Rad Power Bikes RadRunner 2 Review

2022 Rad Power Bikes Radrunner 2 Electric Bike Review
2022 Rad Power Bikes Radrunner 2
2022 Rad Power Bikes Radrunner 2 Custom Planetary Geared Hub Motor
2022 Rad Power Bikes Radrunner 2 Removable Battery Pack Rear Torque Arm
2022 Rad Power Bikes Radrunner 2 High Rise Handlebar Ergonomic Grips
2022 Rad Power Bikes Radrunner 2 Led Control Pad Flick Bell Left Grip
2022 Rad Power Bikes Radrunner 2 Twist Throttle And On Off Switch
2022 Rad Power Bikes Radrunner 2 Steel Fork Headlight
2022 Rad Power Bikes Radrunner 2 Front Disc Brake 180mm Rotor
2022 Rad Power Bikes Radrunner 2 Rear Rack With Yepp Child Seat Window
2022 Rad Power Bikes Radrunner 2 Custom Thicker Saddle 27 2 Seatpost
2022 Rad Power Bikes Radrunner 2 Rear View Spanninga Solo Light Blink And Brake
2022 Rad Power Bikes Radrunner 2 Left Side
2022 Rad Power Bikes Radrunner 2 Motor Controller Skid Plate 14 Magnet Cadence Sensor
2022 Rad Power Bikes Radrunner 2 Steel Derailleur Guard Rear Sprocket 16 Tooth
2022 Rad Power Bikes Radrunner 2 Ebike
2022 Rad Power Bikes Radrunner 2 Manual Toolkit Charger Holder
2022 Rad Power Bikes Radrunner 2 Battery Charger 2 Amp
2022 Rad Power Bikes Radrunner 2 Stock Step Thru Black
2022 Rad Power Bikes Radrunner 2 Stock Step Thru Green
2022 Rad Power Bikes Radrunner 2 Electric Bike Review
2022 Rad Power Bikes Radrunner 2
2022 Rad Power Bikes Radrunner 2 Custom Planetary Geared Hub Motor
2022 Rad Power Bikes Radrunner 2 Removable Battery Pack Rear Torque Arm
2022 Rad Power Bikes Radrunner 2 High Rise Handlebar Ergonomic Grips
2022 Rad Power Bikes Radrunner 2 Led Control Pad Flick Bell Left Grip
2022 Rad Power Bikes Radrunner 2 Twist Throttle And On Off Switch
2022 Rad Power Bikes Radrunner 2 Steel Fork Headlight
2022 Rad Power Bikes Radrunner 2 Front Disc Brake 180mm Rotor
2022 Rad Power Bikes Radrunner 2 Rear Rack With Yepp Child Seat Window
2022 Rad Power Bikes Radrunner 2 Custom Thicker Saddle 27 2 Seatpost
2022 Rad Power Bikes Radrunner 2 Rear View Spanninga Solo Light Blink And Brake
2022 Rad Power Bikes Radrunner 2 Left Side
2022 Rad Power Bikes Radrunner 2 Motor Controller Skid Plate 14 Magnet Cadence Sensor
2022 Rad Power Bikes Radrunner 2 Steel Derailleur Guard Rear Sprocket 16 Tooth
2022 Rad Power Bikes Radrunner 2 Ebike
2022 Rad Power Bikes Radrunner 2 Manual Toolkit Charger Holder
2022 Rad Power Bikes Radrunner 2 Battery Charger 2 Amp
2022 Rad Power Bikes Radrunner 2 Stock Step Thru Black
2022 Rad Power Bikes Radrunner 2 Stock Step Thru Green

