame

Lightweight 6061 alloy frame with internal protected & locked electronics

Comfort

Comfort

Frame geometry & components built for "the most comfortable ride ever"

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Seasoned Bike Mechanics Offer Expert Technical Support and Friendly Customer Service.

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1-Year Warranty*

Every Ride1UP eBike Comes With a Warranty Against Manufacturing Defects. *Terms Apply

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30-Day Returns*

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Free Shipping

On All Bikes to Contiguous 48 States. $100 Direct Shipping to Canada. Exclusions Apply.

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COMPONENTS

Motor
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48V Geared Hub Shengyi Motor 750w Sustained
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Controller
48V22A Lishui Sine-wave (potential peak output of 1000w)
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Battery
48V12.8ah Reention Eel Pro LG Cells, Smart BMS
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Display
KD21C Adjustable Speed LCD
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PAS Sensor
Integrated Sensitive Cadence Sensor
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Fork
Smooth Welded 6061 Alloy
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Brakes
Tektro 160mm Mechanical Disc, w/ Electric Cut Off Sensor
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Tires
Kenda Kwick Seven.5 27.5”x2.2
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Grips
Ergonomic Rubber Grips
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Shifters
Shimano ASLTX30R 7-speed
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Gearing
44T Front Alloy Chainring
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Derailleur
Shimano Altus
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Cassette
Shimano 11-32T
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Chain
KMC Z7 7-speed Chain
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Throttle
Left side Thumb Throttle
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Handlebars
ST: Swept-back Ergonomic Cafe Bars. XR: 50mm Rise 640mm Width
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Stem
Promax 28.6mm, 90mm ext. 31.8mm Bar Clamp
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Rims
Powerwheel P19H
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Spokes
13G Black Stainless steel
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Saddle
Selle Royal Freeway Plush Gel
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Seat Post
Promax 350mmx31.6mm Angle Adjustable Seat Post
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Kickstand
Adjustable Arm Chainstay Mounted
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Rack
Available As Accessory Purchase
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Front Light
60 Lux Front Light
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Additional
Water Bottle Bosses and Chainstay Guard

DIMENSIONS AND SIZING

  • Weight 49lbs
  • Weight Capacity 300lbs
  • Seat Tube 19"
  • Minimum Seat Height (top of seat to ground) 32"
  • Maximum Seat Height (top of seat to ground) 40"
  • Total Length 70”
  • Wheel Base 43”
    • ST Frame Dimensions:
    • Rider Height Range 5'0"-6'1"
    • Stand-Over Height 19"
    • Handlebar Height 41”
    • Handlebar Reach 18”
    • XR Frame Dimensions:
    • Rider Height Range 5'6"-6'4"
    • Stand-Over Height 28.5"
    • Handlebar Height 42”
    • Handlebar Reach 22”

WHAT'S INCLUDED

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48V Two Amp Charger and Cable. LED Indicator Feature Provides Realtime Charging Status.

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Handlebar Mounted 2.2" Two-Tone LCD Display. Customizable Pedal Assist (PAS) and Advanced Metrics for Intelligent Riding Feedback.

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All-Terrain eBike Tires Featuring K-Shield Protection for Puncture Resistance. High Performing and Reliable - Perfect for Variable Terrain.

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Two Keys for the Removable Integrated Battery System. Theft Protection Design - Battery Anxiety Begone!

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Heavy Duty Adjustable Chainstay Kickstand. High Load Capacity for Extra Support and Stability.

Shipping Information

Bike Will Arrive 85% Assembled (electronics are pre-assembled). Basic Assembly Steps Are Required As Noted In The Video Below.

Bikes In Stock Ship In Under 24 Hours. Email Tracking Provides Transit And Delivery Estimates Once Shipped. Package Size is 52″x30″x8″ and just under 60lbs.

