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RadExpand / RadExpand 5 Plus Review
July 09, 2024, 09:25:37 AM
Hopefully, this helps those considering the RadExpand 5 Plus. The RadExpand 5 (non-plus) was kind of a letdown for RadMini owners, particularly with the lack of suspension. With the RadExpand 5 Plus, they finally brought it back but the frame is largely the same as the original RadMini which isn't necessarily a bad thing. The frame is still accessible but you still have the external mounted components that many brands have gone away from. I think at the $2,099 price point there are clearly tons of other folding ebikes to consider but if you value a torque sensor, there are less options - at least from reputable brands.

On our review unit one of the blinkers did not work - Rad sent a replacement light but it turns out it is the controller. At least it should be easy to replace since it is externally mounted.

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Here's my pros and cons list after putting some decent mileage on the RadExpand 5 Plus.
  • Torque sensor
  • More powerful motor
  • Safe Shield (resin-filled) and UL Certified battery
  • 2-year warranty with US-based support
  • BMX style handlebars are far superior to the "T" handlebars
  • Great for shorter riders and it's supper accessible
  • Front suspension fork added
  • Hydraulic disc brakes though a lesser known brand with Gemma brakes
  • Still only Class 2 speeds
  • Cadence at 20 mph is still pretty fast (gearing could be improved)
  • Not great for taller riders like me
  • I like the horizontal display on the Radster models better
  • Pretty firm saddle

Radster Road / Radster Road Review
July 09, 2024, 09:12:02 AM
A bit of a delay here but I just finished reviewing all of the new Rad Power Bikes models and wanted to share some thoughts on the Radster Road. Overall I think Rad delivered a lot of what people wanted, namely class 3 speeds, torque sensor option and a more powerful motor. It launched at $1,999 but now is $2,199 certainly putting it out of reach for some and above some (most?) of the competing ebikes. It's a bit odd having the RadCity 5 Plus still offered though it does come in at a much more affordable $1,699 though without all of the benefits of the Radster Road. I'm curious to see what happens there.

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Here's a short list of pros and cons:
  • Looks cool: Unique frame but the biggest thing is the two size offerings (a first for Rad)
  • Fast: Class 3 ebike, capable of reaching up to 28 mph with pedal assist.
  • Smooth Ride: New torque sensor provides a natural and responsive riding experience and isn't too hard to hit speeds into the 20's.
  • Functional Display: Color LCD display that's easy to use and the RFID tags are a cool bonus.
  • Riding position: The riding position is still pretty relaxed for it not having an adjustable stem. The BMX-inspired bars also allow you to easily accessorize.
  • Price: Just on the upper end compared to competing ebikes.
  • Heavy: At 74.5 lb I wonder if it's too heavy for some folks.
  • Accessibility: The size regular has a lower standover height than the size large so just be aware of this. It's still more accessible than a high step ebike

Curious what everyone else thinks.
Some of the older forum members will know that we started with a 2018 RadWagon, put 4,000 miles on it, and eventually "upgraded" to the RadWagon 4 which saw little use. Now years later there are a ton of competitors but we've been living with the RadWagon 5 now for over 2 months, putting on lots of miles. My wife is a huge fan which is saying a lot for someone who has ridden every competitor's cargo ebike. Though just keep in mind she isn't weighing in price but we are using this as our primary cargo ebike this summer. We use our RadWagon 5 as a vehicle replacement, trips of usually less than 10-15 miles around town hauling two kids in the Thule seats.

We actually plan to do an accessory video showing how we use our RadWagon 5 with our two kids which should be live in a few weeks. The Aventon Abound is probably the closest competitor here but didn't fit our needs with the two Thule seats as the rear rack isn't as long (the front child is way to close to the rider). 

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Here are our thoughts on the RadWagon 5:
  • Motor power is much improved over the previous generation (even while loaded)
  • Torque sensor is well thought out as it's not too hard to get power from the motor
  • Accessories (more on this soon but the Conestoga, front rack/basket allow for lots of capacity even with kids in the rear)
  • Class 3 speeds. While I think 28 is probably too fast for those with precious cargo, it's nice to be able to go 21-23 mph if you're comfortable.
  • Kickstand is much better
  • Standard size tires
  • Geometry. The RadWagon 5 is lower to the ground than the RadWagon 4
  • I wish they put the same horizontal display with RFID tags on the RadWagon 5 like they did with the Radster models. Not sure why they did this.
  • Battery is just average and no option for secondary battery
  • Wheel tension issue, clicking while riding. This is being addressed by Rad Power Bikes and is a known issue
  • Price. At $2,399 it's on the upper end of its competitors and sure it offers some features others don't some might not value these benefits that much

Curious about what everyone else thinks. Is it worth the premium price?