Summary

  • A flexible, approachable, and affordable electric utility bike. Capable of handling up to 300lbs, including a child seat or passenger on the rear rack! Custom sized 20" x 3.3" tires provide stability, comfort, off-road traction, and safety with reflective stripes and puncture protection. Only one frame size, but the extra long 390mm seat post and adjustable handlebar provide lots of fit options.
  • Available in two colors, internal cable routing looks clean and reduces snags, motor power cable is very well protected, all supporting hardware is black. Two bottle cage bosses double as a console box mount! Tons great accessories including fenders, racks, bags, child seat, passenger kit etc. Refined frame geometry improves stability. Upgraded saddle is thicker for more comfort.
  • Fairly affordable considering the high-powered motor, high-capacity 672 watt hour battery pack, and great customer support. Improved battery charger is silent, compact, lightweight, and better shielded than previous generations. Capable mechanical disc brakes use large 180mm rotors for excellent stopping power and cooling. High-resolution cadence sensor is responsive, twist throttle can be turned off with a switch.
  • Mechanical disc brakes require additional hand effort, aren't as adjustable, and set-in over time compared to hydraulic. The bike weighs a lot because it's reinforced to be stiff and handle a passenger or heavy load. Basic display offers limited readouts, no USB charging, and is fairly bright. Only available in one frame size, single-speed drivetrain limits cadence options.

Video Review

Introduction

Make:

Rad Power Bikes

Model:

2022 RadRunner 2

Price:

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

Body Position:

Upright

Suggested Use:

Neighborhood, Urban, Trail

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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Warranty:

1 Year Comprehensive

Availability:

United States, Canada, Europe

Model Year:

2022

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

64.6 lbs (29.3 kg)

Battery Weight:

7.6 lbs (3.44 kg)

Motor Weight:

8.8 lbs (3.99 kg)

Frame Material:

6061 Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

18 in (45.72 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

18" Seat Tube Length, 20.75" Simulated Top Tube Length, 15" Reach, 16.5" Stand Over Height, 32.25" Minimum Saddle Height, 42" Maximum Saddle Height, 27.25" Width, 67.5" Length, 44.5" Wheelbase

Frame Types:

Step-Thru

Frame Colors:

Satin Black, Satin Forest Green

Frame Fork Details:

Rigid Steel, 135mm Hub Spacing, 9mm Axle with Release Skewer

Frame Rear Details:

167mm Hub Spacing, 12mm Threaded Slotted Axle with, 18mm Nuts, Steel Torque Arm Washer

Attachment Points:

Fender Bosses, Front Rack Bosses, Rear Rack Bosses, Two Bottle Cage Bosses

Gearing Details:

1 Single Speed, DNP Nickel Plated 16 Tooth Sprocket, Freewheel, Rad Power Bikes Chain Tensioner

Cranks:

Prowheel Aluminum Alloy, 170mm Length, 52 Tooth Chainring with Prowheel Alloy Guide

Pedals:

Wellgo V205 Composite Plastic Platform with Reflectors, CrMo Axle, Black

Headset:

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

Stem:

Aluminum Alloy, 50mm Length, 30º Angle, 15mm Rise, 31.8mm Clamp, Custom 52mm Spacer (Tapered)

Handlebar:

Custom, High-Rise, Aluminum Alloy, 254mm Height, 700mm Width

Brake Details:

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

Grips:

Velo, Ergonomic, Rubber, Black

Saddle:

Custom Rad Power Bikes Comfort Version by Velo, Moped Style with Integrated Seat Post Plate

Seat Post:

Custom, Steel (Non-Adjustable Platform/Clamp)

Seat Post Length:

390 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

27.2 mm

Rims:

Aluminum Alloy, Single Wall, 65mm Outer Width, 36 Hole

Spokes:

Stainless Steel, 12 Gauge, Black with Nipples

Tire Brand:

Rad Power Bikes by Kenda Custom K-Rad, 20" x 3.3" (84-406)

Wheel Sizes:

20 in (50.8cm)

Tire Details:

30 PSI, 2.1 BAR, 30 TPI, Reflective Sidewall Stripe, K-Shield Puncture Protection

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve

Accessories:

Custom Steel Center-Mounted Double Leg Kickstand, Steel Chain Tensioner Guard, Custom Rad Power Bikes Integrated LED Headlight by Sate-Lite (Physical Twist On-Off), Integrated Spanninga Solo LED Rear Light (Modes: Solid, Flashing, Braking), Neoprene Velcro Cable Wrap for Front Wires, Rear Rack Accepts Yepp! and Standard Basket Platform and Pannier Accessories from Rad Power Bikes, Optional Plastic Fenders (95mm Width), Optional Front Rack, Optional Small Basket, Optional Large Basket, Optional Platform, Optional Small Pannier Fremont Bag, 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 Replacement or Additional Battery Pack, Optional Passenger Upgrade Kit (Rear Deck Seat, Foot Pegs, Side Mounted Wheel Guards), Optional Passenger Hand Hold (Requires Passenger Upgrade Kit)

Other:

Locking Removable Seat Tube-Mounted Battery Pack (4 LED Charge Level Indicator), 1.3lb 2 Amp Charger, Fully Potted Motor Controller, Stainless Steel Torque Arm, 300lb Maximum Weight Rating (120lb Passenger Weight Rating on Rear Rack)

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Rad Power Bikes Custom Manufactured

Motor Type:

Rear-Mounted Geared Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

750 watts (500 Watt in Canada, 250 Watt in Europe)

Motor Torque:

68 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 LED, Fixed, Adjustable-Angle, 11 Orange LED Lights, Buttons: +, -, Lights, On/Off, (Hold - for Walk Mode)

Readouts:

Battery Charge Level Indicator (5 Dots), Assist Level (0-4), Lights Indicator (On/Off)

Display Accessories:

Throttle On Off Switch for Canadian Market

Drive Mode:

Cadence Sensing Pedal Assist, Twist Throttle (14 Pulse Sealed Cadence Sensor)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)


Written Review

This review was provided for free using a temporary demo bike provided by Rad Power Bikes Canada. 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:

  • Having reviewed the original RadRunner 1 in 2019, I was able to distill the precise differences for this second generation bike which include: slacker head tube angle (71° vs. 68°) for improved stability and slower turning, 15mm thicker saddle, refined paint job (fewer accents on the downtube and rear rack), and motor power cable relocated to left side of the frame (protected by chain stay and disc brake rotor).
  • The bike is still available in satin black and forrest green, there’s only one frame size but the extra long 390mm seat post and high rise handlebar provide great fit options, Rad has opened new showrooms and expanded their mobile service build+delivery van fleet, prices have increased in late 2021 and this model costs $200 more than in 2019.
  • For an additional ~$400, you can purchase the RadRunner Plus which comes with an upgraded LCD display (that has a USB charging port), a 7-speed drivetrain vs. single speed, side mounted kickstand vs. center, aluminum alloy pedals vs. plastic, the passenger kit (pegs, extended seat cushion, skirt guard), plastic fenders, faux leather stitched grips, an adjustable suspension fork vs. rigid steel, and an upgraded 500 lumen headlight. That model has a slightly different geometry to accommodate the longer fork, and it only comes in one color (silver).
  • This is a Class 2 electric bike with cadence sensing pedal assist and variable speed twist throttle. The motor power rating will vary depending on geography with 750 watts for the US, 500 watts for Canada, and 250 watts for Europe based on the corresponding legal limits.
  • Rad Power Bikes appears to have good inventory, even as some other ebike companies struggle due to supply chain constraints. I believe that they chartered a private boat equipped to handle hazardous goods (batteries) to maintain a steady flow of products.

Pros:

  • Despite the relatively low price point, this ebike comes with a high capacity battery, powerful motor (meeting the maximum spec for each geography where it is sold), puncture resistant reflective tires, and integrated lights. For a bit extra, they can assemble and delivery it in most major cities. Rad seems to have a good supply of replacement parts and support their battery packs over many generations, so your bike can be maintained and repaired. It might also hold a higher resale value based on the name brand recognition.
  • I’m told that the headset and bottom bracket use sealed cartridge bearings, which reduce rust and noise and should last longer. This is a small thing that’s difficult to see, and isn’t always the case on more affordable electric bicycles.
  • Safety is a big deal to me, especially on a lower bike like this (with smaller 20″ wheels), so the reflective tires and integrated lights are very nice to see. Note that the headlight has side cutouts to be visible from more angles and the rear light has a button to change from solid to flashing mode. When braking, the rear light also goes extra bright! For a bit extra, you can replace the stock headlight with an even larger and brighter 500 lumen premium headlight that comes standard on the RadRunner Plus.
  • This ebike uses the same high-capacity battery pack as most of the other current-generation Rad Power Bikes (just not the RadRover Plus or RadCity Plus, which use the semi-integrated pack (not compatible), and not the RadMission, which has a lower capacity battery (is compatible)). In short, you can share this same battery between older generation RadRover, RadCity, RadWagon, and RadMini models.
  • The battery pack can be charged on or off the bike frame, locks securely into place, contains two fuses for safety, the mounting bracket is sturdy and attaches with three bolts vs. two on some competing products. They used high quality Samsung 35E Lithium-ion cells, and the pack is fairly affordable to replace because it’s standardized and the controller is separate. I also like that the locking cylinder built into the battery has an unlocked, locked+off, and locked+on position so you can leave the pack locked to the frame (but powered off) so people won’t be able to tamper with the display or throttle. Note that the 4-LED charge level indicator will not work if the battery is in the locked+off position.
  • Unique adjustable high-rise handlebar can angle forward or back to significantly change reach. The extra long 390mm seat post accommodates taller riders, allowing for efficient leg extension while pedaling. Most competing “minibikes” or “utility bikes” don’t have the adjustability offered here, and aren’t as enjoyable to pedal in my experience.
  • The smaller wheels position the frame close to the ground, and the step-thru frame style provides a low standover height. The bike is very easy to approach and handle, even when loaded with gear, but the frame doesn’t flex very much because of large gusset plates at the steer tube and an additional mini top-tube connecting the downtube to the seat tube.
  • High-volume tires, ergonomic grips, and brake levers with rubberized edges all contribute to comfort. I like to lower the tire pressure a bit to make the ride even smoother because I’m fairly light weight. The new 15mm thicker saddle is noticeably different and more comfortable than the first generation RadRunner, but you could also add a suspension seatpost here if it’s not enough. Just note that replacing the seatpost will force you to purchase a standard saddle to interface with it, because the proprietary saddle here requires a custom mounting plate that is welded to the seat post.
  • Large 180mm mechanical disc brake rotors provide ample stopping power given the relatively small 20″ wheel diameter, they definitely come in handy if you’re riding with a passenger, child, or cargo in some of the optional racks and bags. The larger size also dissipates heat faster, but be careful not to bend them by forcing the front wheel into a crowded bike rack. Note also that the hub motor gets a mechanical advantage from the smaller wheels.
  • Unique single speed drivetrain is above average. Rad Power Bikes is using a DNP nickel plated rear sprocket with 16 teeth, and a 52 tooth steel chainring with an aluminum alloy guide to prevent chain drops! Instead of using a sliding rear dropout (which is trickier to re-mount with disc brakes and may interfere with the chain line) Rad specced a chain tensioner. I love that they also included a steel derailleur guard to protect this tensioner during shipping and if the bike tips over, but the hanger is also replaceable if it gets bent!
  • The original RadRunner 1 had the motor power cable routed along the right chainstay and entering into the axle below the derailleur guard. It was a decent setup, but the new bikes all place this cable on the left side of the frame positioned below and inside the chainstay and between the disc brake rotor. It’s extremely well protected here! Note that most cables are internally routed on this frame to look clean and reduce snags. There’s good neoprene cable wrap up front where the cable all meet too.