FAQ'S

We are a direct-to-consumer company both in pricing and strategy. You will generally pay a premium for the ability to test ride through a dealer. However, our bikes have been thoroughly tested by top reviewers such as Electric Bike Review, Electric Bike Report, Cycling Weekly, Clean Technica, Electrek and many others who have published their reviews on YouTube. Additionally, we are now supporting an independent network of owners offering their bikes for demos. Learn more here Locations

This article will explain all about what to expect when ordering a bike from us. Ordering With Us

Upgraded batteries are available, but ONLY as a separate purchase. The battery that is shipped with your bike cannot be changed. We have 14ah Reention Eel battery packs that fit this bike available in our Parts section.

We only ship within North America. The Continental United States is FREE. Hawaii and Alaska is $400. Shipping to Canada is $100. We are not responsible for any additional tariffs charged by your local government which often times applied after importing. Unfortunately, we are not able to ship our bikes directly to Europe. You can use a shipping forwarder like ShopUsa.com to reach your country.

No. The variations you see on the site are the only options we have.

The bikes are not water-proof, they are water-resistant, rated IP-65. While we do not recommend leaving the bikes out in the rain or riding in the rain or other hazardous conditions due to personal safety, the bikes can handle water exposure.

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286 reviews for Core-5

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Scott O.

New to ebikes but seems ok..I am concerned about where wires are routed are open holes,in upper frame water sprays up from front tire into that wire route area? And on bottom where wires exit..any plug or should I add calling around these holes?.. rest of bike suits me,I have bad arthritis and neck back issues I bought this bike to help me keep moving w out the stressors of regular bike,I put rack and crate for my Lil dog so far been ok..dog loves it he's 13 n can't walk well no more so Lil joy in his last days gives me joy too..

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Scott O.

New to ebikes but seems ok..I am concerned about where wires are routed are open holes,in upper frame water sprays up from front tire into that wire route area? And on bottom where wires exit..any plug or should I add calling around these holes?.. rest of bike suits me,I have bad arthritis and neck back issues I bought this bike to help me keep moving w out the stressors of regular bike,I put rack and crate for my Lil dog so far been ok..dog loves it he's 13 n can't walk well no more so Lil joy in his last days gives me joy too..

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Scott O.

New to ebikes but seems ok..I am concerned about where wires are routed are open holes,in upper frame water sprays up from front tire into that wire route area? And on bottom where wires exit..any plug or should I add calling around these holes?.. rest of bike suits me,I have bad arthritis and neck back issues I bought this bike to help me keep moving w out the stressors of regular bike,I put rack and crate for my Lil dog so far been ok..dog loves it he's 13 n can't walk well no more so Lil joy in his last days gives me joy too..

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Winston Smith

It's built very well and has plenty of power.

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Bart

Best bang for the buck out there! Core 5 is a fantastic and powerful ebike. Very happy with it.

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Harry

Excellent ride and value, commute 24 miles round trip. Helps against the wind and saves over a third of the time each way. Charge it up each way to be sure, battery comes out easily. Pedal assist options are versatile. Added a rack and lights. Did a lot of research, this one is good for commuting, or zipping around.

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Harry

Excellent ride and value, commute 24 miles round trip. Helps against the wind and saves over a third of the time each way. Charge it up each way to be sure, battery comes out easily. Pedal assist options are versatile. Added a rack and lights. Did a lot of research, this one is good for commuting, or zipping around.

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Harry

Excellent ride and value, commute 24 miles round trip. Helps against the wind and saves over a third of the time each way. Charge it up each way to be sure, battery comes out easily. Pedal assist options are versatile. Added a rack and lights. Did a lot of research, this one is good for commuting, or zipping around.

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Harry

Excellent ride and value, commute 24 miles round trip. Helps against the wind and saves over a third of the time each way. Charge it up each way to be sure, battery comes out easily. Pedal assist options are versatile. Added a rack and lights. Did a lot of research, this one is good for commuting, or zipping around.