General Chat / Forum upgrade (Finally!)
April 13, 2024, 12:34:12 PM
The forum hadn't been updated in some time, so it was time to get updated! You'll notice it looks slightly different, but it also operates better on mobile. If you notice any issues post them below. Otherwise, as always I appreciate everyone's support of using our Rad links before you buy (even if it is just an accessory).

We've got a bunch of new Rad content coming on the channel:
I honestly haven't taken a deep look at the new models as I just found out about them the day before release. Here they are though:

Curious about what everyone thinks, what questions do you have? I have all 4 models en route and full reviews will follow. This is the biggest release from Rad in a long time so I'm really excited to get a close look.
General Chat / Rad's New Pricing
January 19, 2024, 11:23:40 AM
We've seen prices all over the board over the last 1, even 2 years with Rad. Seems like they have settled on a new "normal". Curious what others think. The RadRover's now feel appropriately priced even though we've seen "flash sales" of the high step as low as $1,199. The RadTrike also feels competitively priced for what you're getting.

RadRover 6 Plus High Step: Current Price $1,599, Original Price $2,099
RadRover 6 Plus Step-Thru: Current Price $1,599, Original Price $2,099
RadExpand 5: Current Price $1,599, Original Price $1,649
RadRunner Plus: Current Price $1,899, Original Price $1,999
RadRunner 2: Current Price starts from $1,399, Original Price $1,499
RadWagon 4: Current Price $1,799, Original Price $1,999
RadCity 5 Plus High-Step: Current Price $1,699, Original Price $1,999
RadCity 5 Plus Step-Thru: Current Price $1,699, Original Price $1,999
RadTrike: Current Price $1,499, Original Price $2,499
This isn't just Rad's sale but hopefully helpful for those trying to decide what ebike to get:

Biggest thing for Rad Power Bikes is the trike is a crazy $1,200 off. At $1,300 it's less than the Lectric XP Trike.

If you are buying an ebike - links within help support the forum and Ebike Escape (Thanks!). If we've missed any deals let me know!
General Chat / Rad's biggest sale 2023?
August 24, 2023, 10:23:59 AM
I believe these prices are pretty close to the lowest I've seen. Particularly I think the RadRover 6 Plus is a great deal at $1,399. Using our link supports the forum at no cost to you:

RadRover 6 Plus Step-Thru: $1,399
RadWagon: $1,599
RadCity 5 Plus: $1,599
RadRunner Plus: $1,749
RadTrike: $1,899
RadRunner 2: $1,349
Hi all, thought I'd share us putting the RadTrike on a bike rack:

General Chat / Ebike Accessories - I need your help
June 08, 2023, 07:00:09 PM
Hi all, Ryan the forum owner here. For new forum members, I also run the Ebike Escape YouTube channel. We just launched our own store selling ebike accessories with the help of BiKASE, a brand which has stood for offering high quality, well designed products. I'm looking for feedback on the store, really anything. What can we do better? What new products would you like to see?

I'm personally a huge fan of the ABC bottle cages and I think the fire resistant/waterproof battery bags are unique. We use them all the time when we store the batteries in our vehicle when we travel - it just helps them not get banged up. Thanks in advance and if you make a purchase I'd also like to hear what you think of our products.

Here is the website:

This is the second lowest I've seen the RadRover 6 Plus. If you plan to buy anything from Rad, why not support the forum with this link  8):

You can also get 2 free "Select" accessories on the RadCity 5 Plus, RadExpand and RadRunner Plus by using code "Customize" at checkout:

There are also two "limited edition" colors.  The RadRunner 2 is now offered in pool shark (blue) and the RadRunner 3 Plus in boss moss (green).

Curious if anyone is pulling the trigger.
General Chat / Which Rad Power Bike should you buy?
April 29, 2023, 04:58:34 PM
We made this video a few weeks ago. Curious to get some feedback and also have this thread as a resource for those who are trying to decide which Rad Power Bike model to buy.

