Prodigy

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Speed

Speed

Class 3 electric bike, with 28mph pedal assist

Motor

Motor

Brose TF Sprinter German made mid-drive motor with 90nm torque

Range

Range

30-50 miles depending on rider weight, terrain, incline, level of assist, etc.

Frame

Frame

Lightweight Alloy Frame with internal protected & locked electronics

Comfort

Comfort

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

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COMPONENTS

Motor
Motor
Brose TF Sprinter German made mid-drive motor with 90nm torque
Motor
Battery
36V14ah Phylion BN21, Samsung Cells, Smart BMS
Motor
Controller
Brose Frame integrated Controller
Motor
Display
Brose Display Allround, 1.5" Color
Motor
PAS Sensor
Brose Integrated Torque Sensor
Motor
Brakes
Tektro HD-M275 180mm Hydraulic
Motor
Tires: XR & ST
Maxxis Refuse 27.5”x2.0”
Motor
Tires: XC
Maxxis Forekaster 27.5"x2.4"
Motor
Handlebars
ST & XR Frame: No Rise, 23° Sweep 31.8mm Ergonomic Bars
Motor
Handlebars
MTB: 20mm Rise, 0° Sweep 31.8mm Bars
Motor
Grips
Velo Locking Rubber Ergonomic Grips
Motor
Shifters
Shimano 9-Speed Trigger Shifter, Electric Shift Assist Sensor
Motor
Gearing: XR & ST
46T Prowheel Alloy Chainring
Motor
Gearing: XC
42T Narrow-Wide Alloy Chainring
Motor
Cassette
Shimano 11-34T
Motor
Derailleur
Shimano Alivio RD M4000
Motor
Chain
KMC e9 EPT, Mid-drive Chain
Motor
Spokes
Black Stainless Steel, 13G
Motor
Saddle XT & ST
Selle Royal Viento
Motor
Saddle XC
Selle Royal SRX
Motor
Fork: XR & ST
Hydroformed 6061 Aluminum
Motor
Fork: XC
120mm Travel, 32mm Stanchion diameter, Air Suspension, Hydraulic Lockout
Motor
Seat Post
Uno SP-719 350mm x 31.6mm Dual Bolt
Motor
Stem: XR & ST
Wake, Smooth Alloy 0° 80mm 31.8mm Bar Clamp
Motor
Stem: XC
Wake, Smooth Alloy 10° 50mm 31.8mm Bar Clamp
Motor
Headlight (all models)
Buchel Shiny 80, Ultra-bright 80 lux headlight
Motor
Taillight: XR & ST
Custom Rack Integrated
Motor
Rack: XR & ST
Custom 40lbs Cargo Rack
Motor
Additional
Water Bottle Bosses and Chainstay Guard

DIMENSIONS AND SIZING

  • Bike weight (without rack and fenders) 50 lbs
  • Weight Capacity 300 lbs
  • Seat Tube 19"
  • Minimum seat height (top of seat to ground) 32"
  • Maximum seat height (top of seat to ground) 40"
  • Handlebar height 42"
  • Wheel base 43”
  • Total length 71”
    • XR Frame Dimensions:
    • Height range 5'6"-6'4"
    • Stand-over height 29”
    • Handlebar reach 20"
    • ST Frame Dimensions:
    • Height range 5'1"-6'3"
    • Stand-over height 18"
    • Handlebar reach 20"
    • XC Frame Dimensions:
    • Height range 5'6"-6'4"
    • Stand-over height 29”
    • Handlebar reach 20"

WHAT'S INCLUDED

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Integrated Headlight and Taillight* (on XR and ST). Super Bright 80 Lux with Daytime Operating Safety Lighting Features.

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48V Two Amp Charger and Cable with Auto Shut-Off. LED Indicator Feature Provides Realtime Charging Status.

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Handlebar Mounted 1.5" LCD TFT display. 4 levels of Pedal Assist (PAS) and Advanced Metrics.

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Maxxis Refuse eBike Touring Tires. High Performing and Reliable - Perfect for Commuting and 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

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 75lbs. Bike will arrive 85% assembled (electronics are pre-assembled).

FAQ'S

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Unfortunately the 14ah battery pack is the largest available that will fit this frame.

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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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13 reviews for Prodigy

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Image #2 from J. Nelson
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Image #4 from Kris H.
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Image #1 from Greg Stein

Greg Stein

The Prodigy is simply a blast, so fun, and fast! I am a lifelong rider, but this is my first E bike, and I just love it. I will not rehash all the excellent points already made, I will just say what a bad ass beautiful bicycle, very happy owner here.

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J. Nelson

Ride1Up Prodigy XC Review TLDR SUMMARY +Great, Solid Choice for a class 3, 5 stage pedal assist mid drive E MTN Bike. +Solid Build, quality enginering. +Excellent Power and Range. +If the Prodigy XC fits your needs, I don't think you'll find another option where you'll get more for your money. -Range as displayed by the Brose controller/computer is wildly incorrect (pessimistic). -A fair bit (5 lbs, or 10%) Heavier than claimed. -High cross bar: Riders with much less than a 32" inseam may want to look elsewhere. A Couple Of Opinions To Start: This E MTN Bike delivers a LOT for your money. Being that this is my first E Bike (to own, not ride), I personally like the philosophy that Ride1Up apparently subscribes to: * No Brick and mortar - Leverage the Web and Fedex. * Go with quality components - But shun any particular component brand loyalty. * Allow the purchaser to trade off some time and effort to unbox and perform (reasonably straightforward) assembly to facilitate additional $avings. Be safe: Especially if you are unfamiliar with bicycles and/or mechanics, have someone qualified assemble or check out your assembled bike for you. Get and install a red flashing light to help make you visible from the back (online search "NiteRider Omega 300 Lumens USB Rechargeable Bike Tail Light Powerful Daylight Visible Bicycle LED Rear Light". I also ordered a water bottle and cage at the same time. You may also need a 15mm pedal wrench [read "Install the pedals" in the installation section section below]). Through ride1up when ordering/purchasing the bike I included (and very much like) the available handlebar mount Smart Phone holder. I use this for trail and road Navigation, and it works wonderfully. THE GOOD Happily, there's Lots. Value: Game Changing. I'm sure this bike has competitors scrambling to try and reduce costs. Packaging Quality: Despite some box rash, mine came through unscathed. Build Quality: Yes. Relative ease Of Assembly: My assembly notes below. Front Light Brightness. Good. Brose Drive and Controller: Great... as long as you are ok having motor assist ONLY when you are actually pedaling. The +/- toggle switch for motor assist level is easy and intuitive... Nice. Gearing: Always a trade off; The 8 speeds cover a very reasonable and practical range of speed at one end and gear reduction for hills at the other. Speed: This bike can get you there! Big Battery: Yields an enviable range. Tires: I initially thought I would replace the tires with more streetable "gravel road" tires, but after using am now not feeling the need as they seem surprisingly good (and light) for knobbies. Good Seat (particularly for Middle Aged Men;) IMO. THE NOT SO GOOD Actual Availability Based on my personal experience, expect shipment about a week to 10 days beyond the listed shipping date when ordering. Paint The grey finish on my bike seems a bit too easy to blemish. When starting to thread in one of the pedals, I dropped it and it marred the underside of the crossbar paint. I was a little surprised that the paint was not more durable. It made more of a blemish than just a small chip like a more durable finish typically would. My priorities are clearly function over looks, so this bothered me very little, but for some more astheticly valued customers, accumulation of paint belmishes may be more upsetting. Front Light Control The link says there is supposed to be a button on the Brose controller that allows shutting the front light off. Nuh uh. Front light is on when the Brose computer is turned on, and off when it is off... Period. Front light Mounting The light mount kind of works, but it's not very solid. The plastic light attachment bracket is slightly ramped, so tightening the mount screw slides it upward until it runs out of travel to keep sliding. I don't believe it's harzardous or anything, but then again I don't ride at night. I was actually able to use some of the cable routing in the front light area to help keep it in place... But NOT ideal. This XC bike frame is Tall! I have approximately a 32" inseam, and have almost no clearance between the cross bar and my groin when standing flat footed over the bike. I need to stand with my back pretty much touching the front of the seat... standing any further forward than that and I have insufficient clearance when flat footed. THE BAD Brose Controller, Computed Range The Brose controller screen is not the same as what I found in the supplied link (see uploaded picture). The controls and information are all there, but it takes a little intuition to figure out. I must particularly mention that the "Range" as computed and displayed is less than worthless, and I don't say that lightly. Remaining Range in Miles (M) started off in the 60's, then quickly dropped to 40s, 30s and said 21M at my half way point. I was a bit concerned. Then it dropped from 21M to 14M Range (remaining) after three minutes (less than a mile) of pedaling on Eco (minimal) assist mode. Ugh. It dropped over time but with minimal connection to reality. Unfortunately, on my first long ride I felt like I had to take it seriously because I have a long climb at the end, and would frankly be walking if I had to pedal this bike up that section without assist. But SURPRISE, in the end I got up the hills and home with over half of my battery remaining (as indicated in the picture by 3 out of 5 bars on the left edge of the Brose display), but not being any wiser pedaled up a lot of the hills with minimal assist (until my quads felt to be on fire) simply because of the aforementioned "Range" bug. Word to the Wise... Totally Ignore the Brose computed and displayed "Range" on the Brose display. THE UGLY Well, ugly for me personally anyway. This bike feels heavy. Some would say it's not very heavy for an E MTN Bike, but I want to pedal without motor assist fairly often to get exercise and save the battery. For me, weight was one of my tippety-top criteria whan selecting an E Bike. As it turns out, the bike doesn't just feel heavy, it IS heavy: Heavier than published on the ride1up website by some 5+ pounds. That may not sound like much to some, but the ride1up website says the bike weighs 