ProdecoTech Phantom X Review

Prodeco Phantom X Electric Bike Review 1
Prodeco Phantom X
Prodeco Phantom X 500 Watt Direct Drive Motor
Prodeco Phantom X Lifepo4 Battery Pack
Prodeco Phantom X Avid Bb7 180 Disc Brakes
Prodeco Phantom X Folding Pedals Kickstand
Prodeco Phantom X Head Tube
Prodeco Phantom X Torque Plates Support Arms
Prodeco Phantom X Electric Bike Review 1
Prodeco Phantom X
Prodeco Phantom X 500 Watt Direct Drive Motor
Prodeco Phantom X Lifepo4 Battery Pack
Prodeco Phantom X Avid Bb7 180 Disc Brakes
Prodeco Phantom X Folding Pedals Kickstand
Prodeco Phantom X Head Tube
Prodeco Phantom X Torque Plates Support Arms

Summary

  • 500 watt direct drive motor is quiet and capable but offers less torque and weighs more, no regen modes
  • Simple to operate with LED console and twist throttle only, no pedal assist or LCD readout for speed, distance, precise battery capacity or other information
  • Rear heavy design with hub motor and battery mounted towards the back, battery is also high up

Video Review

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Introduction

Make:

ProdecoTech

Model:

Phantom X

Price:

$1,399 USD

Body Position:

Forward

Suggested Use:

Urban

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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Warranty:

2 Year Comprehensive, 30 Day Replacement

Availability:

United States

Model Year:

2014

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

55 lbs (24.94 kg)

Frame Material:

Aluminum Alloy

Geometry Measurements:

Dimensions when Folded 48

Frame Types:

High-Step, Folding

Frame Colors:

Matte Black

Frame Fork Details:

ZXR Magnesium Suspension with 120 mm Travel

Gearing Details:

8 Speed 1x8 SRAM X7, 11-28T

Shifter Details:

SRAM X7 Grip Twist

Pedals:

HTI Folding Aluminum Nylon, Platform

Headset:

Integrated Cartridge Bearing

Stem:

Promax 31.8 mm Adjustable Angle

Handlebar:

Promax 31.8 Flat Bar 580 mm

Brake Details:

Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc with 180 mm HS1 Rotors

Grips:

Kraton with Alloy Lock Rings

Saddle:

Velo Plush Sport Vented

Seat Post:

Promax

Rims:

Triple Box Wide 32 mm

Spokes:

18/8 Black Stainless Steel 12G

Tire Brand:

Continental Traffic, 26" x 2.1"

Wheel Sizes:

26 in (66.04cm)

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve

Accessories:

Double Leg Kickstand, 43.8V 2 Amp Charger, Aluminum Bash Guard on Front Ring

Other:

Removable Battery Pack, Torque Arms on Both Sides of Rear Dropouts for Improved Strength

Electronic Details

Motor Type:

Rear-Mounted Gearless Direct Drive Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

500 watts

Motor Peak Output:

720 watts

Battery Voltage:

38.4 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

9 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

354.6 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4), 24 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:

Twist Throttle

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

While the ProdecoTech Phantom X is not an ideal electric bike, which would keep weight lower to the ground and more centrally located on the frame, it is affordable. The design is very approachable with a three step startup that includes inserting the key, pressing the power button and activating the throttle. A small plastic console displays estimated battery capacity using three LED’s (green, yellow and red) and operation is relatively smooth and quiet. The big downsides include weight, battery pack design, lack of assist and the con’s of buying any ebike online including self assembly and lack of shop support for parts and troubleshooting.

The motor on the Phantom X is a 500 watt direct drive (gearless) design that’s smooth, quiet and relatively powerful. It’s not as nice as some newer direct drive motors that are thinner, lighter weight and more powerful. It only uses three hall sensors, which is standard, but lacks some torque. It also lacks any sort of regenerative braking and may not freewheel as smoothly when deactivated as the magnets inside repel. Still, there are no gears inside or other parts that can wear out. It’s a bulletproof design but less sophisticated than some other options.

The battery pack uses Lithium Iron Phosphate LiFePO4 cells and is rated at 38.4 volts of power and 9 amp hours of capacity. This is pretty standard for electric bikes in America. The chemistry is designed for higher transfer without getting hot and that’s ideal for larger hub motor designs that use energy quickly. The pack itself has a built in LED light and is removable but the plastic casing can be somewhat vulnerable. The rack it’s mounted on does not provide storage options for a bag or panniers and has limited support with just two support arms vs. newer ProdecoTech models. The biggest design flaw here is that the battery is mounted way up high, negatively impacting balance and exacerbating the damage encountered if the bike tips (both to the battery and to anyone or anything situated nearby). Replacement batteries can be purchased for $399.99 from Prodeco.

