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A Pacific Palisades girl died in an electric bike crash. Her parents see greater danger

A mural dedicated to Molly Steinsapir, a 12-year-old who died in an e-bike crash, is seen on the exterior of the Pierson Playhouse in Pacific Palisades.

Enchanted Way is a little street in Pacific Palisades with breathtaking views of the ocean spread out below.

But ever since their 12-year-old daughter died in an e-bike crash on the block a year and a half ago, Jonathan and Kaye Steinsapir have avoided the majestic road near their house.

The couple filed suit this week against Rad Power Bikes, the burgeoning company whose product Molly Steinsapir was riding down the steep hill of Enchanted Way with a friend on Jan. 31, 2021. Steinsapir’s friend tried to brake as they sped downhill, but the bike did not stop, and instead the girls lost control and were thrown to the concrete, where Molly lay facedown, unresponsive, her helmet still on, according to the lawsuit.

“I used to walk there. I have not been up there since,” Jonathan Steinsapir, 44, said. “It’s a really beautiful street with beautiful ocean views. That’s why the girls rode up there that day. I don’t know if I avoided it at first. Now I kind of have because it brings on more and more meaning not having gone there since.”

“I can’t imagine ever going back to Enchanted Way again,” Kaye, 44, added. “I can’t even approach that area.”

Rad Power Bikes declined to comment on the lawsuit and on questions about how it makes sure kids do not use its products meant for adults.

“The entire Rad Power Bikes team extends its deepest condolences to the Steinsapir family on the tragic loss of Molly Steinsapir,” Brandie Gonzales, a spokeswoman for Rad Power Bikes, said in a statement.

They were at home a few blocks away when a neighbor called and told them Molly had been in an accident.

As they pulled out of their driveway, an ambulance sped past, and they followed it to the scene. The couple said they bickered as they drove to Enchanted Way, with Jonathan trying to convince Kaye that their daughter had probably just broken a bone.

The Steinsapirs, who have two boys, Eli and Nathaniel, lost their daughter. Molly died in the hospital a few weeks later after several brain surgeries. She never regained consciousness. Now Molly lives on in a mural painted in May that adorns the Pierson Playhouse, a theater in the Pacific Palisades where she acted in plays like “Guys and Dolls” and “Peter Pan.”

Time passed and the Steinsapirs’ fog of mourning hardened. They are now taking aim at the larger issue of e-bike safety for children and specifically at the Seattle-based company whose e-bike Molly was riding.

E-bike and scooter use has surged across the country and in Los Angeles. Rad Power Bikes alone boasts having nearly 500,000 riders on their e-bikes, and it is one of several major manufacturers.

As use has skyrocketed, so have injuries across the country. The federal Consumer Product Safety Commission found a steady 70% rise in injuries on e-scooters, e-bikes, and hoverboards from 2017 to 2020. The commission reported 71 fatalities across the country over that period.

Bike safety in general has become a major issue in cities across the country, with activists demanding governments do more to protect them from cars. Los Angeles responded with more bike lanes and some protective lanes, but critics say it’s not enough.

As more children use e-bikes, some communities have taken notice. Laguna Beach, for example, launched an education program aimed at young people after officials noticed kids speeding through town.

E-bike enthusiasts argue the machines are safe if used properly.

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But the Steinsapirs feel not enough is being done to protect children.

“Rad Power Bikes has simply turned a blind eye to the fact that children under 16, under 18 are using their products all over the country,” Jonathan said. “They acknowledge that’s inappropriate, but they have shown us they’re not willing to do anything about it.”

The suit notes that Rad Power Bikes — the largest e-bike company in North America, offering certain e-bikes that feature an extra seat for a passenger — buries the fact that its RadRunner bike should not be operated by people under 18 deep in the buyer’s manual. The warning is listed on page 49 of 57.

“Carry your kids,” the Rad Power Bikes website suggests to parents along with a photo of a kid on the backseat of an e-bike riding with an adult.

While the company mostly posts photos of kids riding in the backseat, an Instagram picture from 2020 shows a young boy sitting in the front seat of a bike alone. When one commenter suggested in the Комментарии и мнения владельцев that the company make a “child sized rad,” the company responded, “Or a Rad sized child.”

The Rad Power Bikes website also features numerous reviews from parents who tout the fact that their children, as young as 10, ride their RadRunner e-bike without adults.

“It can accommodate my 10 and 12-year-old daughters as they ride up the very steep dirt road to my home,” wrote one man.

That’s exactly the problem, argue the Steinsapirs.

“Part of their appeal is they take you places you wouldn’t normally be able to go, which includes uphill,” said Olivier Taillieu, the lawyer who filed suit for the Steinsapirs.

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Molly and her friend had ridden all the way up the steep climb of Enchanted Way and lost control of the e-bike as they sped back down.

Minors using electric bikes has been an issue since e-bikes and e-scooters hit the streets. While companies like Lime and Bird require riders to be 18 and upload a driver’s license in order to rent an e-scooter, kids can circumvent the rules by using a parent’s account.

Underage riding is not necessarily a problem, experts say.

“Older teens, while technically still minors, may have responsibilities outside the home like after-school jobs or caring for relatives or other responsibilities that require them to move around,” said Sarah Kaufman, a professor who runs the New York University Rudin Center for Transportation. “E-bikes can be especially helpful for someone going from school to a job and then home.”

Kaufman added, however, that speedy e-bikes can be very dangerous for people as young as Molly and that a sticker on the bike noting it is for adult use only could help keep kids from riding.

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“You’ve got a dangerous product being operated by children,” Taillieu said.

The Steinsapirs’ suit also alleges possible mechanical issues with the RadRunner bike, saying the machine’s “disc brakes” and “quick release” front-wheel mechanism are “a known safety hazard in the industry.”

Trek Bicycle Corp. recalled 1 million bikes over a disc brakes issue in 2015 after three riders were injured — one paralyzed.

The lawsuit suggests that the brake configuration on the RadRunner caused the e-bike to “wobble” and shake when Molly’s friend pulled on the front hand brake.

“I miss my daughter more than anything. They say the loss of a child is like the worst thing that can possibly happen to you and all I can say is that’s true. We go on but it’s very difficult.”