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Alan

Great bike! Logged 1000 miles in the first 80 days since receiving my Core-5 via FedEx just 2 days after ordering it on 29 June 2022. Be prepared to receive compliments on your Core-5 wherever you go! Upgrades: 1) Rock Bros 4-bearing metal pedals, 2) Shimano Rapid fire Plus 7-speed shifter, 3) Hafny HF-700 locking ergonomic grips, 4) red metal valve cover caps to match red spindle on pedals, 5) routed front brake cable through wire loom and zip-tied it to boss on left fork (this step should have been in the instructions). Accessories: 1) dual Hafny, e-bike certified, tinted auto-glass mirrors mounted on handlebar grip locks, 2) Rock Bros frame mount phone bag, 3) CECO 1000 lumen rechargeable headlight, 4) WSDCAM bike alarm taillight with turn signals, horn, and auto brake light, 5) Topeak MTX rear rack, 6) Topeak MTX expandable, rear DX bag, 6) Topeak collapsible tote cart with cargo net for grocery runs, 7) Kryptonite chain lock, 8) Lazer Urbanize, e-bike certified, NTA MIPS helmet.

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Alan

Great bike! Logged 1000 miles in the first 80 days since receiving my Core-5 via FedEx just 2 days after ordering it on 29 June 2022. Be prepared to receive compliments on your Core-5 wherever you go! Upgrades: 1) Rock Bros 4-bearing metal pedals, 2) Shimano Rapid fire Plus 7-speed shifter, 3) Hafny HF-700 locking ergonomic grips, 4) red metal valve cover caps to match red spindle on pedals, 5) routed front brake cable through wire loom and zip-tied it to boss on left fork (this step should have been in the instructions). Accessories: 1) dual Hafny, e-bike certified, tinted auto-glass mirrors mounted on handlebar grip locks, 2) Rock Bros frame mount phone bag, 3) CECO 1000 lumen rechargeable headlight, 4) WSDCAM bike alarm taillight with turn signals, horn, and auto brake light, 5) Topeak MTX rear rack, 6) Topeak MTX expandable, rear DX bag, 6) Topeak collapsible tote cart with cargo net for grocery runs, 7) Kryptonite chain lock, 8) Lazer Urbanize, e-bike certified, NTA MIPS helmet.

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Alan

Great bike! Logged 1000 miles in the first 80 days since receiving my Core-5 via FedEx just 2 days after ordering it on 29 June 2022. Be prepared to receive compliments on your Core-5 wherever you go! Upgrades: 1) Rock Bros 4-bearing metal pedals, 2) Shimano Rapid fire Plus 7-speed shifter, 3) Hafny HF-700 locking ergonomic grips, 4) red metal valve cover caps to match red spindle on pedals, 5) routed front brake cable through wire loom and zip-tied it to boss on left fork (this step should have been in the instructions). Accessories: 1) dual Hafny, e-bike certified, tinted auto-glass mirrors mounted on handlebar grip locks, 2) Rock Bros frame mount phone bag, 3) CECO 1000 lumen rechargeable headlight, 4) WSDCAM bike alarm taillight with turn signals, horn, and auto brake light, 5) Topeak MTX rear rack, 6) Topeak MTX expandable, rear DX bag, 6) Topeak collapsible tote cart with cargo net for grocery runs, 7) Kryptonite chain lock, 8) Lazer Urbanize, e-bike certified, NTA MIPS helmet.

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Mike

I’ve had my core 5 for a year now with over 500 miles. No problems at all. You have to have one!

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John

Received my Core 5 XR just a few weeks ago. I never write reviews but had to with this. Shipping was quick (of course, I’m in Phoenix and it came from San Diego, so expected I guess) assembly was easy, I have some bike knowledge - a weekend rider, but only took about 90 minutes. I do wish they would update the video regarding the fork assembly. A little confusing at first, but the printed instructions helped. I changed the grips and seat only ‘cuz I had grips and seat on my other bike that I love, so I swapped, but nothing really wrong with theirs. Added a rear rack with bag and was off. I’m finicky, still trying tweak the derailleur, but how I love this bike! It looks great and rides smooth. Have put about 100 miles on it already. Little hills, medium hills - no problem! (Yes, we do actually have some hills in Phoenix). Everything works great. I chose Ride1Up after about two months of research. I wanted a good value, but solid bike. And I wanted a company that warehouses, supports, and provides batteries and other accessories specifically for their bikes here in the U.S. I know it is manufactured overseas, but I wanted support and batteries closer to me. I love this thing so much I’m commuting with it now everyday to work - no small feat in Phoenix in the Summertime! I’m male, 5’10” 170lbs and the frame fits me perfectly. I will most definitely recommend this bike to family and friends!! Now, if only I could get the ST model to review for my wife - I know she would thoroughly enjoy this bike, too! Do the research, but keep these guys on your short list.

