Rad Power Bikes RadRover Video Review — $1.5k Affordable Fat Electric Bike, Twist Throttle

The Rad Power Bikes RadRover is an affordable, powerful, electric fat bike with responsive 12-magnet pedal assist and twist-throttle on demand, available in two colors with lots of accessory options including fenders and racks. Only one frame size but the top tube is sloped and the shorter stem pairs nicely with the mid-rise handlebar for upright or forward body position and taller or shorter riders, sturdy oversized pedals. Spring suspension fork with compression clicker, lockout, and preload adjust, the fat tires offer a good PSI range for improved comfort and managing soft terrain like sand and snow, optional suspension seat post. Integrated headlight but the back light runs on independent AAA batteries and could get blocked by your coat or a rear rack bag, nice adjustable kickstand, upgraded battery pack with locked-off mode, great price with optional Velofix assembly and delivery.

28 Replies to “Rad Power Bikes RadRover Video Review — $1.5k Affordable Fat Electric Bike, Twist Throttle”

  1. My only concern is the wires on the bottom are in a vulnerable location, with sand, and salt erosion. My 2014 big cat long beach cruiser has the wires here and there was scuffing and wire damage down there over time. Any suggestions to protect these wires?

  2. These bikes look a lot like the Addmotor (made in China) bikes sold via Amazon or over the internet. I'm guessing there is a China manufacturer OEM behind the bike, with some tweaks done for Rad Power for the US market. Good value, but pretty basic specs and I wonder build quality. I would not take on a real downhill trail, but great for street and dirt roads. I find the 2.8 tires to be much more versatile than the fat tires (I guess 4.0), better maneuverability and lighter weight. Those Kendra fat tires are heavy!.  Also, with weight at 65 lbs or more and a 750 w motor, the mechanical brakes can feel really weak and hydraulic is the only way to go with such a heavy and powerful bike. Also call out the throttle, which is a big feature for a lot of people. At mode zero power is completely throttle, no pedaling, and at any mode a twist of the throttle gives a power burst. That's nice, but the downside is a few places that really hate throttle assist e bike. At this price point, a really good starter e bike, have fun, learn about the right ebike, ride it into the ground, and then graduate to a higher spec, good build quality bike.

  3. I bought a Rad Rover in May 2017 and love it. It's on the heavy side (of course), but I've found it to be dependable and great fun to ride. I've ridden on road/off road 80%/20% here in Utah. On road, I inflate the tires pretty solid, and deflate for off road. On road, I really like the fat tires, since I have a more solid feel at 30-45 mph on the steep canyon downhills, and the handling is good and stable. Off road, the fat tires are of course great, and with the PAS I can handle everything from gravel, dirt and single track, even slick rock (I did the Slick Rock Trail in Moab a few weeks ago).

    For the steep canyons around Salt Lake City, I can do a 12-mile continuous climb and still have one-bar of battery life left, and that's using the PAS (pedal assist mode) at levels 3 to 5 (4-5 on the steepest sections).

    I don't use the "throttle" mode very often (no pedaling), but it works well. I've adjusted the control panel for a higher top speed, and on throttle alone and with PAS I can get assist up to 23 MPH.

    The seven speeds are sufficient for the most part, but I found on the slick rock that I was really missing a lower gear for better (slower) hill climbing, so I decided to upgrade to an 8-speed DNP Epoch Freewheel 11-34T Nickel Plated sprocket ($55) and a Shimano Altus M310 8-spd shifter ($25) with a new cable and chain ($40). MUCH better for climbing, and I still gained a little on the top end too. A perfect mix for a small investment, and the change was reasonably easy to do.

    I've found that for me, I'm getting 25-30 miles from the battery, but that's considering that in my riding in Utah, it's most steep climbs, so in a less mountainous area or "flatland", I think the range of 30-40+ miles is more than possible.

    I highly recommend this bike. For a $1500 bike, you get lots of features, and it fits my 6' 210-pound body well, and I don't see any need to spend more on a fat tire ebike. Front shock, comfortable seat and does a great job.

  4. Hey. I've been checking out your videos lately. Nice work.

    I'm considering an e-bike to use on trails with my 14 year old daughter (I just got her a mini bike for Christmas). The mini bike does about 22 mph top speed.. and I have the limiter set to about 16 mph while she's learning to ride it. Do you think an e-bike would be suitable for my needs? I also ride a real motorcycle (Triumph).. and I don't want to get an off-road motorcycle.. so I'm thinking the e-bike route is the way to go.

    I've checked out a few different brands.. Addmotor.. Cyrusher.. Sondors.. and now the RadRover. I'm leaning toward the RadRover.. is this a good choice between the brands I named? Thanks for your input.


  5. Hey, great review. I am also interested in the Juiced Crosscurrent S, but I live by the beach in FL and the thought of riding this big tire bike on the beach seems like it would be a lot of fun. With a single frame size, I'm wondering if I'll look too big for this bike at 6' tall. How tall are you? Thanks!

  6. Fat tire bikes are ultra dumb, exta wieght, extra drag, extra wieght, and did i say extra wieght and if we are honest zero extra traction, fat tires are all look for gimps that think OMG fat tires that must be awesome, reality is they are shit, you are far better with traditioal size not only for speed , weight but also for replacment tires, and no the fat tires do not offer better traction they actually in realty offer more drag than traction so you are fat better with standard wheeles

  7. I love my 2017 RadRover!! I like the new paint on the '18! I bought mine after watching Many of EBR vids. Thanks, buddy! I want the new model now…

  8. I also noticed they are ripping us off on the exchange up here in Canada. That bike may retail for $1500 US, which should equal $1800 C. But they are charging $2000, that's $200 premium!

  9. Cort Rye….. Man, you're impossible to get a hold of, even from your site. Please review the new Juiced RipCurrent S. I just pre-ordered one which is due in the next few months (hopefully). I may review it before you get a chance to meet with Tora. If so, you are welcome to fly out to RI when I get it and review it, but the weather may be a problem at that time.

  10. Great job, Court. But am wondering why VOLTBIKES YUKON 750 do not get the same mentions about the same space they share? You did reviews in Mexico which were great but they have upgraded beyond RAD since that review. I won't say they are identical, but Volt has been ahead of the curve (as Rad has with their latest 2018s) with continuous improvement — adjustable handlebars, battery, integrated design, chain protection, pedals, aluminum (not plastic) fenders and racks for $100, improved LED headlight, integrated rear light, fantastic bell…I dunno…just think RAD has a bigger marketing budget and connects with your Court brand, but would be interested in any comments on where the VOLT YUKON 750 is compared to the RAD ROVER 2018 model??

  11. If i'm going to make a 6 mile comute both ways in a small city, part of which is 2 miles on a highway should I get the Radrover or Radcity

  12. This is a wonderful bike at a good and fair price point. This company is smart to do that. Anymore money I would not be interested in an E-bike.

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