48 lbs (see picture), and my scale says 53.2 lbs. That's slightly more than a 10% increase from the listed weight. And before anyone asks; No, there were no installed racks, fenders, water bottle or lights - other than the one front light that came with the bike. If I wasn't so otherwise impressed by the Prodigy XC, I would have dropped my rating 1 star for this, but I can't... not based on this discrepancy alone. UNKNOWNS Durability: Personally, I don't feel overly concerned as this bike seems solid and very well engineered, and exudes those traits. MY ASSEMBLY NOTES FOR THE PRODIGY XC. DISCLAIMER: All assembly information are strictly my opinions, based on my singular assembly experience; ALWAYS defer to ride1up company instructions or a cycling professional for safety purposes. General Ensure the appropriate allen wrench is fully inserted into the each allen bolt head before tightening to avoid stripping. Do not overtighten or undertighten bolts - enlist qualified help if this is unfamiliar. Process: Carefully Team Lift the bike out of the box; Go Slow; Particularly protect the front wheel brake disc, and make sure that none of the cables are getting bent, folded or yanked. Once out of the box, carefully clip all of the zip ties (there are a lot of them). One large zip tie compresses the fork spring(s) for shipment. When you cut this zip tie the fork will pop up into it's unsprung position suddenly. Install the seat post. Install the handlebars, but FIRST rotate the fork so the fork tubes are maximally out in front of the bike. When initially installing the handlebars, DO NOT fully tighten the handlebar clamp bolts, just snug the four bolts that clamp the bars in place - you will almost certainly want/need to adjust and/or center the bars before fully tightening, and remember when later fully tightening that the gaps at the top and bottom of the handlebar clamp should be very close to equal in size, and the 4 bolts should be slowly/evenly tightened in a criss-cross pattern (again, tighten securely, but don't overtighten). Flip the bike upside down on cardboard down so it rests on the bars and seat BEING CAREFUL NOT to stress the little square Brose controller/display mounted to the handlebar. Remove the black plastic front brake pad gap keeper - Once removed, do NOT squeeze the front brake lever before the front wheel is installed. Remove the front axel bolt from the front forks and carefully install the front wheel (again, paying close attention to the front brake disc). Tighten the front axel bolt securely. Install the pedals (left pedal threads in counter clockwise; right pedal goes on the DRIVE CHAIN side of the bike). [Note: You will need a 15mm wrench to tighten the pedals, and though I searched exhaustively, my XC E bike did not come with a 15mm wrench. I'm not sure if that was just a packing oversight, but I was able to find one in my old bike toolbox. I you need one it can be found online by searching for "Pedal Wrench Double Sided Bicycle Pedal Removal 15/16/17mm Bike Spanner Home Mechanic Pedal Repair Tool With Long Hand Comfortable"]. Flip the bike back onto it's wheels and put down the kickstand. The XC model has no fenders, rack or rear light. Install the front light under the bolt at the back of the lower fork brace with the washer against the bolt head. Loosen the little front brake cable retaining guide (between the forks) and retighten with the front brake cable routed through the cable guide. Carefully make the electrical connection to the Brose computer/controller. The connection is keyed, and it takes reasonably significant force to seat the connectors, but the two connectors FIRST MUST be precisely aligned (or pin damage will occur). Take some time/care to route the cables under/over/behind the front light. Repeatedly turn the handlebars 45 degrees left and then 45 degrees right and observe the cable movements and reroute if necessary until cabling stays put, and doesn't foul, move or block the light. Flip the bike back over to rest on the handlebars and seat. Spin the front wheel. The wheel should spin true (not wobble or drag), and the brake rotor should spin freely within the brake pads. Spin it again harder and then reach down and squeeze the front brake lever to check the front braking operation (I did this several times to help center and seat the pads). Repeat the above process for the rear wheel. Return the Bike to upright. My handlebars and front wheel were not in alignment as shipped, but this was easy to adjust: (Do ONLY if necessary) Below the handlebar clamp is a steering stem clamp that has an upper and lower bolt that face in opposite directions. I loosened but did not remove the two bolts, held the front tire between my knees and then gently adjusted (turned) the bars until the wheel was pointing exactly straight when the handlebars were straight; then retightened the two bolts. If you do this and the handlebars and wheel don't turn independently, DO NOT force this adjustment - if the correct bolts are loosened the handlebars should turn independent of the front wheel/forks with very low force. If this adjustment is made or attempted, make sure to properly tighten the two steering stem clamp bolts or a serious crash will be virtually certain. RELATED/OTHER There is also an available adjustment to raise the steering stem in order to raise the bars, but I did not choose to perform this adjustment. Based on my experience, the deraileur cable and/or other adjusters will almost certainly need to be adjusted after your first ride of any significant length. Make sure to do this in a timely fashion - particularly if you find that the chain is on the verge of going beyond the necessary range of travel for shifting, or if the bike is shifting gears unexpectedly. One of the most overlooked adjustments is proper seat hight, but many people are unwilling or unable to ride with the seat at the correct height in order to pedal ergonomically, and usually suffer knee pain or worse as a result - but that is outside the scope of this writing. Talk to your local bike shop if you have questions regarding to adjust the seat height to the optimal position, and/or how to ride safely using the correct seat height. Happy Riding.