This is definitely an entry level electric bike with some drawbacks but it’s not all bad and if it’s all you can afford and you take the proper precautions, it can work well. I appreciate the front suspension fork, aluminum bash guard on the front chain ring sprocket and the LED light in the rear that runs off the main battery pack. The seven speed Shimano Deore (on older models) or eight speed Sram X7 provide leverage for climbing or accelerating. At 55 pounds this ebike isn’t far off from comparable models sold by other companies. One questionable feature to me is the folding frame design; for such a large ebike I wonder if the trade offs in stiffness and weight are worth it? The plastic pedals feel soft and even when the bike is folded it’s still rather large due to the 26″ wheels… It’s also still relatively heavy but removing the rear battery does help. It’s a unique bike for sure and the newer X3 does not fold so that’s an option worth considering.

The Phantom X that I test rode in the video review was in for repairs at the Electric Bicycle Outlet in San Francisco. The owner had initially needed help fixing the battery pack but ended up trading it in for a better bike and it was henceforth being sold as used. In a shop environment I’d trust a used ebike like this, especially since they repaired it and could perform further support. If this was a garage sale I’d be very thorough in testing the bike, trying to determine how much charge capacity the battery has left. Batteries like this get around 1,000 charge cycles before they drop off severely and if they are not kept away from extreme temperatures or charged regularly they can degrade faster. Factor that into your price and remember you can always add a used battery on later for ~$400.

Pros:

  • Very affordable electric bike with option to replace the battery
  • Folds in half and has folding pedals for space savings
  • Battery pack is removable for convenient charging or to reduce the weight of the bike for transport
  • Seven or eight speed cassette (Shimano Deore or SRAM X7 depending on how old it is) provides good range for climbing or riding fast
  • Built in rear LED light provides some element of safety and is conveniently powered off the main pack
  • Trigger or twist throttle (depending on year) is easy to use and fairly durable
  • Avid BB7 mechanical disc brakes provide good stopping power
  • Water bottle bosses provide mounting point for water bottle cage but are basically horizontal and the bottle sticks up higher vs. a diamond frame design

Cons:

  • Folding design makes the frame and pedals less stiff, impacts ride quality
  • Battery pack is mounted high up and towards the rear, where the motor weight is also situated
  • Battery rack uses two support arms and has no suspension, easier to break
  • Offers throttle mode only, no assist and no regenerative braking
  • Very basic display console uses three LED lights vs. an LCD with speed, range, precise battery capacity
  • Key must be left in the battery pack when riding, easier to forget and jingles if you’ve got a keychain
  • Available in one frame size (medium) and in a sort of high step configuration that can be trickier to mount (I hit my knee on the rear rack often when mounting)
  • The angle of the front fork and seat tube seem a bit extreme to me, like a downhill bomber vs. city and light trail bike, changes handling

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Comments (4) YouTube Comments

Steve Loar
5 years ago

Hmmm. According to Prodeco their Phantom X2 was the best selling e-bike in the $1500-2000 range last year. And it’s also designed and assembled in California. It gets great reviews on Amazon. Add all those up and I’m pretty sure I’ll go with a Prodeco bike. You seem to slam them a good bit, even giving the dreaded Currie eZip Trailz a better rating. I just don’t get it, unless you’re being biased towards Currie products, which seems to be the case.

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Court
5 years ago

Hi Steve! The big differences in rating for this and the Trailz are price, not having pedal assist and not being able to use the rack for storing and transporting stuff. I try to make these reviews as objective as possible and ProdecoTech is definitely improving their bikes. I really like the Titanio 29er and gave it a great rating.

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Claudio Gonzalez Aravena
1 year ago

Good evening here in Chile I have not been able to find the battery of the electric bicycle model Phantom X year 2014, there is some possibility of importing it directly from the USA without having an importer.?? I will appreciate your response

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Court
1 year ago

Hi Claudio, I’m not sure on this but ProdecoTech should be reachable via their official contact page here. Perhaps they can provide a pack or maybe you could have your existing battery re-packed with new rechargeable Lithium-ion cells. I wrote a guide on this here with two example companies that provide battery services.

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