Rad Power Bikes RadWagon Review

2018 Rad Power Bikes Radwagon Electric Bike Review
2018 Rad Power Bikes Radwagon
2018 Rad Power Bikes Radwagon Shengyi Gearless Hub Motor With Skirt Guard
2018 Rad Power Bikes Radwagon New 48 Volt 14 Amp Hour Battery Pack
2018 Rad Power Bikes Radwagon King Meter Display Ergonomic Grips
2018 Rad Power Bikes Radwagon Zoom Adjustable Angle Stem Swept Back Handlebar
2018 Rad Power Bikes Radwagon Spanninga Axendo 60 Headlight
2018 Rad Power Bikes Radwagon Wellgo Aluminum Platform Pedals Triple Chainring
2018 Rad Power Bikes Radwagon 21 Gears Shimano Altus Derailleur
2018 Rad Power Bikes Radwagon Optional Deck Pad And Deck Hand Handle
2018 Rad Power Bikes Radwagon Tektro Aries Mechanical Disc Brakes 180 Mm Rotors
2018 Rad Power Bikes Radwagon Two Yepp Seats Caboose Bars
2018 Rad Power Bikes Radwagon Optional Large Front Basket
2018 Rad Power Bikes Radwagon Sturdy Double Leg Kickstand Wooden Deck Running Boards
2018 Rad Power Bikes Radwagon Fits Two Yepp Child Seats Optional Suntour Seat Post Suspension
2018 Rad Power Bikes Radwagon Black Plastic Fenders With Mud Flaps
2018 Rad Power Bikes Radwagon Quick Release Front Wheel Large 12 Gauge Spokes
2018 Rad Power Bikes Radwagon 2 Amp Ebike Charger
2018 Rad Power Bikes Radwagon Electric Bike Review
2018 Rad Power Bikes Radwagon
2018 Rad Power Bikes Radwagon Shengyi Gearless Hub Motor With Skirt Guard
2018 Rad Power Bikes Radwagon New 48 Volt 14 Amp Hour Battery Pack
2018 Rad Power Bikes Radwagon King Meter Display Ergonomic Grips
2018 Rad Power Bikes Radwagon Zoom Adjustable Angle Stem Swept Back Handlebar
2018 Rad Power Bikes Radwagon Spanninga Axendo 60 Headlight
2018 Rad Power Bikes Radwagon Wellgo Aluminum Platform Pedals Triple Chainring
2018 Rad Power Bikes Radwagon 21 Gears Shimano Altus Derailleur
2018 Rad Power Bikes Radwagon Optional Deck Pad And Deck Hand Handle
2018 Rad Power Bikes Radwagon Tektro Aries Mechanical Disc Brakes 180 Mm Rotors
2018 Rad Power Bikes Radwagon Two Yepp Seats Caboose Bars
2018 Rad Power Bikes Radwagon Optional Large Front Basket
2018 Rad Power Bikes Radwagon Sturdy Double Leg Kickstand Wooden Deck Running Boards
2018 Rad Power Bikes Radwagon Fits Two Yepp Child Seats Optional Suntour Seat Post Suspension
2018 Rad Power Bikes Radwagon Black Plastic Fenders With Mud Flaps
2018 Rad Power Bikes Radwagon Quick Release Front Wheel Large 12 Gauge Spokes
2018 Rad Power Bikes Radwagon 2 Amp Ebike Charger

Summary

  • 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 to recapture energy and reduce brake pad wear, power cables are well protected
  • Integrated headlight, AAA powered back light, fenders, skirt guard, chainring protector, and a 21-speed drivetrain so you can pedal up steep hills, lots of great accessories, Yepp! seat compatible
  • Optional Velofix assembly and delivery, more basic shifters and derailleur components, gearless hub motors aren't as strong as geared or mid-drives, basic battery charger, mechanical disc brakes vs. hydraulic

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Introduction

Make:

Rad Power Bikes

Model:

RadWagon

Price:

$1,599 (Optional $100 Upcharge for Velofix Assembly and Delivery)

Body Position:

Upright, Upright Relaxed

Suggested Use:

Urban, Commuting, Cargo

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2)
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Warranty:

1 Year Comprehensive

Availability:

United States, Europe, Canada

Model Year:

2018

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

72 lbs (32.65 kg) (275 lbs With Flat Bed)

