Rad Energy Bikes’ RadRunner is my first suggestion to anybody in search of their first ebike. After I reviewed it in August, I assumed its mixture of retro seems, single-speed simplicity, cargo functionality, helpful equipment, and passenger-friendly, compact design made it one of the crucial versatile ebikes you possibly can purchase. That was made even higher by its reasonably priced (for an ebike) $1,299 price ticket.
At the moment, Rad Energy Bikes introduced the $1,699 RadRunner Plus, and it fixes virtually all of my (few) complaints concerning the unique.
First issues first: I like the brand new silver and brown colorway. I wasn’t a fan of the black and army-green colours on the unique, and the lighter look ought to support with night-time visibility as properly. Additionally aiding in night-time visibility is a bigger LED halo headlight.
My favourite change is that the bike now comes with entrance suspension, which is able to make for a cushier trip in tough metropolis streets, though I already discovered the chunky 20 x 3.3-inch wheels offered fairly a little bit of cushioning on their very own. And the bike now comes with a full LCD show normal; the unique simply makes use of easy LED lights for battery and pedal-assist values, however you weren’t capable of see your velocity or miles traveled. Additionally included normal now are the passenger pack – which provides a soft seat and footpegs to the again of the bike – and fenders. These had been beforehand $99 upgrades every.
However one of many greatest modifications is the change to a 7-speed drivetrain. This one I can personally take or depart; I appreciated the simplicity of the single-speed design on the unique, however the additional gears ought to make for higher effectivity throughout climbs and better pedal-assisted high speeds. In principle, it also needs to aid you preserve some vary for longer journeys.
I do nonetheless have a number of complaints. I’d wish to see Rad Energy Bikes present a torque sensor possibility sometime, which permits for extra natural-feeling pedaling than the stop-and-go cadence sensor its bikes at the moment use. I additionally want the big hole below the rear rack was higher utilized; the corporate would possibly’ve even been capable of set up a second battery mount for these of us who actually respect each bit of additional vary.
However for $1,700 ($2,299 CAD/€1,599 EUR) you’d be hard-pressed to discover a extra sensible, full-featured e-bike, and as earlier than, the bike is appropriate with a wealth of equipment together with a sturdy entrance basket and a storage console that fills within the step-through body. The RadRunner Plus is out there from radpowerbikes.com beginning immediately, and the corporate notes it’s a “very restricted” launch. You possibly can learn my evaluation of the unique, which remains to be out there at its $1,299 beginning worth, right here.