Karissa Marsh says her 11-year-old son Rhett was unharmed July 7 when the front wheel of the RadRunner he was riding in Manhattan Beach detached from the bike, sending him flipping over the handlebars. He somehow landed on his feet, Marsh said.

“The bike literally just fell apart,” she added.

But the company took no responsibility for the incident and blamed the Marshes, she said. Rad Power Bikes did not immediately respond to questions about Rhett’s accident.

“Rad needs to take responsibility,” Marsh said. “Stop blaming everybody else.”

In another incident in 2019, Coto de Caza resident Jennifer Fitzpatrick crashed after she could not slow her rented Rad e-bike as she sped down a hill at the Resort at Pelican Hill, she claimed in a lawsuit. Fitzpatrick, now 57, tried to power the bike down but could not and was thrown from the bike and left concussed and briefly unconscious despite wearing a helmet, a lawsuit filed last year in Orange County claims.

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“She repeatedly pushed the button, but the [e-bike’s] motor repeatedly failed to shut down, and the [e-bike] continued to pick up speed, making it impossible for her to slow down,” the suit says.

“It was a horrendous crash and just a split second later I thought, ‘Oh, my God, that’s Jennifer,’” said her husband, Daniel Fitzpatrick, 64. “When I look at these kids riding e-bikes I just envision if right now as I’m looking at them the bike tipped over and they crashed.”

Rad Power Bikes argued in its response to the lawsuit that Jennifer Fitzpatrick “apparently never applied the e-bike’s brakes.”

Daniel Fitzpatrick said he was not sure if his wife applied the brakes.

“Riding a bicycle, electric, motorized or otherwise is clearly a recreational activity with inherent risks of harm that cannot be eliminated from the activity without altering the fundamental nature of the activity. Falling off a bicycle is an inherent risk in riding one,” wrote lawyers for Rad Power Bikes in court papers in the Fitzpatrick case.

The Fitzpatricks’ product liability and negligence case is set to go before a jury next year.

“Our experience is not isolated,” Kaye Steinsapir said.

“I miss my daughter more than anything They say the loss of a child is like the worst thing that can possibly happen to you and all I can say is that’s true,” Jonathan Steinsapir said. “We go on, but it’s very difficult.”

CleanTechnica Tested: The Rad Power Bikes RadTrike

The RadTrike is designed to be a stable e-bike to enable people who looking for an e-bike with a more stable base than two wheeled cycles. It’s also a great option for folks looking for an a bike with tons of cargo hauling capacity. We unpacked the RadTrike when it was first announced, and were eager to spend some face time with the new bike when they started shipping out to customers.

The RadTrike with Rad Power Bike’s optional large basket installed. Image credit: Kyle Field, CleanTechnica

Its 3-wheel base is inherently more stable than a bicycle as it sits flat on the three wheels without support from a kickstand. That means you can comfortably sit atop the RadTrike without having to worry about having one foot on the ground or balancing on two wheels. Being stable when stopped comes at the expense of less mobility when moving. The 3-wheeled design takes some getting used to as turns need to be taken slower as the trike can get up on two wheels or flip over if you’re not careful.

Unboxing The RadTrike

With its larger physical footprint, we were curious how the RadTrike would arrive and if it would be a hassle to assemble. When it arrived, it was carefully wrapped in a compact box that was easier to maneuver around that the boxes most e-bikes ship in. Opening the box, we found the RadTrike to be carefully packaged and well designed for both shipping and ease of assembly. The secret sauce is the split frame of the bike that splits the weight in half while also making it a breeze to assemble.

Hand threading the bottom two of the four bolts that hold the two halves of the frame made it easy to slot the other half of the frame into position. From there, it was a simple matter of adjusting the position of both halves of the frame to allow the two remaining bolts to thread into position. It was one of the easier assemblies we’ve seen and we have done way more than our fair share of e-bike assembly.

Beyond that, it’s a simple matter of following Rad Power Bikes’ assembly instructions in the Owner’s Manual or following along with the assembly video. With the seat popped on and the quick addition of the optional Rad Power Bikes large basket to the rear, we were off to the races. We have built up the habit of doing a “tuning ride” around the proverbial block to see if any obvious things need to be adjusted on a new bike and the practice has served us well. On the RadTrike, we found that one of the fenders needed to be adjusted slightly, but other than that, it was ready to go.

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The design of the RadTrike makes it the ultimate swiss army knife of e-bikes, capable of hauling humans and a wide variety of gear in a range of different configurations. We typically see trikes kitted out with a large rear basket and smaller front basket, but because it comes with a built-in rear rack and is compatible with Rad Power Bikes’ expansive line of existing accessories, it can do just about anything.

Want to haul tons of gear? Throw a few baskets on it or one of Rad Power Bikes’ platforms. Want to do delivery runs with it? Great! Strap on some delivery bags and get rolling. Pets? Yeah, no problem. There is a pet carrier option for smaller bow-wows or you can add your own carrier for larger diggers to one of Rad Power Bikes’ platforms or baskets. Just want to head down to the beach with some towels and a picnic? No problem.

The RadTrike kitted out with an optional large basket. Image credit: Kyle Field

To play with this, we dropped one of Rad Power Bikes’ large baskets on the back. Adding a basket transforms the bike into a cargo hauler and let us drop three or four bags of groceries or comparable amount of dense cargo onto the bike with ease. Add a cargo bungee net to the top to keep everything in place, and it’s good to go. The rear rack looks solid enough but for some reason only has a weight capacity of 60 lb, which seems low given the bike’s 415 lb hauling capacity and the additional reinforcement built into the rack.

The built-in rear rack on the RadTrike is massive, so for those looking to maximize rear hauling volume, you may want to look at Rad’s large platform or similar accessory. Up front, the RadTrike has Rad Power Bikes’ standard mounts for one of their front racks with a capacity of 30 pounds.

Riding The RadTrike

Because of its 3-wheeled base, the RadTrike is larger and more difficult to get into a vehicle to take it somewhere for a ride. To offset this, Rad Power Bikes designed the bike with folding handlebars that fold just at the top of the frame, and a seat with an oversized tube. Folding the handlebars down and removing the seat tube lowers the vertical profile of the bike and makes it possible to roll it into the back of just about any standard SUV, or even a compact SUV, for that matter.

