Rad Power Bikes, one of the leading manufacturers of electric bicycles in the United States, is on the road with a new stripped and stripped city commuter called RadMission Electric Metro Bike. This bike is no frills, with a single-speed drive, a high-torque 500 W hub motor and a battery that is somehow smaller than the normal packs of Rad Power Bikes, but just as powerful.
But the real shock is the price. The Seattle-based company, known for its value-based pricing, is offering the RadMission at an introductory price of $ 999 – the cheapest model to date. That's about $ 500 less than most Rad Power bikes. (No word yet on how high the regular, non-introductory price will be.)
The real shock is the price
This will surely help attract anyone with dim eyes from their coronavirus lock to return to an appearance of normality while playing it safe and careful. Public transport is making a comeback – but slowly. Cars are quickly becoming an unsustainable choice for most places. And understandably, many people are careful when they get on a train or bus. A bike – and especially an electric bike – has quickly become a must for anyone living in a city or suburb.
The co-founders of Rad Power Bikes, Mike Radenbaugh and Ty Collins, worked like crazy to keep up with increasing demand, and in the first half of 2020 they upgraded and completely redesigned the RadRover, the RadRover, and completely redesigned RadWagon Cargo bike.
The RadMission is designed to pay tribute to the “no-nonsense bike culture” that Collins and Radenbaugh saw growing up in the Mission District of San Francisco in their mid-20s.
"I really hope this is the first e-bike for people just waking up to the fact that they no longer need a car to survive," said Radenbaugh in a blog post. "With bikes like this, you can get from point A to point B, reduce emissions, save gasoline and ultimately change the entire transport game."
"I really hope this is the first e-bike for people just waking up to the fact that they don't need a car to survive."
When it comes to electric bikes, weight is a serious obstacle for many people, especially city residents. The idea of dragging a 70-80 pound animal up a few flights of stairs is untenable for most dwellers. The RadMission tries to fix this pain point by being under 50 pounds or about 15 pounds lighter than the company's standard e-bike weight.
Of course, this is still much more than a normal standard bike. And the RadMission is still heavier – and more expensive – than inexpensive e-bike brands like Swagtron. It's also not as powerful as the other Rad Power Bikes models, and it swings a 500 W motor compared to the company's 750 W versions of the RadRover and RadRunner.
Cheaper and lighter, but maybe a little trickier, especially when you're attacking hills? Hard to say. The motorcycle's 500 W is more than enough power for beginners, but may not be enough for experienced riders or those longing for speed. We'll need a few days in the saddle to know for sure.
The RadMission is not an e-bike specifically designed for the transportation of cargo or children (the total carrying capacity is 275 pounds). It also shouldn't look like your grandmother's e-bike. Since a large proportion of e-bike buyers are older adults or people with knee sensitivity, there are many low-step variants with fat tires. This is aimed at millennial commuters who are satisfied with the minimum of technical data and still want to look good while driving down a city street.
The RadMission is a class 2 e-bike with a top speed of 32 km / h. It has a riser-style throttle on the handlebar that will come in handy when starting from a dead point. The drive train offers four levels of support. The frame is available in two sizes: a high step with a standover height of 31 inches and a center standover height of 28 inches. Narrower tires are said to offer less rolling resistance and at the same time convey the reliable feeling of a commuter bike.
It is gratifying to see that Rad Power Bikes is expanding its offering by offering cheaper models instead of targeting the luxury segment with excessive service. The fact that the company is still forced to launch a new bike that is cheaper than its already affordable range is a testament to Rad Power Bikes' commitment to getting more people to take the plunge and ride electric .