Comments on: Roadster v2 Best Value Electric Bike Mon, 10 Jan 2022 06:48:04 +0000 hourly 1 By: E D Wed, 05 Jan 2022 18:24:34 +0000 Thanks Ride1Up~ cool bike. First *new* bike I purchased since around 1985… I used to say that when I got old, I’d get an electric bike. Hmmm, let me think that over…

On my first ride, the reaction was pure joy. The bike looks and feels, in terms of handling and comfort, about as good as my Specialized Allez (only about 15 lb. heavier, but it’s all good). It gets compliments everywhere on the red color and classic lines. The belt drive coupled with the appropriate boost setting is totally sweet; I don’t find myself reaching for the (nonexistent) shift lever too often. Battery seems to hold a charge a good long time.

I had the bike assembled and set up by my local bike shop. Good call. My friend there started skeptical but ended liking it. Most importantly, he thinks the frame is strong and decently made. Two issues: 1.) The belt drive makes it fairly difficult to remove/replace the rear wheel. 2.) The stock Kenda Kwest tires are 20-dollar junk and nobody should ride with tires that cheezy. One had a screwed-up bead that wouldn’t seat and had to be tossed. We chose to replace both with Schwalbe Durano Plus’s. Their reflective sidewalls look real good with the bike. Ride1Up saved me enough on the Black Friday sale deal to pay the bill at my LBS.

Again– cool bike. You will not be disappointed. Call and talk to the Ride1Up kids in the phone- they know their stuff and will answer your questions.

By: Robert Wed, 05 Jan 2022 17:47:51 +0000 I’ve had the 58 cm Roadster v2 for almost a month and have a few observations to share. First and foremost – it’s an amazing deal for a solid, high quality bike with terrific components. It’s a good looking bike that doesn’t appear to be electric at first. I really like the smooth lightweight frame, belt drive, the simple controller – even the black paint is beautiful and well chosen. The two areas I found the bike slightly lacking: I’m 6’5″ and the handlebars are too low in relation to the necessarily raised saddle, so I installed a stem extender. The second point is the single-gear ratio is a bit on the high side for my liking. I appreciate this ratio is necessary to achieve the maximum 24 mph. I find maintaining a casual pace – without electrical assistance – can be a bit trying. However, at the lowest electrical setting, the bike effortlessly cruises along. I’m very happy with my purchase and strongly recommend the Roadster v2 to anyone wishing to experience an e-bike, especially those who bike regularly.

Since purchasing this bike I now realize I should have bought the Gravel Edition! It has a higher gear ratio and wider tires – both of which I would have much preferred. I didn’t appreciate the gear ratio until I rode the bike. Going by other reviews, I don’t appear to be the only person to realize this. Perhaps Ride1UP could somehow make the difference in gear ratio clearer in the product description.

By: Ross Jeffcoat Wed, 05 Jan 2022 13:47:05 +0000 I have very steep hills near me, so i wasn’t sure if the bikes motor could handle it. In the highest gear and with some standing to pedal i am able to make it up no problem. It’s been really fun ride. Everything was very easy to assemble. I purchased the kickstand that was recommended by ride1up
Which is a great one for this bike.
I’m still getting used to the lcd and changing the power setting, it’s not something you can quickly do without looking down for a bit but you won’t have to change it too often except for the hills. The 1 or 2 setting is all you really need for most riding.

By: Russell Williams Tue, 04 Jan 2022 21:51:07 +0000 Love the Roadster V2. I took a ride on the Capital Trail from Richmond, Va. to Jamestown, Va., and got about 20 miles of range. I am 240 lbs. and 61 years old.

By: Peter M. Mon, 03 Jan 2022 21:13:24 +0000 Super easy assembly. Love the minimal clean design. Added an extension to raise the bars. Needs a softer/wider seat then perfect.

By: Craig Mon, 03 Jan 2022 20:26:02 +0000 I researched and debated e-bikes for months — from online reviews to reddit, compiling specs in tables to compare. I knew weight was important for me (as we take the family bikes on trips on the back of the car).

I went with the Roadster v2 because it fit my target profile in both weight, power, price and reputation. But the deal-clincher for me was “parts” — knowing the challenges of today’s supply chain I wanted a bike we brand-name parts to increase my ability to ensure support. I read too many painful reviews on Reddit about people with bikes imported from Asia with unknown parts that could not be supported locally.