For the brakes on the RadTrike, Rad Power Bikes went with a different configuration than standard brakes. The RadTrike ditches the right handle brake for the rear brakes in favor of a coaster brake. This is the type of brakes typically found on kids bikes, where you pedal backwards to engage the brakes. This makes it super simple to use, but is a deviation from what we typically see on full-sized bikes.

The oversized left brake lever engages the front brake and provides a reassuring amount of braking from the front tire. On a traditional bike, around 70% of the stopping force comes from the front, so it’s nice to have the standard front brake lever in the normal location. The left front brake handle also has a parking brake feature, which is really nice. When stopped on the trike, you simply pull the front brake lever and slide the small orange parking brake tab into place to engage the parking brake. This is convenient when you want to sit on the bike and talk, when parking the bike at home, or parking it on an incline.

All of Rad Power Bikes’ other consumer grade e-bikes have the motor in the rear hub of the bike. This makes it easy to add a throttle, which isn’t possible on mid-drive e-bikes. For the RadTrike, Rad Power Bikes put the motor in the front hub of the bike. This keeps the drivetrain as simple as possible and makes it super easy to change out flat tires on either of the rear tires. In fact, they can be changed without even pulling the wheel off the bike, which is amazing. Pro tip: we highly recommend putting tire sealant in the tubes and tire liners in all tires to prevent flats.

This does make changing a tire on the front a bit more complicated than normal, but completely eliminates the need to mess with the chain at all when changing tires and fixing flats. That’s a huge win for riders. It does make the front wheel a bit heavier, which is noticeable when riding. It’s not the end of the world, especially on a bike that tips the scales at 82 pounds overall.

The front motor configuration also makes it easier to lose traction on the drive wheel. When heading uphill or on soft surfaces, the front tire can easily break traction. This makes it important to think about your body position when riding the trike. In our test rides, we stopped on grass for a chat and when starting back up again, the front tire spun on the grass. It wasn’t the end of the world but it took a little bit of adjustment to get the bike rolling again, whereas a traditional e-bike with the motor in the rear would have no problems getting moving.

On a traditional bike with two wheels, your body automatically sets the bike in a vertical position, allowing you to sit on a flat seat, almost regardless of the terrain. On a trike, the three wheels follow the terrain, which changes the way you sit on the bike. If you’re riding along a street that leans to the right to allow drainage of water, the RadTrike will lean to the right and thus the seat leans to the right. It’s a minor difference and something that applies to all trikes, but it was noticeable in our test rides.

The seating position is nice and upright. With the swept-back handlebars that adjust front to back, it’s easy to set the bike up in a position where you can keep your spine straight and ride in a very natural position. Rad Power Bikes also added a rear support to the seat that can adjust up and down for a different body styles. They did a great job of striking the balance between adding support and still allowing for comfortable pedaling.

Most electric bikes have 7 or 8 speeds, allowing you to pedal and adjust the mechanical difficulty of pedaling with the amount of electric assistance the motor provides. The RadTrike takes a different approach to this scenario and meshes a singlespeed mechanical drivetrain with Rad Power Bikes’ five-speed pedal assist system. The single mechanical gear makes it harder to pedal at higher speeds, but that’s right in line with the safety-first design of the bike.

To maximize safety, Rad Power Bikes set a 14 mile-per-hour speed cap on the RadTrike. This keeps the bike operating at the safest speeds while still offering the increased utility that three-wheeled bikes offer.


The RadTrike truly sets the bar and defines what features, quality, and geometry customers will expect from electric trikes moving forward. It opens up a completely new type of electric vehicle with increased hauling capacity for customers. This applies equally for customers who the extra stability that comes with a trike, want to haul around a dozen pizzas, few bags of cement, or some camping chairs in tennis balls down to the park.

Rad Power Bikes delivered a significant number of meaningful innovations in the RadTrike like the parking brake, the folding design that allows it to fit into the back of an SUV, the front motor configuration, the rear tires that can be serviced without any tools, and a frame design that lets it to ship and assemble easily.

With any new form factor, it will take riders a bit to get used to the new geometry if they are not used to riding on three wheels. This is primarily related to steering and the speed at which corners can be taken, but also translates to being mindful of the wider width of the rear tires when passing people and other objects. Its familiar format invites riders to jump on and give it a try, which is definitely something Rad Power Bikes wants prospective owners to do at their increasing number of retail stores.

If that’s not an option, however, the RadTrike is still an option. We advise new owners to take it slow and to give themselves time to learn their new bike. Some riders will feel at ease right away, while others may need a few rides to ensure they are familiar with all the features of the bike and how it handles.

For more information about the RadTrike or to purchase one for yourself, head over to its online home on Rad Power Bikes site.

Disclaimer: Rad Power Bikes provided the RadTrike to the author for the purposes of this review.

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E-bike boom: Rad Power Bikes selects St. Petersburg for first southern U.S. store

Social distancing, sustainability and accessibility helped fuel e-biking during the pandemic, but the battery-propelled bicycles seem to be here to stay.

Seattle-based Rad Power Bikes is widely considered the largest e-bike seller in the United States. Last month, they opened a St. Petersburg store — the company’s first in the South and only their second on the East Coast.

Vice President of Customer Operations Pete Boudreaux spoke with the Tampa Bay Times about what customers can expect from the new Warehouse Arts District store, at 2400 5th Ave. S, just off the Pinellas Trail. This interview has been lightly edited for clarity and length.

Why St. Petersburg for Rad’s second East Coast store?

The journey starts about 16 or 18 months ago. A lot of our growth primarily started in the northwest and then proceeded down the West Coast and into Canada. We didn’t have as many customers on the East Coast so we started looking at how could we diversify our customer base. We looked at a number of cities. We recently opened Brooklyn, N.Y., and then we landed on St. Petersburg.

