Rad Power Bikes RadWagon Review

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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, conical disc brake caliper washers help prevent brake squeaking
  • Integrated headlight and brake light, brake light can act as an active brake light when you press the brake or as a flasher, fenders, skirt guard, chainring protector, and a 7-speed drivetrain with a nickel plated DNP flywheel 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

Video Review

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Introduction

Make:

Rad Power Bikes

Model:

RadWagon

Price:

$1,599

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, Canada

Model Year:

2019

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

73 lbs (33.11 kg)

Battery Weight:

7.7 lbs (3.49 kg)

Motor Weight:

10.2 lbs (4.62 kg)

Frame Material:

6061 Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

17 in (43.18 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

17.25" Seat Tube, 21.5" Reach, 26" Stand Over Height, 33" Minimum Saddle Height, 27" Width, 79" Length

Frame Types:

Mid-Step

Frame Colors:

Satin White with Orange Accents, Satin High Visibility Orange with Blue Accents

Frame Fork Details:

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

Frame Rear Details:

135mm Hub Spacing, 12mm Threaded Axle with 10mm Flats, 18mm Nuts

Attachment Points:

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

Gearing Details:

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

Shifter Details:

Shimano SIS Index Thumb Shifter on Right

Cranks:

Aluminum Alloy, 170mm Length, 46 Tooth Chainring with Prowheel Ounce Alloy Guide

Pedals:

Wellgo Aluminum Alloy Platform with Reflectors, CrMo Axle, Black

Headset:

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

Stem:

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

Handlebar:

Aluminum Alloy, Swept Back, 630mm 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, Rubber, Black and Gray

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, 30mm Width, 36 Hole

Spokes:

Stainless Steel, 12 Gauge, Silver with Nipples

Tire Brand:

Kenda x Rad Power Bikes 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, 30 TPI, Reflective Sidewall Stripe, K-Shield Punture Protection

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve

Accessories:

Wooden Deck and Running Boards, Clear Plastic Skirt Guards on Rear Wheel, Rear-Mount Adjustable Kickstand, Plastic Fenders with Mud Flaps (67mm Width), Heavy-Duty Aluminum Alloy Center Kickstand, Integrated Spanninga Axendo 60 LED Headlight, Integrated Spanninga Solo LED Backlight (Solid, Flashing, Braking), Neoprene Slap Guard, Integrated Rear Rack with Two Yepp! Windows, Optional Plastic Fenders (105mm Width, $89), Optional Front Rack ($69), Optional Small Basket ($59), Optional Large Basket ($79), Optional Platform ($39), Optional Small Pannier (Fremont Bag $89), Optional RAD Backlight ($25), Optional SR Suntour NCX Seat Post Suspension ($109), Optional RAM Torque Handlebar Phone Mount X ($59), Optional Small Basket Bag ($44), Optional Large Basket Bag ($59), Optional Small Insulated Delivery Bag ($59), Optional Large Insulated Delivery Bag ($69), Optional Yepp! Maxi Child Seat ($199)

Other:

Locking Removable Downtube-Mounted Battery Pack, 1.1lb 2 Amp Charger, Fully Potted Motor Controller, Stainless Steel Torque Arm, 350lb Maximum Weight Rating (275lb Rider, 120lb Rear Rack, 40lbs Per Running Board), Kickstand Rated to 100lbs, 275 Watt Regenerative Braking (Automatic When Braking)

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Shengyi, RadWagon/RadCity Specific

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 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 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), Throttle On/Off Button on Right

Drive Mode:

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

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

To run the forums, host the website, and travel, I charge a universal service fee for my reviews. This in-depth review was sponsored by Rad Power Bikes. My goal is to be transparent and unbiased, this video and written review are not meant to be an endorsement of RAD products.

