ProdecoTech Mariner 500 Review

Prodecotech Mariner 500 Electric Bike Review 1
Prodecotech Mariner 500
Prodecotech Mariner 500 Geared Hub Motor
Prodecotech Mariner 500 Removable Battery Pack
Prodecotech Mariner 500 Led Control Console
Prodecotech Mariner 500 Grips With Lockers
Prodecotech Mariner 500 Hydraulic Disc Rotor
Prodecotech Mariner 500 Sram 9 Speed Cassette
Prodecotech Mariner 500 Swing Suspension Fork
Prodecotech Mariner 500 Zoom Suspension Seat Post
Prodecotech Mariner 500 Electric Bike Review 1
Prodecotech Mariner 500
Prodecotech Mariner 500 Geared Hub Motor
Prodecotech Mariner 500 Removable Battery Pack
Prodecotech Mariner 500 Led Control Console
Prodecotech Mariner 500 Grips With Lockers
Prodecotech Mariner 500 Hydraulic Disc Rotor
Prodecotech Mariner 500 Sram 9 Speed Cassette
Prodecotech Mariner 500 Swing Suspension Fork
Prodecotech Mariner 500 Zoom Suspension Seat Post

Summary

  • Powerful geared hub motor and high voltage battery pack for excellent torque and climbing ability
  • Compact folding design with removable battery, comfortable suspension fork and seat post shock
  • Heavier folding design reduces stiffness and can create speed wobble in front wheel at higher speeds, most of the weight is in the rear and higher up, no pedal assist mode

Video Review

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Introduction

Make:

ProdecoTech

Model:

Mariner 500

Price:

$1,899 USD

Body Position:

Upright

Suggested Use:

Urban, Travel

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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Warranty:

2 Year Comprehensive, 30 Day Replacement

Availability:

United States

Model Year:

2015

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

48 lbs (21.77 kg)

Frame Material:

Aluminum Alloy

Geometry Measurements:

Folded Dimensions 36" x 29" x 16"

Frame Types:

Mid-Step, Folding

Frame Colors:

Metallic Blue

Frame Fork Details:

Suntour Swing Suspension

Attachment Points:

Bottle Cage Bosses

Gearing Details:

9 Speed 1x9 SRAM X9, 11-30T

Shifter Details:

SRAM XO Twist on Left Bar

Cranks:

Suntour 48T x 170

Pedals:

Wellgo Folding Aluminum and Plastic, Platform

Headset:

CNC Sealed Bearing

Stem:

HL Adjustable Folding, Aluminum

Handlebar:

540 mm Length with 6º Sweep, Aluminum

Brake Details:

Avid DB1 Hydraulic Disc with 180 mm Rotors

Grips:

Kraton with Alloy Lock Rings

Saddle:

Velo Plush Vacuum

Seat Post:

Zoom Suspension Shock with Promax Frictionless CNC Quick Release

Seat Post Length:

450 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

27.2 mm

Rims:

Double Wall 24 mm, Eyelets, Aluminum

Spokes:

18/8 Black Stainless Steel 12G

Tire Brand:

Continental Contact, 20" x 1.75"

Wheel Sizes:

20 in (50.8cm)

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve

Accessories:

Adjustable Single Leg Kickstand, 58.4V 2 Amp Charger, Aluminum Bash Guard on Front Ring, Bell on Left Bar

Other:

Quick Release Front Wheel, LED Tail Light Built Into Battery Pack, Optional 12 Amp Hour Battery Upgrade

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

FSG

Motor Type:

Rear-Mounted Geared Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

500 watts

Motor Peak Output:

720 watts

Battery Voltage:

51.2 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

9 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

460.8 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4), 32 Cells

Charge Time:

4 hours

Estimated Min Range:

25 miles (40 km)

Estimated Max Range:

35 miles (56 km)

Display Type:

LED Console

Readouts:

Battery Level (Green, Yellow, Red)

Drive Mode:

Twist Throttle

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

The Mariner 500 is a powerful folding electric bike from ProdecoTech that repositions the hub motor in the rear when compared with their older Mariner 7 ebike that had it in the front. The benefit is improved traction and steering but one downside is a completely rear-heavy bike. During my tests I experienced a bit of speed wobble (where the front wheel shakes at higher speeds) and found that the bike could wheelie more easily. At ~48 pounds it weighs about as much as a full sized ebike but the removable battery pack makes it lighter to lift and store and the small folding design is convenient for travel. In short, this thing has excellent power for climbing and the smaller 20″ wheels create even more mechanical advantage for the motor. While the smaller wheels also ride bumpier the basic suspension fork and seat post shock help to make it feel comfortable.

