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Ride1UP Bamboo Classic Review

The Bamboo Classic by Ride1UP is an overall decent skateboard at a fair price
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Price:   $699 List
Pros:  Fairly inexpensive, fast, decent range
Cons:  Doesn’t do well with rough roads, could be better at braking
Manufacturer:   Ride1UP
By Austin Palmer, David Wise, and Jenna Ammerman  ⋅  Sep 23, 2019
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  • Ride - 20% 5
  • Hills - 15% 6
  • Build - 10% 6
  • Braking - 10% 6

Our Verdict

The Ride1UP Bamboo Classic is a middle of the road skateboard that didn't disappoint but definitely can't compare with the top-tier models. It is quite fast, has a fairly good range, and can usually climb all but the steepest hills without issue. It isn't the most fun to be on when the pavement gets bumpy and it didn't do the best in our braking test. All in all, the Bamboo Classic is a decent skateboard that we wouldn't actively dissuade you from buying but you can definitely do better.


Compare to Similar Products

 
Awards  Editors' Choice Award Editors' Choice Award  Best Buy Award 
Price $699 List$1,780 List
$1,779.99 at Amazon
$1,400 List
$1,399.00 at Amazon
$1,450 List$950 List
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Pros Fairly inexpensive, fast, decent rangeFantastic at climbing hills, incredibly fast, amazing rangeVery fast, great stopping power, does amazingly well at hillsPowers up steep hills, fast, seriously scary accelerationImpressive performance considering its price, super fun to ride, handles off-roading and rough pavement easily
Cons Doesn’t do well with rough roads, could be better at brakingPremium price, heavyPricey, expected better range with its priceHeavy, long time to charge on standard chargerHeavy, so-so range
Bottom Line The Bamboo Classic by Ride1UP is an overall decent skateboard at a fair priceBy far the best products you can get, the Bamboo GTX is our all-time favorite board that we have seen to dateIf you want one of the absolute best boards out there, the Plus is a great choiceOne of the best boards available todayThe Pint is almost as capable as the full-sized Onewheel but retails for about half as much
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Rating Categories Ride1UP Bamboo... Evolve GTX Bamboo... Boosted Plus Evolve GT Bamboo... Onewheel Pint
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Specs Ride1UP Bamboo... Evolve GTX Bamboo... Boosted Plus Evolve GT Bamboo... Onewheel Pint
Tested Maximum Speed 24.1 mph 23.81 mph 22 mph 22 mph 14.16 mph
Tested Maximum Range 18.1 mi. 32.3 mi. 14.5 mi. 18.2 mi. 10 mi.
Measured Weight 16.9 lbs. 20.1 lbs. 17.8 lbs. 17.3 lbs 25.5 lbs
Measured Uphiill Grade 15% + 23% + 15% + 23% + 15% +
Manufacturer Claimed Range 18 miles 31 miles 14 miles Street: 19 miles
AT: 12 miles
6-8 miles
Measured Charge Time 237 min. 345 min. 115 min. 220 min. 120 min.
Tested Stopping Distance 48 ft. 30 ft. 30 ft. 20 ft. 14 ft
Riding Modes 4
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Medium
High
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Redwood
Pacific
Elevated
Skyline
Battery Lithium Ion 36 volt 10AH Lithium Ion.
 Lithium Ion 36 volt 6.5ah Lithium Ion Lithium Ion (NMC)
Deck Length 39 inches 38 inches 38 inches 38 inches 27 inches
2X 8 inch platforms
Truck Witdth 7" GT Super carve 12" 7.5" GT Super carve 12" N/A
Wheel Size 90 mm 97 mm 85 mm Street: 83 mm
AT: 7 inch
10.5 inch
App available No No Yes No Yes
Lighting No Available for purchase No Available for purchase Yes

Our Analysis and Test Results

We've noticed the price on this skateboard fluctuates quite a bit, so it is worth waiting until the next sale to buy it. In fact, it's a great value option — practically worthy of a Best Buy Award — when its price is at its lowest.

Performance Comparison


The Ride1UP is a decent budget skateboard.
The Ride1UP is a decent budget skateboard.

Likes


First off, we were quite impressed with the top speed of the Bamboo Classic, especially given its budget nature. We measured an average top speed of just over 24 miles per hour in our tests, which is actually one of the fastest speeds we have recorded out of the entire group.

It also has a fairly impressive range, lasting for a little more than 18 miles on flat ground at a moderate speed. In particular, we liked that the Ride1UP maintained speed pretty much the whole time, able to hit 13 or 14 miles per hour right until it died.


The Bamboo Classic is about average in terms of comfort.

The Bamboo Classic is surprisingly speedy.
The Bamboo Classic is surprisingly speedy.

It isn't super springy and doesn't have any rocker or camber but is fine to stand on for long rides. It is right in the middle of the group in terms of weight.


The remote feels great to hold, with a sturdy and solid build.

The remote for the Ride1UP is ergonomic and comfortable to hold.
The remote for the Ride1UP is ergonomic and comfortable to hold.

It has some indicators for the board and remote statuses and makes it very easy to swap between riding modes. The skateboard is also quite responsive to remote commands, without any noticeable lag. The customer support and included warranty are fairly typical for these products.

The Ride1UP made it up a 15-17% grade hill that was about 500' long without too much of an issue, though it did start slowing down quite a lot. However, it couldn't repeat the performance a second time without a break between ascents. The brakes were also quite effective in our test at allowing you to control your downhill speed.

Dislikes


While the Bamboo Classic is a decently speedy board, we did find it to be lacking when it came to acceleration. It is quite slow to get going from a standstill — especially with a larger rider.

This board doesn't do the best job with rough or uneven roads.
This board doesn't do the best job with rough or uneven roads.

We also noticed that it will stall for a brief moment if you hit a crack in the road at any sort of significant speeds, which can be a very jarring experience.

It can also be quite unpleasant to ride this board around on roads that don't have the smoothest pavement. It transmits tons of vibrations through your feet, which can be very fatiguing after even short distances.

We found the brakes on the Bamboo Classic to be slightly lacking.
We found the brakes on the Bamboo Classic to be slightly lacking.

We also weren't amazingly impressed with the stopping ability of this skateboard. It did fine on hills but took quite a bit longer than other boards to come to a complete stop on flat ground from a moderate speed.


This board also takes an exceptionally long time to recharge when its battery is dead — almost double some of the other comparable boards in our test.

Value


If you can find this board when it is on sale or going for one of the lower prices in its range, it's a fantastic value. However, it definitely isn't your best bargain option when it's being sold at some of the higher prices we have seen.

Overall  the Ride1UP is a decent value option that did pretty well across most of our tests.
Overall, the Ride1UP is a decent value option that did pretty well across most of our tests.

Conclusion


The Ride1UP Bamboo Classic is a decent electric skateboard that would be great for most people if they don't expect too much. It's got plenty of speed and range but can't really compete with the premium products when it comes to acceleration and comfort.


Austin Palmer, David Wise, and Jenna Ammerman