Rad Power Bikes RadRover 5 Review

Rad Power Bikes Radrover 5 Electric Bike Review
Rad Power Bikes Radrover 5
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Rad Power Bikes Radrover 5 Stitched Ergonomic Grips Tektro Brake Levers With Bell Integration
Rad Power Bikes Radrover 5 Fat Bike Suspension Fork With Lockout And Fender
Rad Power Bikes Radrover 5 Headlight With Aluminum Heat Sink Fins Led Ring 80 Lumen Main Beam
Rad Power Bikes Radrover 5 Plush Saddle Aluminum Platform Pedals Kickstand
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Rad Power Bikes Radrover 5 Downtube Battery Pack Charging Port And Controller Box On Seat Tube
Rad Power Bikes Radrover 5 Chainring With Aluminum Guide Guard Protector
Rad Power Bikes Radrover 5 Left Side
Rad Power Bikes Radrover 5 Tektro Mechanical Disc Brakes 180mm
Rad Power Bikes Radrover 5 Shimano Acera 7 Speed With Guard 11 34 Tooth Freewheel
Rad Power Bikes Radrover 5 Instruction Manual Took Kit Battery Charger
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Rad Power Bikes Radrover 5 Lcd Display Panel With Usb Port
Rad Power Bikes Radrover 5 Stitched Ergonomic Grips Tektro Brake Levers With Bell Integration
Rad Power Bikes Radrover 5 Fat Bike Suspension Fork With Lockout And Fender
Rad Power Bikes Radrover 5 Headlight With Aluminum Heat Sink Fins Led Ring 80 Lumen Main Beam
Rad Power Bikes Radrover 5 Plush Saddle Aluminum Platform Pedals Kickstand
Rad Power Bikes Radrover 5 Fat Electric Bike
Rad Power Bikes Radrover 5 Optional Rear Rack
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Rad Power Bikes Radrover 5 Chainring With Aluminum Guide Guard Protector
Rad Power Bikes Radrover 5 Left Side
Rad Power Bikes Radrover 5 Tektro Mechanical Disc Brakes 180mm
Rad Power Bikes Radrover 5 Shimano Acera 7 Speed With Guard 11 34 Tooth Freewheel
Rad Power Bikes Radrover 5 Instruction Manual Took Kit Battery Charger
Rad Power Bikes Radrover 5 Ebike Battery
Rad Power Bikes Radrover 5 Battery Pack
Rad Power Bikes Radrover 5 Battery Pack With Key
Rad Power Bikes Radrover 5 48v 14ah Lithium Ion Samsung Cells
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Summary

  • 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 headlight with outer "be seen" LED light-ring and focused "see the path" primary beam (80 lumens). The rear light offers solid mode, blinking mode, and bright mode when either brake lever is pulled. Riser mount keeps the rear light visible over the included plastic fender
  • Rubberized brake levers offer comfort and warmth over solid aluminum alloy levers. Integrated brake lever bell is cheerful and durable vs. an aftermarket mounted bell. Lots of great rack and bag accessories with extender cables to re-position the lights, new orange color options add a splash of fun. Solid one year comprehensive warranty, great price point at $1,499 with free shipping
  • Only available in one color and frame size, but the handlebar can be swiveled to lengthen or shorten reach. Standard 2 amp battery charger can take up to six hours for a full charge. Some assembly required, unless you live near one of the flagship stores in Seattle and Vancouver, or a city with mobile service. Fairly heavy at 69.6lbs without accessories

Video Review

Introduction

Make:

Rad Power Bikes

Model:

RadRover 5

Price:

$1,499 (Free Shipping in Contiguous US and Canada)

Body Position:

Upright

Suggested Use:

Neighborhood, Trail, Sand and Snow

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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Warranty:

1 Year Comprehensive

Availability:

United States, Canada

Model Year:

2020

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

69.6 lbs (31.57 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, 22.75" Reach, 28.25" Stand Over Height, 33.25" Minimum Saddle Height, 28.5" Width, 75.25" Length

Frame Types:

High-Step

Frame Colors:

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 Downtube-Mounted Battery Pack, 1.1lb 2 Amp Charger, Fully Potted Motor Controller, Stainless Steel Torque Arm, 275lb Maximum Weight Rating, Adjustable Top Speed (12km/h - 32km/h), 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:

750 watts

Motor Torque:

80 Newton meters

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:

25 miles (40 km)

Estimated Max Range:

45 miles (72 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)

Drive Mode:

Cadence Sensing Pedal Assist, Twist Throttle (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 including Austin, Seattle, Sacramento, and Vancouver Canada can pay $149 to have the Rad Mobile Service van deliver, assemble, and provide maintenance service for their bike. The company is also offering demo rides and post-purchase service, including warranty work. I got to see the van and interact with some of the Austin team members and was impressed with this unique service that blends the predominantly online presence of Rad with a local shop feel
  • This is the 5th generation RadRover product! 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. This bike now comes in a step-thru version as well, which has a better bottle cage placement, but introduces more frame flex and adds about two pounds of weight
  • Rad Power Bikes introduced a new metallic head tube badge, updated headlight with LED light ring and focused beam, and smoother twist throttle that foregoes an on/off toggle switch for this generation of bikes. The reps I spoke with explained that the new throttle is more reliable and tends to be less confusing for riders who would occasionally turn off the original throttle by accident, and then become concerned

Pros:

  • 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. Note the longer seat post binder lever that Rad uses, it’s much easier to unlock and then tighten without straining fingers vs. a traditional shorter binder… though it does add a little extra weight
  • 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 mode as well as a bright braking mode! They’re far ahead of other similar priced products… even some higher priced ebikes!
  • Excellent headlight upgrade here, you get a bright 80 lumen beam that is focused for spotting the path, and a secondary LED ring that keeps you visible as a rider. There’s even an aluminum alloy heat sink built into the top of the headlight housing to dissipate heat! At first, I thought that it was just for show, but it’s actually metal and actually connects to the internal LED housing. Compared to older Rad Power Bikes headlights, this new one is more visible from the sides.
  • By default, the RadRover 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
  • Overall, this ebike is very comfortable and capable. The 4″ wide fat tires offer a 5 to 30 PSI range and have puncture resistant casing. 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 on this bike are sturdy and capable, but 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
  • 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 like 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, is warrantied for a year, and is cheaper to replace because it doesn’t contain the bike controller. You can charge this pack on or off the frame, and it has three key positions for unlocked, locked to frame but powered off, and locked to frame powered-on. This helps you to deter tampering with the bike without having to take the battery pack off. 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 a purpose-built electric bike with internally routed cables and wires. The black wires and controller box are more prominent on the white frame, but still well protected based on their position and surrounding tubing. 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
  • 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 cool that Rad Power Bikes has expanded to Canada in recent years. They specced their motor down from 750 watts to 500 watts in order to comply with local rules. Both countries offer free shipping and Rad has offices in both locations, including shops and mobile delivery service vehicles that provide assembly and test ride options
  • The planetary geared hub motor offers great power for starting, navigating soft terrain, and climbing. Although it ramps up steady and smooth vs. zippy, it’s still very capable and pushing the 750 watt max limit for US ebike. You get 80 newton meters of torque, which is also at the higher end of what’s available in the legal Class 1 and Class 2 system (meaning you can ride without a license and enjoy on more trails and parks)
  • The geared hub motor is quite zippy and powerful, more so than the RadWagon and RadCity models, which use a gearless hub motor. The geared motor doesn’t offer regeneration and it does produce some more noise, but it’s torquey enough to power through snow and soft sand, if you lower the tire PSI to the 5-10 range. The geared motors also freewheel without introducing magnetic drag
  • I like the sturdy Wellgo platform pedals, alloy chain guide, and steel derailleur guard on this bike because it means you won’t slip off as easily, won’t have the chain bouncing off, 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 bottle fender, rear rack, and bottle cage mounts, this bike offers sturdy front rack mounts. Rad sells a bunch of accessories that all work well together on this and other models, they’re interchangeable with some baskets working on the front and. I especially like the insulated bags, waterproof panniers, and child seat option
  • I love that the LCD display panel is fairly large, has adjustable backlight brightness, and offers full size USB charging 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 odometer and trip meter, you hold up to cycle current speed, average speed, and max speed, and you can hold up and mode simultaneously to activate the lights or 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
  • The RadRover models use a high-resolution 12-magnet cadence sensors, which makes starting and stopping more predictable. I love that they also included motor inhibitors on both brake levers (which also activates 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
  • The throttle setup on all of the Rad Power Bikes is perfect, in my opinion. It provides you with full power, anytime the bike is turned on. This means that you can zip around without pedaling in assist level zero, without worrying that you might accidentally activate assist by moving the cranks as you get on and off. It also means that you can override assist levels 1-4 with full power to climb a hill or catch up with friends… all without clicking buttons or looking down, just twist and it goes! For people who don’t want a throttle, there’s a quick disconnect cable right near the handlebar that’s easy to access, and doing this will convert the bike to Class 1, which is legal on more mountain bike trails
  • The kickstand is adjustable, has a wide platform at the bottom to keep it from sinking in to soft terrain, and it works well if you’re loading the bike with gear. I love that the 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 Rover models to blend in with the rims and hubs. Note that the official max weight rating on both RadRover and RadRover 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)
  • The battery slide rack uses three bolts to attach to the frame. Some of the really cheap ebikes use a mount that only has two bolts. I have found that the batteries don’t rattle much and I haven’t ever seen one come loose

Cons:

  • Unlike the step-thru model, the standard RadRover only comes in black… but you’ve still got big reflective stripes on the tires and integrated lights, so the bike is very visible and safe in that regard.
  • The RadRover is a fairly heavy electric bike… most fat-tire models are! It’s slightly lighter than the step-thru version (69lbs vs. 71.4lbs) because that one has extra reinforcement welds and metal gussets. Anyway, I feel that they could reduce some of the weight on both models, without compromising frame integrity, by using punched-out rims vs. the solid ones we see here
  • Both the high-step and step-thru RadRover 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, or the RadCity Step-Thru which is actually built around a smaller frame. Note that the mid-rise handlebar on the RadRovers 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 throttle 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), and it’s fairly lightweight, but it only puts out 2 amps, so charging can take up to six hours if the battery is completely drained. This 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

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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…...

January 31, 2019

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…...

January 31, 2019

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…...

January 31, 2019

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…...

January 31, 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…...

December 21, 2017

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”…...

December 18, 2017

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,…...

December 18, 2017

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…...

December 18, 2017

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,…...

December 18, 2017

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…...

December 18, 2017

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…...

November 13, 2016

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…...

November 3, 2016

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…...

October 11, 2016

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,…...

April 19, 2016

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…...

August 23, 2015

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…...

August 16, 2015

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…...


Comments (12) YouTube Comments

Dirt McGirt
2 months ago

These things are such trash. I can’t believe that money can buy a review like that, Court.

And with a 300% markup from what you can get direct from China, they should keep the price that stable.

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Court
2 months ago

Hi Dirt! I feel that these guys have a good product, and am thankful to review it each year around the time of launch. Yes, there are slightly more affordable products if you are willing to forego a warranty, the nicer looks, and some of the delivery services and dealers that Rad Power Bikes has created. I do charge a service fee for my reviews these days, because the demand is super high and I have rising costs of travel… but what I wrote is my honest opinion. One of the big motivators for all of the stats and photos here (and open comments and forums) is that it empowers people to express their objective feedback about bikes and to measure and assess for themselves. I hope it helps you, and I appreciate your feedback :)

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Dirt McGirt
2 months ago

Their warranty is terrible too. I’ve read through the small print and it gives them the authority to deny pretty much every warranty issue due to the fact that they ship direct and there’s almost no safeguard in place to make sure the bikes are assembled properly by the end user.

They also had to start using their own support vans because no one wants to touch these things. And rightfully so. They have kmart kids’ bike components and they weigh about a metric ton. I don’t care how much whip cream you put on that dog poop, it’s not gonna taste like chocolate cake.

There are better bikes out there with actual warranties and shop support for around the same money, give or take a couple hundred. These bikes are trash sold by a marketing company run by trust fund kids that saw a niche. Plain and simple.

Support your local bike shop and steer clear.

Mustang56
1 month ago

It would be helpful for readers if you would clarify the issues of “trash” and what comparable bikes cost t $300.00 less. I have not purchased an Ebike yet but do have confidence in the EBR website reviews. I can gain no information or value from your review without some information to substantiate you claims. Hope you will respond with valuable information.

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Dirt McGirt
1 month ago

They have the lowest of lowest end parts on them. The same stuff you see on kid’s bikes at Walmart. Huffy style.

The batteries are a fire hazard and only perform okay for about 6-8 months.

The motors have about the same life span and generate the same amount of torque as half of a mid drive system. So, worthless for hills.

The company leaves you high and dry when something happens. There’s a mile and half of small print to the warranty that gives them license to do so legally. I’ve read it. It’s terrible what they do.

No bike shops will work on these in good conscience.

They’re stupidly heavy.

Low end tires with no puncture resistance and a hub motor that’s super difficult to pull off, hence why no shops will work on them. And you usually get rear flats first on any bike.

You can buy one with just as much support for a quarter of the price in whatever color you want on AliBaBa.com

shall I go on? Because I can. Don’t buy one and don’t all the way trust EBR on this. Rad is famous for paying for favorable reviews and testimonials.

Mustang56
3 weeks ago

Well Dirt, thank you for the advice. My local bike shop, like a lot of local bike shops around the country, closed because they could not sell enough bikes to stay in business. There are still some around but the bike stores selling Trek, Specialized, Pedego, Electra E-bikes, Quiet Cat, etc., are priced in the $2500-$6500 range and the low end of those are not a lot better than Rad, Bam or others, so choices do have to be made by consumers. My very nice Trek Mountain Bike I used to ride a lot is out of my price range in an E-bike. This web site does charge for reviews of bikes but the thousands of Rad customers who post positive reviews do not. That’s an important point. I just want to ride a bike that I can afford that meets my needs. So I hope you will be happy with your purchase on Alibaba, Walmart or a high priced bike store. I will leave this helpful link.

Denny
4 weeks ago

Dirt, you’ve offered no actual evidence of anything. Really, just misinformation and uninformed opinion. I’ll file this as angry troll behavior.

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Court
4 weeks ago

Yeah, I guess we all have rough days here and there. Hopefully he or she is doing better now ;)

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Jay Young
2 weeks ago

Dirt most likely works for the competition. Thats what I smell here. I just purchased two of these bike based upon other reviews. $3000 for bikes is nothing to sneeze at. I hope I am right.

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Court
2 weeks ago

Perhaps, I’ve seen some very aggressive posts out there and even links to a hate websites for Rad. When you’re in a leadership position and lots of people are buying your product, there may be some frustration from the competition as well as a higher absolute number of issues (all ebikes have issues, every product has some sort of issue). Is we were able to look at the percentage of negative feedback, that might be a better measure… and keep in mind, these are affordably priced ebikes with some “value” components that are “good enough” which could lead to some people who don’t have the appropriate expectations just feeling frustrated.

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