The motor powering the Mariner 500 is a geared rear-hub design offering 500 watts of output. That’s pretty powerful for even a full sized ebike so it’s very capable on this smaller design. You can hear the electronic whir that the motor creates when really unleashed in the video review above. It’s not super quiet but the geared design provides excellent torque and helps the hub fit into a smaller form factor which accommodates the nine speed SRAM cassette. ProdecoTech partners with SRAM and benefits from nicer components like the X9 cassette and also Avid hydraulic disc brakes. In the review I talk about how 180 mm rotors and hydraulic brakes might be overkill for a smaller bike like this but considering the weight and power here they might be warranted and they certainly work well.

The battery pack offers ~48 volts of power and 9 amp hours of capacity. That’s a lot to begin with but you can also upgrade to a 12 amp hour pack for longer range or purchase a second normal sized pack to leave one charging while the first is in use. The Lithium Iron Phosphate chemistry is known for being relatively light weight, durable and heat resistant. The contents of this battery are great but I’m not a huge fan of the mounting system which is at a bit of an angle and positions the pack high and way towards the back. Furthermore, you can’t use this rear rack area for actual storage. There are no mounting points on the top or side of the rear rack. Also, the key has to be left in the battery control socket while riding which means you could hear some jingling or have issues with other keys snagging stuff if you use a large keychain. Not a deal killer but not ideal either.

The control system on this bike is relatively straight forward, once the pack is charged and mounted on the rear rack (you can also charge while it’s mounted) just insert the key and twist the throttle. Unlike some fancier bikes, this one only provides a twist throttle and there’s no LCD display readout for speed, power mode or remaining battery level. Instead, you have three LED’s to reference which act as a basic guide for how full the battery is. They go from Green to Yellow and Red and are less precise than some other systems. While this setup may be simple, it’s also intuitive and just about anyone can hop right on and use it without issue. The parts are basic and help to keep the overall price of the bike low.

The ProdecoTech Mariner 500 does some important things very well: it folds and is powerful. While the design isn’t as refined, balanced or sleek as some other folding ebikes it also costs less. Some of the components are really quite nice and the two year warranty is solid. I’ve visited the ProdecoTech manufacturing center in South Florida and was impressed with the domestic workforce they employ and their stated mission to provide great service. While I appreciate pedal assist, the 25+ mile range of this twist throttle setup is quite satisfying and with the addition of a backpack the whole rear rack storage thing becomes less of an issues. This could be a good choice for heavier riders who want extra power but still need the folding design.

Pros:

  • Removable battery pack can be charged separate from the bike or taken off to reduce frame weight during transport
  • Top tube threaded eyelets are a nice extra that make it easier to bring hydration along if you install a water bottle cage
  • Suntour Swing suspension reduces vibration and impact from bumps on your wrists and arms when riding, while it offers minimal travel and no lockout it also weighs less than a full double crown suspension fork
  • Seat post suspension reduces back and neck strain, especially given the smaller 20″ wheels that don’t span cracks as well as larger wheels would
  • Large hydraulic disc brakes are easy to activate with just one or two fingers and provide excellent stopping power
  • One of the most powerful folding electric bikes I’ve seen with a solid 500 watt 48+ volt combination, very high torque for climbing, improved mechanical advantage thanks to the 20″ wheel

Cons:

  • Rear heavy design with the hub motor and battery in the back, ideally the weight should be low and center, I’ve done little wheelies for fun but accidentally tipped too far back and hopped off as the bike smashed into the rear battery as I held the handle bars (the battery did not break which was awesome!) ride safe…
  • Rear rack supports the battery only, there’s no foundation for adding a bag or panniers there
  • Key has to be left in the battery pack when riding, it mostly stays out of the way but can jingle when riding
  • Heavier design than some other folding electric bikes due to large batter, rack and upgraded motor
  • Folding frame isn’t as stiff as a fixed design and that combines with the weight to create a sloppy feel when turning, I’ve also experienced some speed wobble when approaching 20 mph (the front wheel and fork can get the jitters)

Resources:

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Comments (4) YouTube Comments

Stephen Jones
5 years ago

You fail to mention in all of your reviews…how much weight will it hold? I’m a big guy…about 225…and am interested in purchasing one of these bikes but need to know how nuch weight they can hold!

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Court Rye
5 years ago

Hi Stephen, a few reviews have max weight included but it’s not always shared by the manufacturer. I’ve heard 250 lbs mentioned by some shops but it really depends on the bike. With a smaller folding frame like the Mariner it may be less and I bet you could reach out to them directly for more information on this. They have a live chat feature and I asked but nobody responded (maybe because it’s the weekend).

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ROGER
4 years ago

THERE IS A NEW VERSION OF THIS BIKE WITH NEW BATTERY, REAR RACK AND PEDAL ASSISTE MODE. PLS COULD YOU CHECK AND GIVE US YOUR OPINION. THKS!

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Court Rye
4 years ago

Hi Roger! I’d love to review the updated versions and had plans to fly to Florida and visit ProdecoTech earlier this year but unfortunately they fell through. I love the mid-mounted batteries for better balance on some of the bikes. It seems like the prices have gone up a bit for many of their models? Are you looking at the Mariner in particular?

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