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Adam Fleisher

The Core 5 is an excellent bike. I appreciate it more and more every time I use it. Great power. Great quality. Great price.

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Glenn

Just received my Core 5 Balck/Gray. Rating Paint - A Welds - A Brakes - c+ For the price they are fine! Shifter - B works fine for the price! Display - B works fine! Seat - B you might want it softer. Wheels / Tires - A Battery - A Packaging - B+ Performance - A Ride comfort - B+ Price - A+ Great bike for the money !!!!!

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William B.

I ordered this bike and had it shipped directly to Hawaii to ride the mountain trails with my friends. This is one of the only companies that ship to Hawaii so thank you Ride1up. I am blown away by how the bike performs. I have about 200 miles in on week one and my longest ride is 55 miles with one bar available on the battery after the ride. I use the battery sparingly, but it is amazing on the steep hills. Most people don't realize it is an ebike as it is so sleek. I highly recommend this bike. The range seems to be great, and I can peal assist up to 28 mph. The only negative I can find is with a water cage attached I can't remove the battery. I am staying in a condo and store the bike in a bike cage. When I get back to Texas, it won't be a problem as I will charge it in my garage.

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Robert

absolutely love the bike

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Wael

Awesome bike and amazing ride. Love this bike and sometimes don't even need electricity on flat surfaces

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Anthony A.

Awesome bike for the price.

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Adriana DePalo

Looks great, rides great, however two weeks old and the kick stand welded plate broke off completely... A big disappointment.. your call back customer service is terable..

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Adriana DePalo

Looks great, rides great, however two weeks old and the kick stand welded plate broke off completely... A big disappointment.. your call back customer service is terable..

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Adriana DePalo

Looks great, rides great, however two weeks old and the kick stand welded plate broke off completely... A big disappointment.. your call back customer service is terable..

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Andy K.

The 1Up Core-5 is by far the best looking bike in this price category and also the best bang for your buck. It is my 2nd one and even though I had a choice of any other eBike... even higher priced ones, I still decided to buy another 1Up. Everything just works on it. No fuss and easy to use and ride. I've even taken it off-road on lite trails and it did great. I look forward to 1Up's future models.

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Andy K.

The 1Up Core-5 is by far the best looking bike in this price category and also the best bang for your buck. It is my 2nd one and even though I had a choice of any other eBike... even higher priced ones, I still decided to buy another 1Up. Everything just works on it. No fuss and easy to use and ride. I've even taken it off-road on lite trails and it did great. I look forward to 1Up's future models.

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RENE BORROTO

I did something risky - bought a $1,200 e-bike online, without trying it or seeing it in person, and needing some home assembly. Fortunately for me I ended up with a great bike: the Ride1Up Core-5 ST in a subtle blue color with optional fenders. I have enjoyed this bike a lot so far, it's lighter and stealthier than most e-bikes, and the pedal assist function helps me ride for longer distances. I am 62 and not getting any younger, but the exercise is doing me well. The only thing I did not particularly like about the bike was its saddle, which is a bit too firm for my keister. It's a good seat, don't get me wrong, but it's just too hard for me. So the remedy was a suspension seat post and a softer saddle. All in all I would recommend this Core-5 ST model to anyone looking to take the leap into an online-bought e-bike that is well built and affordable.

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Benjamin C.

