Rad Power Bikes RadRunner Plus Review

Rad Power Bikes Radrunner Plus Electric Bike Review
Rad Power Bikes Radrunner Plus
Rad Power Bikes Radrunner Plus Custom Planetary Geared Hub Motor 750 500 Or 250 Watt
Rad Power Bikes Radrunner Plus Removable 48 Volt Battery Pack With Keys
Rad Power Bikes Radrunner Plus Handlebar With Display Stem Matching Grips
Rad Power Bikes Radrunner Plus Lcd Display Panel Closeup
Rad Power Bikes Radrunner Plus Headlight With Rock Guard Turned Off
Rad Power Bikes Radrunner Plus Super Bright 500 Lumen Headlight With Side Windows
Rad Power Bikes Radrunner Plus Rear Light Flashing Mode And Bright Brake Mode
Rad Power Bikes Radrunner Plus Spring Suspension Fork 80mm Travel Compression Lockout Preload Adjust Quick Release
Rad Power Bikes Radrunner Plus 180mm Tektro Aries Mechanical Disc Brakes
Rad Power Bikes Radrunner Plus 27 2 Seat Post Long 390mm Saddle Flat Mount
Rad Power Bikes Radrunner Plus Deep Wave Step Thru Two Bottle Mounts
Rad Power Bikes Radrunner Plus 48 Tooth Steel Chainring With Aluminum Alloy Guide And Skid Plate
Rad Power Bikes Radrunner Plus Rear Kickstand Clear Skirt Guard
Rad Power Bikes Radrunner Plus Passenger Seat Rear Fender Derailleur Guard
Rad Power Bikes Radrunner Plus Button Pad Up Mode Down And Bell
Rad Power Bikes Radrunner Plus Right Grip With Twist Throttle And Shifter
Rad Power Bikes Radrunner Plus Steel Derailleur Guard Shimano Altus 7 Speed 11 34 Tooth Freewheel
Rad Power Bikes Radrunner Plus 2 Amp Ebike Charger With Color Manua And Tools
Rad Power Bikes Radrunner Plus Stock Stock Step Thru Silver
Rad Power Bikes Radrunner Plus Electric Bike Review
Rad Power Bikes Radrunner Plus
Rad Power Bikes Radrunner Plus Custom Planetary Geared Hub Motor 750 500 Or 250 Watt
Rad Power Bikes Radrunner Plus Removable 48 Volt Battery Pack With Keys
Rad Power Bikes Radrunner Plus Handlebar With Display Stem Matching Grips
Rad Power Bikes Radrunner Plus Lcd Display Panel Closeup
Rad Power Bikes Radrunner Plus Headlight With Rock Guard Turned Off
Rad Power Bikes Radrunner Plus Super Bright 500 Lumen Headlight With Side Windows
Rad Power Bikes Radrunner Plus Rear Light Flashing Mode And Bright Brake Mode
Rad Power Bikes Radrunner Plus Spring Suspension Fork 80mm Travel Compression Lockout Preload Adjust Quick Release
Rad Power Bikes Radrunner Plus 180mm Tektro Aries Mechanical Disc Brakes
Rad Power Bikes Radrunner Plus 27 2 Seat Post Long 390mm Saddle Flat Mount
Rad Power Bikes Radrunner Plus Deep Wave Step Thru Two Bottle Mounts
Rad Power Bikes Radrunner Plus 48 Tooth Steel Chainring With Aluminum Alloy Guide And Skid Plate
Rad Power Bikes Radrunner Plus Rear Kickstand Clear Skirt Guard
Rad Power Bikes Radrunner Plus Passenger Seat Rear Fender Derailleur Guard
Rad Power Bikes Radrunner Plus Button Pad Up Mode Down And Bell
Rad Power Bikes Radrunner Plus Right Grip With Twist Throttle And Shifter
Rad Power Bikes Radrunner Plus Steel Derailleur Guard Shimano Altus 7 Speed 11 34 Tooth Freewheel
Rad Power Bikes Radrunner Plus 2 Amp Ebike Charger With Color Manua And Tools
Rad Power Bikes Radrunner Plus Stock Stock Step Thru Silver

