ProdecoTech Outlaw EX Review

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Summary

  • Unstable due to steep long travel shock angle and high battery pack position
  • Relatively low price but tough to test ride as it's primarily available only online
  • Lithium Iron Phosphate battery chemistry is stable and long lasting but heavier than other Lithium-ion technologies

Video Review

Introduction

Make:

ProdecoTech

Model:

Outlaw EX

Price:

$2,199 USD

Body Position:

Forward

Suggested Use:

Urban, Trail

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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Warranty:

2 Year Comprehensive, 30 Day Replacement

Availability:

United States

Model Year:

20132014

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

62 lbs (28.12 kg)

Frame Material:

Aluminum Alloy

Frame Types:

High-Step

Frame Colors:

Charcoal Graphite Metallic

Frame Fork Details:

Double Crown Magnesium with 140 mm Travel

Attachment Points:

Bottle Cage Bosses

Gearing Details:

8 Speed 1x8 SRAM X9, 11-28T

Shifter Details:

SRAM XO Twist Grip

Cranks:

SRAM S600 42T x 170 PS

Pedals:

Truvativ Huss Aluminum Alloy Platform

Headset:

CNC Sealed Bearing

Stem:

Truvativ AKA 5º 100 mm

Handlebar:

Truvativ Huss 31.8 Mid-Rise 700 mm

Brake Details:

Avid Elixir 5 Hydraulic Disc with 200 mm HS1 Rotors and Elixir 5 Levers

Grips:

Leather with Alloy Lock Rings

Saddle:

Gyes Brown Leather

Seat Post:

Truvativ Huss

Seat Post Length:

350 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

27.2 mm

Rims:

Triple Box Wide 32 mm

Spokes:

18/8 Black Stainless Steel 12G

Tire Brand:

Continental Trail King 26" x 2.4"

Wheel Sizes:

26 in (66.04cm)

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve

Accessories:

58.4V 2 Amp Charger

Other:

20 mm Thru Axle

Electronic Details

Motor Type:

Rear-Mounted Gearless Direct Drive Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

750 watts

Motor Peak Output:

1200 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:

30 miles (48 km)

Display Type:

LED Console

Readouts:

Battery Level (Green, Yellow, Red)

Drive Mode:

Trigger Throttle

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)


Written Review

The Outlaw series from ProdecoTech features some of the coolest looking electric bikes I’ve seen. These things are monstrous with long travel suspension, oversized tires and enormous motors and battery packs. Unfortunately, the steep geometry of the front fork and high rigid position of the battery pack at the rear create a ride that feels unstable. And even though the motor driving this beast is gearless, the electronics themselves are very simple and forego pedal assist, regenerative braking or LCD display unit with speed, range or battery level.

The motor driving the Outlaw EX is a 750 watt gearless design that accelerates smoothly and stays very quiet. Gearless motors generally offer less torque than their geared counterparts but considering the high wattage of this motor, it should be enough to move larger riders and even take on large hills. It would have been nice to see a regen mode or even just regenerative braking as that could save some major wear and tear on the disc brake pads when coasting down large hills but likely would have cost much more.

The battery pack on this and other ProdecoTech bikes consists of Lithium Iron Phosphate which has a lower energy density than some other Lithium-ion chemistry options. This means that in order to offer ~48 volts to power this bike, it had to be heavier and thus contributes to the 62lb weight of the bike. Overall, LiFePO4 is stable and lasts longer than other battery types and ProdecoTech offers a generous two year warranty on the bike and the pack. With 12 amp hours of capicity, this pack is capable of distances in excess of 25 miles which is decent. Pedal assist would increase that range but again, would cost more and complicate the system.

Overall, the electronics on this bike are very simple. There’s an ignition where you insert a key (and have to leave it when riding) then you press the on button near the trigger throttle on the right bar and three LED’s light up for full, medium and empty. Next, you press the trigger and the bike speeds off! This makes the bike very easy to learn and even share with friends. Pretty much anyone can figure it out and have a good time but don’t get too carried away because as mentioned earlier, this bike is a bit unstable.