Spending time with Rad Power Bikes in Seattle gave me another excellent opportunity to take a look at the updated 2019 RadWagon electric cargo bike. Being around a bike like this just really gets the ideas pumping and you get excited to see that potential prove itself. To start off, two color variants let you chose between orange or white each with cool new badges and graphics. Both are a great pick for high visibility, letting drivers and others spot you and your cargo. Loading is easier since the bike features a deflopilator which keeps the front wheel alined and balanced when parked. Also adding support is the double leg center mounted kickstand which is rated in itself for 100 lbs. Although the bike only comes in one frame size, there are many adjustments that can be made to suit the user. The standover hight is 26″ which should accommodate many riders. An extra large seat post clamp makes on-the-fly seat adjustments easy to do. Also there is an adjustable sweeping handlebar stem. Both of these are great if you have varying kinds of cargo, as you may need to make adjustments frequently. Although there is no suspension, there are a lot of features to make the ride more enjoyable. The longer wheelbase will give added comfort and the sturdy steel fork will apply some vibration dampening. The seat post is 27.2mm so you can add your own or get Rad Power Bikes suspension seat post to increase comfort. On the rear rack, wooden deck pads are included as well as a clear plastic skirt guard which will keep your pants protected. The RadWagon comes with fenders and rubber mud flaps. The rubber here really helps alleviate possible toe clipping which I really like. Battery weight is positioned forward to make up for a normally rear heavy bike. The bike has two tubes, extra gusseting just making it a really approachable misstep frame; very easy to load. Two frame mounted battery integrated lights; one for the front and one for the rear which can act as an active brake light which gets brighter as you hold the brakes, or as a flashing rear light. Special Kenda tires with reflective sidewall and K-Shield puncture protection are also standard. Another great upgrade is the conical disc brake caliper washers help prevent brake squeaking. A good upgrade to the bike is the nickel plated DNP freewheel which not only shifts smoothly, but will hold up better over time Other features include a quick release wheel, pro-wheel crank arm, aluminum alloy Wellgo extra wide platform pedals, a chain guard built around the chain ring, and a neoprene slap guard to protect the frame from the longer chain. Overall, the bike weighs 73 lbs but that double digit weight is rated at triple digit strength; the bike is rated to withstand 350 lbs.

Driving the Rad Wagon is a 750 watt (or 500 watt if you’re in Canada) gearless, direct drive, hub motor. Made by Shengyi, 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 7 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 RadWagon 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 battery is short, sleek 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.

Before wrapping up, I would also like to mention the many accessories available which really create a lot of cargo possibilities and options. In the rear, bike can fit 2 Yepp! Maxi seats, has a deck pad option, and a finger protective handlebar accessory for children. It also has room for heavy duty reflective pannier bags and has plenty of mounting points and reinforced bars for bungie loops. This is just a sample of some of the uses that come to mind, of course, there are many others as the rest of the bike has opportunities for configuration as well. The down tube features bottle cage bosses that could also be used for a folding lock, mini pump, or anything else you might need to take you that extra mile. On the head tube, you have a section for a frame mounted front rack. The included front light can then be remounted to the front rack and still keep full functionality. All in all, a competitive price point of $1,599 before accessories and a 1 year warranty with free tech support makes this bike a great value proposition. Some tradeoffs are to be expected however. The bike is a little heavier than the 2018 model at 73 lbs. Although there is some adjustability, it only comes in one frame size. Also the magnetic drag from the motor could become annoying if the battery ever dies on you. With all the options and configurations though, this bike will serve many uses and could even be used to replace your car. A big thanks to the Rad Power Bikes team for inviting me to look over the new RadWagon. If you have any thoughts, comments, stories, or information to share, make sure to check out the forums and sound off!

Pros:

  • Less drive train complexity this year with a 7 speed nickel plated DNP freewheel, which not only shifts smoothly, but will hold up better over time
  • The K-Shield puncture protection is an added value since changing a flat in the back could be cumbersome given all the hardware that surrounds the rear wheel, reflective sidewall striping also increases visibility as does the battery mounted front and rear lights
  • 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 alloy 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 allowing it to hold 100 lbs by itself, 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 battery design is sleek, 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:

  • 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 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

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  • MODEL YEAR: 2015, 2016

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

2015 Rad Power Bikes RadRover Review

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

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


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craig
3 months ago

You’ve got a couple references to the “DNP Flywheel.” I assume you mean freewheel.

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Court
3 months ago

Yes, thanks for the heads up Craig ;) will get those fixed.

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Greg Tew
3 months ago

I’ve put about 50 glorious miles on my new 2019 RadWagon. I was apprehensive buying a bike online. I’m an architect/industrial designer, which is to say, I’m unusually picky and hard to please when it comes to product design. I was also a bit skeptical because similar electric bikes are much more expensive.

