The Prodecotech Stride 400 Electric Bike is manufactured by Prodecotech, and you can read its full specs here. This review of the Prodecotech Stride 400 Electric Bike was carried out by the Light Electric Vehicle Association (LEVA). See bottom of this post to learn about how LEVA works to conduct completely independent and unbiased electric bike reviews – something that is very much needed in the fairly new and rapidly growing market of electric bikes.
The Prodecotech Stride 400 Electric Bike is a basic commuter in styling, and was equipped as described on the manufacturer’s website.
Test Rider: Michael Chichester. Michael is an expert electric bike rider, having built and used ebikes for personal transport for several years. He is a LEVA Level 4 Technician and weighs 138 pounds.
The test course was the 10-mile Canal Bicycle Path in Fort Myers, Florida. The day was warm (95 F/35 C), with 47% humidity and 5 mph winds. During the test ride, it was sunny, and anything dark colored become too hot to touch. (This would result in higher temperatures in the battery box.)
This path is flat. There is a slight rise on one bridge. There are only a couple of intersecting roads.
During the test ride, the bike was equipped with a data logger and a Cycle Analyst.
Michael found the average speed, vehicle weight, power of the motor, and battery capacity to be as advertised.
The Prodecotech Stride 400 Electric Bike easily travelled at 20 to as much as 23 mph, while the motor power was usually about 310 watts, with a peak of 636 watts.
The endurance was 1:10:00 at almost full throttle. Since Michael was riding at 23 mph at full throttle, he backed off a bit to 20 mph. The distance covered was roughly 21 miles at the time of LVCO (Low Voltage Cut Off).
Rider comments about riding the Prodecotech Stride 400 Electric Bike
The Prodecotech Stride 400 Electric Bike felt very solid. Power was smooth and easily applied. There were no odd noises or vibrations. The seat was comfortable, while the ride position was comfortable and intuitive. All in all, this bike is well designed, well equipped and pleasant to ride. The brakes are very good, and in fact better than expected for this price point.
The appearance of the Prodecotech Stride 400 Electric Bike is pleasant, with good paint, and nice accent touches. The frame style is a common unisex pattern, and it is worth noting that many companies use a frame of similar appearance. Not all are actually the same. This one appears to be well built.
The battery box is professional in appearance, and both compact and solidly mounted. The seat was noted for being more comfortable than average.
Overall comment on the Prodecotech Stride 400 Electric Bike: Enthusiastic approval.
Note: LEVA also collected data on the Prodecotech Stride 400 Electric Bike using the Cycle Analyst Data Logger, a product of Grin Technologies. Once a test ride is complete, LEVA goes to the Grin Technologies website, and uploads the data on bike performance and GPS file to the Grin Trip Analyzer. If you want information about the data collected about the Prodecotech Stride 400 Electric Bike, please send an email to info@LEVAssociation.com. They will answer questions, and if requested, will email you the data files so that you can examine them yourself.
This electric bike review is copyright 2016, Light Electric Vehicle Association, and is published on the Electric Bikes Blog with LEVA’s express permission.
Prodecotech Stride 400 Electric Bike Specifications, from the Prodecotech website
List price: $1449.99
MOTOR: pTech 400W Rear Direct Hub
BATTERY: Samsung Rack 36V 10.4Ah Li
RANGE: 25-35 Miles
TOP SPEED: 20 mph (32 km/h)
POWER APPLIED: Twist Throttle
FRAME: Aluminum 6061-T6
FINISH: Tested bike was white, see website for colors
COMPONENT FINISH: Matte Black
FORK: Cromoloy Hybrid
STEM: Adjustable Alloy 31.8mm x 90mm
HANDLEBAR: Cruiser 31.8 x 620mm
SADDLE: Velo Plush
SEAT POST: Adjustable Alloy 27.2mm x 350mm
SHIFTER: SRAM X7 – 8 Speed
DERAILLEUR: SRAM X4 – 8 Speed
CRANKSET: Truvativ E400 Aluminum 42T x 170mm
PEDALS: HTI Platform
CHAIN: KMC X8.93
BRAKES: SRAM AVID DB Hydraulic Disc
ROTORS: SRAM AVID Centerline 180mm SS
TIRES: Continental Tour Ride 700C x 45mm
RIMS: pTech 700c x 19mm Dbl Wall AL (28×1.5)
SPOKES: 18/8 Stainless Steel 12 Gauge
WEIGHT: 52 pounds
LEVA Reviews of Electric Bikes
The Light Electric Vehicle Association has about 330 members from about 29 countries. Most members are companies or individuals involved in the design, manufacture, distribution, and use of electric bikes and their components.
The mission of the LEVA is to promote Light Electric Vehicles. And to provide service to and networking opportunities for the participants in the industry.
An often heard request from our members has been that we work toward consistent ways of describing the performance of an electric bike. This is regarded as a problem, especially at the point of sale.
“The easiest way to sell an electric bike is to exaggerate the performance!” say members.
Range, speed, durability, are all subjective, and consumers have little to guide them.
A few years ago, LEVA released a testing protocol that quite precisely measures the performance of electric bikes in a laboratory setting. This test is performed for a fee by a third-party lab operated by SGS. The result of that test is repeatable, consistent, and accurate. Accompanying that, LEVA issued a protocol for describing the performance on an electric bike. Hopes were that many ebike brands would adopt this protocol and thus enable consumers to reliably compare electric bike performance.
However, the initiative to have the bike tested, the cost, the time involved, and the large numbers of ebike models – each with differing performance – has resulted in only a few bikes being so tested.
While LEVA continues to support this objective and accurate approach, performed by SGS, we also hear a demand from our members for a less intensive, but honest and objective, testing/review process.
LEVA Reviews is the response to the demand for a less intensive, but honest and objective review process.
Test bikes are tested on a known course in Fort Myers, Florida, by one of a handful of test riders, with a data logger installed. The test riders collect objective data via the data logger, and create subjective evaluations based on their experience and opinions. This information is written up by LEVA Chairman Edward Benjamin.
Errors may occur, the process is not secret, and we will listen to criticism. It could be more accurate (the more accurate SGS testing is still available), and we are frank about possible conflicts of interest.
LEVA test results are not for sale, and are insulated from influence by members, sponsors, and relationships as much as is humanly possible. Mistakes may be made, and when LEVA is aware of such, they will be admitted to and corrected. Chairman Ed Benjamin personally works toward this.
LEVA Reviews program results are published in the LEVA Newsletter, on the LEVA website, and offered to any publication for their use so long as correct attribution is made, and the entire Review is published or linked to.
The cost to Ebike brands during the summer of 2016 is small. One bike and two batteries are needed for the test. LEVA will not return them. Once testing is complete, the bikes will be sold or otherwise disposed of by LEVA.
Starting in the fall of 2016, LEVA Reviews program will require said bikes, plus a fee yet to be determined.
Copyright 2016, Light Electric Vehicle Association
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