  • Extra-thick 12 gauge spokes provide improved wheel strength, raising the max capacity of this ebike to 300lbs vs. 250lbs on many traditional ebikes (and 275lbs for most other current generation Rad Power Bikes). Note that the rims have been changed to single wall vs. double wall, which helps to reduce weight. I think the single wall still makes sense strength-wise here given the smaller wheel diameter.
  • Bottle cage bosses on the downtube and lower top-tube section let you add accessories like bottle cages, a folding lock, or mini pump. However, you might consider the optional plastic console bucket thing, which is made from high quality plastic that’s designed to not fade or crack. Apparently lots of customers put a towel or pad in there and bring their pets along. I tried to overlay some photos of this in the video review above around time 22:36
  • There are tons of options for mounting baskets and racks on this thing, I like how the front rack attaches to the head tube and won’t influence steering or dump to the side when parking. Rad Power Bikes has platforms, baskets, insulated bags, pannier bags, suspension seat posts, child seats, as well as cell phone holders and more back at their site. Note that the rear rack was designed with a Yepp! child seat window to work with a specific style of seat that’s super easy to install and remove.
  • Kenda and Rad Power Bikes worked together to create a series of tires with reflective stripes and K-Shield puncture protection including these unique 20″ x 3.3″ K-Rad tires. They are the only tires I have ever seen in this size, and they fit the bike perfectly… not too big and bulky, not too small and stiff feeling, they are stable and capable on many types of terrain and allowed for some sporty fast turns during my ride tests! Consider lowering the pressure towards 5PSI to ride across really soft terrain like dry sand, wet loamy fields, or packed snow (though it probably won’t work as well as a true 4.0″ or 4.9″ wide fat tire).
  • I like how the tubing surrounds the battery pack to some degree, for additional protection. The weight distribution here is pretty good, with battery weight low and center. Same thing goes for the accessory mounting points and optional console box.
  • Pedal assist responds quickly because of the 14 pulse cadence sensor, which is smaller and better sealed against water and dust than some of the older larger external designs (which only use 5, 6, or 13 magnets). The motor cuts out instantly whenever you brake because both levers have motor inhibitor switches built in. In my opinion, the Rad Power Bikes controller is set to ramp power up smoothly. This means that even though the twist throttle and pedal assist are very responsive, the bike doesn’t feel too jarring or overwhelming.
  • I really like that they chose brake levers with a bell that’s built into the left housing. It’s compact and keeps the handlebars clean but works reliably and produces a friendly chime. I also like that these are four finger levers, which provide extra stopping power. The levers have a rubberized edge for grip, comfort, and warmer engagement vs. cold metal. Also notice the large seat collar lever which is easier to loosen and tighten than some of the really small ones.
  • The motor controller box is positioned under the main tube of the bike, and it feels safe there because of the metal chainring guide and skit plate below. I was told that the controller box is aluminum alloy vs. plastic, and that makes it extra tough. Mounting this box separately from the battery pack helps to keep the battery replacement prices lower and reduces heat transfer, which can be hard on lithium-ion cells. Store your battery packs in a cool dry location, and avoid letting them drain completely, because that can stress the cell chemistry.
  • I noticed that the optional passenger pegs didn’t rattle or twist during use, they mount to a welded plate section with ridges that prevent spinning during use. The pegs fold up nicely, which reduces the possibility of scratching objects or people as you move the bike around. Note that the passenger kit comes with a clear plastic skirt guard for safety, and Rad now has a new passenger handhold bar kit.
  • It’s cool that Rad Power Bikes has expanded to Canada and Europe with this model, it’s one of their more affordable bikes but I love that they didn’t go with the low capacity battery (like the RadMission has). It would be great for commuting, taking to Burning Man, or sharing with a family of different sized users because it’s just so approachable and flexible.
  • For US and Canadian customers, the bike comes with a twist throttle that overrides assist 0-5 with full support. You don’t have to press any buttons to get power. This makes it a Class 2 ebike, even though you could remove the throttle to get Class 1 performance. In Canada, there is an on/off toggle switch that disables the throttle very easily. For European markets, they created “twist power assist” that changes the throttle into an override mechanism for adding power during pedal assist (as long as you’re still pedaling). This allows them to comply with Class 1 in Europe, but empower riders to add power without pressing lots of buttons or looking down! I think it’s pretty smart, and very satisfying to use.

Cons:

  • The smaller wheel diameter brings the bike frame (and passenger) closer to the ground, which makes it less visible to cars. For that reason, I’m really glad that the bike has bright integrated lights that are visible from multiple angles and the tires have reflective stripes. Consider wearing reflective clothes, using reflective stickers (which Rad Power Bikes sells), adding reflective tags to your backpack, and getting a helmet with an integrated light to be extra safe. Rad also sells an optional premium super bright headlight for this model that comes stock with the RadRunner Plus.
  • The bottom bracket is low because of the smaller wheels, which means there’s higher potential for log and curb strikes as you ride over obstacles. Thankfully, they used a metal chainring guide for protection, and even added a skid plate below the controller box.
  • The smaller wheels have a high attack angle, making bumps and cracks feel more jarring than a full sized 26″ wheel. Thankfully, the width of the tires adds air volume that acts as a bumper suspension which reduces vibration.
  • Weighing in at 64.6lbs as shown in the review pictures and video (without any fenders, racks, child seat, or other optional accessories), this is a fairly heavy ebike. I think that has to do with the reinforced frame, wider rims and tires, and the integrated rear rack. The bike is overbuilt to be sturdy and handle up to 300lbs total. It’s significantly lighter than the RadRunner Plus, which weighs 74.4lbs and includes the fenders, passenger kit, upgraded headlight, upgraded display, 7-speed drivetrain, and suspension fork.
  • This electric bike only comes in one frame size. The adjustable high-rise handlebar and extra long 390mm seat post can accommodate a wide range of riders, but it could feel a bit tight for taller riders. For reference, I’m 5’9″ tall with a 31″ inseam and it felt very comfortable to me with the seat raised a bit.
  • Mechanical disc brakes require more hand effort than hydraulic, especially the rear brake (right lever) which has a longer cable housing. Over time, the brake lines can settle in and require a bit of adjustment. They can also get dust and water inside vs. hydraulic lines, which are sealed. One benefit is that they tend to be easier to adjust and repair by end users than hydraulic.
  • The upgraded extra-thick saddle felt fairly comfortable to me, but you cannot change the angle or slide it forward/back like almost all other traditional bicycle saddles. Rad fixed the small triangular seat to a flat plate which is welded to the seat post. It’s not a normal saddle mount… so you’ll need to replace the 27.2mm post if you do want to use an aftermarket saddle, and it won’t line up perfectly with the passenger kit when dropped all the way down. These are minor complaints, and I understand why the decisions were made, it just means things are more proprietary and fixed than most of the other Rad Power Bikes.
  • Compared to most of the other Rad Power Bike models, I feel that this battery pack is more difficult to reach and remove. There’s tubing surrounding the pack and the seat clamp quick release lever needs to be angled up or open for the battery to slide up and be removed. It’s nice that the battery can be left on the frame when charging, and the charging port is high up and easy to reach on the right side.
  • The battery charger only offers 2 amp output vs. some of the new faster chargers (3A, or even 4A). Given the higher capacity 672 watt hour battery pack on the RadRunner, it could be nice to have a faster charger. At least the stock charger is very compact, lightweight, quiet, and well shielded against electrical interference. I consider it to be very portable and appreciate that it’s cross-compatible with all of the other Rad Power Bike models.
  • Rad Power Bikes sells mostly online, which means that there’s some extra hassle unboxing and configuring the bike for riding (attaching the front wheel and adjusting the stem and handlebar). For those who are willing to spend a couple hundred extra, Rad has launched a mobile delivery service with vans that will pro-built and drop off the product completely ready to ride.
  • The optional console box looks really cool to me, but it does make the area where you pedal more cramped because it’s wider than the bike tubing, I like that it has four drain holes at the bottom but wish the lid locked and felt more secure. I bumped and squished it while pedaling (during my older review of the RadRunner) and the lid kind of got pushed out of place a couple of times. Also, securing the rubber band anchors took more time than a single latch would.
  • Many car and bus racks utilize a hanging style rack for mounting bicycles. In order to mount wave style step-thru frames like the RadRunner, you will need to buy a crossbar adapter like this. If you use a platform rack, the wider tires might require longer ratchet straps or even wider trays to hold the bike securely.
  • The double-leg kickstand is very sturdy, made of steel, and provides a lot of stability for loading cargo or a child seat. However, it hangs very close to the ground and the right leg is just below the chain. I noticed that the chain can bounce down and make contact, which could chip the paint and create some noise when riding over bumpy terrain.
  • Compared to the original RadRunner, launched for the 2019 season, the price has increased by $200. I’d still consider this a very affordable ebike, and a great deal with the nice tires, lights, proprietary motor and high capacity battery, and good reputation of Rad. The big changes are new paint job, improved geometry for relaxed head tube angle, improved motor cable placement, and thicker saddle.
  • The stock display panel is very basic and only shows assist level and battery charge level. You cannot tell how fast you’re going, how far you’ve gone, there’s no USB charging port, and the LED’s are fairly bright. For those who want a more refined interface with these additional features, consider the RadRunner Plus or the individual upgraded part that will work with this bike.
  • Minor consideration here: if you get the front tray rack, the headlight will have to be repositioned and will no longer point where you steer. Instead, it will be fixed inline with the frame. Also, the stock plastic pedals just aren’t as stiff and tough as the upgraded aluminum alloy Wellgos that come with the RadRunner Plus. Consider buying them as upgrades from Amazon or in fun colors from Rad.
  • This is a single-speed electric bike, which means your cadence is fixed regardless of how fast the bike is actually going. It tends to require more leg effort to start and then outpace at the higher speeds (though Rad seems to have optimized for the 15mph to 20mph speeds). It could be a challenge to pedal the bike manually if you run out of battery since the wider tires increase friction and the weight is fairly high here.

