2020 Rad Power Bikes Reviews - From Folding to Cargo Bike

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Rad Power Bikes is a Seattle based company that offers high quality bikes affordable price. Starting with converting traditional bikes into customized e-bikes based on customers’ individual needs the company eventually creating a line of affordable electric bikes for different purposes. Today, Rad Power Bikes is one of the best-selling brands of electric bikes.

Rad Power Bikes have consistently been on top of the pack in a very competitive electric bike market. Through its direct-to-consumer business model, bypassing third-party dealers, the company is making the e-bike more accessible to the everyday consumer.

Rad Power Bikes – Quality Made Affordable

First, each one of their bikes features a powerful motor and a high capacity battery, as well as a sturdy frame. Also, each model caters to a very specific real life need, whether it is a need for a long-range city commuter, or a robust bike that can haul a lot. Lastly, their bikes are very affordable, most of them are under $1500, some even close to the $1000 price point, and this is accomplished by smart engineering decisions, and by developing a unique and efficient supply chain. All of these make for a winning combination of good quality and economical price.

1. RadRover – Electric Fat Bike

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RadRover is a heavy-duty fat tire electric bike, with 4” wide wheels for a stable ride on and off road. It was the company’s first manufactured model, and it has been on a roll ever since. The 2020 Edition, RadRover 5, is fitted with a massive LED halo headlight with a built in rock guard to keep it safe through whatever adventures you throw at it.

Powered by a 750W motor, this bike is topped at 20 mph, and the top speed can be increased to 25mph in settings. RadRover is an SUV in the cycling world that can carve a path anywhere you direct it. It’s built around a durable and comfortable aluminum frame with an upright geometry. This frame is available in step-over and step-through variations.


  • Motor: 750 W Bafang geared hub motor
  • Top speed: 20 mph
  • Range: 25-45 miles depending on throttle or pedal assist
  • Battery: 48V 14Ah (672 Wh)
  • 6061 Aluminum Frame
  • Suspension: Front RST spring suspension fork with 80 mm travel
  • Kenda Juggernaut 26″ x 4″ Tires
  • Tektro mechanical disc brakes
  • Haul capacity: 275lbs
  • Additional Features: LCD display with speedometer, wattmeter, battery gauge, PAS level indicator, odometer, light status indicator, front and rear LED lights with ambient light sensor on front, USB charging port, mounting for front and rear racks


2. RadCity – Commuter City Bike

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RadCity is a Hybrid bicycle with all the features that a commuter would need. It comes with rack, fender, a bell, headlights and brake light. The bike also comes with an 80mm suspension fork, puncture-resistant Kenda tires, and a Shimano Acera 1×7 drivetrain. RadCity also includes an adjustable angle stem with its riser handlebar and an adjustable seatpost.

RadCity is fitted with a 750W Shengyi motor, and the top speed can be adjusted from 7.5 mph to 20 mph. The battery is 48V 3.5 Ah Samsung battery with 13S4P configuration. Overall, RadCity is a solid electric commuter and weekend adventure bike with an excellent set of accessories. And with integrated rack and 275lbs haul capacity it also capable of turning into a cargo bike.


  • Motor: 750 W Shengyi direct drive hub motor
  • Top speed: 20 mph
  • Range: 25-45 miles depending on throttle or pedal assist
  • Battery: 48V 14Ah (672 Wh)
  • 6061 Aluminum Frame
  • Suspension: Suntour spring fork with lockout and 80mm of travel
  • Kenda K-Rad 26″ x 2.3″
  • Tektro mechanical disc brakes
  • Haul capacity: 275lbs
  • Additional Features: LCD display with speedometer, wattmeter, battery gauge, PAS level indicator, odometer, light status indicator, front and rear LED lights with ambient light sensor on front, USB charging port, rear rack, headlights and brake light.


RadCity vs RadRover

These two bikes are similar, but not the same. Each one has its own appealing features, so you may find it hard to make up your mind between the two. Here is an overview of key differences between RadCity and Rad Rover. This is comparison between the high-step frame versions. The RadCity Commuter Electric Bike also comes with a step-through frame design that is lower and with less distance between the rider and the handlebars.



Motor: 750W Shengyi Direct Drive 750W Bafang Geared Motor
Tires: 26″ x 2.3″ Kenda K-Rad 26″ x 4″ Kenda Juggernaut
Derailleur: 7-Speed Shimano Altus 7-Speed Shimano Acera
Rider height: 5’11”- 6’5″ 5’4″ – 6’2″
Rack: Rear rack No rack

3. RadRunner – Utility E-Bike

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RadRunner is a “utilty bike”. This bike somehow combines all that is good for other RadPower bikes into one ultimate car replacement. The 750W motor power available at a twisting of a throttle, 48V 14Ah battery delivering 45+ miles range, Kenda fat tires, integrated lights, in addition to step-through frame and 20” wheels and 300lbs of hauling capacity, RadRunner is a surprisingly powerful part moped, part cargo bike that will make you wonder how you could live without it.

There are some things left out on this bike in order to keep the cost down. First, there is no the digital display featured on other RadPower models, it is replaced by a series of LED light indicating power and pedal assist level. Also, this bike is single speed, so no seven-speed gear shifters. However, powerful motor in combination with a decent low-profile cadence sensors will make you realize you don’t actually need the option of shifting gears even on the incline. Of course it would be better to have a torque sensor instead of the cadence one, but that would also make the price higher.

If you still thinks gears are essential for this kind of bike, there is an improved (and more expensive) version of the RadRunner available for preorder, with 7-speed Shimano shifter and a back seat.

4. RadMini – Folding Fat Bike

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RadMini is a little, folding electric bike, that holds power of a much larger bike. This e-bike is designed to be a space-saving commuter that can go over any terrain and travel the distance. 750W Bafang geared hub motor is powered by a 48V 14Ah Lithium battery, just like all the other Rad Power bike. The electric assistance is limited to the top speed of 20mph, which makes RadMini Class 2 e-bike.

What sets this bike apart are the 20-inch by 4-inch Kendra Krusade fat tires with knobby thread that run just as well on grass or dirt as they do on pavement. The suspension fork adds to the riding comfort and mechanical disc brakes provide a safe stop. Features include 7-speed Shimano gearset with a Shimano thumb-operated shifter which comes in handy on bikes with a cadence sensor.

RadMini comes in one size, with adjustable seat post and handlebar, accommodating riders from 5’2” to 6’2” tall. It also comes with two frame types, a classic flat one and a step-through. The bike is pretty heavy, weighing 67 pounds, but all the extra weight is what makes the ride smooth and stable. The additional features include front and rear light, and fenders. To sum it up, RadMini offers the signature RadPower functionality plus the ability to fold in half.

5. RadWagon – Electric Cargo Bike

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If you are looking for an electric bike to completely replace your car, this is the one. RadWagon is a cargo bike that you can use to commute to work, go grocery shopping, and even take your kids to school. This bike can actually fit two kids on the back. Thanks to the powerful one gear 750W motor, and battery the bike never feels sluggish or slow.

RadWagon is wider and longer than all the other RadPower bikes, so it rides a bit differently as well. You’ll notice this especially if you are hauling a lot of weight, like another adult. The maximum hauling capacity is 350 pound, with the rear deck alone rated for 120 pounds. There is also tons of accessories like child seats, deck pads, baskets, bags, and a caboose.

All the hauling capacity comes with some weight. The bike on its own weighs 73 lbs, and with the accessories, there is no way you will be able to carry your bike. But for those that have a garage where they could park their RadWagon, this is probably not an issue. The one thing that is definitely not heavy about RadWagon is its price. It is probably the most affordable electric cargo bike on the market.

Rad Power Bikes are going strong and showing no sign of stopping. In March they have announced the limited release of the RadRunner Plus, a feature-rich version of the brand’s groundbreaking electric utility bike that comes fully loaded with exclusive upgrades and accessories. However, if you decide to purchase any of their electric bike, be prepared to wait. In a letter to customers, they apologized for delays and explained that as the consumer transportation and exercise habits have changed, the demand for their products went up 297%. They are producing more bikes than ever, faster than ever, and doing everything in their power to get back to the world-class care they’re known for.

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