Rad Power Bikes RadRhino Step-Thru 1 250W (EU Version) Review

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Eu Rad Power Bikes Radrhino Step Thru 1 Cross Compatible 48 Volt Removable Battery Pack
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Eu Rad Power Bikes Radrhino Step Thru 1 Rst Spring Suspension Fork 100mm Travel With Lockout
Eu Rad Power Bikes Radrhino Step Thru 1 Kickstand On Left Side Large Wellgo Platform Pedals
Eu Rad Power Bikes Radrhino Step Thru 1 Tektro Aries Mechanical Disc Brakes 180mm Rotors
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Eu Rad Power Bikes Radrhino Step Thru 1 Branded Fat Tires Withreflective Stripe And Puncture Protection 26x4 1
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Eu Rad Power Bikes Radrhino Step Thru 1 Standard 170mm Crank Arms Bottom Bracket With Hidden Cables
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Eu Rad Power Bikes Radrhino Step Thru 1 Electric Bike Review
Eu Rad Power Bikes Radrhino Step Thru 1
Eu Rad Power Bikes Radrhino Step Thru 1 Bafang Custom 250 Watt Geared Hub Motor
Eu Rad Power Bikes Radrhino Step Thru 1 Cross Compatible 48 Volt Removable Battery Pack
Eu Rad Power Bikes Radrhino Step Thru 1 Riser Handlebar Stitched Faux Leather Grips Ergo
Eu Rad Power Bikes Radrhino Step Thru 1 Greyscale Lcd Display With Usp A Port Below
Eu Rad Power Bikes Radrhino Step Thru 1 Downtube Bottle Cage Mout With Gray Paint
Eu Rad Power Bikes Radrhino Step Thru 1 Fat Tire Ebike
Eu Rad Power Bikes Radrhino Step Thru 1 Custom Headlight With Led Light Ring Center Beam And Heat Sink On Top
Eu Rad Power Bikes Radrhino Step Thru 1 Rst Spring Suspension Fork 100mm Travel With Lockout
Eu Rad Power Bikes Radrhino Step Thru 1 Kickstand On Left Side Large Wellgo Platform Pedals
Eu Rad Power Bikes Radrhino Step Thru 1 Tektro Aries Mechanical Disc Brakes 180mm Rotors
Eu Rad Power Bikes Radrhino Step Thru 1 Large Plastic Fenders Rear Light Mount With Riser
Eu Rad Power Bikes Radrhino Step Thru 1 Branded Fat Tires Withreflective Stripe And Puncture Protection 26x4 1
Eu Rad Power Bikes Radrhino Step Thru 1 High Resolution 12 Magnet Cadence Sensor
Eu Rad Power Bikes Radrhino Step Thru 1 Shimano Acera Derailleur With Guard
Eu Rad Power Bikes Radrhino Step Thru 1 Standard 170mm Crank Arms Bottom Bracket With Hidden Cables
Eu Rad Power Bikes Radrhino Step Thru 1 Battery Charger Tool Kit And Instructions Manual
Eu Rad Power Bikes Radrhino Step Thru 1 Battery Pack Led Readout And Key Port
Eu Rad Power Bikes Radrhino Step Thru 1 Battery Pack Side
Eu Rad Power Bikes Radrhino Step Thru 1 Bottom Of Battery Pack
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Summary

  • An approachable step-thru version of the RadRhino full sized fat tire electric bike. Features comfortable 4" wide knobby tires with puncture protection and reflective sidewalls. Stable and capable in soft terrain like mulch or sand if the tire air pressure is lowered. Available in matte white or satin black with matching faux-leather grips and saddle
  • Excellent puncture resistant tires with reflective sidewall stripes for safety, great headlight with outer "be seen" LED ring and focused "see the path" primary beam (80 lumens). The rear light offers solid, blinking, and bright mode when either brake lever is pulled. Special mount keeps the rear light visible over the included plastic fenders
  • Rubberized brake levers offer comfort and warmth vs. solid aluminum alloy levers. Integrated brake lever bell is cheerful and durable. Lots of great rack and bag accessories, guaranteed to fit and perform well. Solid one year comprehensive warranty, great price point at €1,599 with free shipping
  • Only available in one frame size, but the handlebar can swivel to shorten or lengthen reach. Standard 2 amp battery charger can take up to six hours for a full charge. Some assembly required, fairly heavy at 32.3kg, more frame flex than the high-step RadRhino

Video Review

Introduction

Make:

Rad Power Bikes

Model:

RadRhino Step-Thru 1

Price:

$1,699 (€1,599 Euros Including VAT, €39.50 Shipping)

Body Position:

Upright

Suggested Use:

Neighborhood, Trail, Sand and Snow

Electric Bike Class:

Pedal Assist (Class 1)
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Warranty:

2 Year Comprehensive

Availability:

Europe, Netherlands, Germany, France, Belgium, United Kingdom

Model Year:

2020

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

71.4 lbs (32.38 kg)

Battery Weight:

7.7 lbs (3.49 kg)

Motor Weight:

8.7 lbs (3.94 kg)

Frame Material:

6061 Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

18 in (45.72 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

18" Seat Tube, 23" Reach, 20.5" Stand Over Height, 33.25" Minimum Saddle Height, 28.5" Width, 75.25" Length

Frame Types:

Step-Thru

Frame Colors:

Matte White with Gray and Orange Accents, Satin Black with Gray and Orange Accents

Frame Fork Details:

RST Spring Suspension, 100mm Travel, Compression Adjust with Lockout, Preload Adjust, 32mm Stanchions, 135mm Hub Spacing, 9mm Axle with Quick Release Skewer

Frame Rear Details:

175mm Hub Spacing, 12mm Threaded Slotted Axle, 18mm Nuts

Attachment Points:

Fender Mounts, Front Rack Mounts, Rear Rack Mounts, Bottle Cage Mount

Gearing Details:

7 Speed 1x7 Shimano Acera Derailleur, DNP Nickel Plated 11-34 Tooth Freewheel

Shifter Details:

Shimano SIS Index Thumb Shifter on Right

Cranks:

Aluminum Alloy, 170mm Length, 42 Tooth Chainring with Prowheel Ounce Alloy Guide

Pedals:

Wellgo Aluminum Alloy Platform with Reflectors, CrMo Axle, Black

Headset:

Semi-Integrated, Sealed Cartridge, 1-1/8" Straight

Stem:

Aluminum Alloy, 50mm Length, 30º Angle, 15mm Rise, Two 2mm Spacers, 31.8mm Clamp

Handlebar:

Aluminum Alloy, Mid-Rise, 700mm Width, 4" Rise

Brake Details:

Tektro Aries Mechanical Disc with 180mm Rotors, Four-Finger Tektro Levers with Rubberized Edges and Bell on Left and Motor Inhibitors and Brake Light Activation

Grips:

Ergonomic, Stitched Imitation Leather

Saddle:

Velo Plush with Lifting Handle

Seat Post:

Promax, Aluminum Alloy, Single Bolt Clamp

Seat Post Length:

350 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

27.2 mm

Rims:

Aluminum Alloy, Double Wall, 80mm Width, 36 Hole

Spokes:

Stainless Steel, 12 Gauge, Black with Nipples

Tire Brand:

Kenda x Rad Power Bikes Juggernaut, 26" x 4" (98-559)

Wheel Sizes:

26 in (66.04cm)

Tire Details:

5 to 30 PSI, 0.4 to 2.1 BAR, 30 TPI, Reflective Sidewall Stripe, K-Shield Puncture Resistant Casing

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve

Accessories:

Rear-Mount Adjustable Kickstand, Steel Derailleur Guard, Rad Power Bikes Integrated LED Front Light (Outer Light Ring, Focused Beam, Aluminum Alloy Heat Sink, 80 Lumens), Integrated Spanninga Solo LED Rear Light (Solid, Flashing, Brake Activation, 1 LED), Neoprene Slap Guard, Plastic Fenders (110mm Width), Optional Bolt-On Rear Rack with Yepp! Window, Optional Front Rack, Optional Small Basket, Optional Large Basket, Optional Platform, Optional Small Pannier, Optional SR Suntour NCX Seat Post Suspension, Optional RAM Torque Handlebar Phone Mount X, Optional Small Basket Bag, Optional Large Basket Bag, Optional Small Insulated Delivery Bag, Optional Large Insulated Delivery Bag, Optional Yepp! Maxi Child Seat, Optional ABUS Bordo 6100/90 Folding Lock

Other:

Locking Removable Seat Tube-Mounted Battery Pack, 1.1lb 2 Amp Charger (Includes: C13, Type G, and Type F Plugs), Fully Potted Motor Controller, Stainless Steel Torque Arm, 275lb Maximum Weight Rating, Adjustable LCD Brightness, Adjustable Wheel Size

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Bafang, RadRover Specific

Motor Type:

Rear-Mounted Geared Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

250 watts

Battery Brand:

Samsung 18650 35E 3500mAH 13S4P Configuration

Battery Voltage:

48 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

14 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

672 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium NCA (LiNiCoAlO2)

Charge Time:

6 hours

Estimated Min Range:

30 miles (48 km)

Estimated Max Range:

50 miles (80 km)

Display Type:

Rad Power Bikes Branded King Meter SWLCD, Fixed, Adjustable-Angle, Backlit, Grayscale 2.75" LCD, Integrated 5 Volt 1 Amp USB Type-A Port Below Display

Readouts:

Battery Indicator (5 Bars), Trip Meter, Odometer, Current Speed, Average Speed, Max Speed, Pedal Assist Level (0-5 as Eco, Std, Power, Speed), Light Icon, Motor Power Watts

Display Accessories:

Independent Control Pad on Left, Buttons: Up, Mode, Down, (Lights: Hold Up and Mode, Cycle Readouts: Press Mode or Hold Up, Settings: Hold Up and Down, Walk Mode: Hold Down or Twist Throttle)

Drive Mode:

Cadence Sensing Pedal Assist, Twist Power Assist (12-Magnet Cadence Sensor)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)


Written Review

To run the forums, host the website, and travel, I charge a universal service fee for my reviews. This in-depth review was sponsored by Rad Power Bikes. My goal is to be transparent and unbiased with you, this video and writeup are not meant to be an endorsement of RPB products. I welcome your corrections, additions, and feedback in the comments below and the Rad Power Bikes electric bike forums.

Observations:

  • Starting in 2020, customers in some major cities can pay $149 to have the Rad Mobile Service van deliver, assemble, and provide maintenance support for their bikes. Rad is also offering demo rides and post-purchase service, including warranty work with their vans. I got to see one in person while visiting Austin Texas USA, and I came away feeling impressed. Rad is blending their online presence with a local shop feel which elevates customer service and support
  • This is the first generation RadRhino Step-Thru, but it’s based on the 5th generation North American RadRover product. You get the same motor, battery pack, and drivetrain hardware as the European RadRunner model… with a slightly heavier black or white frame. It’s more approachable than the full sized RadRhino, and the bottle cage mounting position is much more reachable, but the frame isn’t as stiff and more weight is shifted towards the rear of the frame due to the vertical battery mount. In my opinion, all of the kinks have been worked out, but some of the hardware components are decidedly mid-tier to keep the price down… those include the non-locking grips, square tapered spindle, spring suspension fork with 9mm quick release vs. thru-axle, Shimano Acera derailleur, and freewheel vs. cassette.
  • Rad Power Bikes introduced a new metallic head tube badge, refined twist-assist interface, and an updated headlight with focused light beam in the center and surrounding LED light ring that looks really cool
  • The twist power assist feature allows riders to instantly engage walk mode if the bike is not being pedaled (which can also be activated by holding the down arrow on the display, when the bike is turned on), or boost any of the lower assist levels up to power level 5 without having to press any buttons… basically, it’s like a quick jump from assist 1-4 up to 5, and you must continue pedaling for it to work. Since throttles are not allowed in most European countries, Rad created this unique interface to comply with legislation while still offering riders a way to quickly engage with the bike, which I found to be very satisfying!

Pros:

  • This is one of the only step-thru fat tire electric bikes I’ve seen, and it’s done really well. This bike will be easier to mount and stand over when compared to the tradition RadRhino, but the frame weighs more and isn’t as stiff. Rad Power Bikes custom engineers their frames and puts a lot of attention into the details of which components are used… even going so far as to co-brand them with parter companies like King-Meter for the LCD display, Bafang for the hub motor, and Kenda for the tires
  • I love that the bike comes in two colors, black and white. The lighter color will show up better in the early morning or evening, but you’ve still got big reflective stripes on the tires and integrated lights, so the bikes are very visible and safe in that regard. Also, Rad Power Bikes added a darker accent stripe on top of the main tube, so it won’t show smudges and dirt as much if you kick the frame when mounting or dismounting
  • Note the longer seat post binder lever that Rad uses, it’s much easier to release and tighten without straining fingers compared to a traditional shorter binder… though it does add a little extra weight, this is a great example of how Rad scrutinizes the little details of their products to make them more enjoyable
  • Rad Power Bikes really nails it with the integrated lights because they run off of the main battery, have quick disconnect points for easy replacement if damaged, and the rear light has a blinking and bright braking mode! They’re far ahead of other similar priced products… even some higher priced ebikes I’ve reviewed recently
  • Excellent headlight design here, it uses a bright 80 lumen center beam to help you see where you’re going, as well as a surrounding LED light ring to help you be seen. The light ring is visible from many angles, including the side. The housing for the headlight features an aluminum alloy heat sink on top to improve cooling! At first, I thought that it was just for show, but it’s actually metal and connects to the internal LED housing. Note that the rear light is also visible from the sides, even if you add a rack, because of how it was designed… nice work there
  • Rad Power Bikes worked closely with Kenda to offer reflective stripes and puncture protection on all of their tires. That’s really nice because changing a flat on an ebike can be a lot of work… especially if it uses a hub motor without quick release (as all Rad models currently do). The front wheel does have quick release, but usually flats occur on the rear tire. Keep the tire pressure within the recommended range to reduce the potential for flats
  • Overall, this ebike is very comfortable and capable. I’ve tested them in soft sand and mud during a trip to Mexico, after lowering the pressure to ~5 PSI, and they worked great! The shorter stem and mid-rise handlebar don’t require riders to reach or lean so far forward, which I find to be more comfortable. The spring suspension fork offers enough travel and adjustment to reduce wrist, arm, shoulder, and back pain, and the bike gets even more comfortable if you purchase the optional suspension seat post
  • By default, the RadRhino models come with durable plastic fenders. They’re wide enough to keep you dry (as I tested in the video review above), and they are lightweight and durable… without producing a lot of noise. I really appreciate that the company designed a rear light riser, to help boost it up above the rear fender! Furthermore, if you purchase the optional rear rack, there’s an extender cable so the light fits further back. It’s protected by the rack tubing but isn’t blocked from the sides… excellent placement
  • The seat tube has been custom designed to interface with a battery pack, notice the flattened portion where the slide mounts. Rad uses three bolts for their battery mount vs. just two on many cheaper ebike products I’ve seen over the years, which is reassuring if you plan to ride off-road
  • Matching faux-leather ergonomic grips and saddle look great and provide good comfort. I’ve tested a bunch of seats, and this one is soft enough, but not so wide that it will chaff your inner thighs when pedaling. It also has a handle built into the back for easier lifting of the bike
  • I appreciate that Rad Power Bikes is using the same battery pack for all of their models now. This means you can purchase a few bikes and easily swap the pack around, or take two packs along for an extended adventure. The battery itself uses high-quality lithium-ion cells from Samsung, is warrantied for a year, and is cheaper to replace because it doesn’t contain the ebike controller (that’s built into a little box, mounted behind the seat tube on this bike)
  • You can charge the battery pack on or off the frame, and it has three key positions for unlocked, locked to frame powered off, and locked to frame powered on. This helps deter tampering with the bike without having to take the battery pack off at every stop. For best results, store the battery in a cool, dry location. Extreme heat can damage the cells and extreme cold will stunt them and limit your range temporarily
  • Even though the battery and controller box are mounted externally, this is still a purpose-built electric bike with a sturdier frame design and internally routed cables and wires. Note the stainless steel torque arm on the left rear dropout that adds frame strength! This will keep the motor axle from chewing into the softer aluminum alloy frame over time
  • The planetary geared hub motor offers great power for starting, navigating soft terrain, and climbing. Rad has optimized it to feel smooth and steady vs. zippy and abrupt. It’s fairly capable at 250 watts, which I believe is the European nominal power limit (EN15194 250). I’m not sure how much torque it offers, but the North America version offers 80 newton meters, which is also at the higher end of the spectrum. Geared motors like this freewheel without introducing magnetic drag
  • I think the standard free shipping is a great option, and Rad Power Bikes has updated their box to include some fun artistic graphics. Note the plastic handles built into the sides of the cardboard box for easy lifting and dragging (I suggest asking a friend to help you move the box safely, because these are heavy machines)
  • It’s awesome that Rad Power Bikes has expanded to include more countries in Europe in recent years (Netherlands, Germany, France, Belgium, and United Kingdom at the time of this review). They’ve even setup a headquarters office in Utrecht, the Netherlands. It’s my understanding that they offer free shipping and are building out a team of mobile delivery vans to help with test rides, product assembly, and support for some major metropolitan areas
  • I like the sturdy Wellgo platform pedals, aluminum alloy chain guide, neoprene slap guard, and steel derailleur guard on this electric bike because it means you won’t slip off as easily, won’t have the chain bouncing off, won’t chip the frame, and can keep the sensitive shifter parts and motor power cable from getting bent or snagged if the bike tips, is parked at a crowded rack, or gets tossed around in shipping
  • In addition to the standard fender, rear rack, and bottle cage mount, this bike offers sturdy front rack mounts. These mounting points are very sturdy, especially the front mount, and Rad sells a bunch of accessories that all work well together on this and other models. There are trays and baskets that work in both the front and rear, insulated bags, waterproof panniers, a child seat from Yepp!, and a phone mount
  • I love that the LCD display panel is fairly large, has adjustable backlight brightness, and a full size USB port built into the bottom. This is very convenient if you are using the optional phone mount for GPS and need a bit of extra juice for your phone on long rides
  • For me, the three-button control pad, that’s mounted near the left grip, is easy to reach and simple to use. You press up or down to raise and lower assist, you press mode to cycle the odometer and trip meter, you hold up to cycle current speed, average speed, and max speed, and you hold up and mode simultaneously to activate the lights, finally you hold down to activate walk mode. Walk mode is especially useful if you’ve got the bike loaded up with gear or a child seat and just want to play it safe without over-exerting yourself up a hill or through a technical section of terrain. Hold up and down simultaneously to get into the settings menu and adjust wheel size, top speed, and backlight brightness. Note that the twist assist feature could also be used to simulate walk mode
  • The RadRhino Step-Thru use a high-resolution 12-magnet cadence sensor, which makes starting and stopping very predictable. I love that they also included motor inhibitors on both brake levers (which activate bright mode on the rear light!) It seems like they really dialed in the controller settings too, because the motor is smooth and predictable when starting vs. delayed or jerky
  • Instead of completely removing the twist throttle hardware that Rad uses on the North American RadRover and RadRover Step-Thru, they repurposed it to activate walk mode and add power when pedaling in the lower levels of assist (one through four) for the RadRhino models. It’s a quick and convenient way to boost your pedal assist level without having to look down and press buttons like most other Class 1 European ebikes
  • The kickstand is adjustable, has a wide platform at the bottom to keep it from sinking into soft terrain, and it works well if you’re loading the bike with gear because it’s directly below the rear rack (if you choose to add a rear rack). I love that the optional front rack is frame-mounted so it won’t interfere with steering or tip the bike sideways when parked like fork mounted racks… but it does change how the headlight is mounted, and fixes it straight vs. turning as the bike turns
  • Both wheels are built with thicker 12 gauge spokes for increased durability and weight capacity support. I like that Rad chose to paint the spokes black on the Rhino models to blend in with the rims and hubs. Note that the official max weight rating on both RadRhino high-step and RadRhino Step-Thru is 275 pounds (~125 kilograms)
  • Great drivetrain on this ebike, Rad has chosen an 11 to 34 tooth freewheel over the conventional 14 to 28 tooth design. This provides a wider range of pedal options for easier climbing and more comfortable high-speed riding. The cogs are nickel coated, which makes them rust resistant and a lot smoother to shift. The Shimano Acera derailleur is lighter and more reliable than Tourney or Altus (the two lower levels)

Cons:

  • The RadRhino Step-Thru is one of the heaviest ebike products now being sold by Rad Power Bikes. It weighs 32.3kg (71.4lbs) vs. 31.5kg (69lbs) for the high-step RadRhino. I feel that they could reduce some of this weight, without compromising frame integrity, by using punched-out rims vs. the solid ones we see here
  • Both the high-step and step-thru RadRhino electric bikes are only offered in one frame size… and they’re very similar. If you’re especially tall, consider using a longer stem and raise the saddle, but if you’re especially short, consider one of the RadMini products which have smaller wheels and are closer to the ground. Note that the mid-rise handlebar on the RadRhinos can be swiveled forward or back to extend and shorten reach without changing any hardware on the bike ;)
  • Rad Power Bikes has been using the large Shimano SIS index shifters since the beginning, and they aren’t my favorite. You have to reach up with your thumb to press the main paddle to get to lower gears, and that can require a bit of hand flexibility or even glancing down for a moment. I much prefer trigger shifters, but I don’t think those will fit with the twist assist housing, and they might not be as simple and intuitive for some riders… so I see why they stick with the thumb shifter. One positive of this shifter is that it’s easy to click if you’re wearing gloves since the paddles are so large
  • The Tektro Aries mechanical disc brakes get the job done, and I appreciate the large 180mm rotors and rubberized levers (that aren’t as cold or uncomfortable to pull as pure metal), but these brakes are definitely a price compromise. Hydraulic disc brakes would be easier to actuate and more consistent (front vs. rear brake, which has a longer cable housing, introducing more friction). Hydraulic disc brake levers usually offer adjustable reach as well, which can be easier to use for individuals with especially large or small hands. It is possible to install hydraulic levers and calipers aftermarket, but requires additional hardware, an experienced mechanic, and some time to do… which might be better spent choosing another ebike with factory installed hydraulic brakes
  • It’s great to have suspension, and I feel that Rad Power Bikes chose the best option they could for the price here, offering lockout and preload adjust. Ultimately, it’s still a pretty basic spring fork that adds a lot of weight to the frame vs. an air fork. The front axle is a standard 9mm vs. a heavy-duty 15mm thru-axle, so it’s not really designed for heavy off-road use and true mountain biking, and it would be difficult to upgrade the fork aftermarket to something lighter or tougher because they almost all use thru-axles to deal with the weight of fat-tire models like this
  • The display is large and easy to read but not removable, so it could take extra weather wear and possibly get scratched at a bike rack. I appreciate that it’s well protected at the center of the handlebar, and that the electronics on the bike can be completely disabled by turning the key to the locked-off position (between locked-on and unlocked), so nobody can turn your bike on and mess with the throttle while it’s parked
  • It would be nice to have more than five bars to indicate the battery charge level, on the LCD readout. As it stands, each bar represents a 20% drop vs. 10 bars representing 10% drops, or even a written percentage such as 42%. This could really help riders to make it home without completely depleting the battery
  • If you opt for a front tray rack, the headlight will have to be moved onto the base of the tray because otherwise it would get squished between the suspension fork arch and the bottom of the rack tray. The thing is, the light isn’t as adjustable in this position (it tends to point more down than forward) and it no longer aims where you steer because the front rack is frame mounted – fixed inline with the frame itself
  • All of the Rad Power Bikes use the same charger (just like the interchangeable battery packs, thought the European models come with three different wall plug styles: C13 trapezoid, Type G, Type F). Anyway, the charger is fairly lightweight, but it only puts out 2 amps, so charging can take up to six hours if the battery is completely drained. It would be faster if they used a 3 or 4 amp charger like some other companies have started doing, but it might raise the price
  • It’s a minor complaint or trade-off here, but the step-thru frame does introduce more frame flex than the high-step model, especially with a loaded rear rack. It’s probably not an issue for most riders however, and I appreciate the additional metal gussets and tube reinforcements to provide stiffness and strength
  • Another minor gripe here, but the white frame looked a bit too matte for my taste. I prefer a slight gloss or satin, especially on light colors, because it won’t get dirty as easily or show finger smudges… this wasn’t an issue with the other white Rad Power Bike models like the RadMini Step-Thru and RadCity Step-Thru

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  • MSRP: $1,499
  • MODEL YEAR: 2020

An updated 5th generation full sized, high-step, fat tire electric bike from one of the originators in this category; Rad Power Bikes. Features comfortable 4" wide knobby tires with puncture protection and reflective sidewalls. It's stable and capable in soft terrain like mulch and sand if the tire air pressure is lowered. Features a curved top-tube, short sturdy stem, and mid-rise handlebar for approachability and comfort.. Adjustable suspension fork offers preload adjust for heavy loads and lockout for smooth terrain. Upgraded…...

Rad Power Bikes RadCity 4 Review

  • MSRP: $1,499
  • MODEL YEAR: 2020

A feature-complete, comfort oriented, hybrid electric bike with regenerative braking, built-in USB charging port below the display, modular battery pack that works with all other Rad models, and integrated lights. The headlight offers a bright 80 lumen center beam and a unique LED circle to keep you seen, while the rear light offers solid, flashing, and bright mode when the brakes are activated. Sturdy adjustable angle stem and long 350mm seat post improves fit for a wide range…...

Rad Power Bikes RadRover Step-Thru 1 Review

  • MSRP: $1,499
  • MODEL YEAR: 2020

An approachable step-thru version of the renowned RadRover full sized fat tire electric bike. Features comfortable 4" wide tires, an adjustable suspension fork, short sturdy stem, and mid-rise handlebar. Available in matte white or satin black with matching faux-leather grips and saddle. Excellent puncture resistant tires with reflective sidewall stripes for safety, great headlight with outer "be…...

Rad Power Bikes RadMini 4 Review

  • MSRP: $1,499
  • MODEL YEAR: 2020

The high-step version of Rad's folding, fat tire, off-road capable, compact electric bike. Custom 3.3" wide tires have reflective sidewalls, puncture resistant lining, and all-terrain checkerboard tread. This is the fourth generation RadMini, and it comes standard with wide plastic fenders, integrated lights, and a spring suspension fork with preload adjust and lockout. Only available in one frame size and one color, but the handlebar and seat height…...

Rad Power Bikes RadMini 4 (EU Version) Review

  • MSRP: $1,699
  • MODEL YEAR: 2020

The first folding fat tire model from Rad Power Bikes to become available in Europe! Custom 3.3" wide tires have reflective sidewalls, puncture resistant lining, and all-terrain checkerboard tread making them off-road capable. Fourth generation RadMini hardware has all of the kinks worked out, and it comes standard with wide plastic fenders, integrated lights, and an adjustable spring suspension fork with preload and lockout clickers. Only available in one frame size and one color, but the handlebar and seat height…...

Rad Power Bikes RadRunner Review

  • MSRP: $1,199
  • MODEL YEAR: 2019

An extremely versatile and affordable mid-fat tire bike, unique 20" x 3.3" tires provide comfort and good traction on any terrain, optional passenger kit turns the rear rack into a seat with foot rest pegs and skirt guard. Integrated lights and reflective tires keep you visible, two frame color options keep it fun,…...

Rad Power Bikes RadBurro Review

  • MSRP: $5,799
  • MODEL YEAR: 2019

A commercial grade, heavy-duty, utility style electric trike with four bed options including flat, truck bed with sides, hot/cold insulated box, and covered pedicab passenger seat. Borrows components and hardware from mopeds and motorcycles for added strength and durability, 6-ply 17”…...

Rad Power Bikes RadRunner (EU Version) Review

  • MSRP: $1,299
  • MODEL YEAR: 2019

An extremely versatile and affordable mid-fat tire bike, unique 20" x 3.3" tires provide comfort and good traction on any terrain, optional passenger kit turns the rear rack into a seat with foot rest pegs and skirt guard. Integrated lights and reflective tires keep you visible, two frame color options keep it fun,…...

Rad Power Bikes RadWagon (EU Version) Review

  • MSRP: $1,799
  • MODEL YEAR: 2019

A European-specific cargo electric bike with twist throttle mode and pedal assist, classified as L1e-A, available in 2 colors with lots of accessory options including bags and child seats. Maintains the powerful 750watt gearless direct-drive hub motor, it is heavier but super quiet, durable,…...

Rad Power Bikes RadRhino 750W (EU Version) Review

  • MSRP: $1,799
  • MODEL YEAR: 2019

A European-specific fat tire electric bike with twist throttle mode and pedal assist, classified as L1e-A, modeled after the RadRover, available in two colors with lots of accessory options including bags and child seats. Sloped top tube makes it approachable, shorter stem and mid-rise handlebars create a comfortable upright…...

2019 Rad Power Bikes RadRover Review

  • MSRP: $1,499
  • MODEL YEAR: 2019

An affordable, powerful, electric fat bike with responsive 12-magnet pedal assist and twist-throttle on demand, available in two colors with lots of accessory options including fenders and racks. Only one frame size but the top tube is sloped and the shorter stem pairs…...

2019 Rad Power Bikes RadMini Step-Thru Review

  • MSRP: $1,499
  • MODEL YEAR: 2019

An approachable, folding, fat tire electric bike that's stable and off-road capable, complete with integrated lights, custom reflective tires, an adjustable suspension fork with lockout, and comfortable Velo saddle. Only available in one frame size and one color, but the handlebar and seat height…...

2019 Rad Power Bikes RadMini Review

  • MSRP: $1,499
  • MODEL YEAR: 2019

The high-step version of a folding fat tire electric bike from Rad Power Bikes, reinforced frame with sturdy gussets, secure locking latches for both folding points, adjustable suspension fork with lockout. Powerful 750 watt Bafang rear hub motor with strong 48 volt battery allows for climbing…...

2019 Rad Power Bikes RadCity Step-Thru Review

  • MSRP: $1,499
  • MODEL YEAR: 2019

An approachable, comfortable, and relatively affordable, city style electric bicycle that comes in one frame size, two colors, has an adjustable stem, swept-back handlebar, and suspension fork with lockout adjust. Ready for all sorts of ride conditions and applications with full-coverage plastic fenders, integrated LED…...

2019 Rad Power Bikes RadCity Review

  • MSRP: $1,499
  • MODEL YEAR: 2019

A sturdy, fairly comfortable, and relatively affordable, city style electric bicycle that comes in one color and two frame sizes, riser handlebars and adjustable stem improve fit range. Ready for all sorts of conditions and applications with full-coverage plastic fenders, LED lights, custom…...