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Rad Power Bikes RadWagon 4 Review

  • MSRP: $1,999
  • MODEL YEAR: 2020

An affordable but refined electric cargo bike with custom 22" x 3.0" tires that improve stability and comfort while still keeping the cargo holds low and easy to load. Approachable but stiff mid-step frame comes in three beautiful colors. Reflective tires and quality integrated lights help keep you visible and safe. Powerful fat-bike rated 80nm geared hub motor provides excellent power for starting, hauling gear or…...

Rad Power Bikes RadCity Step-Thru 3 Review

  • MSRP: $1,699
  • MODEL YEAR: 2020

A feature-complete, approachable step-thru, comfort oriented, hybrid electric bicycle with regenerative braking. It has a built-in USB charging port below the display, features a modular battery pack that works with all other Rad models of this generation, and comes with 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 RadMini Step-Thru 2 Review

  • MSRP: $1,499
  • MODEL YEAR: 2020

A folding, fat tire electric bike that's approachable, stable, and off-road capable. The custom 3.3" wide tires have reflective sidewalls, puncture protection, and all-terrain tread. This is the second generation RadMini Step-Thru, and it comes standard with wide plastic fenders, integrated lights, and an adjustable suspension fork with preload and lockout. Only available in one frame size and one color, but the handlebar and seat height…...

Rad Power Bikes RadRover 5 Review

  • MSRP: $1,699
  • 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: $1,699
  • 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: $1,699
  • 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 RadRhino Step-Thru 1 250W (EU Version) Review

  • MSRP: $1,699
  • MODEL YEAR: 2020

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…...

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: $1,299
  • 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 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: 2017

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…...


Comments (8) YouTube Comments

Aaron
3 weeks ago

We bought an OG RadRunner back in 2019, have had a ton of fun bopping around on it, and I’ve been looking forward to the new model for a while now. Now that it’s here, I’m honestly really confused by it. Like, the big improvements are… a head tube adjustment and a thicker saddle? Am I missing something, or is this a super underwhelming update?

I’m scratching my head trying to understand their thinking. The RadCity update a couple months ago was a great upgrade that showed some clear thought and investment. They switched to hydraulic brakes, a better integrated battery design, a controller embedded in the frame, etc. Those are all significant changes that address real friction points. In comparison, the RadRunner update is such a minor tweak to the original model that I’d bet most people wouldn’t even notice the changes.

Can anybody shed light on why this is? Are they keeping this model bare-bones to target the affordable end of the spectrum or something? Is it just a volume thing, and it’s not worth investing design/engineering $$$ in this model? Is there any hope that they’ll introduce a RadRunner2 Plus that incorporates some of the real upgrades from the RadCity models?

