Buying used Rad bike. would you?

Haha, all good advise. I wish i had a garage. I reside in a tiny room on the second floor, and i've been researching ebikes for more than two months straight now my eyes are bleeding, hence my interest in folding ebikes due to space constraints. I had narrowed it down to a Qualisports Beluga or the NCM Moscow (not a folder), and i see the Rad's get a lot of talk and hype. Seeing one at such a price and condition just got my interest piqued, 'tis all.
 

KenS

Member
Probably it is a good deal. My only warning to you would be to check the weight, if you need to carry it up to a tiny room on the second floor. But all e-bikes are heavy.
 
I concur. The Rad mini is pushing near 70 lbs which is why i was favouring something like the Beluga at 15 lbs less (even more sans battery) and even the Moscow. I'm thinking i'll go for something else.
 

trainman

Active Member
Buy it, the only thing you probably need to do is make sure the seller conditioned the battery the correct way. The manual says to run the battery totally down, that's 0 bars and then recharge, do this at least three times before you start doing half recharges, that is recharging before you get to 0 bars. Batteries have memory and the way they are charged when first used will give them more riding time, that is the battery will last long both in riding and life of the battery. Personally I wouldn't let that stop me from buying the Rad, the battery can be totally discharged and reconditioned. Ask the seller how he recharged the battery for new, I'd still buy the Rad it that's the bike you want. I own to Rad Mini's.
 

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BKing

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Buy it, the only thing you probably need to do is make sure the seller conditioned the battery the correct way. The manual says to run the battery totally down, that's 0 bars and then recharge, do this at least three times before you start doing half recharges, that is recharging before you get to 0 bars. Batteries have memory and the way they are charged when first used will give them more riding time, that is the battery will last long both in riding and life of the battery. Personally I wouldn't let that stop me from buying the Rad, the battery can be totally discharged and reconditioned. Ask the seller how he recharged the battery for new, I'd still buy the Rad it that's the bike you want. I own to Rad Mini's.
Did you see that in a Rad Power Bike manual about discharging the battery as part of a battery conditioning? This is not correct for lithium batteries and will shorten their life.
 

legsofbeer

Active Member
Did you see that in a Rad Power Bike manual about discharging the battery as part of a battery conditioning?
That is not in the manual for the 2019 radrover. The initial conditioning is to "balance" the battery the first 3 times you use it, then balance it once a month after that. "Balancing" means leaving the charger plugged in to the battery for an extra 6 hours after charge complete.