We looked at a couple of factors. Number one, we want to look at historical revenue with Rad. Is there some customer base or are we going to start from scratch? In Tampa and St. Pete, there was definitely a customer base. Number two, we look at the population density. Is it a strong population to help fuel growth? Our customers will travel to a Rad location. We have people coming from The Villages, Orlando, Fort Myers, to the store today. We know customers will travel to a Rad location but we also want to make sure there’s a population there we could serve as well. And then we also look at online analytics. Through Google Analytics and others you can determine if there is an interest in e-bikes and alternative mobility options in Tampa and St. Pete.

Then we venture out into finding the right location. We knew Florida was where we wanted to be on the East Coast and we explored different options, between Tampa and St. Pete, South Florida like Fort Lauderdale and the Miami area. We landed on St. Pete, we thought it was the best market to attract customers. Once we identified that market, we then zero in on the specific location. We looked at a number of real estate options across that area.

The new location is close to the Pinellas trail. Was that was a coincidence?

The trail is an added bonus. The ability to test ride a bike is one of our key criteria, so when we were looking for locations across that whole Tampa-St. Pete area, we wanted to make sure that there was accessibility to ride the bike. Rad stores across the country are often not in the same locations as typical retail because of the added element of having to ride a bike.

A number of customers will come in to Rad either having never ridden a bike, an electric bike, or maybe they haven’t ridden a bike for a number of years. We get a lot of customers who haven’t been on a bike in 20 years and want to kind of, you know, regain that feeling. Getting them on a test ride will help with the comfort and understanding of what they’re getting into and how it’s going to hopefully change the way they think about not just transportation, but mobility and getting around. Being close to the trail was a huge benefit.

Since launching, has Rad seen a shift or change in the kind of customer base you’re attracting?

I’ve been with Rad for about a year and a half. I think we’ve seen really strong growth in the e-bike category. Specifically with Rad, we have over 500,000 riders. What I saw early on is people looking at alternative transportation options. After COVID hit, what was last thing you wanted to do? Get on public transportation. And so, in cities where there was a lot of reliance on public transportation, we’ve seen a shift especially during late 2021 to 2022.

As we’ve grown, you’re seeing demographics of customers expand. It’s not just a market of 25- to 40-year-olds. We have customers that range from early adults to those well into retirement. We recently introduced the Rad Trike (a three-wheeler) and we’ve had a tremendous amount of customer interest.

Early-on adopters of e-bikes were people who are really into biking or really into the environment and making a change. While that still maintains, you’re also now introducing customers for whom it’s changing the way they just think about getting out and recreation. Myself included. My wife and I will ride with friends on our Rad bikes every weekend. We’ll take them to the restaurant when historically, we would have driven a car.

Florida is not known for its public transportation. And while a lot of downtown St. Pete is fairly walkable, and we’ve seen an expansion in like different micro mobility programs, public transit is often seen seen as something that you do out of necessity rather than out of choice.

There was obviously a demand in St. Pete prior to us arriving. What we believe we’re going to see is that we’re able to introduce Rad and e-biking in general and the benefit of e-biking to a larger population by having the retail store there. We’re direct to consumer so we don’t use dealers. Customers either buy online directly or they visit one of our Rad retail locations. We have nine of those across North America.

We knew there was a community and obviously the weather favorable the majority of the year. That was another attractive thing and then also the broad spectrum of population. We have an e-bike family, so are not just targeting the commuter population. We’ve got different models for different types of individuals. And so St. Pete and Tampa really offer a mix of customers and options.

What can people expect from the store itself?

We started opening stores a few years ago. We want them to be a hub for our customers, who can come in and get annual bike tune-ups, a service or repair. We also know that there’s customers who want to learn more about the bikes and local regulations around biking. And some of them are maybe DIYers who want to learn more. So at our stores we do different events. Because we just opened St. Petersburg we haven’t launched a lot of events there yet. But if I looked at our other stores, for example, we have a store in Berkeley, Calif., who this past Saturday held a “how to change a flat tire.”

We try to bring people in for education and also excitement. Some of our other stores, which we’ll also be offering out of St. Petersburg, offer group rides. These may be existing customers or they may be customers who are wanting to learn more about e-biking, meaning they haven’t purchased anything. The store is not just for you to come and buy a Rad bike one time. We want you to feel like you’re part of a community.

What’s the policy landscape surrounding e-bikes at the moment? A handful of places across the country are launching local rebate schemes or voucher projects. St. Pete is not one of those places. Denver comes to mind. Is Rad involved in any advocacy?

There was some proposed legislation at the federal government level, in the Build Back Better proposal that didn’t get through with an e-bike rebate. But a lot of cities or states are adopting their own policy. We have to find alternative solutions. Electric cars alone won’t solve the problem, because you’re not taking cars off the road. We have to get solutions where people are looking for alternative transportation.

You mentioned Denver. Denver kicked off the program last spring. We have a store in Denver. I was there on the opening weekend, seeing community members come in with voucher program, getting a cargo-type bike almost for free with the voucher. We try to understand what is potentially coming, and we try to help legislation. We worked with CalBike, so I presented at one of their summits last year in Oakland. We talked about the bikes and the impact it’s having on communities, and we’ll continue to do that with different cities. If Tampa and St. Pete start to build momentum around this, we will participate in a way that makes sense.

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Social distancing, sustainability and accessibility helped fuel e-biking during the pandemic, but the battery-propelled bicycles seem to be here to stay.

Seattle-based Rad Power Bikes is widely considered the largest e-bike seller in the United States. Last month, they opened a St. Petersburg store — the company’s first in the South and only their second on the East Coast.

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Rad Power Bikes RadTrike 1 Review

An electric tricycle has been the most requested product by Rad Power Bikes’ customers since its founding in 2007. Finally, for 2023, those customers will get their wish with the release of the RadTrike 1.

This mid-range e-trike helps fill the gap between e-bikes and light-duty electric vehicles, providing urban dwellers with an alternative means of transportation that’s both environmentally friendly and healthy.

Electric tricycles are superior to traditional e-bikes in their ability to carry heavy and bulky cargo. In addition, they are more stable and comfortable to ride.

Our RadTrike 1 review will highlight the main components and design features, discuss the ride feel, talk about who the bike is best suited for, and finish with our verdict on whether or not it’s a good buy.

A mid-range electric tricycle for riders who want more stability and cargo carrying capacity.

  • Powerful motor
  • Solid max range
  • 415-lb payload capacity
  • Comfortable and stable
  • Reverse feature

Rad Power Bikes RadTrike 1 Main Specs

  • MSRP: 2,499
  • Motor: 750W hub
  • Battery: 480Wh
  • Drivetrain: Single-speed
  • Range: 20-55 Miles
  • Brakes: Mechanical disc rear coasters
  • Weight: 82 lbs
  • Payload Capacity: 415 lbs
  • Sizing: Height: 4’10” to 6’4″ / Inseam: 25″ to 35″

Full Rad Power Bikes RadTrike 1 Review

Rad Power Bikes has tapped into a whole new market with the release of the RadTrike 1. Although it comes in over the entry-level price range, the RadTrike is still affordable. The spec easily competes with other similarly-priced models, such as the Pedego Trike, Buzz Cerana, and Sixthreezero EVRYjourney.

Why Choose an Electric Tricycle?

Electric tricycles offer three distinct advantages over e-bikes. Firstly, they are much more stable, so carrying heavy cargo is stress-free, and it’s safe to ride if you struggle with balance.

Secondly, the extra frame space and third wheel increase the payload capacity, which is why this model can support 75 lbs more than the RadWagon cargo e-bike.

Lastly, trikes are more comfortable as they use a seat with a backrest and a relaxed ride position that can’t be replicated by traditional bikes.

Steel Frameset and 415-lb Payload Capacity

Rad Power Bikes built the RadTrike 1 frame and fork with Chromoly steel. Chromoly steel has properties that complement this type of model. Firstly, it is highly compliant, absorbing vibrations and creating a smoother, more comfortable ride feel.

In addition, it is exceptionally durable, sturdy, and cheap to manufacture, helping keep the price down and ensuring a high payload capacity.

The trade-off is loss of efficiency and extra weight, but these issues are not very relevant for an electric tricycle, and the RadTrike 1 weight is only 82 lbs.

The RadTrike 1 has a solid payload capacity of 415 lbs, with a max rider weight of 325 lbs and a max cargo weight of 90 lbs. Unfortunately, the cargo carrying capacity is lower than it could be, considering the total payload capacity. You can carry up to 60 lbs on the rear rack and 30 on an optional front rack.

Stability and Comfort

One challenging part of riding a traditional bike is balancing, especially for those who haven’t ridden for many years. A tricycle eliminates this worry by adding an extra wheel and lowering the center of gravity, opening up the world of cycling to those with impaired balance. In addition, the third wheel provides more traction for riding in wet weather.

Comfort is another important characteristic of riding a tricycle, and it’s a joy to cruise on the RadTrike. It comes with a cushioned seat with a padded backrest, both of which are adjustable. Additionally, you have adjustable handlebars that ensure you can maintain an upright and relaxed position that doesn’t strain your neck or back.

A final component that contributes to the comfort of the RadTrike is the wide 2.25″ tires, helping to absorb road vibrations and improve ride quality.


Rad Power Bikes chose the typical 750W geared hub motor they use across their range, except in the front wheel’s hub instead of the rear wheel, as you see on most e-bikes. This motor gets juice from a 480Wh downtube-mounted battery, capable of returning up to 55 miles of range.

The RadTrike 1 top speed is set at 14mph instead of 20mph because tricycles can become unbalanced when cornering at high speeds. In addition, it has five levels of pedal assistance and a throttle.

A unique capability of this electric tricycle is the reverse mode, which activates by holding down the PAS button. This feature allows users to comfortably back out of tight spaces without dismounting and pushing the trike. We recommend adding a handlebar wing mirror to make this process easier on your neck.

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RadTrike 1 Build Kit

The rest of the components on the RadTrike are decent, although there are a couple of questionable inclusions by Rad Power Bikes.

The RadTrike is fully-equipped with the typical urban e-bike components, including a rear rack, fenders, auto-on lights, and a bell. Instead of a kickstand, you get a handbrake for easier parking.

The brakes consist of a front mechanical disc with 180mm rotors and two rear coaster brakes, which operate by pedaling backward. In our opinion, this setup is slightly underpowered, especially given the high payload capacity. A single-speed drivetrain rounds out the groupset, helping to keep maintenance needs down but limiting your ability to pedal when the gradient gets steep.

Finally, the wheelset comprises 18″ single-wall alloy rims and 2.25″ puncture-resistant Kenda Kontact tires, custom-made for Rad Power Bikes.

Accessory Packs for the RadTrike 1

The RadTrike has three accessory packs as optional add-ons to personalize the trike upon purchase. Alternatively, you can pick individual products from the online store. The three packs are as follows:

  • Haul it all kit: Medium front-mounted basket, small basket, small basket roll top liner
  • Around town kit: Front rack, phone mount, folding lock, mirror
  • Essentials kit: Medium front-mounted basket, folding lock, phone mount

Rad Power Bikes RadTrike 1 Ride Feel

With three wheels, a cushioned seat and backrest, wide 2.25″ tires, and upright geometry, it’s safe to say that the RadTrike 1 has a smooth and relaxed ride feel.

In addition, the stability gained by the extra wheel and low center of gravity would inspire confidence in anyone, even when riding with fully loaded racks.

Finally, despite having a powerful motor, the acceleration isn’t overwhelming, adding to the confident ride feel. Because it is a little slower than an e-bike, this electric tricycle is ideal for short to medium-distance trips around the city and into the countryside.

Who Is RadTrike 1 Best Suited For?

Electric tricycles like the Rad Power Bikes RadTrike 1 are ideal for riders who prioritize comfort, stability, and functionality. This e-trike fills the gap between e-bikes and lightweight e-vehicles and can be an excellent environmentally friendly substitute for a car.

Another group that benefits from the extra wheel is riders with balance impairments who don’t feel comfortable navigating roads and pathways on two wheels. Likewise, anyone with limited mobility may enjoy the upright, relaxed seated position and straightforward mounting and dismounting of the RadTrike.

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Of course, this is not an exciting, high-performance machine. Instead, it excels in a specific set of environments and does so at a reasonable price and the guaranteed reliability of a Rad Power Bikes product.

Other Rad Power Bikes Models We’ve Reviewed:

  • Rad Power Bikes RadExpand 5 Review
  • Rad Power Bikes RadCity 5 Plus Review
  • Rad Power Bikes RadRover 6 Plus Review
  • Rad Power Bikes RadRunner Review
  • Rad Power Bikes RadWagon 4 Review

Is the Rad Power Bikes RadTrike 1 a Good Buy?

The RadTrike 1 is a solid buy if you’re in the market for an electric tricycle. These products appeal to a certain kind of rider, and if you’re in that group, you’ll be happy with the quality of this e-trike and the value it provides.

The range of e-trikes currently available is limited, so the release of this model by one of the USA and Europe’s leading electric bike manufacturers is timely and will be well received. The RadTrike easily competes with the competition and lies somewhere in the middle in terms of price.

Of course, as with any bike, there are a couple of minor changes we think would improve it, but overall, Rad Power Bikes has nailed the design of their new e-trike.

Add the new Rad Power Bikes RadTrike to your shortlist if you’re in the market for an affordable electric tricycle.

Rad Power Bikes vs. Juiced Bikes vs. Pedego: Electric (2023)

What is the best electric bike? We reviewed Rad Power Bikes, Pedego, and Juiced Bikes to highlight which e-bike is most worth the investment.

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Electric bikes have taken certain segments of society by storm. Sure, they are nice to have during a pandemic when your family needs a reason to get out of the house and hit the local greenways, but they are so much more versatile than that. Rad Power Bikes, Pedego, and Juiced are some of the best on the market, but each serves a slightly different segment. We will explore the differences to help you decide which brand might be best for your needs.

Electric bikes offer a crowd-free way of commuting in urban areas and small towns alike, and for outdoor enthusiasts, several of the more prominent bands now sell e-bikes built for off-roading. These modern machines will take your journeys further, faster.

In the age of door dash and other delivery services, there are also a surprising number of side hustlers using cargo bikes to get the job done. Electric bikes are efficient, effective, and fun. They are also earth-friendly compared to vehicular transportation.

Rad Power Bikes, Pedego, or Juiced?

We understand why buying a new electric bike might feel overwhelming, so here is a reassuring thought: The top brands are all relatively reliable. Rather than FOCUS on the minutia such as the pros and cons of mechanical disc brakes compared to hydraulic disc brakes, we recommend that you FOCUS on how you plan to use your new bike.

Do you plan to most joy-ride? Pedego might be for you. Do you plan to pick up the kids from school? We recommend you go with a Rad Power Bike? Do you plan to cover adventurous distances on off-road trails? There is no better choice than a Juiced Bike. Once you define how you plan to use your new ride, it will be much easier to make a decision. Here is where we see the value in each brand:

Of course, we understand you might want a little more information before making a decision. Check out the side-by-side comparison table, and read the detailed reviews below.

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Do You Need A Driver’s License For An Electric Bike?

The short answer is that electric bike regulation varies by state and local law, but there are some helpful resources online to help kickstart your research. We recommend checking out

PeopleForBikes.org to get started. One interesting consideration is that the murkier guidance might surround electric mountain bikes (eMTB) because the specific landowners or land managers may not have consistent rules.

The guidance regarding driver’s licenses will be the same for e-bikes and electric mountain bikes, but some trails do not allow electric mountain bikes at all. Naturally, if a route is open to both motorized and non-motorized traffic, then an electric mountain bike will be acceptable. States may have specific trails designated for electric mountain bikes, while federal rules are a little more cut and dry. Electric mountain bikes are considered motorized vehicles by the US Forest Service, so they are allowed on trails open to motorized vehicles.

Is It Worth Getting An Electric Bike?

Electric bicycles provide many of the same benefits as old-school bikes but provide additional capabilities, making the bicycles useful to a broader audience. For example, if you live in a hilly area or your best fitness days are still ahead of you. e-bikes will give you a little extra power and speed to get where you need to go. This is the primary reason they are useful for commuting as well.

Electric bikes can also be configured in countless ways, so if you want to use your electric bike for local errands or local food delivery, you can do so. You can also configure your electric bike with extra seating so you can take your kids over to the local park.

New models get more sophisticated every year as more and more companies enter the market. In fact, Car and Driver magazine once wrote that “The ride into our electric future will be led by bikes.” Electric bikes are so versatile that they are expected to outpace automobile sales in the future.

So, if you are asking us, an electric bicycle is an excellent investment.

Rad Power Bikes Review

If you know much about the e-bike movement in North America, then you probably have heard of Mike Radenbaugh and Rad Power Bikes. I am a big fan of NPR’s How I Built This and Guy Raz’s interview with Mike Radenbaugh is one of my favorites. Mike had quite a hike to school each day and started tinkering with bikes to convert them to electric bikes.

Through trial and error and a few unsuccessful trips to school, Mike eventually became very good at what he was doing. His first venture was converting standard bicycles into electric bikes for people in his hometown. Today, Rad Power Bikes is North America’s largest electric bicycle brand, with bikes so popular they are often sold out.

What started with Mike’s tinkering has grown into a brand with around ten different models of e-bikes, which might be grouped into three main categories: Off-road, Utility Cargo, and City E-bikes. In addition to these three main categories, Rad Power Bikes also makes bikes that fold so they are easier to store and carry, and step-thru bikes that are easier for some to mount and dismount. The step-thru models also have a nice stylistic look, regardless of whether it is easier to mount.

Off-Road E-Bikes

Sometimes, you hear rumblings that riding an e-bike is kind of like cheating, and to hard-core snobs, you might hear straight derision toward e-bikes, but Rad Power Bikes off-road series aims to set the record straight. The RadRover Electric Fat Bike sports 4” fat tires that will conquer the most rugged terrain. And if you are looking for a ride that will stow and go, the RadMini Electric Folding Fat Bikes is a competent fat tire bike that will fit nicely in your vehicle as you are trying to get where you are going.

Rad Power Bikes off-road electric bicycles have batteries ranging from 25-45 miles on a charge, but few other features make these bikes great off-road companions. The off-road e-bikes have puncture-resistant fat tires and front suspension forks so that you can keep moving through any terrain. Adding a rear rack will completely change your outdoor adventures. Throw some gear on your ride, and get off the grid for your camping or fishing excursion.

Cargo Utility E-Bikes

If you are fond of your car, you might want to skip down a little bit because the RadWagon Electric Cargo Bike turns two-car families into one-car families. While these bikes look a bit different than traditional frame bicycles, they pack crazy versatility. The best part of the RadWagon Electric Cargo Bike is that you can add running boards, deckhands, a caboose, or a full seat to keep your kiddos safe and comfortable on the back of your ride.

Of course, if you don’t have kids to chauffeur around, the RadRunner Electric Utility Bike is perfect for local deliveries and other small businesses (a center console and rearview mirrors are even available!), while the RadRunner Plus Electric Utility Bike offers a premium passenger seat.

City E-Bikes

While the off-road e-bikes and cargo/utility bikes offer surprising functionality, the city electric bikes have a range of 25-45 miles, providing plenty of capacity for commuting or weekend fun. The RadMission Electric Metro Bike is Rad Power Bikes’ most affordable option, and it is an excellent option if you want the versatility of an e-bike but don’t plan to use it every day.

The RadCity Electric Commuter Bicycle and RadCity Step-Thru Electric Commuter Bicycle provide optional features such as wheel locks and a little more comfort than models meant for rugged adventures. We particularly like the step-thru variety because of the extra-sleek styling.

Best Rad Power Bike Accessories

Rad Power Bikes might be best known for the wide range of accessories and customization that are available. Many bikes have standard features such as puncture-resistant tires and front suspension forks. Still, this type of practical quality is just a signal toward how functional Rad Power Bikes are, and the accessories are geared towards enhanced functionality.

We mentioned the RadWagon Electric Cargo Bike has running boards and a compatible Thule Yepp Maxi Child Seat, which helps transform the e-bike into family-style transportation. And the RadRunner Passenger package includes a passenger seat, retractable footpegs, and a transparent protective wheel skirt. Not unexpectedly, front and rear racks are available for most bikes too.

Is a Rad Power Bike Worth It?

When you consider there are ten models of

Rad Power Bikes that there are fat tire and traditional tire options, and that there is such a wide range of accessories, there really might be a perfect Rad Power Bike for everyone.

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There is a reason Rad Power Bikes have thousands of 5-star reviews from their customers. Whether this will be your first e-bike or your tenth, Rad Power Bikes make high-quality and versatile bikes you will be proud to own.

Pedego Electric Bikes Review

Pedego’s origin story is significant because it directly impacts its quality and vision to this day. Don DiCostanzo loved riding bicycles from his house to the local beach, but one large hill took all of the joy out of the experience. After purchasing one electric bicycle that he loved, electric bikes became such a passion that he eventually purchased seven.

This infatuation inspired Don to open his own store in Newport Beach, which was so successful it became the largest electric bicycle retailer in the United States. It was based on this passion and in-depth knowledge of the market that Don became dissatisfied. He felt the entire market was the same, dull, and lacking quality. Rather than quietly complain in disappointment, Don teamed up with his good friend Terry Shaw to start Pedego.

Today Pedego Electric Bikes builds premium quality bicycles with eye-catching designs because that was the real inspiration behind starting the company. No compromises here. Pedegos are made to be the best.

The Pedego portfolio now includes nearly 20 premium quality electric bicycle models, which, in addition to being sold online, are available through a network of over 100 locally-owned Pedego stores focused on customer satisfaction. Pedego Electric Bikes are so popular that Navigant Research named Pedego the number one brand sold in the United States.

Pedego Electric Bikes Products

There is undoubtedly a model that will be perfect for your needs with so many quality bike models. Here is an overview of their product line-up.

Off-Road E-Bikes

Pedego is partially defined by the wide range of models fit for anyone, and their off-road series is an excellent example of this. The most expensive off-road model is the Elevate, a full-suspension eMTB. The Elevate model is more than 3.5X as expensive as its most affordable eMTB model (The Element), but the Elevate is loaded with cutting-edge technology that justifies the bike’s price.

The Pedego Elevate model includes a best-in-class Shimano mid-drive system and the same lithium-ion battery technology used in full-size electric cars. The Elevate features both front and rear suspension, advanced software connecting to an app via Bluetooth, and a computerized display. This top-of-the-line off-road series gets up to 20 MPH with motor assistance only.

If the Pedego Elevate is too much bike for you, the Element, Trail Tracker, and Ridge Rider are all capable off-road models available from the Pedego team. While the Element and Trail Tracker are both fat tire models, we are particularly fond of the Ridge Rider. The Pedego Ridge Rider Electric Mountain Bike features an advanced 48 Volt battery that can take you up to a whopping 56 miles on 10 cents worth of electricity. That’s an exceptional performance.

Crusier E-Bikes

While electric mountain bikes require premium performance for off-roading, cruisers need completely different performance features. The Comfort Cruiser, Interceptor, and Boomerang are the main Pedego cruiser models, and each provides distinct styling that will stand out in a sea of bike frames that look just alike.

Our favorite cruiser is the Pedego Interceptor Electric Cruiser Bike. It is available in a classic frame, but we prefer the sophisticated step-thru frame available in many colors. The Interceptor has kevlar-belted balloon tires that help prevent flats, five levels of ‘twist-and-go’ pedal-assist in the handle, and bright front and rear lights for enhanced safety. All of this is in addition to a beautiful display and a battery that will take you 60 miles on 10 cents of electricity.

The City Electric Bike line includes e-bikes designed for commuters and a stretch cargo bike, but the most exciting bike in the collection is the Conveyor Belt Drive Electric Bike. Instead of the greasy metal chain, the Conveyor utilizes a carbon belt drive, which makes very little noise at all. It’s durable too. Pedego’s testing has shown it can last up to 10,000 miles. The Pedego Conveyor is both innovative and understated and works unlike any other electric bike you have seen. This bike is the commuter’s dream, including bright lights and a GPS anti-theft tracking, crash detection, and emergency alert system.