Summary

  • The fully accessorized version of the RadRunner electric bike. This is a compact utility ebike with unique 20" x 3.3" fat tires and adjustable suspension fork (compression, lockout, rebound). Comes stock with extended seat and flip-down pegs for a passenger, as well as extra wide fenders and an upgraded 500 lumen headlight. Also compatible with the standard racks, bags, and Yepp! child seat.
  • Integrated lights, including a blinking rear light that goes bright when the brakes are pulled, reflective tires, and metallic silver frame improve safety by keeping you visible. Seven speed drivetrain makes starting, climbing, and pedaling at higher speeds much more comfortable. Nice aluminum alloy chainring guide keeps clothing clean and snag-free while reducing chain drops, steel derailleur guard protects the sensitive parts during shipping and when passengers are riding.
  • Large 180mm disc brake rotors provide excellent stopping power and control, both brake levers have switches that cut power to the motor. This ebike is available in the US, Canada, and Europe with RAD optimized 750, 500, and 250 watt 5 to 1 planetary geared hub motors (meeting the upper legal limit in each country). Strong 80nm peak torque and good mechanical advantage given the smaller wheel diameter makes this a decent climber and passenger hauler.
  • The twist throttle offers full power, overriding 0-5 assist for instant starts and quick boosts when climbing or catching up to friends. Upgraded aluminum alloy pedals feel sturdy and smooth. Extra long seat post and adjustable high-rise handlebar offers great fit for many body types. Suspension corrected geometry isn't just a copy of the basic RadRunner. Upgraded LCD display panel with USB charging port. The included saddle is not adjustable forward and back or tipping because it's designed to fit perfectly with the passenger seat. Optional console box does not lock. The bike is very heavy at 74.4lbs despite the small appearance.

Video Review

Introduction

Make:

Rad Power Bikes

Model:

RadRunner Plus

Price:

$1,699 (Free Shipping in Contiguous US and Canada)

Body Position:

Upright

Suggested Use:

Neighborhood, Urban, Commuting, Trail

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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Warranty:

1 Year Comprehensive

Availability:

United States, Canada

Model Year:

20202021

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

74.4 lbs (33.74 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 Length, 21.5" Reach, 16.25" Stand Over Height, 30.25" Minimum Saddle Height, 41.25" Maximum Saddle Height, 27.5" Width, 71.5" Length, 47" Wheelbase

Frame Types:

Step-Thru

Frame Colors:

Glossy Metallic Silver with Black Accents

Frame Fork Details:

RST Spring Suspension, 80mm Travel, Compression Adjust with Lockout, Preload Adjust, 135mm Hub Spacing, 9mm Axle with Quick Release Skewer

Frame Rear Details:

175mm Hub Spacing, 12mm Threaded Axle with 10mm Flats, 18mm Nuts, Steel Torque Arm Washer

Attachment Points:

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

Gearing Details:

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

Shifter Details:

Shimano SIS Index Thumb Shifter with Optical Gear Display on Right

Cranks:

Prowheel Forged Aluminum Alloy, 170mm Length Crank Arms, 48 Tooth Steel Chainring with Alloy Guide

Pedals:

Wellgo VB087 K79 Aluminum Alloy Platform with Fixed Pins and Reflectors, CrMo Axle, Standard 9/16" x 20 TPI Threading, Black

Headset:

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, 680mm 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:

Ergonomic, Stitched Imitation Leather, Espresso Color

Saddle:

Custom Velo, Moped Style with Integrated Seat Post Plate, Extended Passenger Seat, Espresso Color

Seat Post:

Custom, Steel (Non-Adjustable Platform/Clamp)

Seat Post Length:

390 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

27.2 mm

Rims:

6061 Aluminum Alloy, Double Wall, 65mm Outer Width, 20"/406, 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:

Rear Mount Left Side Adjustable Kickstand, Steel Derailleur Guard, Custom Rad Power Bikes Integrated Premium LED Headlight (500 Lumen, LED Surround Running Light, Side Window Cutouts, Removable Plastic Rock Guard, Reflector), Integrated Spanninga Solo LED Rear Light (Rubber Button Below for Solid or Flashing Mode, Brake Activation), Neoprene Velcro Cable Wrap for Front Wires, Neoprene Slap Guard, Clear Plastic Rear Wheel Shields (Skirt Guard), Plastic Fenders (110mm Width, Black), Aluminum Alloy Passenger Pegs, Aluminum Alloy Bottom Bracket Motor Controller Skid Plate Protector, If Passenger Seat is Removed the Rear Rack Supports Yepp! Child Seat and Standard Basket Platform and Pannier Accessories from Rad Power Bikes, Optional Front Rack, Optional Small Basket, Optional Large Basket, Optional Platform, Optional Small Pannier Fremont Bag, Optional SR Suntour NCX Suspension Seat Post, 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

Other:

Locking Removable Seat Tube-Mounted Battery Pack (4 LED Charge Level Indicator), 1.1lb 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 Specific (5 to 1 Reduction Ratio)

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:

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 (14 Pulse Sealed Cadence Sensor)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)


Written Review

This review was provided for free, but Rad Power Bikes did organize delivery of a temporary demo bike to test. 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 forums!

Pros:

  • The original RadRunner impressed me a lot because it was very affordable, but still totally custom and purpose built. Rad now makes an even more affordable model called the RadMission, but there’s a lot of utility, comfort, and charm with the RadRunner. Anyway, the Plus version of this bike was originally going to be a limited edition run, but was so popular that they decided to keep it indefinitely.
  • I scrutinized this ebike and noticed the following differences, as compared to the non-Plus RadRunner. The frame here is suspension corrected, so it’s more stable and optimizes suspension travel. The bike has upgraded aluminum alloy pedals vs. plastic, both bikes now have a metal skid plate to protect the motor controller and bottom bracket, the Plus comes with fenders, a skirt guard, pegs, the passenger seat, special edition mocha faux-leather grips and seats that all match, a full sized LCD display with many more readouts and a USB A charging port, a premium 500 lumen headlight with side windows and removable rock protector, a side mounted kickstand vs. centerstand, a 7-speed drivetrain vs. single speed, and of course the 80mm suspension fork! You get all of this for $500 USD difference.
  • Safety is a big deal to me, especially when riding near traffic and potentially with a passenger! So, the big upgraded headlight (500 lumen), quality rear light (with blinking mode and bright brake light activation), highly visible metallic silver frame, and reflective tires are great to see here, especially since the bike sits lower to the ground.
  • This ebike uses the same high-capacity battery pack as most of the other current-generation Rad Power Bikes (just not the RadMission, which has a smaller pack that is still cross compatible). This means you can replace it easily for $500, borrow from a friend, or take an extra one along for extended rides if you own multiple 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 the controller is separate. I also like that the locking cylinder in the battery has an unlocked, locked+off, and locked+on position so you can leave the pack locked to the frame (but off) and people won’t be able to tamper with the display or throttle.
  • Unique adjustable high-rise handlebar and tall 390mm seat post make this one-size frame adaptable for taller riders. The deep step-thru frame offers a very approachable standover height and the stock saddle actually goes very low for petite riders, but because of the seatpost and stem they chose, it actually fits taller riders fairly well too.
  • High-volume tires, ergonomic grips, brake levers with rubberized edges, and the adjustable spring suspension fork all contribute to comfort. I like to lower the tire pressure a bit to make the ride feel even smoother because I’m fairly lightweight. You can adjust the preload setting on the fork to “pre-load” the spring if you weigh more, and tighten the suspension with the compression clicker on the right crown, or lock it out fully for reduced bobbing and tighter handling.
  • 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 7-speed drivetrain that Rad chose for the RadRunner, and most of their other models, is upgraded in some very useful ways. They chose a Nickel plated DNC freewheel that won’t rust as easily and makes shifting smoother. They said it’s also more environmentally friendly than some of the cheaper options. Also, instead of most 7-speeds that I test, which have a 14-28 tooth gear range, this one has an 11-34 tooth that gives you a lot more options for starting, climbing, and pedaling comfortably at higher speeds. The Shimano Altus or Acera derailleur is also a slight upgrade for improved reliability and performance.
  • The original RadRunner utilized a center-mount kickstand but Rad switched to a single sided rear stand for the Plus version. I actually like this stand better because it doesn’t hang down as far and the chain doesn’t bounce into it (creating noise). The stand is adjustable and does not create pedal lock with the left crank arm, it’s a great setup but does not position the bike as straight up and down or offer quite as much stability for loading child seats if you go that route and replace the passenger seat.
  • 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).
  • Bottle cage bosses on the downtube and lower top-tube section let you add accessories like a bottle cages, a folding lock, or mini pump… or you can get 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 :D
  • 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, and child seats, as well as cell phone holders and more back at their site.
  • I feel that Rad Power Bikes has done a great job with the branding and accents on their bikes, notice how all of the hardware is black… even the front wheel hub, motor casing, spokes, rims, kickstand, crank arms, and stem. I like how they put a black stripe on top of the main tube, lower top tube, and seat tube because those are areas that can get kicked when mounting and dismounting… they won’t show dirt and scratches as much :)
  • The folks at Rad Power Bikes were excited about the custom tapered spacer (which is the tubular section going from the steering tube to the stem where the handlebar mounts… and while it does look good, it’s not something I would have noticed or cared about, so to me that’s great attention to detail and style, same with the wrapped power cables and shifters lines up front, which are internally routed through the frame. The neoprene slap guard is another nice little upgrade that protects the paint and reduces the clinking noise that some other ebikes produce when riding over bumpy terrain.
  • 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, or 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 :D
  • In my experience, there are many wave style step-thru bike frames that feel flexy, but Rad Power Bikes designed the RadRunner with a section of top tube and big metal gusset where the main tube meets the steer tube that significantly reduces frame flex. I like how the tubing also surrounds the battery pack to some degree, for additional protection. The weight distribution here is pretty good, with battery weight low and center, motor and suspension fork balanced front to rear.
  • 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. 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 ram power up smoothly, so even though the twist throttle and pedal assist are very responsive, the bikes don’t feel too jarring or overwhelming.
  • The geared hub motor is zippy and powerful, it gets a big mechanical advantage because of the smaller 20″ wheels, and I’ve tested similar but slightly larger tires in soft sand riding on a beach in Mexico and it worked great (just bring the tire PSI down to 5-7 or the tire will sink in). I think this ebike would be great for Burning Man, in case any Burners are reading this review ;)
  • I really like that they chose brake levers with a bell that’s built into the left brake lever 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, for extra power, and have the rubberized edge for grip, comfort, and warmer engagement vs. cold metal.
  • The motor controller box is positioned below the main tube of the bike and feel safe because of the large metal chainring guide and bash guard plate. I was told that the controller box is aluminum alloy vs. plastic, and that makes me feel like it’s extra tough. Mounting this box from the battery pack helps to keep the battery replacement prices lower and reduces heat transfer, which can be hard on lithium-ion cells.
  • I noticed that the optional pegs didn’t rattle or twist during use, they are mounted to welded plates with ridges to keep them from spinning during repeated use. They fold up nicely and while small, and just seemed to be of high quality vs. something that was slapped on. I like that they don’t stick out too far, because that could cause damage to objects and legs in some situations.
  • It’s cool that Rad Power Bikes has expanded to Canada and Europe with this model, they offer free shipping in most cases and partner with mobile bike repair services and their own delivery van (Rad Mobile Service) to deliver assembled products for just $100 extra.
  • 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. Anyway, 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 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 and useful.

