Rad Power Bike vs Tern HSD P9 | Newbie who will ride and commute

Best overall commuter bike

  • RadRunner

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Tern HSD P9

    Votes: 3 60.0%
  • RadCity Step Thru

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Other

    Votes: 2 40.0%

  • Total voters
    5

antboy

Well-Known Member
Hello EBR crew,

I am new to E-biking and I am looking for a commuter bike for ~20 each way on flat with a little hill at the end. I would like to put my 30lb dog maybe on the back at some point, so I would like a cargo rack. I am interested in the Tern HSD P9 as it has a Bosch battery and heard they were terrific and I also get a good pro deal on them. On the other hand I do live in Seattle and have heard great things about Rad Power bikes. I am not sure which one is better for the value but would love some real life expertise. I want to make sure I have a bike that will work in the rain as well as be light enough to put in my car at some point.

Thanks for your help!
Since people are recommending other brands (and kind of ignoring your use case in favour of their preferences - it happens ALL the time here :) ), I'd suggest taking a look at the "By Brands" section of the forum and search those to get an idea of both number of users, and potential issues.

If you're looking for something that can be put in a car, you might want to look at a folding bike, like the Qualisports Dolphin. It's got some decent reviews here, is 50 lbs, and the battery should get you the round trip range of 40 miles (though again it's only a 36v 14ah so it would be cutting a LITTLE close).


There's also a review of it here on EBR...


It's also pretty inexpensive, so offers a less fearful jumping in point to e-bikes. I don't know if they still sell it with the rear rack included or not. They used to.
 

CityExplorer

Well-Known Member
except they last longer. if the cells are matched and well balanced they work much better. I have not heard of any complaints about battery longevity. but we hear about them and the other cheap bike batteries out there. of course there are higher capacity cells but are they as reliable? I think thats what Bosch is after the most reliable battery pack.
There will always be cheaper and better . These are just nothing special.
 

Timpo

Well-Known Member
Comparing a Rad Power bike to a Tern HSD 9 bike is like comparing a Chevy to a Mercedes. You get what you pay for. Tern all the way, if you can afford it! It's not possible to comparison ride because there are no Rad dealers, so you have to rely on word of mouth or to some extent...reviews, which are hardly ever neutral in bias. Best of luck with your choice.
This.

If you can afford it, Tern is better obviously.
 

Timpo

Well-Known Member
That makes sense. I just have no idea what i am looking into. I just tried my friends RadRunner and it is REALLY heavy.I think that may be hard as well.
This happens to a lot of people.
eBike companies have no name value.

It is very common to hear "Stromer? I have never heard of them, are they good?"

This is exactly why some people just go buy Trek. I know one person did exactly that.
 

patriciaflores

New Member
Which brand motor is it?
I thought it was Dapu at first when I pre-order but later I learn it is TS-motor. They told me they upgraded motor as earlier Dapu mid-drives had issues at each shipment. So far I am happy with the motor it eats the hills alive. After removing speed limit I reached 26 mph which I feel not as fast as I want it to be but still OK-ish. Only issue I have with this e-bike is saddle. The saddle is too small for me and I am looking for a large cruiser style saddle.
 
I thought it was Dapu at first when I pre-order but later I learn it is TS-motor. They told me they upgraded motor as earlier Dapu mid-drives had issues at each shipment. So far I am happy with the motor it eats the hills alive. After removing speed limit I reached 26 mph which I feel not as fast as I want it to be but still OK-ish. Only issue I have with this e-bike is saddle. The saddle is too small for me and I am looking for a large cruiser style saddle.
I bought Cloud 9 Sunlite