Ordering was easy (and the Cyber-Monday sale was a great “push” to order). I debated paying a local bike shop to assemble, but assembly was so simple I did it myself. But I still brought the boke to a local shop to be tuned up — didn’t want any doubts on the alignment of brakes or other loose parts.

At first I got nervous because my local REI said they were not going to take the bike for service, but I quickly found a store in my town a few minutes away was happy to do so.

It was reassuring when the bike shop owner commented on the quality of the bike — he had not seen a Ride1Up before but said he was impressed and did not expect to see me and the bike having to come back for any issues.

And then, at last, the first ride. It was everything I was hoping for and more — what a blast. Effortless riding up hills in town that used to slow me as I got older. It’s rained the last few days, but I can’t wait to get back out there!

Very happy with this purchase, and happy to recommend to others.

By: Mark Paradise Mon, 03 Jan 2022 04:07:58 +0000 This bike will put a smile on your face. It is so beautifully designed. It is stealthy; does not look like an ugly EBike sporting a big, black, and boxy battery. This bike looks more like a fixed gear track bike. I use the Roadster for just what it was designed for: short commutes, get some exercise, have fun passing other bicyclists. If you have a need to ride hills all day and take 25 mile plus rides, then this is not the bike for you…it was not designed for that! It’s a beautiful sweetheart of bike!

By: BRIAN Sat, 01 Jan 2022 23:53:50 +0000 I’ve fallen in love with this bike, though in the beginning, I was quite intimidated: Assembling it myself (probably a mistake!), I didn’t appreciate how tightly the handlebars needed to be secured, and so almost had an accident when they slipped on me my first time out; that day, I never left the driveway! I also didn’t understand the operation of the electronic controls, which to many might be self-evident, but which were not to me: The challenge is that I live at the bottom of a hill, where the only ways are up; the bike kept wanting to take off with me, but I struggled to get a good, flat “runway” for a stable “airstrip” on which to gain stability in order to be able to “ramp up,” much as an airplane needs the initial stability of a runway in order to achieve a stable lift off.

Of course, it’s difficult to be rational, logical, and even keeled when you’re excited about trying out your new bike, despite it being almost 100 degrees outside, with high humidity; that quickly led to life-threatening heat exhaustion and dehydration, and so, temporarily defeated, my V2 sat unused for 4 mos. while I pondered the wisdom of my purchase.

Fast forward to December 2021: The weather has finally cooled off; I can now approach the road, and this bike, with sanity! Oh, how she sails through the wind! Such an exhilarating experience! Now, I am in love! Now, I look for excuses to ride at every opportunity! Having the motor assist is a godsend, especially as one who lives at the bottom of a hill! It’s still hard work, to be sure, but with the motor’s help, I persevere, without having to dismount to push it to the crest of the hill.

They say that once you learn how to ride a bike, you never forget, but I’d like to qualify that statement: One has to re-learn eternal vigilance against traffic, potholes, and parked cars. One also has to relearn the art of balance, especially with thin wheels!

Let me just say before closing, that a key competitive advantage to this bike is its weight; at only 35 lbs. I can easily lift this up and down the stairs of my apartment building. Virtually all the other e-bike competitors out there are AT LEAST 55 lbs. in weight, often heavier, even the supposedly “portable” ones! I think that for bikes like those, the presumption is you’ll have a garage from which to wheel it out; in the absence of that, however, you need a bike that’s light enough to carry up and down the stairs; the V2 offers that utility, giving it a considerable advantage over its competitors.

In closing, for those who may be struggling with their new V2, have patience! You’ll reacquire the skill sets! You’ll figure out how this bike works, and once you do, you’ll be in heaven as you sail effortlessly (or nearly effortlessly!) through your neighborhood! I can now honestly say that I’ve never enjoyed riding a bike as much as I do with this V2! With a bike like this, you can actually enjoy the ride for a change, and focus on the riding experience, instead of being at the complete mercy of slopes and hills! I hope your experience with the V2 turns out to be as wonderful as mine has been; good luck!!!

By: charles j. Thu, 30 Dec 2021 15:10:53 +0000 Great bike, simple, well built, still get good exercise….makes you want to ride to work!

By: ana esquivel Wed, 29 Dec 2021 20:38:41 +0000 Awesome experience and amazing bike!