RAD POWER BIKES ELECTRIC BIKE REVIEW

Rad Power Bikes makes the ultimate commuter and off-road electric bike. Read my review of this fat-tired ebike & learn how the pedal-assisted hub works.

RAD POWER BIKES ELECTRIC BIKE REVIEW

Thinking about getting your first electric bike? RadPower Bikes is a Seattle-based company that makes stellar electric bikes that are super-efficient, great on power, and very comfortable to ride. I was first introduced to RadPower Bikes a few years back by someone cruising around on one at the Overland Expo. He absolutely raved about it, and I knew I had to try one myself.

So Rad Power Bikes sent me a pair of e-bikes for my partner and I to test out. We had so much fun on them that quickly logged a couple hundred miles, clocking 20mph, and we found a great new way to exercise our dog Charlie. In this blog post and in my new YouTube video below, I share a RadPower bikes review, with a focus on the RadRover and the RadMini foldable electric bike.

Check out my review of RadPower electric bikes in this blog post.

Rad Power Bikes YouTube Review

Watch my Rad Power Bikes YouTube review to see the RadMini and the RadRover electric bikes in action.

 

How Rad Power E-Bikes Works

As of January 2020, Rad Power electric bikes come in 5 different major models. All of them have beefy tires and a pedal-assisted motor powered by a lithium-ion battery that gives you a nice boost of speed. This means you can pretty much take them anywhere – from the steep hills of San Francisco to the back roads of Southern Utah. Each of the Rad Power E-bikes have a different purpose and different ergonimics, so you first want to determine what you plan to use the bike for.

I tested out the RadMini, a foldable electric bike, and the RadRover, which is their closest version to a traditional fat-tired mountain bike.

Rad Power Bikes makes the ultimate commuter and off-road electric bike. Read my review of this fat-tired ebike & learn how the pedal-assisted hub works.

All of the models work in the same fashion. You plug them into a wall outlet for about 5 hours to reach full charge and then they are ready to go.

The Rad Power Bikes operate on pedal assist. That means that you still have to pedal, but the battery-operated hub motor gives you a boost. How much boost depends on which of the 5 power levels you have the bike set to. At full pedal assist (level 5), you can go as far as 20 miles on a single charge, and speed maxes out at about 20mph, although I’ve seen my speedometer read higher. They go wicked fast.

In addition to the 5 settings, you have a throttle – just like a scooter – which you can use to get going if you are stopped on a hill and need to quickly accelerate. The RadMini & RadRover electric bikes also have 7 gears for shifting when you are going up and downhill.

What’s cool about these bikes is that you can still get a workout. The pedal assist is only there if you want it. You can make it as difficult or as easy as you want simply by turning the pedal-assist down or up.

Rad Power Bikes makes the ultimate commuter and off-road electric bike. Read my review of this fat-tired ebike & learn how the pedal-assisted hub works.
Rad Power Bikes makes the ultimate commuter and off-road electric bike. Read my review of this fat-tired ebike & learn how the pedal-assisted hub works.

RadMini vs the RadRover

Either one of these would make for a great commuter bike, and with the fat tires, either can also handle a variety of terrain. The major differences lie in the size of the bike, front shocks, and storability. Like most electric bikes, the RadMini and the RadRover are quite heavy….about 69 pounds to be exact, so they take a bit of muscle to throw in your van or on a bike rack.

Rad Power Bikes makes the ultimate commuter and off-road electric bike. Read my review of the fat-tired RadMini & RadRover & learn how the pedal-assisted ebike works.

Who is the Rad Mini Electric Bike good for?

The RadMini is a foldable electric bike and is perfect for people who are limited in storage space. I just spent a month driving around Canada with the RadMini in my Sprinter Van. While it did take up some room, I was able to store it in a corner it was much less cumbersome to store than a full-blown mountain bike, which my van was not designed to carry.

The RadMini rides really comfortably, and you are almost sitting upright like a beach cruiser. It lacks suspension and is more of a city bike than the RadRover with its smaller frame and wheels. You can take it on gravel, but anything gnarly is going to result in a pretty bumpy ride.

Rad Power Bikes are the ultimate commuter & off-road electric bike. Read my review of the fat-tired RadMini & RadRover ebike & learn how pedal assist works.
Rad Power Bikes are the ultimate commuter & off-road electric bike. Read my review of the fat-tired RadMini & RadRover ebike & learn how pedal assist works.

Who is the RadRover Electric Bike good for?

The RadRover has a bigger frame with much larger tires and is a little bit more bike to handle. At the same time, with its front suspension, the RadRover is better suited for off-road travel. The RadMini can easily handle gravel, sand, snow, and gentle bumps, but if you plan on using your electric bike for rougher mountain, off-road biking, you’d better off with the RadRover. The exception would be people with smaller frames who the bike might simply be too large for. I’m 5’6” with fairly long legs, and I could handle it, but someone who is 5’2″ might struggle a bit.