Here's a video we did on all 3 bikes. We'll have our full review out in the coming weeks so let us know if you have any questions:

RadRunner / Thoughts on RadRunner 3 Plus and Pricing
March 03, 2023, 11:29:13 AM
I'm curious what everyone thinks of the RadRunner 3 Plus, especially given the $2500 price point. The Runner is one of my favorites in the lineup so it's nice to have one with better components. Any questions we should try and answer in our review? If you do decide to buy here is the forum's affiliate link:
General Chat / New 2023 Rad Model Teaser
February 21, 2023, 08:17:16 AM
Saw this on Instagram - any guesses?
General Chat / "New Rad" CEO Letter - Thoughts?
January 29, 2023, 08:36:03 AM
I'm sure many of you received this letter from Phil Molyneux, Rad's newish CEO. Curious to hear what the general consensus is of Rad after their RadWagon troubles, lineup etc. What would you like to see from the company? Full letter below:

Dear valued Rad rider,

I?d like to take a moment to introduce myself and give you a behind-the-scenes look at some of the exciting work we?re doing to improve your experience as a member of our community.

My name is Phil Molyneux, and I?m the new CEO at Rad Power Bikes. I was born in England, reside in San Diego, and consider myself fortunate to live in an area that?s ideal for impromptu ebike rides.

Our founder, Mike Radenbaugh, brought me on board in March of 2022. As with many founders, as the company grows they value bringing on more seasoned leadership. As someone who began building racing motorcycles in their youth, I was proud to accept the torch from a like-minded, former teenage tinkerer.

I was drawn to Rad because I have a lifelong affection for developing world-class products. If you?ve ever enjoyed a Dyson appliance or a Sony Electronics item within the past few decades, for instance, there?s a good chance that I?ve had a hand in it. The opportunity to work with new products that promote sustainability sealed the deal.

Since its inception, Rad Power Bikes has set both the pace and the standard for the ebike revolution. This road hasn't always been easy and we've faced numerous challenges.

As a young company, we recognize that we have made mistakes. Now we are dedicated to learning from them.

The culmination of these efforts represents the ?New Rad,? one that combines the forward-thinking innovation of our early years with the knowledge and resources to make us more customer-focused than ever before.

This begins with a laser focus on safety and reliability. From the design phase, through component validation methods, to the ever-improving quality assurance activities within our factories, we are doubling down to ensure safer, more enjoyable rides.

In addition to improving the quality of our products, we are deeply invested in delivering a delightful customer experience, both on and off the saddle.

We acknowledge that there is still room for growth in our customer support operations and are actively working to improve them. For those who need to connect with a Rad specialist, we are continuing to explore ways we can provide more immediate help, including a new chat function that we launched in December. In addition, we will be revamping our online help center to make it easier for you to find the self-help resources you need to keep riding. As we implement these remedies throughout the year, we hope that you'll notice the difference the next time you reach out to us for assistance.

These changes will keep Rad on a more sustainable path and allow us to better address your most pressing ebike needs.

We are excited about the future of Rad and the impact we can have on the world. We couldn?t be more thrilled to be on this journey with you.

Thank you for your continued support and loyalty.

Phil Molyneux - CEO
General Chat / New Rad Model Coming 12/6
December 01, 2022, 08:50:07 AM
Rad just sent an email about a new model coming 12/6/22. What do you think it might be? Hard to tell by the attachment image.
General Chat / $999 RadCity 4 - Is this a good deal?
November 10, 2022, 08:29:21 AM
I believe this price change is new on the high-step model of the RadCity:

Seems like a great deal to me though this model has been around some time. It's interesting that the step-thru is not available so I wonder if the non-Plus City bikes are getting phased out of the lineup completely. Curious what others think of this deal. Using the link above for any Rad Power Bikes purchase helps support the forum (thank you!).
General Chat / Ebike Black Friday Deals 2022
November 04, 2022, 06:42:56 AM
For those of you looking for a deal on an ebike for Black Friday here is our full list:

We are updating this list daily and this year more than ever companies are announcing sales early (excess inventory?). Any links you use within that post support Ebike Escape and the forum. Happy shopping!

I receive tons of emails from ebike and battery manufacturers. This most recent one caught my eye as they are claiming it is a replacement battery for Rad Power Bikes that fit the same cradle. Note I have zero affiliation with the seller nor can comment at all on the quality of the packs. Simply passing along the information and photos.

From the email I received "This is our new model, same mount plate as rad power bikes. U009 48v 14.4ah LG4800mah-21700 cell 30A bms 2A charger 214USD. Lead time about 5 days. Shipping cost by air to US:85 USD including clearance, tax, 10-12days, door to door. Max specification:48v 20ah/52v 17.5ah."

Unit Pack Power (Shenzhen Unit Pack Power Technology Co)

Alibaba links from the email I received: