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RadRover 5 By Rad Power Bikes (Review)

Electric bicycles are the fastest advancing trend among the whole cycling industry.

Rad Power’s RadRover 5 is the great value SUV of the electric bike world. This fat-tire e-bike is built for the path less pedaled, able to take you on an adventure over rugged terrain with comfort.

RadRover 5 is an oversized electric machine with knobby 4″ tires and tons of character. It’s an affordable e-bike that costs only 1,699, so it doesn’t introduce new technologies or a revolutionary design.

It’s a big fat e-bike with tons of power that will give you more freedom than ever before to explore and challenge yourself. RadRover is available with a step-over and a step-through frame which makes it accessible for different types of riders.

Important notice: RadRover 5 has been replaced by the newer and improved version. Read our full review of RadRover 6 Plus on this link!

Key features that speak about the great value

  • The 750W geared hub motor delivers 80 Nm of torque through pedal-assist and throttle modes.
  • RadRover’s 4″ wide fat tires feature a knobby tread, puncture protection, and reflective sidewalls.
  • RadRover 5 has a 1×7-speed Shimano drivetrain that will help you conquer steep hills.
  • Accessories such as fenders, lights, and a kickstand are standard equipment on RadRover.
  • The front suspension fork makes the ride more comfortable with 80mm of travel, preload adjustment, and lockout.
  • RadRover 5 stops on a dime with Tektro mechanical disc brakes paired up with 180mm rotors.

RadRover 5 PROS and CONS

This is one of the best-equipped electric fat bikes money can buy. Few other brands will give you the same amount of style, practicality, accessories, and power for the same amount of money. All Rad Power Bikes use a 750W rear hub motor.

That said, RadRover 5 has both pros and cons, though the former greatly outweigh the latter.

Reasons to Buy:

  • RadRover 5, like all other Rad Power bikes, is equipped with a few handy accessories that you get out of the box. These include front and rear fenders, front and rear lights, and a kickstand. Additionally, you can equip your fat electric Rad bike with racks, bags, a child seat, and a few other bits and pieces as an extra.
  • One size frame fits a wide height range of riders
  • The bike is available with a step-over and a step-through frame design.
  • The rear hub geared motor can be operated using the throttle or the pedal-assist function. Its 80 Nm of torque on the rear wheel proved to be more than enough for navigating dirt roads, rocky terrain, or soft surfaces.
  • All Rad Power bikes, including RadRover 5, use the same 672 Wh battery pack. That means you can use them interchangeably if you have more than one Rad bike.
  • Rad Power offers free shipping with the bike 85% assembled if you choose the “Standard Shipping” option.
  • This bike rolls on 4-inch wide co-branded Kenda tires with puncture protection. The wheels they’re mounted on are ridiculously wide as well.
  • The 7-speed freewheel offers an 11-34T range which is sufficiently wide for hilly rides.
  • The integrated brake light activates every time you squeeze the brakes to make you more visible and alert the riders and drivers approaching from behind.

Reasons to Avoid:

  • Both RadRover step-over and step-through models are heavier than ideal at 70 lbs. If you are a petite lady, you might struggle to lift the bike. Luckily the walk-assist mode makes it easy to push the bike anywhere.
  • RadRover 5 is available in one frame size only (18″), so it might not be suitable for very short or very tall riders.
  • The Tektro mechanical disc brakes get the job done easily, but the performance they offer is nowhere near to hydraulic disc brakes.
  • The 2 amp charger is on the weaker side, so charging the RadRover from 0% to 100% takes around 5–6h, which can be faster.

What Is the Rad Power RadRover 5 Electric Bike?

Simply speaking, RadRover 5 is a fat electric bike. It’s an oversized bicycle with massive wheels, a burly aluminum frame, front suspension, and disc brakes.

Due to its substantial weight and wide tires, RadRover is not an ordinary e-bike that you might see every day in the city on your work commute. Sure, you can ride it around on paved roads, but its unique design comes to shine when things get muddy, wet, and slippery.

RadRover does not have too many accessories, but it does come with front and rear fenders, which are absolutely crucial if you plan to ride in wet conditions. With a rear rack installed, RadRover becomes compatible with a rear child seat, which means it can serve as a car replacement for the entire family as well.