Battery Weight:

7.7 lbs (3.49 kg)

Motor Weight:

15 lbs (6.8 kg)

Frame Material:

6061 Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

17 in (43.18 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

17.25" Seat Tube, 26" Stand Over Height, 22" Reach, 27" Width, 79" Length

Frame Types:

Mid-Step

Frame Colors:

Orange, Pearl White

Frame Fork Details:

Rigid Steel, 100 mm Hub Spacing, 9 mm Quick Release Skewer

Frame Rear Details:

135 mm Hub Spacing, 12 mm Threaded Axle with 10 mm Flats, Nuts

Attachment Points:

Fender Bosses, Front Rack Bosses, Rear Rack Bosses, Bottle Cage Bosses, Custom Accessory Attachment Points, Two Yepp! Mounting Windows

Gearing Details:

21 Speed 3x7 Shimano Altus Derailleur, Shimano MF-TZ21 Freewheel 14-28T Cassette

Shifter Details:

Shimano SIS Index Thumb Shifters on Left and Right

Cranks:

Aluminum Alloy, 170 mm Length, 28-38-48T Chainrings, Plastic Chainring Protector

Pedals:

Wellgo Aluminum Alloy Platform with Reflectors, CrMo Axle, Black

Headset:

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

Stem:

Zoom, Adjustable Angle 0º to 60º, 100 mm Length, Two 10 mm Spacers, One 20 mm Spacer, 31.8 mm Clamp Diameter

Handlebar:

Promax, Aluminum Alloy, Swept back 25" Width

Brake Details:

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

Grips:

Velo Comfort, Ergonomic, Rubber, Black and Grey

Saddle:

Velo Plush with Lifting Handle

Seat Post:

Promax, Aluminum Alloy

Seat Post Length:

390 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

27.2 mm

Rims:

Weinmann, Aluminum Alloy, Double Wall, 30 mm Width, 36 Hole

Spokes:

Stainless Steel, 12 Gauge, Silver with Nipples

Tire Brand:

Kenda K-Rad, 26" x 2.3" (58-559)

Wheel Sizes:

26 in (66.04cm)

Tire Details:

30 to 80 PSI, 2.1 to 5.6 BAR, 210 to 560 Kpa

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve

Accessories:

Wooden Deck and Running Boards, Clear Plastic Skirt Guards on Rear Wheel, Plastic Fenders with Mud Flaps (67 mm Width), Integrated Spanninga Axendo 60 LED Headlight, Independent Spanninga Solo LED Backlight (Two AAA Batteries), Neoprene Slap Guard, Heavy-Duty Aluminum Alloy Center Kickstand, Optional Front Rack, Optional Small Basket, Optional Large Basket, Optional Platform, Optional Deck Pad, Optional Deck Hand (Handle), Optional Caboose (Child Surround), Optional Small Pannier (Fremont Bag), Optional Large Pannier (Ballard Bag), Optional RAD Backlight, Optional SR Suntour NCX Seat Post Suspension, Optional RAM Torque Handlebar Phone Mount X

Other:

Locking Removable Downtube-Mounted Battery Pack, 1.1 lb 2 Amp Charger, Fully Potted Motor Controller, Stainless Steel Torque Arm, 350 lb Maximum Total Weight Rating (275 lb Rider, 120 lb Rear Rack, 40 lbs Per Running Board)

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Shengyi

Motor Type:

Rear-Mounted Gearless Direct Drive Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

750 watts (500 Watts in Canada)

Motor Torque:

40 Newton meters

Battery Brand:

Samsung 18650 35E

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, Color LCD

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 and Throttle On/Off Button on Right (Buttons: Up, Mode, Down), Hold Up for Speed Display Mode, Hold Down for Walk Mode, Hold Mode and Up for Lights, Hold Up and Down for Settings Menu, 5-Volt 1 Amp USB Type A Port at Base of Display

Drive Mode:

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

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

The RadWagon electric cargo bike has been completely overhauled for 2018 and features an Aluminum alloy frame vs. Steel that looks nicer, offers a lower stand-over height, and has been reinforced for rigidity. It’s actually three pounds lighter than the first generation model despite using the same powerful 750 watt motor and now offering a 672 watt hour battery vs. 556.8 watt hours before. It still offers 21 speeds to pedal with, great for climbing or riding unassisted, and has moved one step up to Shimano Altus vs. the entry level Tourney derailleur from before. It’s one of the most affordable electric cargo bikes in the market, still priced at $1,599 with free shipping, and Rad Power Bikes has become a Velofix premiere partner, meaning that for $100 the bike can be assembled and delivered to you, and then tuned up after 30 days! It’s an exciting product, but not as zippy, efficient, or capable at climbing compared to some of the more expensive mid-drive offerings now hitting the market. A few compromises that allow the bike to stay affordable are it’s mechanical disc brakes vs. hydraulic, basic tires that don’t have reflective sidewalls or puncture protective lining, and a stand-alone rear LED light that runs on AAA batteries and has to be switched on and off manually with each ride. Still, the rear light offers a blinking mode that many integrated lights do not, and I noticed that the headlight was designed with a disconnect point so you can move it up and onto the optional rear rack. RPB has refined their offering of accessories over the years and the list includes small and large baskets that can be front or rear mounted, a deck pad and bar, Yepp! child seat windows for easy installation, a “Caboose” surround to protect small riders, and a seat post suspension and phone mount accessory. Available in two colors, this is a fun, feature-complete ebike that can be outfitted and accessorized pretty well and still cost under $2k total. It’s also very quiet.

Driving the Rad Wagon is a 750 watt (or 500 watt if you’re in Canada) gearless, direct drive, hub motor. Made by Shengyi, a company I was not familiar with before covering the earlier RadWagon and RadCity models, this thing is larger and heavier than a geared equivalent, but it’s smooth and extremely durable. Gearless motors have to be wider in order to gain a mechanical advantage and they weigh more (15 lbs vs. ~13 lbs for the geared motors on the RadMini and RadRover) because they have more magnets and more copper winding to produce power. Coasting with this motor is slightly less efficient than many geared motors or mid-drives due to magnetic drag. There isn’t a freewheel here, but that means you can actually recapture a bit of energy when braking, and Rad Power Bikes has designed both brake levers with inhibitor switches to activate regen every time you pull. It’s not the most efficient system, estimates of 5% to 10% recoup are what I hear, but it does reduce wear on the brake pads and help to make up for the heavier motor weight. I noticed that the RadWagon uses a stainless Steel torque arm washer on the left rear dropout to provide extra strength. This is especially important with a heavier, higher powered, regen capable motor because it will “rock” and push one direction for power and then the opposite direction for regen. One of the unique features of this ebike, and all of the Rad Power Bikes actually, is that they offer pedal assistance as well as throttle operation. And, the throttle delivers full power from assist level 0 all the way through 5 so you can override assist. This is nice for starting out or getting instant help climbing. As shown in the video, this bike performs best once you have a bit of speed, starting from rest is a bit slow and less torquey feeling which could mean extra balance and pedal power when the bike is fully loaded. Again, you have all of those gears at your disposal and shifting will not be impacted by the completely separate motor systems, but you might need to plan ahead and shift down before stops to really be effective.

Powering the Wagon is a 48 volt 14 amp hour Lithium-ion pack using Samsung 35E high-density cells. It, along with the rest of the bike, are covered by a one-year comprehensive warranty… and you can help to extend the life of the pack by keeping it in a cool, dry location and maintaining a ~50% charge for long periods of disuse. The older battery design had a circular on/off button which had to be pressed before each ride. It was a nice feature in that you could cut power draw and sort of isolate the pack when not in use, but it could also be left on and it just took more energy and thought each time you wanted to go for a ride (sort of like the rear light, it was an extra step). The new battery is shorter, sleeker looking, and still has this cutoff switch feature but it’s built into the keyed ignition. So, if you want to leave the battery mounted to the bike but don’t want the cells slowly draining or anyone to be able to turn your bike on and mess with the throttle, you can turn to the off position and then pull the key out! What a cool idea… yes, if you do this you will have to re-insert the key and switch to “on” before the display can be active, but it’s much more secure than the old button design that anyone could press and you con’t have to turn it to “off” if you feel fine just leaving the bike that way. Since the battery case is shorter, the top tube no longer has to curve and thus, provides a lower stand-over height. To take it off, you unlock with the key and then slide forward along the track. This battery can be charged on or off the bike, and the 1.1 lb charger is compact and pretty standard in terms of fill rate. Offering 2 Amps, it should fill the battery in about six hours from completely empty. If you’re charging the pack while still mounted to the frame, the charging port is high up and away from the crank arms and pedals which will reduce the potential for snags and broken tips. It’s a minor thing, but something that a lot of other companies either don’t think about or aren’t able to customize with their own pack designs. My understanding is that all of the Rad Power Bikes are still built in China, like most bicycles and electronics systems these days, but they are now shipped and delivered in Europe, Canada, and the United States. Their designs are customized because of the volume being sold, and this battery pack is a great example of how a custom design can be better. It even has two exposed fuses along the bottom (for safety and repairability if a fuse blows) and I love how the charge port cover and fuses have rubber covers that are easy to work with and seem to stay in place. Note that the motor controller is physically separate from the battery, which doesn’t look as nice but does make it easier to repair and allows for higher amp flow. It is fully sealed and like most of the electronics here, rain and dust resistant. Just don’t spray the bike with high pressure water or fully submerge it ;)