Incredible what you get for the price - I love this bike. As long as you're comfortable assembling & tuning it out of the box, it's an amazing deal and looks fantastic. The only cons - I had to replace the pedals since they were creaking after a few rides, I'm not a fan of the saddle, and the brakes are very cheap & hard to adjust without rubbing. The motor is quite strong and capable of climbing very steep hills as long as you're willing to pedal a bit. Battery life seems good as long as you don't rely on the throttle too much, I typically use assist level 3 unless going up a steep hill. Extremely stable at speed and fairly comfortable riding position without being too relaxed. I'll make a few upgrades over time, but considering the cost this bike is nearly perfect.

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Benjamin C.

Incredible what you get for the price - I love this bike. As long as you're comfortable assembling & tuning it out of the box, it's an amazing deal and looks fantastic. The only cons - I had to replace the pedals since they were creaking after a few rides, I'm not a fan of the saddle, and the brakes are very cheap & hard to adjust without rubbing. The motor is quite strong and capable of climbing very steep hills as long as you're willing to pedal a bit. Battery life seems good as long as you don't rely on the throttle too much, I typically use assist level 3 unless going up a steep hill. Extremely stable at speed and fairly comfortable riding position without being too relaxed. I'll make a few upgrades over time, but considering the cost this bike is nearly perfect.

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Anonymous

We Absolutely love this bike. Nothing else more to say than it is superb.

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Anonymous

We Absolutely love this bike. Nothing else more to say than it is superb.

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eric king

For the price is a great product we now have 150 miles on the bikes and only problem we had was rear rotor warped on one bike and the other the rear wheel not completely true. The battery life has been very good for us mostly ride level 2 or 3 and both bikes seem consistent on same range running battery down till green light is on which is supposed to be half or less we get about 16 miles.

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eric king

For the price is a great product we now have 150 miles on the bikes and only problem we had was rear rotor warped on one bike and the other the rear wheel not completely true. The battery life has been very good for us mostly ride level 2 or 3 and both bikes seem consistent on same range running battery down till green light is on which is supposed to be half or less we get about 16 miles.

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MICHAEL S.

Bought this for my wife after several of her friends bought them. She loves it!

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MICHAEL S.

Bought this for my wife after several of her friends bought them. She loves it!

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MICHAEL S.

Bought this for my wife after several of her friends bought them. She loves it!

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MICHAEL S.

Bought this for my wife after several of her friends bought them. She loves it!

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Ruth V.

Love it

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Rosane B.

I love my Core 5. I might change the seat for a little more comfort, but so far so good. Now my husband and I can ride together, since he’s not a cyclist and can keep up otherwise.

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Jos C.

Amazing bike for the price! Really benefits from a suspension stem and seatpost. Surprisingly lightweight. i was torn between this and the roadster but not that I have tried both I can confidently say that the core 5 is a better bike unless you are dealing with stairs or tight spaces. Basically, if youre looking for an entry level ebike and want speed or range or climbing power you can't go wrong with the core 5. The roadster is definitely more about filling that lightweight niche and is definitely more speed and range limited as a trade off. Love this bike so much and so glad I decided to pull the trigger. Be sure to join the owners group on Facebook for lots of advice and support on your r1u journey!

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Jerry. Strazzeri

Turned 61 yo recently, and bought the core 500 series EBike. Within a month the odometer passed 750 miles. I feel like a kid again. 90 min rides are the norm. Florida coastal living is sunny , warm and flat terrain with blue skies 10 months of the year. Ride 1 up hit a home run with this durable, strong built commuter leisure bike. It’s fun to ride, safe and easy to pedal to the local pizza parlor. Thank you all for a great value e bike. And for your quick friendly response to my questions. Now my wife wants one. Blue skies, Jerry

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Colleen B.

