Proof Rad Power Bikes are demonstrably the worst electric bike
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.
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.
These photos were submitted by Rad owners and members of the Rad Owners Facebook Group. Click to view full size.
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.
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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.
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Rad Power Bikes are the Hummers of the electric bike 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.
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.
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.
RAD generic Chinese ebike. Photo used pursuant to 17 U.S. Code § 107 for purposes of criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research.
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Standard work day is 11 hours, average wage is 1,879 yuan, approximately $270 per month.
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.