Operating the RadWagon is very easy, once the battery is charged, mounted, and locked in with the ignition towards on. You do not have to leave the keys in while riding and really should not attempt to do this for they could get snagged and bent. Up at the control pad, just hold the center “Mode” button and the display will blink on. Rad Power Bikes is using a branded King Meter SWLCD that has been refined a bit from before. It’s the same grayscale, backlit, fairly large screen, but it now tilts up and down slightly and has an integrated USB Type A port, full sized for use with portable electronics. Being able to angle the display means you can switch riders who might be different heights, and still have a great view or reduced glare without needing any tools. Having the display in the center, separate from the rubberized control pad, makes it natural to view but still easy to interact with. The up and down buttons on the control pad allow you to navigate from zero to five level of assist which increases power and speed up to 20 mph. However, with the display, button pad, brake lines and motor inhibitors, throttle on/off button, and two sets of thumb shifters, the RadWagon has the most crowded cockpit and the most wires of any of their models (aside from the RadBurro commercial ebike). I am glad for all of these features, and I feel that RPB has done a good job managing the wires, but this e-bike isn’t quite as stealthy as some of the alternatives. The bike powers on at assist level 1 and the throttle is hot, so be careful when mounting and dismounting. I usually try to turn the bike off once I am seated and then off when I stop. One extra nice feature that is included, to help you manage how riding is done and to make the bike safer, is a throttle cutoff switch. It’s located near the right grip and can be pressed in to kill the throttle, which might be nice if you feel uncomfortable with it or are maneuvering the bike. Note that Rad Power Bikes has upgraded to more responsive 12-magnet cadence sensors vs. the older 6-magnet design, and that you don’t actually need to push hard to get pedal assist working, just move the cranks steadily. The benefit is that you can relax and stretch with pedal assist but the trade-off is that it’s more of an on/off response and won’t activate until the bike gets moving a bit first and you can actually turn the cranks. Compared to the new multi-sensor designs from Bosch, Yamaha, Shimano, Brose and other high-end centerdrive bikes it feels less natural and takes more time, but none of those products offer a throttle.

All things considered, the second generation Rad Power Bikes RadWagon is an attractive, approachable, and well-done electric cargo bike. From the strengthened adjustable stem and swept back bars with ergo grips, to the oversized double-leg kickstand, affordable accessories that fit perfectly and work well, and the comparably low price point, there is a lot to appreciate. I have emphasized that this gearless motor is smoother and quieter but also weaker and slower to start than most of the competing hardware now, but it can still climb very well if you pedal along a bit, especially if you have some speed going in. To me, regeneration is sort of a wash and the magnetic drag situation is minimal and really unnoticeable. I could see myself being very happy to be able to afford such a good looking bike with so many features, I love the white color for increased side visibility, but might wish that the brakes were easier to pull and that the left shifter mechanism was more refined and indexed (it’s more of a slide feeling that doesn’t click into gear as quickly or easily). It’s great that the team designed water bottle bosses into the bottom of the downtube and that the saddle has a lift handle built in (which works great in tandem with the little triangle section of top tube just in front of the seat tube). The bike is fairly well balanced, stable and secure because of the wider tires and deflopilator spring, but if you are riding with empty Yepp! seats and some other rear loads, there can be some frame flex and speed wobble, so keep your hands on the grips in those cases especially. I experienced this a bit when climbing at low speed. Big thanks to the Rad Power Bikes team for partnering with me on this review and outfitting two bikes so I could show the different accessories and colors back to back. I hope you enjoyed the video and that this in-depth review helps you to answer any questions and do a good comparison to other e-cargo bikes :)

Pros:

  • This is the only Rad Power Bike model for 2018 to offer an expanded gearing system with 21 speeds, the others have a 1×7 drivetrain while the RadWagon has 3 chainrings, and this allows the rider to deal with heavier loads or pedal home unpowered if the battery runs out… that’s great considering it’s also the heaviest RPB model at 72 lbs
  • All of the new Rad Power Bikes share a mounting interface on the head tube for adding a rack, it’s sturdy and won’t tip when you steer or park the bike, note that the optional rack accessory comes with a cable extension and mounting bracket for the headlight so it can be positioned optimally
  • Low price is one of the biggest differentiating features of the RadWagon and I love that it comes standard with a wooden deck and sideboards, fenders, and an integrated headlight
  • I like that the large chainring has a plastic guard to keep your pants clear and clean, the plastic fenders on the bike are extra wide and have rubber flaps, there’s a clear plastic skirt guard to keep straps and clothes away from the drivetrain and rear wheel, and the pedals are large and grippy so you can ride in different types of weather securely and stay relatively dry
  • The frame has been redesigned from Aluminum alloy vs. Steel which allowed them to make it look nicer (like where the battery is stepped in) and they added more cross members at the rear and a lower stand over height, it still suffers from frame flex a bit (as do most cargo bikes) but performs well enough, the steel fork provides some vibration dampening
  • I was told that the adjustable angle stem has been custom made to stay tight and uses hardened materials that won’t dull as easily as some competing parts, the swept back handlebars and optional suspension seat post go a long way to improve fit, body position, and comfort
  • The deflopilator spring keeps your front wheel straight and stable when loading the cargo area and may also assist in steering heavy loads, I love that Rad Power Bikes managed to squeeze in some bottle cage bosses, even though they are mounted below the downtube… this attachment point could also work for folding locks, mini pumps, or other accessories
  • Even though this bike is only available in one frame size, it’s fairly adjustable to accommodate different sizes of riders, and I like that they offer both orange and white frame colors with nicer paint and accents
  • The kickstand is super stable and overbuilt, I like that it and the fork are paint-matched and designed with durability in mind since this is a cargo bike
  • One of the coolest aspects of cargo bikes is their accessories! And the RadWagon is setup to accept a nice front rack with two basket options, the basket can work on the back area too or you can mount Yepp! child seats like this by default because they have the appropriately sized “window” openings and there’s even a surround bar to keep their fingers safe, or you can get a pad and passenger bar to take a large child or even an adult… or you could use this space for extra large Ballard pannier bags, and many of these optional accessories can be added while still keeping the bike priced under $2k
  • Rad Power Bikes offers free shipping or partners with Velofix for assembly, delivery, and a post-purchase tuneup, it’s a neat service for those who don’t want to deal with a big box and the weight and complexity of an e-bike
  • The new battery design is sleek, offers higher capacity than 2017, and does not have an integrated on/off button that you have to press before each ride, it slides forward and fits nicely into the compact frame spot here enabling the lower stand-over height
  • Gearless hub motors tend to be very durable and quiet, you don’t get as much torque and raw power at low speeds and there is some magnetic drag when coasting but RPB recaptures a bit of energy when braking which reduces wear on the brake pads and might extend your range just a bit vs. if they did not
  • Both wheels are built with thicker 12 gauge spokes and sturdy Weinmann rims to handle the additional weight of cargo or a second passenger, this design does end up feeling more stiff than 13 or 14 gauge spokes used on many of the competing models I have reviewed
  • I love that the battery pack is mounted to the frame with three bolts vs. just two and that the power cable running to the hub motor is really tucked in and well protected at the back, especially since feet and bags could be moving a lot nearby and could result in kicking and bending the wire if it were not so well protected

Cons:

  • I talked about how the extra gears can be a good thing considering the added weight and hauling capacity of the RadWagon but this also means more drivetrain complexity, a second derailleur that can get bumped and go out of true as the cable stretches, an extra shifter mechanism that clutters the handlebar area, and the derailleur components are more basic here (Shimano Altus is one step up from the entry Tourney component)
  • If you decide to add the front rack, it’s great that the headlight can be repositioned on the bottom (for maximum exposure) but it will no longer point where you steer because the rack is frame mounted
  • This electric cargo bike isn’t as capable at climbing steep hills as the mid-drive options from Yuba, Riese & Müller, Felt, Butchers & Bicycles and some others… but none of them offer throttles or wider gearing options, just know that the gearless motor on the RadWagon is more smooth and quiet but offers a lot less torque from standstill and for climbing
  • I’m mixed on the brakes for this bike, the 180 mm rotors provide good leverage but you cannot adjust the brake lever reach and have to use more effort than with hydraulic disc brakes, for smaller riders and those without as much hand strength, that could be a point of fatigue or difficulty, but at least they have motor inhibitors built in for safety and the rubber edges and the bell are nice, this part is one of the cost savings measures and also might be easier to adjust by hand by the owner vs. needing a shop
  • The display panel is not removable and could take some weather-wear or get scratched at bike racks… but now it can be locked (by turning the key to off on the battery pack) and it has a USB type A port for charging your phone or other portable electronics on the go
  • Minor complaint here but the slap guard doesn’t quite extend all the way across the right chainstay and you could get some chips and marks there because of how long the chain is and how wide the gear spread is
  • I prefer the little trigger shifters vs. these large SIS Index thumb shifters because they don’t take up as much space and are easier to reach when holding the grips… but Rad Power Bikes told me that they chose these shifters to make room for the throttle cutoff switch on the right side and that makes sense, also, the big shifters can be easier to use with gloves… I just find that I have to take my hand off of the grip to shift sometimes and that’s slow and less safe feeling
  • I was bummed that the rear light isn’t integrated, it runs on two AAA batteries and must be turned on and off each time you go to use the bike… it’s easier to forget and leave on, but at least it provides two modes of operation (solid and blinking) whereas most integrated lights only go solid
  • I like the tire dimensions but they don’t have reflective sidewalls or puncture protection liners like some of the fancier bike tires (like Schwalbe offers), and changing a flat isn’t fun on such a big heavy bike… though the kickstand would help with that since it’s so big and stable

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Aron
6 months ago

So I bought one of these a year ago and have been having a great time both carrying two kiddos (3&4) around and just getting around town with it. I’m not a real biker (i.e. I’m lazy) so the combination of electric assist and flexible cargo space has been a total game-changer when the crucial decision is made on whether to grab the car keys or the bike keys.

When comparing feature sets, I really don’t understand how this thing is priced at $1.6K when the closest comparisons (Yuba, R&M, etc.) seem to be $4K and up? Are they just selling these at cost? It’s such a huge difference…

Looks like it’s gotten even better with the 2018 updates. The headlight on mine is pretty underwhelming, and it looks like they upgraded it from 200 lumens to 300. They added battery capacity, although I think I might’ve preferred a smaller/lighter one. The only other thing I’m not that fond of is the 21 speeds, which is way more complication than I personally need. Maybe other people need that fine of control though. The disc brakes, mentioned here as a negative, work great for me. I don’t have super-powerful hands (that I’m aware of) but it’s still reasonably easy to skid the tires.

One thing I wish I understood more is whether it’s OK on this bike to carry an adult on the back. I did a few times before we put the cage on the back for the kids, and I had a motor problem. Their support was great and they sent out replacement parts promptly, but I could never get a clear answer on whether we somehow overloaded it and caused it to go out.

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court
6 months ago

HI Aron! I agree that 21 speeds is a lot… and am seeing more and more ebike companies move to one-by drivetrains with just one shifter and 7 to 11 gears in a cassette. I think in terms of price, Rad is able to stay affordable because they don’t sell through dealers, are using simpler parts like hub motors vs. mid-drives, and they offer the hydraulic disc brakes etc. Some of those little hardware updates, like the derailleur, brake brand, even the tires, can add a lot to the bottom line. As for your question about carrying a second adult, my impression is that it depends on their weight, the terrain you’re on (flat or hills) and how hard you are willing to pedal along. You may strain some of the components if you load the bike up over the 350 lb maximum total weight (275 lb Rider, 120 lb Rear Rack, 40 lbs Per Running Board). Many parts will require tuning or replacement down the line even when you don’t stress them… so really pushing the bike could result in bent or broken spokes, a hot motor controller, maybe even some bearing issues etc. though I haven’t heard a lot about this sort of thing. You could always post about it in the Rad Power Bikes Forums and get feedback from other owners :)

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Aron
6 months ago

Thanks Court. Meant to say great job on what you’ve built here, it’s pretty inspiring. Hopefully you get that a lot and are sick of hearing it :). Besides being really well done, it’s clearly a passion project and that shines through.

