RAD POWER BIKES ELECTRIC BIKE REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

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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 & GIVEAWAY

Hey guys! I’m super excited to announce the giveaway of the century!….This month I’m giving away an dynamic fat-tired electric bike from the Seattle based company called Rad Power Bikes.

A couple of months ago, Rad Power Bikes sent me a pair of e-bikes for my boyfriend and I to test out. So far, we’ve logged a couple hundred miles, clocked over 20mph, and found a great new way to exercise our dog Charlie. In this post and in my new YouTube video below, I share all the details about the two models we’ve been riding and the unique way we’ve been using them.

So check out my Rad Power Bikes electric bike review and make sure to scroll to the bottom and enter this KICK-ASS giveaway.

Rad Power Bikes YouTube Review

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

 

How the Rad Power Bike Electric Bike Works

Rad Power Bikes come in 4 different models. All of them have fat tires and a pedal-assisted hub motor which means you can pretty much take them anywhere – from the steep hills of San Francisco to the back roads of Southern Utah.

We’ve been testing 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 a 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 60 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 RadMini 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, it was much less cumbersome than a full blown mountain bike.

The RadMini rides really comfortably, and you are almost sitting upright like a beach cruiser. It lacks suspension and is more of a commuter style 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 good for?

The RadRover has a bigger frame with much larger tires and is little bit more bike to handle. At the same time, with its front suspension, the RadRover is more well 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

  • Commuting to Work & 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.

 

  • Exploring on road 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.

 

  • Exercising our dog

We have a 11 month old puppy 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.

 

  • Having 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. I kept thinking to myself “if this is a soft introduction to a motorcycle, I might be in trouble.” 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.

Win a RadPower Bike!

Ok, now the exciting stuff. I’ve partnered with RadPower Bikes to giveaway one electric bike of the winner’s choice. All you have to do throw your name in the hat is to sign up for the Bearfoot Theory and Rad Power Bikes newsletter by entering your email below. If you want increase your chances of winning, follow us on social media and share with your friends for extra entries.

Rad Power Bike Giveaway

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.

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  1. Please enter me to win the rad mini folding bike

      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!

    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

      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.

    Hello I’m just wondering if you could make a video talking about your solar panels and how they work

      This is a great idea, Joe. Kristen will give it some thought, stay tuned for lots of van life updates.

    Great site and content. Keep it going!

    I’m hoping someday to follow the same path. 🙂

    Love the bike. Currently have easy motion city bike and was the best thing I ever did for myself.

    Great review! Thank you for sharing your journey!

    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

      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.

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

      That’s great to hear, Kim! They are super awesome. Hope you enjoy!

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

    Awesome, thanks for hooking this up! If I win I’ll send you a glamour shot.

    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!

    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.

    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!

    Great bikes! I suggest everyone who enjoys biking to check them out!

    Cool bike and great article. This would be sweet to coast along the ocean trail by my home.

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