Radwagon imressions

skypup

Member
I bought my Radwagon for exercise and for running errands. Yesterday I made it to the grocery store and today the pharmacy. I couldn't decide on buying the bike without seeing it perform since I was worried how it would do on the hills. I shouldn't have worried. I've been riding 6 or 7 miles each morning and am having a lot of fun. I have my gears set on 1 and 6 and have been using numbers 2 and 3 on power assist. I can run everywhere I need to ride on these settings. I am very happy I bought this bike. The engineering took a lot of thought and the performance exceeds my expectations. I sat on the fence for 3 months with this purchase and am now so happy I bit the bullet on this one.
 

mrgold35

Well-Known Member
What I like about the Rad Power Bikes selection is they are affordable, good selection to pick from, excellent customer service for only being a Seattle based company, and you have the 1 year warranty. I don't think I would have dipped my toe in the ebike pond without Rad Power Bikes as an option. I was able to get 2 Radrovers the same price or cheaper than one ebike with similar features from other manufactures. Volt 750 bikes come close; but, Rad had some extra flexibility I liked better (after market battery upgrade, more bottle bosses, larger hand grips, 60 tpi tires, heavy duty controller, color options). Sondors was first on my list;but, no dealer network, less than half the power of Rad ebikes, and 30 day warranty make me drop them off the list real quick.
 

Lost

Active Member
I think the new bike from juiced has the rover bore sighted however. They seem to be upping the game. Not detracting from Rad, I love the Rover, but this is all relatively new territory with a lot of players.
 

skypup

Member
What I like about the Rad Power Bikes selection is they are affordable, good selection to pick from, excellent customer service for only being a Seattle based company, and you have the 1 year warranty. I don't think I would have dipped my toe in the ebike pond without Rad Power Bikes as an option. I was able to get 2 Radrovers the same price or cheaper than one ebike with similar features from other manufactures. Volt 750 bikes come close; but, Rad had some extra flexibility I liked better (after market battery upgrade, more bottle bosses, larger hand grips, 60 tpi tires, heavy duty controller, color options). Sondors was first on my list;but, no dealer network, less than half the power of Rad ebikes, and 30 day warranty make me drop them off the list real quick.

I agree. The price point helped finalize the order for me. I never would have bought one for 3 grand.
 

SLove

New Member
What I like about the Rad Power Bikes selection is they are affordable, good selection to pick from, excellent customer service for only being a Seattle based company, and you have the 1 year warranty. I don't think I would have dipped my toe in the ebike pond without Rad Power Bikes as an option. I was able to get 2 Radrovers the same price or cheaper than one ebike with similar features from other manufactures. Volt 750 bikes come close; but, Rad had some extra flexibility I liked better (after market battery upgrade, more bottle bosses, larger hand grips, 60 tpi tires, heavy duty controller, color options). Sondors was first on my list;but, no dealer network, less than half the power of Rad ebikes, and 30 day warranty make me drop them off the list real quick.
What aftermarket battery did you purchase? Was it for performance or just to have a spare? Please provide a link I possible. Thanks!
 

mrgold35

Well-Known Member
What aftermarket battery did you purchase? Was it for performance or just to have a spare? Please provide a link I possible. Thanks!
I had a battery pack fail under warranty and Rad Power bikes replaced it. Did some research and took the failed battery pack apart to find it just had a blown internal fuse. It only took 15 minutes and 50 cents to repair. I didn't need to purchase a back-up/replacement battery since I ended up getting a spare.

Luna Cycles sells direct replacements battery packs with no modification needed and they are plug-n-play with existing tray with standard 48v 11.5ah battery:

48V 13.5ah: https://lunacycle.com/batteries/packs/48v/48v-panasonic-11-5ah-or-13-5ah-dolphin/

52v 11.5ah or 13.ah: https://lunacycle.com/batteries/packs/52v/52v-pansonic-11-5ah-or-13-5ah-dolphin/

You will need to upgrade the battery charger to one that supports 52 volts if you go for the 52v version.

Standard battery: 48v X 11.5ah = 552 watts

Luna cycle 48v X 13.5ah = 648 watts (would be my choice for most bang for the buck and you can use your Rad charger)

Luna Cycle 52v X 11.5ah = 598 watts (will give you a touch more power; but, a little less range compared to 48vX13.5ah)

Luna Cycle 52v X 13.5ah = 702 watts (power and range)

I figure the battery pack will be the first thing to fail or reduce in power levels to limit longer rides. I rotate the 3 pack around to try and give equal charge/dis-charge time. I hope to extend my riding time at max charge by an extra year or two. If other components fail after the warranty like the controller or hub motor, I can convert the Radrover into a mid-drive with a kit from Luna Cycles and use the 3 Rad batteries.

Luna Cycle Mid-drive kits: https://lunacycle.com/mid-drive-kits/
 
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