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WildBuck007
1 week ago

Legal limits? Seriously? The cops are pretty stupid when it comes to the law. They aren't going to know wtf you are riding and the fact that they would pull you over while riding one of these tells you they are ignorant and won't give a sh!t about taking it from you legal or no.

You see a cop while riding one, just pedal like you ass is on fire and chances are they will ignore you lol

Mpeasee
3 weeks ago

My question is does it ride like a “regular” cargo bike once that battery charge is depleted?

Charlie the Tuna
1 month ago

Look Ma one hand.........

R l
2 months ago

Great review crap bike web site ie Rad. Just continuous pop ups on and on and sign on prompts. Tried to buy on vid review......no thanks moving on. Make America Great again..its too late. That goes for Canada as well. Buying from China. Tell Trump.

Orion Xavier
2 months ago

I saw someone fly by on a RadWagon in your 2018 RadCity review. Immediately I knew he must have been using higher gears and I was right. This is the bike for me. 21 speed lets you get to 30 MPH or faster, like my Trek 7.2. I can get to work faster, and it has the weight capacity for myself and grocery runs (I'm 250 lbs. so with groceries I'm already over the limit of 275 on the other bikes).

The first thing I'll do though is upgrade the tires to Schwalbe Marathon Plus MTB 26 x 2.25". Super puncture resistant. You DON'T want flats on e-bikes, it's a massive pain to change that rear tire.

Sjaak De Winter
2 months ago

Strongest bike ever?

zebble ganubi
2 months ago

shame about the display not being removable. it will be robbed within a month in most places

Martín Gallo
2 weeks ago

Yes I am agree whit you, and maybe the other parts... I like so much, and i am trying to find all information...

Dennis Olson
2 months ago

I purchased mine in February 2018. Living in South Dakota I started commuting every day on March first. No problems with cold temps. I did use a hole saw on the clear guards to allow me to put a D lock thru the small triangle below the seat and the rear tire. Makes locking very easy and secure.

Stepan Potapov
3 months ago

Hello! What is the weight?

ohretyah -
3 months ago

Lovely bike - cannot fault it. There is always something that could be different, but this is a bike you can use straight away, at a price that a lot of people could afford. At my age, I would have to have suspension forks, but that would bump the price up from new. You can pay £5000 for an ebike that is little more than a frame and two wheels, while with this machine, you have a very useful form of transport for about £1600, with lights, mudguards etc. Very refreshing to see something like this on the market.

Henry Roman
3 months ago

Hydraulic brakes , all you need now is power steering lol

K Lor
3 months ago

Just now bought it. I’m excited to put it through its paces.

Ryan Caputo
3 months ago

I bought a radwagon, we will see if owning one changes my mind but I think its a no brainer that this bike should be sporting the components of the Rad Rover; 7 gears and a geared 750w motor with DOUBLE the torque, which is the absolute for cargo, torque!!!

willie willaims
3 months ago

This was a very smart idea for a bike, this Company seems to be putting high quality stuff out im impressed and Im still driving a so, so  bike im tired of peddling, this company will be the one I chose when I get one

Ryan Caputo
3 months ago

Anyone else find it odd to use a heavy lower torque gearless motor on a cargo bike. I would think a geared would be better because you need torque to pull not top speed

NimblyBimbly
4 months ago

How much of a performance penalty will I see in the Canadian 500 watt version? Should I expect 67% as much acceleration?

Wayne Rhea
4 months ago

I think they should have upgrades available for things like the brakes shifter tires grips seats and more even though it will be more I would pay around 2k for a really nice one of these

ADRIAN BOSTON
4 months ago

Nice

I am Anonymous
5 months ago

I'm sold, I want one! Too bad they are out of stock.

Chance Bergreen
5 months ago

You can tell that this reviewer has a high IQ and a very in-dept understanding of the engineering that takes place