ProdecoTech Stride R Review

Prodecotech Stride R Electric Bike Review 1
Prodecotech Stride R
Prodecotech Stride R 500 Watt Motor
Prodecotech Stride R Lithium Battery Pack
Prodecotech Stride R Twist Throttle
Prodecotech Stride R 8 Speed Cassette
Prodecotech Stride R Adjustable Stem
Prodecotech Stride R Chain Ring Cranks
Prodecotech Stride R Disc Brake
Prodecotech Stride R Suspension Fork
Prodecotech Stride R Electric Bike Review 1
Prodecotech Stride R
Prodecotech Stride R 500 Watt Motor
Prodecotech Stride R Lithium Battery Pack
Prodecotech Stride R Twist Throttle
Prodecotech Stride R 8 Speed Cassette
Prodecotech Stride R Adjustable Stem
Prodecotech Stride R Chain Ring Cranks
Prodecotech Stride R Disc Brake
Prodecotech Stride R Suspension Fork

Summary

  • Affordable,highpowerelectricbikewithadecentwarrantybutrearheavydesign
  • Basicsuspensionforkwithcushyseatandlargertirestosmoothoutthebumps
  • Twistthrottleonly-nopedalassist,nodisplayforspeed,rangeorprecisebatterycapacity
  • Norearrackformountingabagorpanniers,limitedcargocapacity

Video Review

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Introduction

Make:

ProdecoTech

Model:

StrideR

Price:

$1,399 USD

Body Position:

Upright

Suggested Use:

Neighborhood,Urban

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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Warranty:

2YearComprehensive,30DayReplacement

Availability:

United States

Model Year:

2013

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

49 lbs (22.22 kg)

Frame Material:

AluminumAlloy

Frame Types:

Step-Thru

Frame Colors:

White

Frame Fork Details:

Zoom Basic Suspension with Rebound Adjust

Attachment Points:

Bottle Cage Bosses

Gearing Details:

8 Speed1x8SRAMX7

Shifter Details:

SRAM X7 Grip Twist

Pedals:

Folding Aluminum Nylon, Platform

Handlebar:

Mid-Rise

Brake Details:

Avid BB5 Mechanical Disc with 180 mm HS1 Rotors

Tire Brand:

Continenta lTown & Country, 26" x 1.9"

Wheel Sizes:

26 in (66.04cm)

Accessories:

Double Leg Kickstand, 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

Battery Voltage:

38.4 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

9 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

345.6 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium Iron Phosphate(LiFePO4)

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 ProdecoTech Stride R is one of the more affordable ebikes I’ve tested and I love that it comes with a front shock to smooth out the ride. The power it offers is good but the drive system is limited to throttle only which tends to reduce range and climbing ability because there’s no incentive to pedal along. That said, it’s zippy, quiet and the battery is removable which makes transporting the bike easier (because the pack weighs about 7 pounds). It only comes in one size that’s sort of medium and one color (white) but the step-through frame is easy to mount and control if you have to stop and put your feet down. The folding pedals don’t offer as much space for your feet (or stiffness for pedaling) and I think they were just added because Prodeco uses them on other bikes. Ultimately, this one’s designed to be an upgrade from the Stride 500 with better components and suspension but it’s still an entry level bike.

The motor driving the Prodeco Stride R offers 500 watts of power in a direct drive (gearless) configuration. It offers decent power and operates smoothly without creating much noise. The drawbacks here are weight and size because the motor relies on big magnets inside to create power. Also, when coasting or pedaling without assist the magnets may create some drag vs. a geared motor with a freewheel system. It also does not take advantage of regenerative braking which some other gearless systems offer.

The battery pack powering that motor delivers ~36 volts of power and 9 amp hours of capacity. That’s kind of average and the pack is a bit heavier than some ebikes because it uses Lithium Iron Phosphate chemistry vs. other Lithium-ion mixes. The pack is kind of large (and you can upgrade it to be even larger but note the limited strength of only one support strut per side vs. two on the higher end bikes. Ultimately, you get power and decent range here but only have a twist throttle to take advantage of it (which is part of why the range on this bike is kind of average). The pack is removable and feels pretty solid but the rack it mounts to is high up and fairly rigid which creates more strain. I listed “no mounting points for cargo” as a con but with the limited support here and somewhat delicate battery interface I think they made the right call.