Still a big Rad fan, but if this is the best they can offer in the “utility e-bike” category it’s gonna drive me to start looking elsewhere.

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Court
3 weeks ago

Hi Aaron! I was also a bit surprised when they mentioned the new model and I asked about it. I was told “new graphics, more comfortable saddle” and then I dug really deep to find that the head tube angle is different, the motor power cable positioning has been improved, and the charger has been upgraded a bit. I think you’re correct that this is a price point model… but you can get a better version by paying more for the Plus model which has the suspension fork, hydraulic disc brakes, improved headlight, and passenger kit. The geometry for that model is optimized for the suspension fork, and it comes in silver vs. black or green like the standard. I hope this info helps you out, and here’s my review of the RadRunner Plus… it’s a better offering for the utility e-bike category for those who are willing to spend more.

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Aaron
2 weeks ago

Hi Court. (Thanks for chiming in on this. You’re awesome. This site is awesome.) The Plus model has suspension and better headlight, but it doesn’t have hydraulic brakes, right?

The brakes going out of adjustment has become a regular friction point with our 2019 RadRunner, and when I saw the specs for the new RadCity (with hydraulics), I assumed they’d be rolling out across their lineup as new models came out. The battery is also very prickly sometimes to get yanked out of the mount, so the new frame-integrated version was gonna be another welcome upgrade.

Have you by any chance picked up any clues about whether the RadCity upgrades will make their way into other models? Are they gonna release a RadRunner 2 Plus that could have them? (longshot I know, but worth a try :) )

Anyway, thanks for the site, it’s an amazing resource!

Bryant
2 weeks ago

Just one correction, one comment, and one question:

  • Correction: Price difference between the RadRunner and RadRunner Plus is $400 (not $300).
  • Comment: I’m not seeing how the charger has been “upgraded”, since the previous one and the new one both have 2A output.
  • Question: Is the rear passenger seat now thicker like the front seat with more padding?
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Court
2 weeks ago

Hi Bryant, thanks for the feedback! The prices changed recently and there was a moment where I think the price gap was $300, but perhaps I made a mistake… it’s tricky to keep track, I’ve updated the number based on your feedback. The charger upgrade is something that I noticed when they switched to orange wires vs. having it all in black. I asked if anything else changed and was told that they improved the shielding on the wiring so it won’t interfere with other electronic devices as easily as some of the very cheap/basic chargers. Regarding the optional passenger seat thickness… I am unsure if it has changed. I want to say yes, but it may have always been thick enough to be acceptable. I do know that the captain seat saddle is definitely improved. This is something you could ask their customer service chat or call in about when placing an order, they have a responsive team :)

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Cord
1 week ago

Extremely happy with my purchase of a RadRunner Plus as a Christmas present. My son rides it to school daily. We added the front basket and cell phone holder. While I love the front light (style and output), it rarely stays pointed straight. We also had an issue with the battery not charging. I sent a ticket in and had a response within 15 minutes that linked to an online solution and a response from a REAL PERSON. The problem was solved in less than 24 hours. THIS is the benchmark for great service, IMHO.

I can’t tell you how important this is with an electric bike. If the product isn’t engineered correctly and/or if the company doesn’t support their product, the “deal” you got on your bike is worthless. I know this feeling, having bought an Eahora X7 Plus and having to deal with a China-based “service” department that never responds until the next day. One year later, our $1,500 Eahora X7Plus is an expensive paperweight while our RadRunner Plus is simply a fun, reliable, well-made bike that’s supported by a company that actually has people in the USA!

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Court
1 week ago

Wow, that’s the kind of testimonial I love to see. So glad your son is enjoying the new bike Cord, what an awesome Christmas present to get your son!! I remember being so excited about my first ebike, and enjoying the freedom that it offered on my daily commutes to work. Cycling is so much fun… but ebikes usually take some extra care to maintain and keep running. Yeah, it definitely makes a difference when the company stands behind their product, that’s something I appreciate about Rad because they seem to keep prices reasonable but offer great support. Your comment made my day, thanks for taking the time to share it. Happy New Year!!

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