Cons:

  • The smaller wheel diameter brings the bike frame (and passenger) closer to the ground, which makes it less visible to cars… It also raises the attack angle of the tires, making bumps and cracks feel more jarring than a full sized 26″ wheel. Thankfully, the width of the tires, higher air volume, and suspension fork all improve comfort and the silver frame and premium lights (with side windows) helps to improve safety. Consider wearing reflective clothes or getting a helmet with integrated light though, just to be extra safe.
  • I love that the RadRunner Plus comes with a suspension fork, but that adds significant weight. When you look at the fat frame, bigger tires, fenders, lights, passenger seat and pegs, AND suspension fork… it adds about 10lbs (4.5kg) of additional weight compared to the non-plus RadRunner.
  • This ebike is only available in one colorway (at least, the Plus version is… the standard RadRunner comes in Green and Black), and it only comes in one frame size. The adjustable and extra long 390mm seat post and high-rise handlebars do help, allowing for a wide range of riders.
  • 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. There’s more effort involved, but at least mechanical brakes tend to be easier to adjust by end users than hydraulic.
  • The saddle felt decently comfortable to me, but you cannot change the angle or slide it forward/back like almost all other electric bicycles. Rad fixed the small triangular saddle to a flat mount 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 swap saddles, and then it won’t line up perfectly (it might even collide with the passenger seat) if you drop the saddle all the way down.
  • Compared to some of the other Rad Power Bike models, I feel that this battery pack is more difficult to reach and remove. There’s more tubing surrounding the pack and the seat clamp quick release lever needs to be angled up or the battery pack will collide with it when sliding upwards for removal. All in all, it’s not terrible, but does require a bit of extra maneuvering.
  • The battery charger only offers 2 amp output vs. some of the new faster chargers (3.5A, even 4A). Given the higher capacity 672 watt hour battery pack on the RadRunner Plus, it might be nice to have a fast charger. At least the stock charger is very compact and lightweight, making it super portable, and is cross-compatible with all of the other Rad Power Bike models.
  • Despite its compact appearance, the RadRunner Plus is very heavy at 74.4lbs (33.7kg) because of the suspension fork, passenger seat and pegs, fenders, 7-speed drivetrain with derailleur, and upgraded lights… it all adds about 10lbs of additional weight compared to the standard RadRunner, which is roughly 64lbs (29kg).
  • Rad Power Bikes sells mostly online, which means that there’s some extra hassle unboxing and preparing the bike for riding, however they have partnered with some mobile bike repair services and even have their own “Rad Mobile Service” deliver vans offering a $100 setup. The cool thing about the RadRunner Plus is that regardless of how you buy it, the passenger seat, pegs, and fenders all come pre-installed. With the standard RadRunner, you have to add many of the accessories yourself.
  • 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 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.
  • Many car and bus racks have a hanging style rack for bikes, and to use that with the RadRunner you might need to buy a crossbar adapter… which Rad Power Bikes has told me is compatible, as long as you aren’t using the optional cargo console box.
  • This is a very minor thing, but the shifter that RPB uses for most of their models is the large Shimano SIS indexed thumb shifter. It requires a bit more reaching and force to use, but has a nice big optical gear readout window and works well with gloves. I personally prefer the smaller trigger shifters, but those usually take too much space below the grip and would collide with Rad’s twist throttle design here.

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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…...


Comments (2) YouTube Comments

Brian
3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for this comprehensive review. I’ve been looking forward to a review on this particular bike for sometime now, and your reviews are the best. Very informative and answered all my questions. I already have the RadRover and have been contemplating getting something a bit more approachable, This really helped to make up my mind.

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Court
2 weeks ago

Wonderful! I really appreciate your compliment about my work, and I’m so glad that the review helped you. I have had this one done for a little while, but Rad wanted me to hold off on fully publishing the video because their inventory is a bit limited. I hope you’re able to get one soon, and that it works well for you. Thanks again for making my day, Brian :)

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