E-bikes can be expensive, but they don’t have to cost a fortune. Seattle-based Rad Power Bikes seems to have that concept on lock with a full range of highly affordable e-bikes. Whether you’re looking for a folding bike, a fat bike, a cargo bike, or something for the city, they have you covered – and all for less than $1,600.
While there are a number of changes across the line up for 2018, the biggest news is the introduction of the all new RadCity Step-Thru e-bike. Built with a low-slung frame for easy mounting and dismounting, the official standover height is just 20″.
Utilizing a 750w, 40Nm direct drive rear hub motor for propulsion, the 48V 14Ah battery will last 25-45+ miles at a top assisted speed of 20 mph. Equipped with a throttle for pedal-free operation, the system also has five levels of pedal assist and regenerative braking which kicks in whenever you squeeze the brake levers. The LCD display on the bars provides all the important metrics including the speed, pedal assist level, battery life, watts, odometer, trip odometer, and even has a USB port for charging your phone.
The 6061 aluminum frame features an integrated rear rack (with a 60lb capacity), and has the mounts up front for Rad Power’s new universal front racks that will work with all of their 2018 models. Rolling on 26″ wheels with 2.3″ Kenda K-Rad tires, the RST suspension fork will smooth out the ride while the fenders will help keep you dry. A 7 speed Shimano Acera/TX50 drivetrain provides simple but adequate gearing with a 14-34t MegaRange freewheel, and mechanical Tektro Aries disc brakes slow things down. There’s even a set of integrated lights with a 330 lumen LED headlight and rear LED tail light.
All together, the bike will run just $1,499 and is available through a pre-order that is expected to ship in January, 2018. While the RadCity Step-Thru is the only completely new bike for 2018, the rest of the line up has seen a number of improvements.
Check out the range below with details straight from Rad Power Bikes.
RadRover E-Fat Bike
The RadRover is the ultimate all-purpose electric bike that still looks like a bike but feels like a jet. Turn heads on your next ride and make running errands your favorite part of the week. Experience the long-range 48V, 14Ah Samsung lithium battery pack with options for full electric assist (5 levels) or manual control, and you’ll never look at your commute the same. Get radical, go further and have more fun for under $1,500! New for 2018 RadRover: New and improved battery, new handlebars and stem with wider hand positioning for enhanced everyday comfort, front rack mounts, new color scheme.
RadMini E-Folding Fat Bike
The RadMini is the first and only electric folding fat bike with front suspension, rear cargo rack and a powerful 750W, 48V power system. Equipped with comfortable but compact 4’’x20” tires, the RadMini can be conveniently folded in order to store and transport the bike more easily. What really makes the RadMini special is its versatility — the ability to take on many tasks you would not expect from a folding bike such as hauls from the grocery store, challenging terrain, and rough roads — all without breaking a sweat (or with one if you’re looking for a workout – just turn off the electric assist!). New for 2018 RadMini: New and improved battery, front suspension fork for added safety and comfort, front rack mounts, new color scheme.
RadCity E-Commuter 16″/19″
The RadCity electric commuter bike lets you get around your city like never before! Featuring a powerful 750W motor and large 48V battery with 5-level pedal assist, you’ll power over hills with ease, and with the stock rear rack, fenders, and front suspension, you’ll do it with style and comfort. The RadCity is available with 16” or 19” frame height to suit a range of riders. Never again arrive to work, a meeting, or class covered in sweat and red in the face. New for 2018 RadCity: New and improved battery, new handlebars and stem with wider hand positioning for added everyday use comfort, front and rear rack mounts, new color scheme.
RadWagon E-Cargo Bike
The RadWagon is the ultimate electric cargo bike, boasting premium features and a powerful 750W, 48V power system. The RadWagon handles just like a standard sized bike yet can handle big cargo loads, hauls from the grocery store, and your most valuable cargo. What makes the RadWagon special is the size – not too big, not too small – so you get all the benefit of a cargo bike without the challenges associated with larger and heavier options. Stylish, safe and comfortable the RadWagon lets you leave your car in the garage and get biking! New for 2018 RadWagon: New and improved battery, redesigned aluminum frame (was previously steel), front and rear rack mounts, native accessory support.
All Rad Power Bikes are packed with an LCD screen and USB Charging Port, a twist-grip throttle, and five levels of electric power assist, giving riders the freedom to choose complete electric power, manual pedaling, or anywhere in between.
Rad Power Bikes recently announced market expansion into Canada and 28 Countries in Europe Including Germany, France, Netherlands and The United Kingdom. For more information about Rad Power Bikes please visit https://www.radpowerbikes.com/