- Item Weight: 55 pounds
- Shipping Weight: 79.8 pounds
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- ASIN: B00APBSBRI
- Item model number: PT3.SIB.36.500.9
- Batteries Lithium Metal batteries required. (included)
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,099,734 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors) Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
Prodeco V3 Stride 500 8 Speed Electric Bicycle, Black Pearl Metallic Gloss, 26-Inch/One Size
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- SRAM X5 8 Speed Mid Derailleur
- SRAM X7 Twist 8 Speed Shifter and Avid BB5 Disc Brakes
- Rear Direct Drive 36V 500 Watt Motor
- 38.4V 9Ah LiFePO4 24 Cell Battery
- 20 MPH and 25-30 Mile Distance
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|Bike Type||Twist Throttle Powered Electric Bicycle|
|Brake Style||Mechanical Disc|
|Color||Black Pearl Metallic Gloss|
|Frame Material Type||aluminum|
|Item Weight||55 pounds|
|Model Name||Stride 500 Black|
|Package Height||10 x 38.5 x 70 inches|
|Shipping Weight||79.8 pounds|
|Size||26-Inch / One Size|
Prodeco Technologies Stride 500 BLACK Electric Bike-9 Ah Lithium Powered, 20 mph, 25-30 Mile Range, 2 Year Warranty, Built in the USA A New Way to Bike This black pearl metallic gloss version of the Stride 500 is an e-bike that promises comfort and a smooth ride for all levels of riders. Combining a superior-strength, high-torque 500-watt direct-drive motor mounted in the rear wheel, which delivers 720 watts at peak, with a high capacity 36-volt, 9-amp hour advanced lithium ion battery (LiFePO4), you are guaranteed to enjoy a long ride around town. This step-through, aluminum rigid frame bike brings new meaning to the term "ease of use." You will also love the Avid BB5 disc brakes and Avid 180-mm HS1 rotors for the best in heat shedding, not to mention the SRAM X7 Twist 8-speed shifter and the ultra durable Conti Town & Country 16 x 1.9 tires which are well known for stability and traction. Just give the throttle a half twist to activate the "power-on-demand" propulsion system and reach speeds of up to 20 mph on the Stride 500. The battery delivers up to 30 miles per charge and an effortless ride while offering the option of pedaling for exercise. The comfort is unmatched, with a solid, step-through frame for easy mount and dismount, plus an oversized vented saddle for cushion. This bike is suited for all levels of riding thanks to universal adjusting capabilities. Aluminum Step Through Frames - Fabricated from aircraft grade aluminum, the Stride 500’s step-thru frame is designed for ease of mounting, strength, comfort, quality and longevity while maintaining a unique style. Multiply commercial grade TIG welding spots with overlapping gussets ensure top strength. USA Built - All Prodeco Technologies electric bicycles are designed, assembled and quality controlled in the USA. Bicycles are produced on a daily basis in Prodeco's Florida facility. This allows for all components including batteries to remain 100-percent fresh and the latest stock. Lifetime Frame, 2 Year Components Warranty Loaded With Features - ½ Twist Throttle - Avid BB5 Disc Brakes - Avid 180mm HS1 Rotors5 - Brake Inhibitor Kraton - SRAM X7 Twist 8 Speed Shifter - SRAM X5 8 Speed Mid Derailleur - Conti Town & Country 26 x 1.9 Tires - 38.4V 9 Ah LiFePO4 24 Cell Battery - LiFePO4 43.8V Charger - Rear Direct Drive 36V 500W Motor - 20 mph Speed - 25-30 Mile Distance per Charge - 55 lbs. A Better Lithium Battery LifePO4 batteries are more stable, charge at higher amps and don't deteriorate in high temperatures unlike most current lithium ebike batteries on the market. Ready To Roll Easy assembly; tighten one stem bolt, and the bike is ready to go Made In the USA All Prodeco Technologies Electric Bicycles are designed, built, and quality-tested in the USA.
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It is a very heavy bike. If you want to mostly bike without the assist it will be challenging, about four times as hard as on a normal bike for me. I also wanted to not worry about charging my bike at work so I needed a minimum of 21 miles per charge. It turns out that there was no getting around charging it at work. Coming home the first time I came up about two miles short. That was a workout! So 25-30 miles per charge isn't accurate, though admittedly the manual says that if you ride more than 10 miles you should fully charge your battery. I do that now and bought another charger for work. It wasn't available on the Prodeco site or on Amazon, so I had to get it through a third party on Ebay. It was about $40.
I'm on my third week riding it and the bell has broken. I wasn't too surprised when it happened because another reviewer experienced the same thing. So I'm yelling "on your left" until my new bell shows up. They probably should have either skipped the bell or used one that was durable.
