Looking for 1st E-bike, Rad Mission for RR trails?

Saluki

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USA
Hi - new to the group, and looking for the right E-bike to get. First, I've been riding - road & trails - for about 20 years. But age is catching up to me ( 70+) and I thought an E-bike would allow me to keep on biking. I've given up on road biking of late, and we have a pretty good network of RR trails to bike here in the Adirondacks. The RR trails are flat - no real hills - but can get muddy, and in winter, snow packed. I've been riding my Kona Caldera MTB with pretty good results on the trails, but thought an E-bike would allow me to explore further with the same effort. I don't care about going fast, just concerned with increasing my distance over what I can manage with the Kona. The bike I'm looking at is the Rad Mission. Looks like a "regular" bike, low stepover, and a reasonable weight (48 lbs) so I expect I can get it into my Nissan Rogue. On the minus side - singe gear, and max wt listed at 275. I'm a big guy - 260 or so, 6'2". Yikes! Does that mean the bike will collapse under me if I'm dressed for winter riding? As to the single gear, with the electric power be sufficient to handle the flat RR trails? Or is it possible to modify the Mission's gearing with either a swap of the crank gears to dual or even adding say 7 speed freewheel and derailleur? I have looked at the Rad Rover, but the 70 lb weight is getting a bit much to hump into the back of my Rogue. So, suggestions? Recommendations? Thanks - hope to get the new bike before Christmas :)
 

Dewey

Well-Known Member
I'd suggest you also look at the Ariel Rideal, as you like the RadMission, it's a similar ebike with a basic 6-speed derailleur
 

AHicks

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USA
City
Snow Bird - Summer S.E. Michigan, Winter Gulf Coast North Central Fl.
70 here too.
No question about it, a single gear would be a show stopper here.

Love RAD bikes, I would likely go with something like a Rad City, with a tire swap to something from Schwalbe for flat protection. I really like the balloon type tires for their ride. Can make a huge difference.
 

Saluki

New Member
Region
USA
Decided to go with the Ariel Rideal, but going to their website, I'll be darned if I can figure out how to order! There's no "click here" or payment option for a credit card! Take a look - what am I missing?
 

Saluki

New Member
Region
USA
Ah - got it . color I selected apparently out of stock - Blue will do :) Hope it arrives soon. And Dewey, thanks for the tip on the Ariel Rideal.