I am in love with this bike! I’m so happy I took so much time to research before purchasing an e-bike, and I landed here. I can’t say enough good things about the Core-5. I got the beautiful Blue Step Through. I’m 5ft and it fits me like a glove. It’s hard for me to find a bike that fits me. I love that it can adapt to a taller person as well. My much taller partner bought the grey Core-5. It’s a Stealthy looking ride. This bike rides smoothly and flawlessly. The tires absorb a lot of impact. My previous bike jarred my neck, not anymore. It is extremely fun to ride. The thumb throttle shifter is amazing! It carries me over rough terrain instantly and saves my bad knee repeatedly. The quality of this bike is rock solid and it’s very impressive to looking. The price is well worth what you get for this bike! The way it responds is unbelievable. If you’re on the fence, go check out Ride1Up’s Facebook page! We are a community of very proud and excited Ride1Up owners.

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Jeffrey

Absolutely love the bike fast shipping and arrived in perfect condition very simple and minor assembly although i have been riding(mainly road bikes)and Restoring vintage bikes my whole life but at 65 and thanks to arthritis in my knees i haven't been riding much but this bike gives me just enough assist to get back out there riding! I did change a few things to get more of a stretched out riding position! A little bling never hurts either!

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Jeffrey

Absolutely love the bike fast shipping and arrived in perfect condition very simple and minor assembly although i have been riding(mainly road bikes)and Restoring vintage bikes my whole life but at 65 and thanks to arthritis in my knees i haven't been riding much but this bike gives me just enough assist to get back out there riding! I did change a few things to get more of a stretched out riding position! A little bling never hurts either!

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Lee O.

After 200 miles, I can say that I’m really impressed with the Core 5. For medical reasons, I wanted a relatively light ebike that was well made, but not loaded with a lot of features that I didn’t need. Even though this is one of Ride1Up’s entry level bikes, when you ride it, it doesn’t have an entry level feel. The motor and cadence sensor are responsive, but also smooth. It’s powerful enough that most of the time I only use it on the second setting, but it’s nice to know that there’s still five higher levels of pedal assist waiting if I need them. It’s also nice to have both, pedal assist and throttle modes. I don’t use the throttle mode much because I like to pedal, but I’ll use it for a quick “power boost” if I’m trying to rush through an intersection when the light is getting ready to change. My 11 yr old granddaughter rode this bike up a hill that she normally had to push her 21 speed bike up. When she topped that long hill on the Core 5, she was doing 20mph. They advertise a 30-40 mile range on a single charge, so I took this for a 30 mile ride to see if the battery would run out. Where I got home I still had two bars showing on the display. I’m used to riding a Fuji Traverse One 5, if this bike had the Fuji’s Shimano Nicera shifter and the hydraulic brakes, it would have been the perfect ebike for me. I know that it’s impossible for companies like Ride1Up make the perfect bike for everybody, but they’ve done a great job with this bike, and I’ll probably add these two features to my Core 5 in the near future. I would HIGHLY recommend the this bike to anybody who is looking for a reliable entry level ebike that won’t break the bank. It’s a great ride for the money, and the customer support is also top notch. GET THIS BIKE!!!

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Theodore B.

Well built and ready to go. It has gotten a Cannondale Adventure II saddle and will get my hydraulic brakes off my Kona in the near future, but everything else seems to be above average. My wife is very happy. She's all about keeping up now! Before I'd look back and she was a speck...but now I get startled she's so close! As in, Ride1up your hubby's tire, close. So give me a few years and I'll be electric as well. Maybe even another Ride1up! Peace

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karl cook

Updated review after three plus weeks and 230 miles. I love this bike! It's not to say there weren't a few disappointments.. but relatively minor. I mentioned the thumb shifter previously. I found it to be stiff and a bit awkward. I'd like to see Ride1UP spend just a few more dollars on a decent shifter. I easily installed a Shimano "Rapid Fire" replacement shifter (very adequate and less than $18), this minor change alone has made the experience more enjoyable. As one of the least expensive components on a bike, it really should be upgraded. The weight at 50 lbs, and with a rigid frame you feel every bump which is not a R1U issue but a personal one. Problem solved with the combination of a suspension seat post and suspension handlebar stem, both purchased from Redshift. And once again transforming the experience. My highest miles per charge (35), was achieved under mixed conditions from flat to hilly and in PAS 3 and in PAS 5 as needed. Two battery bars remained which given the terrain and headwinds was impressive. Because I'd like to venture farther that 15-20 miles (one way), and because the bike will at times be loaded down with camping gear, I ordered the 14ah battery (today!).. That should open up new world of opportunities! I strongly recommend and would buy again!