As you can see from its name, this is the 5th generation of the RadRover, which means that most of the kinks have been eliminated by now. Still, don’t be surprised by some entry-level and mid-tier components and solutions that had to be introduced to keep the price down and make the bike more affordable.

Is RadRover Off-Road Ready?

Does the sun rise from the east? Of course, RadRover is off-road ready. It’s built to be ridden on dirt roads with rocks protruding from the ground. It feels at home if you take it on a muddy forest adventure right after the pesky rain stops. It will show you its true nature once you deflate the tires and ride on a soft sandy road.

The 4″ wide tires are quite knobby and have a wide surface once sufficiently deflated. The handlebar is 700mm wide which makes it easy to handle and steer the bike even on very rough terrain.

RadRover is the ideal bike for wet and muddy forest roads, chunky gravel roads, and even rough singletracks that would put standard mountain bike tires to the test.

RadRover has a front suspension, but it’s good to keep in mind that the RST fork is entry-level and has its limitations. It’s there to make your rides more comfortable and eliminate some of the vibrations, but it’s not designed for heavy trail use. The overall weight and the 7-speed drivetrain will also prove to be a hindrance to proper singletrack rides.

That said, RadRover 5 is more than capable to offer excellent performance on dirt roads, fire roads, and gravel rides. You can feel free to explore your surroundings with pedal assistance ramped to the max.

Frame Design

RadRover has a pretty unique frame design that makes it stand out on the road—oversized tubing, curvy lines, and a sleek paint job. The frame itself is made from 6061 aluminum, which is a safe option that Rad Power Bikes uses for all of its models.

As mentioned above, RadRover is available in only one frame size. The 18″ frame, according to the company, is perfect for riders with 31″–34″ inseam lengths. However, riders with 26.5″–30″ inseams can also ride this bike, but they might touch the top tube with their body when they stand over the frame. Recommended rider heights range from 5’4″ to 6’2″.

Though this is only an issue with the step-over frame, the step-through frame is the same size, so its reach might be too long for shorter riders.

RadRover 5 has a 45″ wheelbase and a 75″ total length, which makes it longer and more stable than a regular mountain trail bike.

The frame has handy mounting points for a front and a rear rack, which can be bought as additional accessories on Rad’s website. Unfortunately, the bottle cage can only be mounted under the down tube, which is not the most practical position.

At the moment, the step-through frame ships in black or white, whereas the step-over frame ships in black and forest green. However, the forest green color is a limited edition option, so it’s probably not here to stay.

To cut down on costs, the frame and the fork don’t have thru-axles but use quick-release bolts.

Fat Tires and Heavy-Duty Wheels

The wheels and tires are RadRover’s main centerpieces. These are the first things that you will notice on the bike as they are huge.

The bike rolls on the aptly called Kenda Juggernaut tires that are 26″ in diameter and 4″ in width. They come with a K-Shield puncture-resistant liner and reflective sidewalls. These greatly help with the overall visibility, especially if you get the matte black model of the bike.

The tires are knobby, but not too aggressive. Their low tread profile makes them ideal for hardpacked gravel and dirt roads where they will definitely shine. However, if you keep the air pressure low, they’ll glide over mud, sand, and snow with ease as well. The maximum tire pressure is just 20 psi.

The double-wall rims are built with 12-gauge stainless steel spokes that are painted black to match the color of the bike better. They look bulletproof, and so far we haven’t read any negative reviews about them. Seems like they’re strong enough to take some abuse.

Battery and Motor Specifications

RadRover’s battery should give you a 25-45 mile range, but you might get even more or less than that depending on how much pedaling assistance you require.

Rad Power equipped the RadRover 5 fat e-bike with a Li-ion 48V, 14 Ah (672 Wh) Samsung battery that’s rated for 800 charge cycles and delivers 25-45 miles of range.

This is the standard battery you can find on all Rad Power electric bicycles, so there are no big surprises here. The good news is that you can use the same battery for more than one Rad bike and swap them between models.

