Ride1UP’s Roadster V2 Lightweight Electric Bike is a Two Wheeled Surprise
Cycling has always been an environmentally friendly and healthy way to commute or spend leisure time. With the growing environmental concern, many consider electric bikes a clean alternative to cars and motorcycles. One of my favorite purchases over the last few years is my electric bike, which allows me to get out and about, pedal if I want to, or just plain throttle away at 20+ mph speed.
Someone asked me the other day, if they were to buy an inexpensive road electric bike that required very little maintenance, what should they buy? They also said they didn’t want a monstrosity that looked like an electric bike. Given how many bikes are on the market, it was a tricky question but not one I would shy away from. During some of my travels, I came across the Ride1Up Roadster V2 and decided to write this post about it.
The Roadster V2 is a lightweight electric bike by a company called Ride1UP. Ride1UP’s corporate headquarters is in California, where all its bikes are designed and manufactured in Asia (like most bikes). The company’s primary goal was to create and manufacture electric bikes that don’t “Break the bank” yet still use quality components. I gravitated to some of its offerings, specifically the Roadster V2.
First, it looks like a standard road bike, hence the name Roadster. If you are looking for a bike that doesn’t look like an electric bike, this one fits the bill. The company has taken significant measures to minimize the components that make this an electric bike, starting with the battery. The 36V 7.0ah Samsung 35e Cells are tucked away inconspicuously within the bike frame. This is great for concealment but also means the battery must be charged within the bike. You will find the charging port here:
The battery powers the 350W geared rear hub motor, which will help you reach pedal-assisted speeds of up to 24mph. The company states you can get up to 30 miles of range depending on various factors, including rider weight, pedal assist level, and hill inclines. It is safe to say you can expect a 15 to 20-mile average range. If you are looking to extend your range and aren’t worried about how the bike looks, you can buy the range-extending battery pictured here:
Another feature I want to highlight is the fully smoothed 6061 aluminum alloy frame, perfect for urban commutes and flat surfaces. Couple that with a total bike weight of 33 lbs, and you have a bike that can be moved, carried, and stored much more manageable than most mammoths on the market.
I won’t say this next feature is the best, but I can’t stress enough how taken aback I was to find out it was included. The Roadster V2 is equipped with a single-speed belt drive instead of the typical chain-drive system. Typically, you find this feature only on the more expensive bikes.
Ultimately, you are looking at a low-maintenance, cleaner, and longer-lasting drivetrain. For urban riders and commuters, this is a great feature. There are positives and negatives, which can be read about further in this article by Zachary Friedman, who elaborates further. If I were to purchase a bike today, it would be belt-driven.
Not to be forgotten is the minimalist LCD that shows essential information such as pedal assist level, battery percentage, and speed.
The Roadster V2 has been designed with the rider’s comfort and safety in mind. It has a comfortable saddle and handlebars that offer a comfortable grip and position. The bike also features front and rear lights that ensure visibility during night rides. The brakes on the Roadster V2 are intuitive, easy to use, and provide efficient stopping power.
Keeping with the theme of not breaking the bank about price, the Roadster V2 can be purchased in three colors (black, burgundy, and silver) for a crowd-pleasing $795. An electric bike with a belt drive below $1,000 is almost unheard of. The Roadster V2 is perfect for cyclists and commuters seeking reliable, eco-friendly transportation. It has a timeless aesthetic that can appeal to anyone looking for a classic and stylish bike. The Roadster V2 is the perfect choice for those who believe simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
Conclusion and Takeaways:
Again, I was taken aback by the features the Ride1Up Roadster V2 lightweight electric bike offered and the price, including shipping. The bike’s 33 lb weight, belt-drive powertrain, and price are real standouts. It looks like a solid choice for urban riders and commuters, but be warned: it does not come with a kickstand. This is something you will have to purchase separately.
Another thing of note is the lack of lighting on this bike. You won’t find a headlight or taillight on this ride. These must be purchased on the aftermarket and installed if you plan to ride at night or want to be seen by dangerous oncoming traffic. I also want to call out the lack of suspension on this road bike. You will be happy to know a touring option offers an improved seat and a suspension seat post to cushion those potholes you encounter.
In conclusion, the Roadster V2 is a solid choice for someone looking for a minimalistic electric bike. It is reliable, efficient, cost-effective, and eco-friendly. The bike’s sleek and stealthy design makes it the perfect choice for those who value simplicity and style. With its powerful motor, concealed battery, and fast speed, the Roadster V2 provides a smooth and enjoyable ride that onlookers won’t understand how you pedal so fast.