ProdecoTech Stride 500 Review

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Summary

  • One of the most affordable, but still decent quality, entry level electric bikes
  • Low step design is easy to mount, adjustable neck and shock add comfort, twist throttle is intuitive to use
  • Battery is heavy, mounted high up making it less stable and can't be used as a storage rack

Video Review

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Introduction

Make:

ProdecoTech

Model:

Stride 500

Price:

$1,299 USD

Body Position:

Upright

Suggested Use:

Neighborhood, 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:

20132014

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

55 lbs (24.94 kg)

Frame Material:

Aluminum Alloy

Frame Types:

Step-Thru

Frame Colors:

Black Pearl, Metallic Blue

Frame Fork Details:

Zoom Basic Suspension with 45 mm Travel

Attachment Points:

Bottle Cage Bosses

Gearing Details:

8 Speed 1x8 SRAM X5, 11-28T

Shifter Details:

SRAM X7 Grip Twist

Cranks:

44T x 170 104BCD Aluminum

Pedals:

HTI Folding Aluminum Nylon Platform

Headset:

Integrated Cartridge Bearing

Stem:

Promax Tool Free Adjustable Angle

Handlebar:

Promax 25.4 Cruise 600 mm

Brake Details:

Avid BB5 Mechanical Disc with 180 mm HS1 Rotors

Grips:

Kraton with Alloy Lock Rings

Saddle:

Velo Plush Wide Vented

Seat Post:

Promax

Rims:

Triple Box Wide 32 mm

Spokes:

18/8 Stainless Steel 12G

Tire Brand:

Continental Town & Country 26" x 1.9"

Wheel Sizes:

26 in (66.04cm)

Accessories:

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

Other:

Removable Battery Pack

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:

345.6 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

If you’re looking for an ebike with solid components and drive system that won’t cost a lot, the Stride 500 might be perfect. Now, you won’t be getting pedal assist, no front light or fenders and there’s no fancy computer system here… but what it offer, works well. And it even comes with a two year warranty that includes the battery pack! This is a medium quality bike with a scooter style drive system. Just insert the key, press the on button, twist the throttle and you’re off! Anyone can use it.

The motor driving this bike is a 500 watt gearless design. This means it’s quiet, smooth, durable (because it doesn’t use gears) but also a bit heavier than a geared design. All in all, it works great though I would have loved regenerative braking to help reduce the wear on brake pads and perhaps recapture some of the energy coasting down large hills. Everything has a trade off however, and regenerative braking requires a more sophisticated controller and that costs money.

The battery pack on this and other ProdecoTech bikes uses Lithium Iron Phosphate chemistry which is stable and lasts a long time (they say 2,000 cycles which is nearly 2x other Lithium-ion types). The only downside is lower energy density which means the battery has to be larger in size and weight to provide the same capacity. Adding to this drawback is the position of the battery pack, way high up hanging off the end of the bike. Notice that both the motor and battery are at the rear end of the bike. This makes it hard to lift and transport. The good news is, the pack is removable – this makes transport and charging on the go much easier. All in all, the ~36 volt pack offers good power and decent range, especially paired with the strong 500 watt motor.

Some other things to consider with this bike. The frame size is about medium and the step-through makes it easy to mount. If you’re a tall or overweight individual this bike could be uncomfortable and I recommend checking out some of the larger cruisers from Pedego. Consider replacing the pedals with stiffer metal ones and keep in mind that you’ll have to assemble this bike yourself vs. getting it at a shop. ProdecoTech keeps their bikes inexpensive by bypassing retail distribution but that means assembly and service suffer. I’ve owned a lot of ebikes and because you tend to ride them more often than regular bikes, this could be a setback. Even though the warranty is good with ProdecoTech, you will still pay shipping after 30 days and be without a bike to ride.

This isn’t my favorite electric bike to ride but I do prefer it as a “lower end” option and if it gets more people out there riding then it’s a huge success! The price is hard to beat, the technology is simple but solid. The little extras like the bell and rear light for safety are much appreciated. You won’t be able to carry stuff on the rear rack but hey, get a backpack. The ride will be less stable than a bike with downtube battery design but hey, this layout has been standard for over 10 years with ebikes and it works fine. The motor is solid and should be capable of moving larger riders and even climbing medium hills. As one final benefit, the throttle is so simple to use that sharing this bike is no problem and that’s part of what has made it a good choice for bicycle rental companies.

Pros:

  • Includes a nice bell for signaling to pedestrians
  • Great tool-less adjustable neck for positioning handle bars
  • Great price, also includes a solid two year warranty (free shipping in first 30 days if something breaks)
  • Basic front shock smooths out the ride, larger tires also help
  • Avid 5 disc brakes offer good stopping power
  • Beautiful grips, easy to use twist shifter controls 8 speed cassett
  • Battery pack is removable and features a built in rear light
  • 500 watt gearless rear hub motor offers great power and torque, also very quiet
  • Aluminum bash guard keeps chain on track and protects teeth on the front chain ring

Cons:

  • Basic shock doesn’t offer lock out, just rebound adjustment
  • Folding pedals are less stiff and more slippery than non-folding metal ones, seem unnecessary on a cruiser bike?
  • 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
  • Rear-heavy design with battery pack and motor towards the back
  • Challenging to find and test ride in person, mostly sold online
  • Battery technology is heavier due to lower energy density of LiFePO4

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