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James

This bike is just tight! Plenty of power for me and reasonably light enough and very nimble. I had a controller issue about a month in and Ryan sent me a new one and my issue was resolved.

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James

This bike is just tight! Plenty of power for me and reasonably light enough and very nimble. I had a controller issue about a month in and Ryan sent me a new one and my issue was resolved.

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James

This bike is just tight! Plenty of power for me and reasonably light enough and very nimble. I had a controller issue about a month in and Ryan sent me a new one and my issue was resolved.

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James

This bike is just tight! Plenty of power for me and reasonably light enough and very nimble. I had a controller issue about a month in and Ryan sent me a new one and my issue was resolved.

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karl cook

After a day of tweaks, and add-ons...

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Shazia G.

The Core-5 is a great bike! Sturdy, quick and efficient; it's intriguing that there aren't more of these around. Looks slick and sophisticated too, like in the others' pictures (here's a pic of the display)

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JOSEPH

I like the bike overall. The bike is heavy but feels solid when riding.

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Joe Barron

We bought both st and xr Core5 had them a few months . A few upgrades to make them more comfortable and we ride every chase we have .

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Joe Barron

We bought both st and xr Core5 had them a few months . A few upgrades to make them more comfortable and we ride every chase we have .

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Joe Barron

We bought both st and xr Core5 had them a few months . A few upgrades to make them more comfortable and we ride every chase we have .

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Patrick

Good price, quality products, excellent service

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Peggy

I love my bike! It’s very responsive. As soon as I need a push up the hill, there it is. Easy to shift gears, even multiple gears at a time. Comfortable to ride for hours. Easy to charge.

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Peggy

I love my bike! It’s very responsive. As soon as I need a push up the hill, there it is. Easy to shift gears, even multiple gears at a time. Comfortable to ride for hours. Easy to charge.

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William

Great bike at a great price

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Owen

I love this Core 5 bike. I have cancer and when I ride a regular bike I run out of gas easily. This Core 5 is great for me. I can ride 20 miles with no problem. Going up hills was a big problem for me but this bike eliminated that issue. If I get a certain distance and feel tired, I just stop peddling and use the throttle to get home. Worth every penny in my opinion.

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Owen

I love this Core 5 bike. I have cancer and when I ride a regular bike I run out of gas easily. This Core 5 is great for me. I can ride 20 miles with no problem. Going up hills was a big problem for me but this bike eliminated that issue. If I get a certain distance and feel tired, I just stop peddling and use the throttle to get home. Worth every penny in my opinion.

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Owen

I love this Core 5 bike. I have cancer and when I ride a regular bike I run out of gas easily. This Core 5 is great for me. I can ride 20 miles with no problem. Going up hills was a big problem for me but this bike eliminated that issue. If I get a certain distance and feel tired, I just stop peddling and use the throttle to get home. Worth every penny in my opinion.

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  1. DaveO (verified owner)

    I’m getting spoiled and plan to sell my conventional Trek. I love my Core 5. Easy to assemble, it’s mostly done right out of the box. I made small adjustments to the brakes and tightened some spokes. Components are solid and it’s made riding fun again. The pedal assist gives me plenty of power, (I blow by my friend on his class 2 of another brand) and it has impressive range. I have no range anxiety because the the bike rides so well, even without the motor on. Sometimes I turn off the motor and just pedal. I’m 5’11 it’s a great fit and I wouldn’t want a bigger frame. I may get the stem extender recommended by Dominic-(thanks) so I can be slightly more upright. I have the XR version and I’m going to purchase the step through for my wife who is 5′ 4″.