The low price point makes it easy to get excited about the Stride R but you are trading functionality, range and stability. Prodeco Technologies offers a generous two year warranty but the fine print says it doesn’t cover normal wear and tear on the battery from use which seemed misleading. There aren’t a whole lot of dealers that carry this bike right now, in part because I believe their margins are very low, but it is available online. If you do get it over the Internet there will be some assembly involved and it can take some effort to work with.

I think of this ebike as a refined version of first generation technology in the space. In the early 2000’s many companies were using rear mounted packs because it’s easy and cheap, they didn’t have fancy pedal assist options and the computers were also very simple or non existent. The Stride R brings updated Lithium batteries that are lighter and longer lasting and a variable speed twist throttle that is fun to use. Over time your hand might get tired (and good luck trying to carry it up stairs) but for the money it gets the job done and could be a solid option for someone willing to screw around a bit who fits the frame.

Pros:

  • Very affordable and includes a great two year warranty (but read the fine print, does not cover normal wear on battery)
  • Strong 500 watt direct drive motor has decent acceleration and climbing power
  • Front suspension fork smoothes out the ride but is kind of basic with limited travel and no lockout option
  • 36 volt battery uses Lithium Iron Phosphate cells that are average weight but offer a larger number of cycles
  • Eight gears is enough range for faster pedaling or climbing and makes riding easier if the battery runs out
  • Larger Continental tires are durable and somewhat soft when riding over bumps and cracks
  • Tool free adjustable stem and handlebars offer an upright riding position that feels good and reduces neck and back fatigue
  • Rear light built into battery pack provides a basic level of safety

Cons:

  • No display panel consol for determining how fast you’re going, how far you’ve traveled or precisely how much battery capacity remains
  • No pedal assist options, just twist throttle on right grip
  • Rear mounted motor and battery make bike hard to lift (removable battery helps)
  • Single-strut design supports rear battery pack but isn’t as sturdy as the double-strut on other ProdecoTech bikes (though the battery here is smaller)
  • Keys must be left in when riding, they can jingle around
  • Battery is mounted high up which makes the bike less stable
  • No mounting points on the rear rack or battery for a bag or panniers
  • Only available in one size (kind of medium) and one color (white)
  • Interesting plastic folding pedals seem unnecessary on a non-folding ebike and don’t offer as much stiffness or platform space as larger metal ones would

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Comments (6) YouTube Comments

Peter Dswonyk
3 years ago

I have a Stride 400 for almost a month now, and am still working out distance per charge, but meantime I am very happy with all other aspects of my ProdecoTech bike. I am a disabled veteran with no license, and windy days used to severely limit my ability to travel by bicycle

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Court
3 years ago

Thanks for the feedback Peter! It’s great to hear you’re enjoying your ebike… ProdecoTech seems to do a great job building in the USA and offering good prices. Ride safe out there :)

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Phillip Wilcox
5 months ago

I really liked my Stride 400 until the battery went bad, after just a few months. They promised a new one in about six weeks. I was not happy about it but what could I do. Eight weeks went by and still no battery a few more weeks I was told. Four more weeks gone still no battery. Now they tell me just a couple of weeks they would have it for sure. Another month gone without a battery. This has gone on now for nine months, just one lie after another. The only way I see is to go to Court. Don’t let this happen to you.

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Court
5 months ago

Aww, that’s a bummer. I’m so sorry Phillip! It seems like ProdecoTech has been going through some big changes these past two or three yeas. I haven’t been in touch or filmed many updates during this time. They did invite me out at one point but that fell through. It can feel frustrating and disappointing to have a bike that almost works but battery issues can put a halt on everything and be expensive. You may be able to get it repacked or repaired by using a third party service. Check out this resource I crated after finding one of these companies in California. Hope it helps! So sorry for your struggles :(

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Phillip Wilcox
1 month ago

The battery went bad and I contacted Prodeco. They asked me to send the battery to them for replacement–at my expense, which I did. That was over a year ago and they kept promising to send it. Now, when you call them, Prodeco has a recorded message that you should go online if you need service–they do not even answer the phone. There are so many good bike companies, I would stay away from this scam.

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Court
4 weeks ago

Oh my goodness! They never sent your battery back at all?! For anyone else that is having battery troubles or needs replacement/repacking and still has the battery case, consider using FTH Power which is becoming a specialist at this. I visited their factory and made a post about it here. Sorry again Phillip, that’s just a big bummer!

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