The reason for my purchase is that I’ve just moved to the top of a significant hill, about a 3/4 mile long slog with 200′ vertical. As a daily bike commuter in all weather, I just couldn’t imagine making that climb on the cold/rainy/windy days we often get here in Blacksburg, VA.

Anyway, I am blown away by just how good this bike is. I’m only about 145# but the bike makes the climb with little pedal assist in the top power level at about 8-10mph. And oh, that’s with my 60# son riding on the back. The two of us took the bike to the next town over on a very hilly paved rail trail on Saturday for about a 20 mile round trip. The bike is simply amazing. We only used about 50% of the battery on the trip. The bike is very responsive to pedal pressure and super smooth. It is well balanced, nice geometry – just awesome. And you seriously can’t even hear the motor.

At 20mph the regen braking does kick in, which is a little annoying, but on the other hand, 20mph is fast enough. I’m 55 years old, and with age I’ve become more cautious in my definition of fun. I love riding bikes, always have, but more than ever I like to get there in one piece……20 mph is fast enough.

The bike is super solid, shifts amazingly well. Sure you can buy better brakes but the brakes on the bike work just fine.

I can’t imagine an unhappy buyer of this bike.

I’m already seriously considering a RadCity as a second bike for the family.

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Court
3 months ago

Thanks for the feedback, Greg! I enjoyed your testimonial and feedback about shifting and brake performance :)

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Charlie
3 months ago

Thanks a lot for the review. One sticking point for me before hitting the go button is size. I’m 6’4″ and I’ve always loved tall frames. I don’t mind an upright posture, but I do care about having my legs fully extend. Is the max seat height for this bike amenable to a tall guy like myself?

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Court
3 months ago

Hmm, that’s a great question Charlie. I think it might require a longer aftermarket seat post to get that full leg extension… The thing is, I’m not sure there are many alternative longtail cargo bikes that are any different, in terms of frame size. You could purchase a larger bike and then use an Extracycle attachment to extend the bike, but most purpose-built ebikes in this category only come in one size for now.

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PJ
2 months ago

I’m wondering if a u-lock can be used including capture of the front wheel, without having to remove that wheel from the drop outs? There seems to be a lot of distance between frame and wheel rim.

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Court
2 months ago

Great question, PJ. My guess is that it would not… especially with the battery mounted there. I think the wheel is positioned forward so there is space for the fender, and when you take an external pole or rack into consideration too, it’s just too far. You might need an extra long u-lock like this. Another possibility is to use a short cable to loop the front wheel or even a second u-lock to secure the frame to the rack and use the first one to secure the wheel to the frame. I hope this helps!

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Jon Wade
3 weeks ago

Hey Court, great to run into an old friend when I started looking for electric bike. I loved your reviews with great insights along with pros and cons before I even realized it was you. I’m glad to see you doing something you love so much.

I am looking for an ebike that we can run around town and carry Wendy back up a decent 3/4 mile hill after happy hour downtown. We would be within the weight limit but I wonder if this one has enough power. I is a good pedal up on a normal bike but not strenuous.

I hope that life is great for you. Come stay with us or say hi if you are ever in Steamboat. – Jon

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Bob Tined
6 days ago

Hi, thanks for the comprehensive review. I am in the market for an electric cargo bike to commute and carry my two kids to school. We’ve got some hills (500 ft elevation over 2 miles) and I wonder if my spouse will be able to handle them with the RadWagon as it has only one gear? Also, how can you explain the price point? We were initially looking at the Tern and Yuba which are like 3 times the price. Just wanna make sure this is not a sacrifice on quality.

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Court
1 day ago

Hi Bob, sorry for the delay on this reply to your questions. The RadWagon electric cargo bike actually has seven gears: 7 Speed 1×7 Shimano Acera Derailleur with a DNP Nickel Plated 11-34 Tooth Freewheel. I think it would do fine on hills but require a bit of speed or pedaling to get up really steep sections. They keep the price low by using some entry level components, by only offering one size and color, and using simpler drive systems like hub motor vs. mid-drive. That said, they also benefit from economies of scale because they sell LOTS of units each year. I hope this helps :)

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