BAD POWER BIKES

Proof Rad Power Bikes are demonstrably the worst electric bike

Rad Power Bike owners report growing list of safety and quality issues.

Rad ebikes’ relatively cheap purchase price leads to a perpetual series of expensive fixes, if you can find a shop that will work on it. This information is aggregated from the public domain and comes from current Rad ebike owners.

Common Rad electric bike owner complaints for RadCity, RadRover, RadMini, and RadWagon models:

  1. Rear wheels come loose
  2. Spoke breakage
  3. Rust
  4. Poor quality brakes: low stopping power, constant squealing and rubbing of warped discs
  5. Rough shifting
  6. Local bike shops refuse to work on Rad brand
  7. Defective controllers
  8. Cable breakage
  9. Ghost throttle
  10. Frame failure
  11. Sensor failure
  12. Mystery error 30 messages
  13. Failure in rain
  14. Poor range
  15. Defective wiring harnesses
  16. Motors cut out in cold weather
  17. Display failure
  18. Defective cranks
  1. Rear wheels come loose
  2. Spoke breakage
  3. Rust
  4. Poor quality brakes: low stopping power, constant squealing and rubbing of warped discs
  5. Rough shifting
  6. Local bike shops refuse to work on Rad brand
  7. Defective controllers
  8. Cable breakage
  9. Ghost throttle
  10. Frame failure
  11. Sensor failure
  12. Mystery error 30 messages
  13. Failure in rain
  14. Poor range
  15. Defective wiring harnesses
  16. Motors cut out in cold weather
  17. Display failure
  18. Defective crank

Rad Power Bikes have just 1/2 the range of other ebikes before the battery dies.

Rad ebikes have half the range of other electric bikes.
The RadCity, RadRover, RadMini, and RadWagon have literally only half the range of other ebikes due to the inefficiency of rear hub motors, poor design, high rolling resistance tires, and weight.

Rad has no national service network and most local bike shops will not work on them.

The internet can’t fix your broken Rad ebike. Most bike shops won’t work on Rad bikes. Shops don’t stock no name Chinese parts.

Rad will tell you Velofix mobile bike repair franchises are their “national service network”. That’s intentionally misleading. Velofix is only in 28 of 50 states; they are not in every town, city, or region by any stretch. On their website Velofix says it has 20 major unrepresented regions including Boston, Chicago, Gainesville, Philadelphia, Boise, and over a dozen more that they have identified.  Good luck with Velofix if you don’t live in a major city – and even if you do.

Rad Power Bikes have more bad Yelp reviews than any other electric bike brand.

Rad ebike buyer receives damaged and defective ebike. After weeks of frustration, "I've just about had it with this company."
Rad ebike buyers frequently receive damaged and defective electric bikes.
Rad City, Rad Wagon, Rad Mini, and Rad Rover electric bikes have more negative Yelp reviews than any other ebike.
RadMini ebike gets one star on Yelp
Rad Cargo Bike gets one star on Yelp
Rad Step Thru is piece of crap
At the end of the day you will get a bike with more than a handful of problems.
Rad ebike: hundreds of dollars a month maintaining it!
Rad ebikes: Terrible service after purchase.
Bike shops won't touch RadRover!
Rad Rover buyer: customer service non-existent.

Videos of Rad Power Bike problems from 30 different Rad ebike owners.

Poor rear hub motor handling characteristics result in crashes and injury. Rad Power Bike owners call them "Rad tattoos".

These photos were submitted by Rad owners and members of the Rad Owners Facebook Group. Click to view full size.

Rad ebike buyers frequently report shipping damage and poor, slow customer service resolving issues.

Buyers often report receiving damaged and defective parts, having to make multiple calls and send repeated emails to customer service, and then waiting weeks for replacement parts that are sometimes themselves incorrect or defective.

Click individual images to view them full size.

Rad Power Bikes are heavy and not allowed on public transit.

Rad ebikes are extremely heavy and difficult to lift or move. So heavy they are not allowed on municipal bus bike racks (55 lbs.) or Amtrak trains (50 lbs.). That means no eco-friendly multi-modal travel. 

18 frequent complaints RadRover owners report.
The ebike for unintelligent people.
18 frequent safety and quality issues RadMini owners report.
18 frequent complaints RadCity owners report.
The RadMini ebike is the Hummer of the cycling world.
I was amazed at how fast my RadWagon deteriorated!

Photographs © Rad Power Bikes LLC. Used pursuant to 17 U.S. Code § 107 for purposes of criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. 

Rad Power Bikes are the Hummers of the electric bike world.

Rad ebikes are the Hummers of the cycling world!

Below, despite a $649 state of the art bike rack with ramp this owner finds the Rad’s extreme weight unmanageable. Source: Rad Owners Group on Facebook.

Rad Power Bike owner finds it's 65 lb. weight unmanageable.

Rad Power Bikes weigh the same as 6 bowling balls.

Rad ebikes are heavy as six bowling balls!
Rad ebikes are heavy as six bowling balls!
Rad ebikes are heavy as six bowling balls!
Rad ebikes are heavy as six bowling balls!
Rad ebikes are heavy as six bowling balls!
Rad ebikes are heavy as six bowling balls!

Bait and switch? Is Rad's "750-watt" motor actually a 500-watt motor?

Is bait and switch how Rad keeps prices low and “absorbs” the 25% tariff on imported Chinese electric bikes? Ebike tech Kyle Chittock of Bolton Ebikes compares both motors. Judge for yourself.

Read Rad Power Bike complaints filed with Better Business Bureau.

Rad Power Bikes are just generic Chinese import ebikes with Rad Power Bikes stickers on them.

Rad didn’t build these electric bikes. They bought them for about half what they’re charging you, and put their decals on them.

BAM generic Chinese ebike. Photo used pursuant to 17 U.S. Code § 107 for purposes of criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. 

RadMini version of generic Chinese electric bike

RAD generic Chinese ebike. Photo used pursuant to 17 U.S. Code § 107 for purposes of criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. 

Rad Power Bikes advertises "positive reviews" that they paid the reviewer to produce.

Rad Power Bikes insult your intelligence by citing positive reviews that they have paid the reviewer for.

If this website contained anything that was not true Rad's lawyers would have shut it down by now.

Poor conditions and poverty wages in polluting Chinese hub motor factories.

Standard work day is 11 hours, average wage is 1,879 yuan, approximately $270 per month.

Why do people buy Rad's low quality ebikes?

Price. Electric bikes are great and it’s easy to get excited about them. Sometimes people buy before they research the Rad brand and learn about Rad’s safety and quality issues. We built this site because we don’t want horrible experiences with Rad ebikes to turn the public away from the safe, fun, and ecologically friendly future that good electric bikes represent. Friends, there are better options.

We encourage you to research your ebike purchase thoroughly. We do not promote a specific brand. We believe in the future of electric bikes and want you to safely enjoy one for years to come.

Rad Power Bikes has many blindly loyal supporters. Many love their bikes and experience few, if any, of these issues. If you’ve read this whole website, you’re well equipped to make the right decision for you.