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Image #3 from J. Nelson

J. Nelson

Ride1Up Prodigy XC Review TLDR SUMMARY +Great, Solid Choice for a class 3, 5 stage pedal assist mid drive E MTN Bike. +Solid Build, quality enginering. +Excellent Power and Range. +If the Prodigy XC fits your needs, I don't think you'll find another option where you'll get more for your money. -Range as displayed by the Brose controller/computer is wildly incorrect (pessimistic). -A fair bit (5 lbs, or 10%) Heavier than claimed. -High cross bar: Riders with much less than a 32" inseam may want to look elsewhere. A Couple Of Opinions To Start: This E MTN Bike delivers a LOT for your money. Being that this is my first E Bike (to own, not ride), I personally like the philosophy that Ride1Up apparently subscribes to: * No Brick and mortar - Leverage the Web and Fedex. * Go with quality components - But shun any particular component brand loyalty. * Allow the purchaser to trade off some time and effort to unbox and perform (reasonably straightforward) assembly to facilitate additional $avings. Be safe: Especially if you are unfamiliar with bicycles and/or mechanics, have someone qualified assemble or check out your assembled bike for you. Get and install a red flashing light to help make you visible from the back (online search "NiteRider Omega 300 Lumens USB Rechargeable Bike Tail Light Powerful Daylight Visible Bicycle LED Rear Light". I also ordered a water bottle and cage at the same time. You may also need a 15mm pedal wrench [read "Install the pedals" in the installation section section below]). Through ride1up when ordering/purchasing the bike I included (and very much like) the available handlebar mount Smart Phone holder. I use this for trail and road Navigation, and it works wonderfully. THE GOOD Happily, there's Lots. Value: Game Changing. I'm sure this bike has competitors scrambling to try and reduce costs. Packaging Quality: Despite some box rash, mine came through unscathed. Build Quality: Yes. Relative ease Of Assembly: My assembly notes below. Front Light Brightness. Good. Brose Drive and Controller: Great... as long as you are ok having motor assist ONLY when you are actually pedaling. The +/- toggle switch for motor assist level is easy and intuitive... Nice. Gearing: Always a trade off; The 8 speeds cover a very reasonable and practical range of speed at one end and gear reduction for hills at the other. Speed: This bike can get you there! Big Battery: Yields an enviable range. Tires: I initially thought I would replace the tires with more streetable "gravel road" tires, but after using am now not feeling the need as they seem surprisingly good (and light) for knobbies. Good Seat (particularly for Middle Aged Men;) IMO. THE NOT SO GOOD Actual Availability Based on my personal experience, expect shipment about a week to 10 days beyond the listed shipping date when ordering. Paint The grey finish on my bike seems a bit too easy to blemish. When starting to thread in one of the pedals, I dropped it and it marred the underside of the crossbar paint. I was a little surprised that the paint was not more durable. It made more of a blemish than just a small chip like a more durable finish typically would. My priorities are clearly function over looks, so this bothered me very little, but for some more astheticly valued customers, accumulation of paint belmishes may be more upsetting. Front Light Control The link says there is supposed to be a button on the Brose controller that allows shutting the front light off. Nuh uh. Front light is on when the Brose computer is turned on, and off when it is off... Period. Front light Mounting The light mount kind of works, but it's not very solid. The plastic light attachment bracket is slightly ramped, so tightening the mount screw slides it upward until it runs out of travel to keep sliding. I don't believe it's harzardous or anything, but then again I don't ride at night. I was actually able to use some of the cable routing in the front light area to help keep it in place... But NOT ideal. This XC bike frame is Tall! I have approximately a 32" inseam, and have almost no clearance between the cross bar and my groin when standing flat footed over the bike. I need to stand with my back pretty much touching the front of the seat... standing any further forward than that and I have insufficient clearance when flat footed. THE BAD Brose Controller, Computed Range The Brose controller screen is not the same as what I found in the supplied link (see uploaded picture). The controls and information are all there, but it takes a little intuition to figure out. I must particularly mention that the "Range" as computed and displayed is less than worthless, and I don't say that lightly. Remaining Range in Miles (M) started off in the 60's, then quickly dropped to 40s, 30s and said 21M at my half way point. I was a bit concerned. Then it dropped from 21M to 14M Range (remaining) after three minutes (less than a mile) of pedaling on Eco (minimal) assist mode. Ugh. It dropped over time but with minimal connection to reality. Unfortunately, on my first long ride I felt like I had to take it seriously because I have a long climb at the end, and would frankly be walking if I had to pedal this bike up that section without assist. But SURPRISE, in the end I got up the hills and home with over half of my battery remaining (as indicated in the picture by 3 out of 5 bars on the left edge of the Brose display), but not being any wiser pedaled up a lot of the hills with minimal assist (until my quads felt to be on fire) simply because of the aforementioned "Range" bug. Word to the Wise... Totally Ignore the Brose computed and displayed "Range" on the Brose display. THE UGLY Well, ugly for me personally anyway. This bike feels heavy. Some would say it's not very heavy for an E MTN Bike, but I want to pedal without motor assist fairly often to get exercise and save the battery. For me, weight was one of my tippety-top criteria whan selecting an E Bike. As it turns out, the bike doesn't just feel heavy, it IS heavy: Heavier than published on the ride1up website by some 5+ pounds. That may not sound like much to some, but the ride1up website says the