I ride in the dark often so I like that the battery has a built in rear light you can turn on. I did not see that anywhere in the specs or reviews, so that was a nice surprise. Since you can't have a rack on the back I use a front basket. I also use a small LED camping light inside the basket as a headlight since a full basket obscures a traditional handlebar-mounted headlight.
I'm still figuring out my bike computer with this bike. It's been a bit of a process. The spokes are thicker than normal spokes, so the magnet that came with my bike computer didn't fit. I bought a replacement magnet that screws on instead of snaps on, and it is working in tandem with the sensor now. However the wheel size is not standard. So I estimated what number to input and currently it is giving me a little more miles than I am actually biking, but I will be able to fine tune that from trial and error.
Side note about delivery. It was a mess. Google search "Amazon and Ceva" and see what I mean. I ordered my bike on a Tuesday morning and it would have come as early as Friday. I didn't want to miss a day of work over this bike so I scheduled it for Saturday, which was easy enough with the Amazon check-out interface. It was scheduled to arrive between 8-11am on Saturday. Ceva calls at 9:35 to tell me "Bad news, your TV isn't coming today." I told them I didn't order a TV, I ordered a bike. "Well it's not coming." Nice.
They said they would see if they could deliver the next day even though they don't deliver on Sunday. Well that's sketchy. I never get a call back. I call on Sunday and they say they aren't able to do it and that "residential delivery" will be in touch with me. I call back Monday afternoon, and we schedule the delivery for Wednesday. My husband graciously works from home that day since I can't take off. They call on Wednesday to tell me they don't have the bike period! For some reason they couldn't figure out on Saturday that the bike had disappeared entirely. I end up on the phone with Amazon for 25 minutes while two different reps call Ceva to confirm that Ceva didn't deliver the bike. My Amazon interface says it was delivered so I am really nervous I am out $1299. Amazon finally does accept that I didn't get my bike and sends me another one which arrives about a week later. So total wait time for my bike was over two weeks. But Amazon gave me a $30 credit. So that's nice. At any rate, don't be surprised if delivery is a major pain. And if this is a time sensitive item for you, forgo Amazon completely.
So far I've taken 10 round trips at 21 miles each. The brakes have started sounding noisy. Adjustments on a new bike a few weeks later is normal. They aren't regular brakes, they are Avid BB5 disc brakes. So I still have to figure out how to adjust them. Googling it makes it seem like it should be easy.
The tires are nice and wide, with deep groves. I won't need to worry about changing them out for the winter. The PSI is much lower than my old commuter bike, which isn't an issue performance-wise thanks to the motor.
The motor noise isn't very intense. I'd compare it to the sound of a remote car, except a deeper hum. Other reviewers have compared it to a blow dryer, but I don't get that comparison at all.
I live west of Minneapolis and use Cedar Lake Trail and West River Road Trail to get to work. I'm hardly on the road at all. Biking saves me about $225 a month based on the calcs below. So I will have broken even in 6 months.
$100 parking ramp
$40 MnPass (fast lane)
$15 wear and tear (conservative estimate)
Also riding one way to work on my regular bike took 50-75 minutes depending on direction and wind, ...on my Stride it's 33-38 minutes. That's as long as it would take to drive...with evening traffic sometimes much faster. We are blessed with a great biking system here in the Twin Cities :-)
I am very happy with the purchase so far, though it's still early, and I do wish the bike wasn't too big for me. Hopefully they will start designing some of their bikes for shorter people, but keep the 500 watt motor. According to Wikipedia the average female in the U.S. is 5-4, so maybe they just don't care to market to women. Beats me.
Update 10/22/2013: I forgot to mention that if you don't wear gloves, you will cut your hands when taking off the battery. I've added a picture to the gallery to demonstrate what happened to me without gloves. I haven't had any issues since I started wearing leather gloves to take the battery off.
I live in Monterey, CA with a mixture of hills and flats. The maximum distance I went with the EZip was five miles, with pedaling. I ended up adding another battery to the bike bringing the weight up to 83 pounds. I maxed out at nine miles with this set up, plus the bike was incredibly heavy. By comparison, I rode the Stride a little over ten miles and the battery was only half empty.
I ordered the Stride 3.0 through Amazon and it took a week to get here. The box came torn, but when I opened the the box, nothing had been damaged. I was impressed with the fit and finish of the a Prodeco and nothing needed adjusting. By comparison, when the EZip arrived, it had a bent rim that needed a bike shop to make true again. Also I found Prodeco had shipped me the Stride 3.5 with the 3.0 battery. You get a few upgrades with the 3.5, like a better front shock and four bars supporting the battery box instead of just two.
Here are my likes:
-Center Kick Stand
-The Battery Gauge
-No Rear Battery Rack
While you can spend a lot more money for an ebike, none come close to the Prodeco Stride for the price.