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Rating:
8/10
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  • 1 – Absolute Hot Garbage
  • 2 – Sorta Lukewarm Garbage
  • 3 – Strongly Flawed Design
  • 4 – Some Pros, Lots Of Cons
  • 5 – Acceptably Imperfect
  • 6 – Good Enough to Buy On Sale
  • 7 – Great, But Not Best-In-Class
  • 8 – Fantastic, with Some Footnotes
  • 9 – Shut Up And Take My Money
  • 10 – Absolute Design Nirvana

Price: $1,299

Cory Gunther

Electric bikes are a number of the coolest, most useful devices you should buy. There’s nothing fairly like having an electrical motor to assist preserve the wind blowing in your hair as you whip round city or energy up a hill. E-bikes might be pricy and intimidating, however not when you get the RadRunner utility e-bike.

Here’s What We Like

  • Rad Power’s most reasonably priced bike
  • Tons of add-ons and customization
  • 750-watt motor simply handles hills
  • Spacious design for cargo or passengers

And What We Don’t

  • Heavy
  • No suspension (on this mannequin)
  • Only a single velocity

If you’re out there for an electrical bike, you most likely know that Rad Power has lengthy been one of the common choices round. It provides every thing from full mountain bikes to foldable e-bikes, excellent for metropolis residing. Better but, with the RadRunner, you get a mishmash of a number of bikes all-in-one.

It’s a considerably compact, but superior, little utility bike full with an aluminum body and a seat for cargo or passengers, but it additionally packs loads of energy and fats tires for a singular look. Enjoy an exhilarating expertise down a path or head to the nook retailer and cargo it up with groceries — the selection is yours. It’s that versatility that makes the RadRunner an ideal choice, particularly if that is your first e-bike.

So, what do you get from the unique RadRunner? A significantly pleasing trip!

The Buying and Customization Experience is Great

Rad Power Bikes

Rad Power Bikes is a direct-to-consumer firm, so there’s no retail markup. Instead, you order it on-line and get the bike delivered proper to your own home. Of course, that does imply you’ll need to put it collectively, kind of, however extra on that in a second.

One factor that makes Rad Power Bikes stand out is the slew of customization choices out there; as soon as you discover the bike you need, you possibly can select from an insane quantity of equipment. Some of those embody wheel fenders, a entrance or rear rack, storage baskets, mirrors, passenger seat, pegs, an upgraded headlight, or my private favourite—a storage heart console that mimics a bike fuel tank. This storage bin is great, which I used on one event as a cooler, plus there’s a molded telephone holder with a strap and cup holder on the highest. Perfect for Google Maps and a Hydroflask water bottle.

Rad Power Bikes center console
Cory Gunther

Rad Power doesn’t simply promote you a motorbike and name it a day. No, they provide every thing you’ll want and extra to make it the proper bike for any event, whether or not that’s a weekend joyride or a automotive substitute.

The firm designed every accent to work completely with no matter bike you select, too. And whereas that’s nice, you possibly can shortly flip an reasonably priced $1,299 bike right into a $1,800 buy (like I did) when you’re not cautious. On the plus facet, no matter you select will work completely along with your bike.

Putting It Together Was a Breeze (Mostly)

Given its entry-level value, the RadRunner might very properly be the primary bike you purchase, trip, or put collectively, however don’t let that fear you. It’s very easy; you don’t want any prior expertise or bike information, and also you don’t want instruments.

RadRunner bike assembly
Cory Gunther

The most time-consuming a part of the complete meeting course of is unboxing the e-bike and taking off all of the protecting foam and dozens of zip-ties. With the assistance of my curious pet, we had the bike absolutely constructed and on the road in simply over an hour.

The RadRunner comes with easy-to-follow directions and some normal instruments within the field, like a wrench set and screwdriver.

RadRunner Bike tools
All the instruments you’ll want are offered. Cory Gunther

And whereas the corporate can ship it to a store and allow you to pay to have it “assembled,” or in some areas ship their employees to construct it at your own home, it’s mainly constructed already. You’re not placing a whole bike collectively. The course of includes merely mounting the tires to the body with a single bolt, including the handlebars, and sliding within the seat.

All the tough stuff—the wiring, controls, parts, show, battery, and brake gentle—comes pre-installed. You can add an elective headlight that comes within the field, and you’ll have to set up any extra equipment manually. I went with an upgraded LED headlight, heart console, passenger seat, and wooden panels for a retro vibe.

Overall the build-a-bike course of is simple sufficient that anybody can do it. The hardest half, for me, was the darn wooden panels I simply had to have—that, or pulling the 70-pound field inside to get began.

Hitting the Road … and Dirt

Rad Power Bikes RadRunner on gravel road
Cory Gunther

First off, we should always speak in regards to the design. The RadRunner is low profile, has a straightforward step-through design, and has tons of neat options. But let’s face it, it’s kinda nerdy trying. Nerdy, however I find it irresistible. And whenever you decorate it as I did, you’ll find it irresistible too.

I’ve ridden a full suspension Trek EX8 and YT Jeffsy mountain bikes for greater than a decade, so after I bought the RadRunner, I used to be keen to place it by its paces after a number of weeks. Here I’m, a number of months later, nonetheless driving it almost each weekend, taking it tenting, and exhibiting it off to mates. It’s nice for an off-the-cuff journey to the fuel station or mailbox, and the fats tires do an honest job coping with the Las Vegas desert and uneven terrain.

The RadRunner’s distinctive fats tires, sturdy aluminum body, and highly effective 750-watt motor make it an absolute pleasure to trip. And whereas it solely has a single-speed drivetrain (which means you by no means swap gears), that additionally means it’s straightforward sufficient that anybody—even inexperienced persons—can bounce on and comfortably trip it. Additionally, that single-drive system has much less upkeep and fewer issues to go incorrect over time. It’s all about simplicity, and that’s exactly what the RadRunner delivers.

You merely pedal, the motor helps, and off you go. Everything is easy. The firm even did away with the larger LCD show from earlier fashions, more likely to reduce prices and streamline the expertise. Instead, there’s a panel with an on/off swap, buttons to activate the headlight, a battery indicator, and 5 ranges of pedal help. The lowest stage means you’ll barely really feel the motor as you pedal, and at stage 5, you barely need to pedal in any respect, because the bike does all of the work.

Additionally, the RadRunner has a twist-throttle on the appropriate facet. This method, you possibly can pedal a couple of times, then use the throttle to regulate velocity. You nonetheless need to pedal a little bit bit, although, to get going. Everything from the sitting place to the handlebars and throttle is comfy and properly thought out.

All Rad Power fashions within the U.S. are class 2 e-bikes, which means they prime out at 20mph. However, you possibly can simply go quicker downhill, which I did, a number of instances. Good factor it comes with high-end mechanical disc brakes that work like a allure!

Rad Power Bikes RadRunner ebike
Cory Gunther

I shortly bought as much as 20 mph with the pedal help set to 3-4 and even faster on the highest setting. Going round corners and interesting the throttle to zip by turns is an absolute blast, though the fats tires do take a little bit getting used to. Big tires like these really feel a little bit totally different on the highway, are squishy round turns, and should not really feel as secure at first; nonetheless, after a couple of minutes of driving, you’ll really feel proper at house. Plus, you’ll probably come to understand the additional cushion these greater tires present.

More importantly, going up 20-degree inclines was no downside for the 750-watt motor. I went up a number of very steep dust tracks out behind my home and didn’t even really feel like I bought a exercise. The RadRunner does virtually the entire work. The bike is rated for 300 lbs, together with 120 lbs on the again when you use it as a utility machine. That stated, even with two individuals on the bike, which exceeded the load restrict, I discovered the motor nonetheless had greater than sufficient torque to get the job finished. The RadRunner can haul all of it.

Riding the RadRunner will make you’re feeling like a child once more, that’s for positive. I completely find it irresistible. The headlight and taillight work nice and preserve you secure on the highway. The elective passenger seat and pegs are a little bit cramped for a second grownup, however anybody with children will discover it excellent.