bike weighs 48 lbs (see picture), and my scale says 53.2 lbs. That's slightly more than a 10% increase from the listed weight. And before anyone asks; No, there were no installed racks, fenders, water bottle or lights - other than the one front light that came with the bike. If I wasn't so otherwise impressed by the Prodigy XC, I would have dropped my rating 1 star for this, but I can't... not based on this discrepancy alone. UNKNOWNS Durability: Personally, I don't feel overly concerned as this bike seems solid and very well engineered, and exudes those traits. MY ASSEMBLY NOTES FOR THE PRODIGY XC. DISCLAIMER: All assembly information are strictly my opinions, based on my singular assembly experience; ALWAYS defer to ride1up company instructions or a cycling professional for safety purposes. General Ensure the appropriate allen wrench is fully inserted into the each allen bolt head before tightening to avoid stripping. Do not overtighten or undertighten bolts - enlist qualified help if this is unfamiliar. Process: Carefully Team Lift the bike out of the box; Go Slow; Particularly protect the front wheel brake disc, and make sure that none of the cables are getting bent, folded or yanked. Once out of the box, carefully clip all of the zip ties (there are a lot of them). One large zip tie compresses the fork spring(s) for shipment. When you cut this zip tie the fork will pop up into it's unsprung position suddenly. Install the seat post. Install the handlebars, but FIRST rotate the fork so the fork tubes are maximally out in front of the bike. When initially installing the handlebars, DO NOT fully tighten the handlebar clamp bolts, just snug the four bolts that clamp the bars in place - you will almost certainly want/need to adjust and/or center the bars before fully tightening, and remember when later fully tightening that the gaps at the top and bottom of the handlebar clamp should be very close to equal in size, and the 4 bolts should be slowly/evenly tightened in a criss-cross pattern (again, tighten securely, but don't overtighten). Flip the bike upside down on cardboard down so it rests on the bars and seat BEING CAREFUL NOT to stress the little square Brose controller/display mounted to the handlebar. Remove the black plastic front brake pad gap keeper - Once removed, do NOT squeeze the front brake lever before the front wheel is installed. Remove the front axel bolt from the front forks and carefully install the front wheel (again, paying close attention to the front brake disc). Tighten the front axel bolt securely. Install the pedals (left pedal threads in counter clockwise; right pedal goes on the DRIVE CHAIN side of the bike). [Note: You will need a 15mm wrench to tighten the pedals, and though I searched exhaustively, my XC E bike did not come with a 15mm wrench. I'm not sure if that was just a packing oversight, but I was able to find one in my old bike toolbox. I you need one it can be found online by searching for "Pedal Wrench Double Sided Bicycle Pedal Removal 15/16/17mm Bike Spanner Home Mechanic Pedal Repair Tool With Long Hand Comfortable"]. Flip the bike back onto it's wheels and put down the kickstand. The XC model has no fenders, rack or rear light. Install the front light under the bolt at the back of the lower fork brace with the washer against the bolt head. Loosen the little front brake cable retaining guide (between the forks) and retighten with the front brake cable routed through the cable guide. Carefully make the electrical connection to the Brose computer/controller. The connection is keyed, and it takes reasonably significant force to seat the connectors, but the two connectors FIRST MUST be precisely aligned (or pin damage will occur). Take some time/care to route the cables under/over/behind the front light. Repeatedly turn the handlebars 45 degrees left and then 45 degrees right and observe the cable movements and reroute if necessary until cabling stays put, and doesn't foul, move or block the light. Flip the bike back over to rest on the handlebars and seat. Spin the front wheel. The wheel should spin true (not wobble or drag), and the brake rotor should spin freely within the brake pads. Spin it again harder and then reach down and squeeze the front brake lever to check the front braking operation (I did this several times to help center and seat the pads). Repeat the above process for the rear wheel. Return the Bike to upright. My handlebars and front wheel were not in alignment as shipped, but this was easy to adjust: (Do ONLY if necessary) Below the handlebar clamp is a steering stem clamp that has an upper and lower bolt that face in opposite directions. I loosened but did not remove the two bolts, held the front tire between my knees and then gently adjusted (turned) the bars until the wheel was pointing exactly straight when the handlebars were straight; then retightened the two bolts. If you do this and the handlebars and wheel don't turn independently, DO NOT force this adjustment - if the correct bolts are loosened the handlebars should turn independent of the front wheel/forks with very low force. If this adjustment is made or attempted, make sure to properly tighten the two steering stem clamp bolts or a serious crash will be virtually certain. RELATED/OTHER There is also an available adjustment to raise the steering stem in order to raise the bars, but I did not choose to perform this adjustment. Based on my experience, the deraileur cable and/or other adjusters will almost certainly need to be adjusted after your first ride of any significant length. Make sure to do this in a timely fashion - particularly if you find that the chain is on the verge of going beyond the necessary range of travel for shifting, or if the bike is shifting gears unexpectedly. One of the most overlooked adjustments is proper seat hight, but many people are unwilling or unable to ride with the seat at the correct height in order to pedal ergonomically, and usually suffer knee pain or worse as a result - but that is outside the scope of this writing. Talk to your local bike shop if you have questions regarding to adjust the seat height to the optimal position, and/or how to ride safely using the correct seat height. Happy Riding.