Speciality E-Bikes

It’s worth mentioning that Pedego also has a pretty cool series of specialty bikes, like the Trike Electric Adult Tricycle and the Tandem Electric Bicycle Built For Two. Still, we really like the Ford Super Cruiser. It carries the Ford badge, along with lines and curves reminiscent of early Ford cars. Fittingly, the Pedego battery system makes it one of the most powerful electric bikes money can buy.

Best Pedego Accessories

While Pedego doesn’t offer as many racks and other accessories as the competition, they still have plenty of accessory options to customize your new Pedego for your specific needs. Pedego focuses on baskets and bags for cargo, rather than racks, including trunk bags, pannier bags, and handlebar bags. Unless you plan to strap on a heavy-duty load, these accessories are sufficiently functional and stylish.

Is A Pedego Worth It?

Pedego makes it pretty clear that they don’t sell the cheapest electric bikes. That’s not a game they plan on chasing. Instead, the company focuses on value, and in fact, every product page proudly displays, “Pedego Electric Bikes are not the highest or lowest price. They are the greatest value.” We are generally hesitant with self-proclamations, but this time the shoe fits. The bottom line is that Pedego electric bicycles are high-quality and uniquely designed bicycles you will be proud to own.

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Juiced Bikes Review

Where Rad Power Bikes focuses on versatility and Pedego Electric Bikes on top-tier quality and style, Juiced Bikes focuses on performance. For evidence of this, look no further than the battery platform. While many e-bike platforms are based on 36 Volt or 48 Volt platforms, Juiced Bikes are built on a 52 Volt platform.

The last thing you want is to find yourself on a hill with insufficient juice, or worse, at the end of a dirt trail with a dead battery. Battery matters and Juiced Bikes is Hyper-focused on performance metrics that matter. The 52 Volt platform enhances power, speed, range, and efficiency. The obvious downside to the 52 Volt platform is that the battery is more prominent, heavier, and less discrete than competitor batteries.

Of course, under the right conditions. some of the Juiced Bikes’ e-bike/battery combinations will make it over 100 miles, which is nothing to scoff at. If you are looking for an e-bike that will take you the furthest distance and the fastest speed, then

Juiced Bikes is where you want to start your search.

Juiced Bikes Product Categories

But which Juiced model is right for you? There are a few models worth considering.

Moped Style E-Bikes

The Juiced Bikes Scorpion and HyperScoprion are electric moped-style bikes with a range of up to 70 miles. The Juiced HyperScorpion features a bright headlight, twist throttle handle, and rear rack. Stylistically, the HyperScorpion is one of the coolest looking electric bikes you can find. While traditional mopeds have a very tame look, the HyperScorpion sports a mean look you might pair with a leather jacket.

Adventure E-Bikes

Juiced Bikes Scrambler and HyperScrambler look as tough as dirt bikes, and if you weren’t paying attention, these bikes might pass for performance dirt bikes too. The HyperScrambler is particularly interesting because it has a dual battery capacity that extends the range of your electric bike to over 100 miles. I’ve never even considered riding a bike close to that far, but the Juiced HyperScrambler has me dreaming of epic adventures, and that’s what Juiced Bikes is all about.

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Commuter E-Bikes

Juiced Bikes CrossCurrent series is their ultimate commuter series. The CrossCurrent X hits 28 MPH with an 80 miles range, which is more than capable of getting you to the office and back home. The Juiced CrossCurrent series sports a streamlined design compared to Juiced Bikes’ more aggressively styled bikes but packs the same performance and character you would expect.

Fat Tire E-Bikes

The RipCurrent series is Juiced Bikes’ electric fat-tire bike, which might be their most versatile e-bike. The Juiced RipCurrent hits 28 MPH and has a 70 mile range, and works as well on the beach as it does on the road. If you don’t have a particular need for your electric bike and aren’t quite sure where to start, the RipCurrent series is a good place to start.

Best Juiced Bike Accessories

Juiced Bikes platform is pretty straightforward. Rather than try to be everything to everyone, Juiced Bikes make high-performance bikes for individuals looking for adventure. Maybe, for this reason, the Juiced Bikes accessories line-up isn’t as expansive as the competition. That said, they do sell some pannier bags, helmets, and other vital necessities.

Is a Juiced Bike Worth It?

The one significant advantage

Juiced Bikes has over the competition is their 52 Volt battery platform. While the bike offers a smooth ride, is also packs significant torque. The battery is bigger than the batteries you will find on most electric bikes, which produces more power, range, speed, and efficiency. Juiced Bikes might be the right choice for someone that considers themselves an adventure junky. If high speeds, distance, and a little adrenaline are the name of your game, go with Juiced.

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Not Sold? Considering A Traditional Bike?

If you are not completely sold on Rad Power Bikes, Pedego Electric Bikes, or Juiced Bikes, we recommend you consider a Turboant electric bike. The Turboant brand is mostly associated with electric scooters, but they recently entered the electric bike market, and its bikes are worth considering. We completed an entire review of the Turboant bikes if you want a detailed overview.

Turboant now offers a mini folding bike, and an electric fat tire bike. We are particularly big fans of the

Turboant Thunder T1 Electric Fat Tire Bike. Its sold at an affordable price, with an excellent combination of features and performance. The Turboant fat tire bike has a max range of 65 miles and a max speed of just under 20 miles per hour.

Plus, the front hydraulic fork locks and unlocks depending on your chosen terrain. The fat tire adds traction and cushion, making it great for slick streets and uneven trails alike. A Turboant bike is worth considering if you are looking a bike with versatile performance.

If you aren’t sure about an electric bike, Retrospec is a brand that offers quality and style at an affordable price. For a performance bike, you might consider comparing Trek vs Specialized vs Giant. as each of these sell performance road and mountain bikes ridden by professionals and weekend warriors alike.

What is the Best Electric Bike?

Electric bicycles are set to change everything from leisure to off-road adventuring to commuting. Some are enticed by the idea of riding next to the ocean with the wind in their hair. In contrast, others dream of alternative commuting that skips uncomfortable public transportation and inefficient car travel. Still, others daydream about going deeper into the woods than previously possible because of the rugged build modern electric mountain bikes represent.

So as reminder, here are where we see each brand shining.

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