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  2. Anthony Marsala

    The video mentions taking everything off the fork and putting it back *in the same order*. There are also parts in the assembly video that we couldn’t find (like the bearing rings) that are preassembled in the 2022 Core5, so it’s confusing and it made us wonder if we were missing pieces. I really could have a used an up-to-date assembly parts diagram. Turns out the dust cover from the canonical spacer had fallen to the bottom of the fork, so we assumed the dust cover went on the fork first, not the compression ring. It took a long time to figure out where that part went and how to attach it to the canonical spacer. I strongly suggest you provide an up-to-date diagram of the different pieces for the fork and headset assembly. Also, someone put the handlebar attachment on backwards. Easy to fix, but it had us scratching our heads for a bit. Also, why not include a 15mm wrench? Seems like you include more Allen wrenches than the bike requires, yet no 15mm wrench is included.

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  3. Dominic (verified owner)

    Love it – I commute about 2 miles one way each day with a steep hill in the middle of my route and the bike handles it like a champ. I’m pretty big guy (6’3″, 230lbs), but the 750W motor on this bike still feels really powerful! It’s no contest compared to my roommates 500w – and ESPECIALLY 250w – ebikes. If you’re my size and considering a weaker bike, do yourself a favor and get this one. The class 3 rating is also great, and not something I think I could live without now that I have it. There’s nothing quite like cruising at the speed of traffic during your commute. Also, if you’re concerned about the lack of suspension as I was, I can confirm that it’s perfectly comfortable for road or light offroad use. Looks-wise, the integrated battery looks so, so much better than the humps most other bikes at this price point have. Also, Ride1up obviously improve their product continuously in response to feedback – the version of the Core-5 I received has locking grips and a headlight which were weaknesses I saw mentioned in older reviews. That being said, there are a few minor points to be aware of. As others mention, the included assembly guide is pretty useless, but it’s not hard to figure out if you’re handy. Also, the included seat is pretty uncomfortable (that’s just me, though – my smaller roommate likes it) and the spokes of the rear wheel will probably need tightening at some point. Overall, it’s an great-looking ebike, and an amazing value for the asking price that has basically replaced my car.

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  4. John C. (verified owner)

    The Core-5 is a great bike! I’m 74 years old, 185 pounds, 5’11”, and an exercise cyclist. I already have a 65 pound fat tire electric mountain bike, so I wanted a lighter electric bike without all the expense of a Specialized or a Trek. At 50 pounds, the Core-5 fit the bill. The bike was easily built right out of the box. The chain went around the front gear, and all the rear cassette gears worked flawlessly…and still do after 120 miles. Some of the instructions in the video were a bit out of date from the packaging, but nothing that was hard to figure out.

    The biggest disappointment was the recommendation that someone as tall as 6’4” could ride this bike. Come on, guys, this is a small frame. For my first ride, with the seat high enough to allow for decent leg extension on the down pedal, on the up pedal my knees came up to the handlebars! This problem was easily overcome with the addition of a Zukka stem extender from Amazon, which added about 3” of height to the handlebars without compromising the cable stretch. Even with that, I don’t think anyone over 6’ should consider this bike. Now, especially with the swept-back handlebars, it’s the lighter and sportier electric I was looking for.

    Also, the power assist settings seemed odd at first, but fortunately, checking the on-line support information, it’s an easy job to adjust the assist levels to whatever you want the bike to do for you.

    Another plus, the motor on my bike isn’t nearly as noisy as the one I saw demonstrated on a video from some guy in California. There’s a bit of noise, but it’s not irritating in any way.

    Overall, it’s a fun ride and a great bike for the money. Keep up the good work, Ride1Up!

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  5. Chris Smiroldo (verified owner)

    All good so far. May need to get derailer and brakes adjusted slightly but I guess that’s to be expected of mail order bike.

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  6. Vir

    I used a friend’s Ride1Up Core 5 and it’s a huge difference from my super light weight Mountain Bike.
    This ebike has ruined every other mechanical bike for me.
    My friend has ridden 1000 miles in the last 5 months since she bought it. And I plan to buy it too.

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