Prodeco’s Stride 400 is so named, presumably, because it offers a 400-Watt rear direct hub motor. Powered by a 36-Volt 10.4-Ah battery pack using Samsung cells, the 52-pound aluminum-framed bike has 8-speed Shimano gears and a price tag that, before the latest wave of much more affordable eBikes, put the Prodeco models in the running for the label of “more affordable.” Sadly for the Prodeco, models like the Stride 400 are being eclipsed by electric bicycles with comparable features costing about half as much, but that doesn’t mean this is a bad bicycle. It has its good points, including a step-through frame that offers ease of mounting and dismounting. It also has nice, large wheels and adjustment options that make for a comfortable, smooth ride (as promised by the company’s own website). The 400-Watt rear direct hub motor boasts plenty of torque to get you up hills, and we found the bike to be reasonably responsive when you throttle up to the regulated 20MPH limit.
Some of the other features of the Prodeco Stride 400 include hydraulic disc brakes. The bike is also built in the United States and marketed to US riders, so Americans looking for a domestically manufactured bicycle can choose the Prodeco Stride 400 with pride. Unfortunately, though, they’re also going to pay for the privilege — because, as we mentioned, there are now electric bicycles on the market that offers similar performance, similar features, and more color and frame options for half as much money. Some of the other negatives for the Prodeco Stride 400 include its folding pedals, which we found difficult to use well (our feet kept slipping off them). There is a rebound adjustment feature for the shocks, but no lock-out feature, and you don’t dare mount anything on top of the battery pack.
Most notably, we disliked the way the rear-mounted motor put all the weight at the back of the bike. This made the whole unit feel butt-heavy and detracted from the riding experience somewhat. The bike is sold mostly online, so there’s no way most buyers would be aware of this feature until they took the Stride out for the first time. On the other hand, we liked the bike’s braking capabilities and we found the ride smooth in a straight line. There are some other well-thought out design features that make the bike durable and more agreeable for long rides.
– High price
– Wonky folding pedals
– The bike feels heavy on the back end
– Excellent brakes
– Battery pack requires keys inserted for riding
– No pedal assist
VERDICT: A couple of years ago, this would have been the bike to beat, and it’s still a reasonably good bicycle — but don’t buy at this price unless you demand a domestically manufactured bicycle and you’re fine with paying twice as much as you need to.