“Is that an electric bike?”
I hear this more often than not and that speaks to the low profile stealthiness of the Ride1Up Roadster V2 Gravel Edition. Most single speed bikes have that appeal with few components and less cables running everywhere. It’s easy for the Roadster V2 to blend in and be discreet amongst other bikes around town. Where the Roadster V2 doesn’t miss is comfort, weight and maintenance.
Comfort is the first thing to notice on any bike. It takes seconds to know if you want to ride that bike all day. Ride1Up put a really comfortable sporty saddle on the Roadster V2. The saddle isn’t a bulky “comfort” saddle seen any most other electric bikes in the sub-$2k category. It’s a slim low profile saddle with a cutout that is comfortable to ride for hours on end.
Over the last few months of riding, we have seen the bottom of the battery only a couple of times after hours of riding nonstop. This has us seeing the benefits of this lightweight platform. Even though a dead battery is something you don’t want on your eBike, the range extender is a great solution to be prepared for those longer days. Time and time again we would argue, for most riders, that using 100% of your battery on a bike that’s lightweight and fun to ride is better than using 30% of your 700Wh battery on an electric bike that is heavy and not as enjoyable to ride.
One of the most notable details of the Roadster V2 is the single-speed drivetrain. Ride1Up’s spec of the Gates Carbon Belt Drive is one of our favorite details on the Roadster V2. Gates systems are not only extremely quiet compared to a chain drive, but they are essentially maintenance-free. From a commuting standpoint, that means no chain grease on your pants and no need to lube your chain. EVER. Aside from needing to properly set tension on the belt if the rear wheel needs to be removed for any reason. The Gates belt drive is as great a choice as there can be for a single-speed electric bike.