2019 Rad Power Bikes RadWagon Review

  • MSRP: $1,499
  • MODEL YEAR: 2019

An affordable, feature-rich, electric cargo bike with cadence sensing pedal assist and throttle on demand operation, available in one frame size with adjustable bars and two color options. Gearless direct-drive hub motor is heavier but super quiet, durable, and capable of regenerative braking…...

2018 Rad Power Bikes RadBurro Review

  • MSRP: $5,500
  • MODEL YEAR: 2018

An affordably priced, heavy-duty, utility style electric bike with four bed options including flat, truck bed with sides, hot/cold insulated box, and covered pedicab passenger seat. Borrows components and hardware from mopeds and motorcycles for added strength and durability, tough 17”…...

2018 Rad Power Bikes RadCity Step-Thru Review

  • MSRP: $1,499
  • MODEL YEAR: 2018

An approachable, comfortable, and relatively affordable, city style electric bicycle that comes in one color and one frame size, swept-back handlebars and adjustable stem improve fit range. Ready for all sorts of ride conditions and applications with full-coverage plastic fenders, LED lights,…...

2018 Rad Power Bikes RadMini Review

  • MSRP: $1,499
  • MODEL YEAR: 2018

A compact, fat tire electric bike that folds to save space, the suspension fork and larger 4-inch wide tires add comfort and allow it to ride on soft sand and snow if you lower the tire pressure, or you can lockout the fork and raise pressure for efficiency on pavement. Only available in one frame size for now, but the handlebar height is adjustable along…...

2018 Rad Power Bikes RadCity Review

  • MSRP: $1,499
  • MODEL YEAR: 2018

An affordable, feature-rich, city style electric bike that comes in two sizes, two colors, and offers great adjustment in the stem and handlebar position for comfortable upright body position. Responsive 12-magnet cadence sensor provides faster starts and stops, both brake levers have motor inhibitors,…...

2018 Rad Power Bikes RadRover Review

  • MSRP: $1,499
  • MODEL YEAR: 2018

An affordable, powerful, electric fat bike with responsive 12-magnet pedal assist and twist-throttle on demand, available in two colors with lots of accessory options including fenders and racks. Only one frame size but the top tube is sloped and the shorter stem pairs…...

2018 Rad Power Bikes RadWagon Review

  • MSRP: $1,599
  • MODEL YEAR: 2018

An affordable, feature-rich, electric cargo bike with cadence sensing pedal assist and throttle on demand operation, available in one frame size with adjustable bars and two color options. Gearless direct-drive hub motor is heavier but super quiet, durable, and capable of regenerative braking…...

2017 Rad Power Bikes RadMini Review

  • MSRP: $1,499
  • MODEL YEAR: 2016

A funky miniaturized folding fat tire bike with two cargo racks! Truly capable of sand and snow riding, LED lights guide and keep you safe, the bike offers assist and throttle drive modes. Basic seven speed drivetrain from Shimano, plastic chain guide keeps things on track, metal derailleur…...

2017 Rad Power Bikes RadCity Review

  • MSRP: $1,499
  • MODEL YEAR: 2016, 2017

A value priced but featured packed urban commuter style electric bike with everything from fenders, to LED lights, rear carry rack and regenerative braking. Solid driving and braking performance with a 750 watt gearless hub motor and 180 mm…...

2016 Rad Power Bikes RadRover Review

  • MSRP: $1,499
  • MODEL YEAR: 2016

Strikes an excellent balance delivering high power with mid-level components for a reasonable price, you get throttle and pedal assist with an on/off on the throttle! solid one year warranty for the original owner, flat rate $175 shipping in the US. Even though the battery and controller box are bolted on vs. integrated into the frame,…...

2016 Rad Power Bikes RadMini Review

  • MSRP: $1,499
  • MODEL YEAR: 2016

A folding fat tire electric bike with front and rear cargo racks and double-tube frame for improved strength (good option for larger riders). Powerful 750 watt internally geared fat-bike specific motor paired with a large 48 volt 11.6…...

2015 Rad Power Bikes RadWagon Review

  • MSRP: $1,599
  • MODEL YEAR: 2015, 2016

Affordable, feature rich cargo style electric bike with a stiffer and lighter frame because it's not quite as long as some others. Offers five levels of pedal assist, throttle mode and throttle override as well as regenerative…...

2015 Rad Power Bikes RadRover Review

  • MSRP: $1,499
  • MODEL YEAR: 2015, 2016

An Indiegogo funded electric fatbike with a powerful 500 watt motor, ample 48 volt battery and seven speed drivetrain. Comfortable saddle, ergonomic grips and suspension fork with lockout, two color choices but only one…...


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