Rad Power Bikes are the ultimate commuter & off-road electric bike. Read my review of the fat-tired RadMini & RadRover ebike & learn how pedal assist works.

4 Ways We’ve Been Using our Rad Power Bikes

Electric Bikes are Great for Commuting Around Town

What drew me to Rad Power Bikes is that they are zero emissions. When I’m back in Salt Lake, I don’t need to be driving my Sprinter Van everywhere I go. Now, I can take my RadMini to the store, out to dinner, or to meet up with friends, which is a much more environmentally-friendly choice, and the fat tires give me a lot more confidence than a normal bike when it comes to stability.

Ryan is using his RadRover to ride to and from work everyday. What’s great about commuting on an electric bike is you typically won’t get all sweaty riding to work, and you can save your workout for your ride home. Also, in daily life, the idea of commuting 5-10 miles on a bike might sound overwhelming, but on a RadPower bike, that commute is nothing. An electric bike versus a regular bike helps overcome those mental obstacles that prevent a lot of people from riding a bike for transportation.

Rad Power Bikes are the ultimate commuter & off-road electric bike. Read my review of the fat-tired RadMini & RadRover ebike & learn how pedal assist works.

 

Electric Bikes are an Efficient Way to Get Around on Camping Trips

When I was in Canada in my Sprinter Van, I’d have my campsite all set up, and I’d want to go check out the sunset or ride into town. Instead of breaking down camp and securing everything in my van, I could easily hop on my bike and cruise around to take pictures or to hang out by the lake.

Also in Banff, many of the parking lots for the popular tourist attractions were full. One day I wanted to go to Moraine Lake, but the parking lot was absolutely crazy. Instead of waiting and dealing with that situation, I drove back down the hill a few miles, parked at a turnout, and laughed as I sped past all of the cars angrily waiting for parking.

Rad Power Bikes are the ultimate commuter & off-road electric bike. Read my review of the fat-tired RadMini & RadRover ebike & learn how pedal assist works.

Electric Bikes are AMAZING for Exercising your Dog

We have a border collie / mini-Austrialian shepherd mix that has more energy than we know what to do with. A casual walk down the street or 30 minutes of fetch does not cut it. So every night before bed when the streets are empty or when we are out camping, we get on our RadPower Bikes and let Charlie chase us down until he’s pooped and ready for bed.

Rad Power Bikes are the ultimate commuter & off-road electric bike. Read my review of the fat-tired RadMini & RadRover ebike & learn how pedal assist works.

Electric Bikes are FUN

The first time I rode the RadMini was on a dirt road around Payette Lake in McCall, and I couldn’t stop laughing. I was flying! I got to see a lot more scenery in less time than I would have on a normal bike. The RadPower bike was also a great conversation starter on my recent road trip since everyone was so curious about it.

Rad Power Bikes are the ultimate commuter & off-road electric bike. Read my review of the fat-tired RadMini & RadRover ebike & learn how pedal assist works.

See All of the Rad Power E-Bike Models Here

Thanks to Rad Power Bikes for sponsoring this post and for providing all of the bikes for the review and giveaway. If you have questions about our sponsored post policy, please see this page.

Written by Kristen Bor

Hey there! My name is Kristen, and this is my outdoor blog. I discovered the power of the outdoors in my 20s, at the time I needed it most. Now 15 years later, prioritizing that critical connection with nature continues to improve my life. My goal at Bearfoot Theory is to empower you with the tools and advice you need to responsibly get outside.

47 comments on “RAD POWER BIKES ELECTRIC BIKE REVIEW

    1. Thanks Suzanne, we are glad to hear you are excited about winning a bike! Please make sure you enter above with your name, email and birthday!

  1. Hi Kristen,
    I’ll be very honest. I’m trying to maximize my brother’s chances of winning a fat tire Rad Bike. He lives in Shoreline and has Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy; hence, he needs a powered bike if he ever wants to ride again. I’m sure you’ve had many folks bug you like me;but, there is no one in this World more deserving than my sweet brother and best friend, Jeff Haugen. The bike would change his World!! He’s coming down to the store soon. I live in North Carolina; but, I loved the video and your blog site.
    Thanks for putting up with my blatant scheming to enhance his chances. He deserves me trying !!
    God Bless and Thanks,
    Matthew Sullivan
    Mocksville, NC

    1. Matt, thanks for reaching out. We wish you best of luck in the giveaway. I would look into local organizations that might be able to help Jeff get an electric bike, he does sound very deserving of it! Glad to hear you enjoy the blog. Have a great summer.

  2. Hi Kristen
    It still says I can’t enter the competition for the rad power bike I’m currently in the uk then back to nz for Christmas can you help
    I email rad to ask if I could buy and also be there dealer in nz ,if I don’t win can you see if we can buy one for me so I can ship to show in NZ
    Cheers John
    I want to send you pictures of my sprinter 4×4

    1. Hey John! Hopefully RAD will expand their distribution soon and you’ll be able to find a dealer near you! If you are active on social media you can tag #sprintercampervans of your Sprinter 4×4 to be featured on the Instagram Kristen created to feature Sprinter Vans. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. I love everything about this bike! So versatile and compact. I think I better get two for my husband and I.