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Image #4 from Kris H.

Kris H.

I am totally impressed with the Brose drive system on the Prodigy. It's quiet and provides the right amount of power for a great pedaling experience. You can also customize how much power you want from each pedal assist level, but I'm happy with the default settings. The motor is also great on hills! Satisfied with all the other components on the bike too. Nothing is disappointing. The frame is built well with great tracking. I dont miss having a throttle since the motor is so responsive. Takeoffs are smooth and safe. Without front suspension it's best for pavement, but I'll be adding a suspension stem for added comfort. Love the design of the bike and the custom rear rack with an integrated light. Front light is bright too. If you love pedaling a bike with the right amount of assistance, and a quiet ebike, you'll love the Prodigy.

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Kris H.

I am totally impressed with the Brose drive system on the Prodigy. It's quiet and provides the right amount of power for a great pedaling experience. You can also customize how much power you want from each pedal assist level, but I'm happy with the default settings. The motor is also great on hills! Satisfied with all the other components on the bike too. Nothing is disappointing. The frame is built well with great tracking. I dont miss having a throttle since the motor is so responsive. Takeoffs are smooth and safe. Without front suspension it's best for pavement, but I'll be adding a suspension stem for added comfort. Love the design of the bike and the custom rear rack with an integrated light. Front light is bright too. If you love pedaling a bike with the right amount of assistance, and a quiet ebike, you'll love the Prodigy.

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Bruce Heckelman

My village has lots and lots of hills, so my hope was that the mid-drive Brose would do the job. Today, I took it on it's maiden drive into the hills and I can't believe the power and quiet that this bike produces. I completed some hills and didn't realize I just went up them. I came back home and as excited as a kid with a new toy. Fit and finish is superb. Assembly takes a half hour and figured out the gear shifting quickly. I'm in love! I'm also 75 year old so this is a new lease on life for me. Thank you, Ride1Up.

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Daniel

The Ride1up Prodigy XC seems solid and has good value for money. It took me 37 minutes to assemble it. All tools were provided. The trickiest part was the front wheel - you might want a second person to help. I wish they had included Loctite for the screws of the handle bar. It is easy to ride with good stability. The weight comes in around 53.6 lbs (of which roughly 6.8lbs are the removable battery). The Brose motor has lots of torque. However, it feels as if Ride1up tamed it considerably. I rode a Brose motor on another MTB and it had a lot more punch. Nonetheless, it offers plenty of power to get up hills. The shifters are okay and the hydraulic brakes are just sufficient. My hope is that the paint is not as thin and flimsy as on my Ride1up Roadster V2 Gravel (where the coated brake cables completely rubbed off the paint). Compared to the Roadster V2 Gravel, the Prodigy XC offers a much more solid and powerful riding experience. The front shock absorber is great and adds a lot to the stability when riding at higher speeds over uneven surfaces. The only problem I have had with both bikes is that the front wheel needs truing. As with my Roadster V2 Gravel, my Prodigy XC's front brake makes a rasping sound and the tire does not spin evenly. I hope Ride1up will be as generous as before and refund the truing at the local bike store. Bottom line: Lots of Bike for a (relatively) slim budget!

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Daniel

The Ride1up Prodigy XC seems solid and has good value for money. It took me 37 minutes to assemble it. All tools were provided. The trickiest part was the front wheel - you might want a second person to help. I wish they had included Loctite for the screws of the handle bar. It is easy to ride with good stability. The weight comes in around 53.6 lbs (of which roughly 6.8lbs are the removable battery). The Brose motor has lots of torque. However, it feels as if Ride1up tamed it considerably. I rode a Brose motor on another MTB and it had a lot more punch. Nonetheless, it offers plenty of power to get up hills. The shifters are okay and the hydraulic brakes are just sufficient. My hope is that the paint is not as thin and flimsy as on my Ride1up Roadster V2 Gravel (where the coated brake cables completely rubbed off the paint). Compared to the Roadster V2 Gravel, the Prodigy XC offers a much more solid and powerful riding experience. The front shock absorber is great and adds a lot to the stability when riding at higher speeds over uneven surfaces. The only problem I have had with both bikes is that the front wheel needs truing. As with my Roadster V2 Gravel, my Prodigy XC's front brake makes a rasping sound and the tire does not spin evenly. I hope Ride1up will be as generous as before and refund the truing at the local bike store. Bottom line: Lots of Bike for a (relatively) slim budget!