Take a look at that steep angle for how the fork and front wheel are mounted. It’s sticking way out front like a chopper style motorcycle. Now look at the battery pack, firstly it’s huge, secondly it’s almost as high as the neck at the front. Also note, both the battery and motor are mounted in the rear. The result is a ride that leans naturally as you turn and wants to lean… all the way over. Honestly, this bike freaks me out more than any other ebike and I would not take it off road, it just feels too sketchy. Add to this the lack of a kickstand and you have a bike that will definitely fall over at some point (potentially breaking stuff or hurting you) and may even crash when riding.

So in conclusion, this bike looks awesome and comes at a great price point but has a few drawbacks. I love the fact that it has a rear light built right into the battery pack. I love the higher end hydraulic disc brakes that offer great stopping power and the soft tires and shock at the front. ProdecoTech has addressed some of the issues with the rear rack coming loose by adding an addition set of struts for support. The pedals feel stiff and solid, the grips are beautiful, it’s clearly an enticing bike. This bike might be good for someone who is on a budget, is familliar with downhill geometry and has good balance but isn’t actually going to use it for downhilling and who wants the extra power and smooth acceleration of a gearless hub motor.

Pros:

  • Affordable and feature rich
  • Soft long travel front fork with 140mm of travel
  • Great hydraulic disc brakes with oversized 200mm rotors great for stopping
  • Beautiful grips, easy to use twist shifter controls 8 speed cassett
  • Battery pack is removable and features a built in rear light
  • Solid two year warranty, free shipping for fixes in the first 30 days
  • 750 watt gearless rear hub motor offers great power and torque, also very quiet

Cons:

  • Can’t mount anything on top of the rear battery pack, also won’t work with panniers
  • Have to leave the keys in the battery pack when riding
  • Offers throttle mode only, no pedal assist
  • Despite using a gearless hub motor, no regen mode or regenerative braking
  • Overall the bike feels unbalanced due to steep fork angle, also has no kickstand for parking… which makes it unstable at rest
  • Challenging to find and test ride in person, mostly sold online
  • Battery tends to be heavier due to lower energy density of LiFePO4

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Comments (3) YouTube Comments

John Hornby
7 years ago

Thank you for an insightful review! I felt like I had been for a real test ride : much different than just reading specs ;-)

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Joe Schur
7 years ago

I call this bike, which I purchased in April 2013, “The Beast”. The review above is accurate but maybe I have some insights after riding one of these for several months.

I’m 6’2″, 235 lbs., I got an electric bike because of arthritis in my knees. The Outlaw is powerful. I looked at several, probably ten bikes, and focused on the Outlaw and the Pedego Interceptor. Both bikes are good quality and strong, I rented the Interceptor when traveling because they are more readily available. I tested the Interceptor on hills and it did pretty well but the Outlaw is considerably more powerful to get you moving quickly and to go up almost any hill. The bike is heavy in the back and you can tip, I have, so you have to be careful when riding. I can get about 15-18 miles out of a charge with fairly heavy use of the motor and some hills. The nubby tires the bike comes with are for off-road, I replaced them with tires recommended by Prodeco for street use, they are more quiet and no problems with tire deteriorating with street use. This bike is well-suited for larger, taller people with good upper body strength.

Prodeco service is OK to good depending on who answers the phone. I found a local bike shop that can service the bike. The disc brakes need to be adjusted occasionally, they begin to make noises. I hooked up a piece of Velcro so that I can keep the accelerator on all the time, the thumb accelerator control was not very comfortable and the thumb piece that you push to accelerate actually broke off (replaced for free by Prodeco). There’s an on/off button so I can shut the motor off if necessary. There are some safety issues doing this but I find it works well. I don’t find the key being in the motor a big problem.

In short, I’ve been very happy with this bike, it makes me feel like a twenty year old and I love keeping up with/passing those skinny guys in the spandex official bike outfits! Because it’s a large bike and I’m heavy I do try to be extra careful with other bikers and pedestrians to avoid injury of them or myself. Get an excellent lock, I paid about $100 for mine. For the right person, this is a great bike.

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Court Rye
7 years ago

Thanks for the thorough writeup Joe! It sounds like your Outlaw is working great and it’s nice to hear that you’re getting good support from Prodeco and your local shop :)

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