  4. Loved Kristen’s blog! This looks like an awesome product that would suit my lifestyle and get me outdoors even more!

  5. Thank you for sponsoring the Rad Power Bike Givaway. Owning one of these bikes would change my life dramatically for the better. I’m no longer able to ride my bike due to health issues and I miss being able to get out and explore. I live in the Mount Washington Valley in Maine near Conway NH and the possibilities are endless with a bike like this. We have a local bike path that is growing and will be extended to Portland Maine soon. I’m planning on living the mobile life soon and one of my concerns was how will I be able to explore new places because of my limited mobility. Thanks for the chance!

  6. This is an awesome chance. I have a dog that loves to run. I just can’t keep up with what he wants. I would love to have one of theses bikes.

  7. This bike is absolutely radial.I really need one ,because I don’t drive and I’m 46.This bike would allow me to get out of the house and spend more time with my kids! I would love to own one! Please choose me!

  8. This looks amazing. I try to move around by bike as much as possible and I’ve been thinking about getting an electric bike, but the kits are always too awkward or full products too expensive, or not very good, and most of them are road bikes.

  9. Well, I have the Rad Rover, Assembled it, Added the fenders and rear rack and took it for a ride. I’M HOOKED!!!! Great bike! I went out for the first day of Archery Deer Season last Saturday in Georgia and used the bike for accessing my stand. It is just over a mile to my stand and I went out and back 3 times Saturday and Sunday.
    I’m 56 years old and I’ve had 3 Heart attacks. This bike makes my hunt a lot easier while still giving me the exercise I need. The bike is nearly silent, so much better than a noisy ATV, and I can park much closer to my hunting stand.
    I plan to use the Rad Rover for all my hunts going forward and for off season trail riding. Thanks for building a great bike. It would be great to have another to go riding with the wife.

  10. I love my Rad Rover in so many ways! It handles the steep canyons around Salt Lake City without problems, even a tough continuous 10-mile climb up Millcreek or one of the Cottonwood Canyons. Battery life is good, the throttle and Pedal Assist modes both work very well, and it’s very comfortable. The fat tires provide additional stability and comfort and the brakes are more than adequate.

    I just returned from Moab UT where I hit the Slick Rock Trail and had a blast, and the RRover handled the slick rock and the sand equally great. I’ve had no issues since getting it in the spring, and highly recommend it. From what I’ve been able to find, it’s the best-priced fat tire, 750W, front-suspension e-bike in the market, and I’m thrilled with my purchase. Besides, EVERYONE that sees it admires it!

  11. Great review, I have been looking into these bikes, and your review has brung me closer to a decision. thank you.

  12. Bought two radrovers and one had a dead battery and handlebar post clamp. its now 10 days since I reported the problem and requested for areplacements but as of today they have not shipped. I have made 3 calls and each time they tell me that they are going to ship. I am very disappointed with the after sales support which is lacking. The bicycle looks nice and I am concerned about their warranty support.

    1. Alan, we’re so sorry to hear about the issues you’ve had with your Rad Power Bikes. We know they are really popular so potentially the part is back-ordered? Best wishes on a speedy fix so you can get back out there!

  13. Rad Power Bikes. Got me moving again after my injury. Power bikes are the future of bikes They take you places a powerless bike can’t. Love my RadMini!

  14. I would love love love to have a bike. I am on disability and don’t get much exercise . I use to ride my bike almost everyday.
    It would be nice to have a bike that could help me if I started get tired or hurting. I have two nieces that are twins that love to ride there bikes. I am really hoping one day soon before I get to fat. I can come up with the money to get one.

  15. I purchased my first ebbike from a different company that was suppose to be the best. I found out how wrong I was when I purchased a Rads city step thru for my wife. Wow, a truly well built machine and the motor is much more powerful. At a stop sign she leaves me in the dust, not good ! She put over forty five miles one Sunday and still had forty percent battery. My bike was close to the bottom and I was getting worried. I have a ATV business and I know well built stuff. Believe me Rads is the best for me. Mine is for sale cheap…only to be able to keep up with my wife .No more laughing at me from a take off !!

  16. well got mine after a months wait; okay had it professionally assembled,(valo fix mobile bike shop)I have no tools or space. so after one day I could not ride the bike due to very loose handle bar, attempted to fix with tool kit provided? tools are so small and of poor quality I broke the Allen wrench. called valo for service and am still waiting, I know its the weekend, however I give it a few days and cancel the entire order.

  17. Differences in height for Rad Mini and Rad Rover. I’m 6’2in tall 165 lbs. Need a bike for exercise. Is there a size problem for Rad mini.

      1. I live in Kansas city. Is there a location that you know of that I can rent or try out your fat tire rad bikes? Maybe go on vacation to Colorado or Texas or somewhere. I just can’t put down that kind of money online without knowing what I’m getting into.

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