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Daniel

The Ride1up Prodigy XC seems solid and has good value for money. It took me 37 minutes to assemble it. All tools were provided. The trickiest part was the front wheel - you might want a second person to help. I wish they had included Loctite for the screws of the handle bar. It is easy to ride with good stability. The weight comes in around 53.6 lbs (of which roughly 6.8lbs are the removable battery). The Brose motor has lots of torque. However, it feels as if Ride1up tamed it considerably. I rode a Brose motor on another MTB and it had a lot more punch. Nonetheless, it offers plenty of power to get up hills. The shifters are okay and the hydraulic brakes are just sufficient. My hope is that the paint is not as thin and flimsy as on my Ride1up Roadster V2 Gravel (where the coated brake cables completely rubbed off the paint). Compared to the Roadster V2 Gravel, the Prodigy XC offers a much more solid and powerful riding experience. The front shock absorber is great and adds a lot to the stability when riding at higher speeds over uneven surfaces. The only problem I have had with both bikes is that the front wheel needs truing. As with my Roadster V2 Gravel, my Prodigy XC's front brake makes a rasping sound and the tire does not spin evenly. I hope Ride1up will be as generous as before and refund the truing at the local bike store. Bottom line: Lots of Bike for a (relatively) slim budget!

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Nancie

Beautiful bike that comes well packed. FedEx even killed the box, and there was one minor blemish where the fork was out of the box. There were no instructions on assembly however it was very easy to figure out. Everything on this bike seems very high quality. Unfortunately the test ride will have to wait until maybe this afternoon. Also, an issue still waiting for resolution is that my chain is off of the front sprocket when I received it. The sprocket is so close to the motor that it cannot clear to put back on the sprocket. I am awaiting instructions from tech support.

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Nancie

Beautiful bike that comes well packed. FedEx even killed the box, and there was one minor blemish where the fork was out of the box. There were no instructions on assembly however it was very easy to figure out. Everything on this bike seems very high quality. Unfortunately the test ride will have to wait until maybe this afternoon. Also, an issue still waiting for resolution is that my chain is off of the front sprocket when I received it. The sprocket is so close to the motor that it cannot clear to put back on the sprocket. I am awaiting instructions from tech support.

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  1. Dan M (verified owner)

    11/10. Going to buy another one for my wife. I can’t compare the XC to anything else but I can tell you on an absolute basis it is a ridiculously fun bike, even at 6’4/260, riding on the hilly streets of the front range of CO. Customer service was excellent, bike build quality is very good and it doesn’t feel as heavy to me as some of the other reviewers have suggested.

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  2. Greg Stein

    The Prodigy is simply a blast, so fun, and fast! I am a lifelong rider, but this is my first E bike, and I just love it. I will not rehash all the excellent points already made, I will just say what a bad ass beautiful bicycle, very happy owner here.

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  3. Zach

    I am obsessed with this thing. I was looking for a high quality ebike that stood out from the heaps of rebranded generic Chinese trash.

    Don’t get me wrong, this doesn’t have a carbon frame, an advanced drivetrain, none of that.

    I bought this bike for the brose motor, having decided against Bosch for a few reasons. This bike is an incredible value.

    I have been abusing the frame, cranks, fork, you name it ripping it downhill here in Colorado. It may be a hardtail, but that motor getting you up the climbs makes me take the thrashing with a smile on my face.

    The welds on the aluminum frame are surprisingly very well done. The 32mm stanchion diameter + 120 mil travel is excellent. I don’t think I’ll need to opt for a 34+ given my body weight, and the fork is of very good quality.

    80 lumen headlight, high quality brakes, what more do you need? No, you are not getting fancy geometry or some crazy IGH/Belt drive combo. That isn’t what the XC does.

    This is a great bike that I feel equally comfortable taking down tarmac as I do down the mountain, which is what you buy a Cross country bike for. The beautifully engineered silent motor delivers on every expectation I had and then some.

    I Can’t wait to see where this thing will take me!

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  4. Paul Hollingworth (verified owner)

    This is my first eBike and I’m very pleased I chose Ride1Up. Read a load of reviews and wanted something direct-to-consumer but with mid-drive and good quality components. Ordered a Prodigy XC after reading reviews about the standard one being bumpy on anything other than perfect asphalt, and glad I did. Wish it had an option for a rack, but never mind.

    Things I like:
    – Very good power, with smooth, seamless delivery, no matter what the setting is
    – 500Wh capacity of the battery is good. Rode 27mi yesterday (mostly on Eco or Tour settings) and still had 40% charge
    – Brose display/drive combination. There are a lot of misunderstandings on the “range” calculation out there so you have to understand what the display is trying to show. It’s almost impossible for any one number to be accurate unless it knows exactly where you’re going, what level of assist you will be using, and how hard you’re going to pedal. So what the display does is really show two things: Firstly, how much range you WOULD have if you continued what you’re doing at the moment – a kind of near-current version of the range. As many have said, this looks v conservative and sometimes alarming. For example, go up a steep hill in Sport or Boost and you’ll see 3 or 4 miles of range left. However, on the left of the display, you see the actual capacity left as a green bar. And if you take them into account together, it makes much more sense.
    – Delivered within a week of ordering

    Things I’d change:
    – The assembly instructions for the Prodigy don’t actually cover the XC model, which has a different way of mounting the front wheel. I thought initially that there were missing parts and I had no front skewer until I worked it out.
    – Would like more options, such as the ability to order a rack/carrier for the XC variant
    – Would like a rear light included as standard on the XC
    – The shape of the frame means you can’t mount a wattle bottle and a mount for a Kryptonite lock or similar
    – The derailleur does not arrive adjusted perfectly and so far i have been unable to get it shift really cleanly. (But I’m definitely not an expert in adjusting them).