RadRunner on rocky road
Cory Gunther

My solely criticism, nonetheless, is the dearth of any suspension. The absurdly fats tires may make you assume it will probably deal with any terrain, and in a method, it will probably, but it surely’s not at all times an pleasing expertise. That’s as a result of bumps are extra jarring, and there aren’t any shocks or springs to soak up rocks or bumps. The tires mount on to the body, so you’re feeling every thing the tires roll over.

Going on the highway, grass, sand, or gravel is okay, however the trip will get a little bit uncomfortable when you begin hitting rocks or taking it on a tough path. Imagine going over a velocity bump in a automotive with no shocks or suspension—that’s what this could really feel like when you get lost good paved roads. I hit a number of huge rocks tougher than I’d like, and at one level, I virtually bought bucked off the seat. Then once more, that is primarily a avenue utility bike. It’s probably not designed to take down an enormous rocky, dust mountain.

The apparent answer right here is to purchase one in all Rad Power’s mountain bike fashions and even the newer RadRunner Plus, which has an 80mm journey suspension setup on the entrance. I’ll most likely add a suspension seat publish to make issues extra comfy. However, when you plan on retaining your trip to informal sidewalks and pathways, the common RadRunner is loads.

Battery Life & Charging

Rad Power Bikes charging and control panel
Cory Gunther

Depending on how you intend to make use of the RadRunner, you’ll have to preserve issues like battery life, driving distance, and how briskly it recharges in thoughts. Thankfully, I’ve no complaints in that division and located the battery to be greater than sufficient. The firm guarantees between 25-45 miles per cost, and that’s fairly correct, because of a long-range 48V/14Ah lithium-ion battery with a 672Wh capability.

Just final week, I went on two five-mile bike rides and one longer 10-mile trip—usually on the highest pedal-assist setting—and the bike nonetheless had round 50% battery life remaining. It’s spectacular. Beware, although, that the extra you employ the throttle, the shorter the battery will final, so your mileage could fluctuate.

The battery is far greater than that of a smartphone, so it takes a number of hours to recharge absolutely. According to Rad Power, charging the battery from empty to full takes anyplace from three to seven hours, however the longest I ever needed to wait was a little bit over three hours. So, you possibly can trip 20 miles to work, cost it there, and have a full battery for the journey house. Plus, it’ll routinely shut off as soon as the battery is full, so be at liberty to cost it in a single day within the storage.

I do miss the extra correct battery show from different bikes the corporate provides, because the RadRunner solely shows the battery stage in bars, starting from one to 5. When there’s just one bar left, you might begin to fear, as manually pedaling this 65-pound bike again house would undoubtedly be difficult.

Conclusion

Rad Power Bikes RadRunner sunset
Cory Gunther

After placing a number of hundred miles on this bike and dozens of recharges, the RadRunner Electric Bike retains impressing me. Battery life is constantly wonderful, the driving expertise is at all times a blast, and I get requested questions on it in all places I am going. It’s a dialog starter.

The RadRunner will not be the final word utility e-bike—with Bluetooth trackers and anti-theft options—or have suspension that may deal with any terrain, however It’s actually an ideal little bike. It’s not one of the best in anybody space, but it surely does every thing properly, like a jack-of-all-trades electrical bike.

Overall, the RadRunner is a straightforward, reasonably priced, comfy e-bike for nearly anybody. Whether you’ve by no means owned a motorbike in any respect, are moving into e-bikes for the primary time, or are a long-time rider like myself. It’s one of the reasonably priced bikes the corporate provides, plus, it will probably carry loads of weight, present extra customization equipment than a lot of the competitors, and simply final a whole week while not having to be recharged.

If you’ve wished to get a commuter bike or attempt your first e-bike with out spending greater than $2,000, give the RadRunner a attempt.

Rating: 8/10

Price: $1,299

Here’s What We Like

  • Rad Power’s most reasonably priced bike
  • Tons of add-ons and customization
  • 750-watt motor simply handles hills
  • Spacious design for cargo or passengers

And What We Don’t

  • Heavy
  • No suspension (on this mannequin)
  • Only a single velocity




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