    Overall I’m really happy I bought it. Great customer service so far, great performance and value for money, and it motivates me to go riding most days in a way that a push-bike never has.

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  5. Dan A (verified owner)

    In general, I’m very impressed with the Prodigy (I bought the XR and the ST for me and my wife). I’ve compared rides with other bikes (RAD, and Aventure), rear-hub bikes. The RAD was better than the Aventure, but the power assist modes were not natural, and on the higher assist modes, I felt they were unsafe (very fast acceleration without good control). The Prodigy accelerates very smoothly and powerfully, but you have to pedal hard, which is what you want, because that allows you to be in complete control. If the bike is going too fast, you back off the pedaling, and it immediately responds. Once you get to the speed you’d like to maintain, a light assist with pedaling keeps you there. For me on a flat stretch, Touring mode is easily maintained at about 15 mph, while Sport is 18, and Boost is about 21. I have to push to keep 25 mph in boost, and I find it difficult to get up to 28 mph and sustain it. However, you’ll quickly find that 20 mph is pretty fast, and 25 may be as fast as you’d reasonably want to go. I notice a good leg burn going 25 mph for longer runs.
    The quality looks really good. I really like the look of the front forks and the overall design. I was a little surprised that the bikes didn’t come with assembly instructions or even a card to explain where to look for them on the website. Here is the link if it helps anyone: https://support.ride1up.com/support/solutions/articles/65000180570-prodigy-assembly

    Assembly: If your fender support arms (that mount onto the forks) rub against the tires, it may be easier to take the tire off and gently stretch the support arms apart slightly at the fender. Then reassemble, and you should be fine. The back reflector is much easier to install with a short #2 Philips screwdriver, because the fender gets in the way of a straight fit. Other than that, the instructions are bare minimum, but they work. If you are not experienced or mechanically inclined, get a friend to help or look at the longer assembly YouTube videos .

    Tuning: It is a very good idea to watch the tuning videos! Making sure your rear derailleur shifts properly is a safety issue and will keep your chain and derailleur from breaking down. The tuning videos are great: https://support.ride1up.com/support/solutions/articles/65000171441 For both my bikes, I had to tighten the cable 1/4″ to 3/8″ to get the barrel adjustment to work properly.

    Battery/Range: The other reviews are correct, the range indicator is worthless. On a full charge, I commuted to work and back (3 miles one way), and then some fun cycling around my neighborhood, maybe 3 miles, and my battery is at 60%. My guess is that I would get about 15 miles on Boost, 20 on Sport, 25 on Touring, etc. Overall, I’m happy with the components and range. If the motor were more powerful, I’d need a larger battery, and I don’t want the extra weight. I think the power ratio is about right.

    Improvements: I bought the XR and ST for commuting and riding on improved trails, yet every bump and road imperfection is noticeable, and some can be jarring. Knowing that, I would have gone with the XC, but I really wanted the paneer rack over the rear tire. I wish Ride1 Up would give that option. Also, I’d prefer knobbier tires, just for better traction and protection against flats. Finally, I’d prefer a larger front sprocket, just to maintain 25mph more easily. I find the torque at gear 5 to be sufficient for most acceleration from a stop, and so I rarely if ever use those lower gears. However, for the price, I’m very happy with what I got I’d rate it 4.5 stars, just because I’d like a little more assist at the upper range, and because Ride1 Up says you can easily get to 28 mph, which I haven’t found to be the case. That may be because I’m 6’2″ / 180, but in relatively good shape.

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  6. Rob (verified owner)

    After 100 commuting miles on the Prodigy this week, I can say that I am extremely satisfied with this bike. Everything came packed very well, and assembly is minimal. On the first ride, I thought the Alivio derailleur felt a little sloppy on shifts, but it was just a little out of tune on arrival. I put in on the stand and adjusted the barrel a little and now the shifts are very crisp. I like the shift detector so I don’t need to worry about letting off the power during shifts.
    The Brose drive is great and it rides extremely quiet and the power addition feels very natural. Especially in eco mode, I sometimes wonder if the system is on, but then I look down and I am doing 3-5mph more than I felt like I would be. Smooth. On sport or boost, it is a joy to climb up the short, steep parts of my ride.
    The matte gray looks subtle and nice, and the frame feels like good quality. I do not regret spending less on this than on an equivalent bike of the “big brand” for $1000 more. The fit and finish is great. I like that it has 36 spoke wheels to give it the extra strength.
    The lights are nice to have integrated into the drive unit with a button. The rear light integrated into the rack is very bright and wraps around, which is very visible at all angles.
    Overall, I don’t think there is anything out there that is a quality mid-drive close to this price point, and I am glad I happened across it! Now, I just need a spare charger to keep at work and maybe an extra battery for longer rides.

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