The battery pack is locked to the frame with a key, so it’s safe if you leave the bike unattended. What’s more, the locking mechanism has three positions: Locked Off, Locked On, and Unlocked. Therefore, you can put the key in the Locked Off position to prevent people from tampering with your motor without having to bring the battery with you.

The power to the wheels is provided by a 750W brushless Bafang geared rear hub motor with 80 Nm of torque. That’s the most powerful motor Rad Power puts on its bikes. It has a 5:1 planetary gear reduction and offers 5 levels of assist, as well as a progressive throttle.

The motor is not as convenient as a mid-drive unit but definitely does not lack power. That said, watch out not to start too hard on a steep unpaved road, because the rear wheel will skid due to too much torque.

Drivetrain and Mechanical Brakes

RadRover’s drivetrain is pretty simple and there’s no reason for it to be any other way than that.

It consists of a crankset with a single 42T chainring and 170mm cranks. The chainring is protected by a dual-sided aluminum bashguard, which is a really nice addition. It keeps your pants clean and protects the chainring from damage.

On the back is a 7-speed freewheel instead of a more modern cassette which keeps the price down. It has an 11-34T range, which gives you a good choice of gears for really steep hills and fast flat sections. It’s operated by a Shimano Acera rear derailleur and a Shimano thumb shifter. The thumb shifter is easy to use by beginners, but we prefer trigger shifters.

The Tektro Aries mechanical disc brakes are a decent choice for this bike. They come with 180mm rotors, which is enough to stop this beast of a bike. Remember that the bike weighs 70 lbs, so strong brakes are a must. Their only downside is that you need to press the levers harder to come to a full stop, but they don’t lack power in any situation.

Suitable for Accessories?

RadRover 5 comes with some accessories but not too many. When you take the bike out of the box, you’ll see the front and rear fenders, front and rear lights, and a kickstand. That’s pretty much it.

This would be a good place to mention RadRover’s fantastic lights. They are powered by the battery and the rear light doubles as a brake light. Once you press the brakes, the taillight will shine brighter, even if you’ve engaged the blinking mode.

The headlight is great and will help you see and be seen. However, there’s still some room for improvement as we think it can be a bit stronger to enhance visibility in pitch-black conditions.

Rad Power bikes are famous for their modular nature. So is that the case with RadRover as well? The answer is yes. If you go to Rad’s official website, you can purchase several handy accessories that fit on this bike and make it safer and more practical. Some of these are:

  • Top Tube Bag (39)
  • Rear Rack (79)
  • Front Rack (69)
  • Thule Yepp Maxi Child Seat (229)
  • Rad Mirror (29)
  • Front Mounted Basket (89)
  • Suspension Seatpost (109)
  • …and more.

Of course, you don’t have to buy any of these accessories in order to enjoy your RadRover 5 bike. However, we feel that a top tube bag, racks, and/or a front basket are excellent additions if you regularly carry a lot of stuff with you.

How Does RadRover 5 Ride?

RadRover 5 is not a lightweight performance bike. It would be more accurately described as a heavyweight beast that feels unstoppable on unpaved roads and challenging terrain.

Make no mistakes, this is a big bike. But that’s one of the reasons why it’s so fun to ride. The wide handlebars make it easy to handle and control, so don’t expect to struggle in that sense. The massive tires make RadRover very stable even on rocky and very bumpy roads.

The 80mm RST fork will not eliminate ALL vibrations, but it will definitely make the ride more comfortable. You’ll definitely notice it’s there if you hit a large pothole, a big rock, or ride over a curb. Your wrists will be thankful.

RadRover 5 is especially fun to ride through puddles and on muddy roads.

As long as your battery has enough juice and you’re able to use pedal-assist, you won’t feel the weight of the bicycle. However, if you run out of battery—Good luck. You’re going to have a good leg workout to pedal this beast uphill.

The motor delivers more than enough power, though, so you’ll easily ramp the speed up to 20 mph, even on an uphill. Keep in mind that that speed feels a lot faster on a fat bike than on a slim road bike, so it’s a fun experience to use the throttle or the pedal-assist level 5.

All in all, RadRover 5 is a phenomenal fat e-bike that does what it’s built to do, even though it has a few downsides that might bug some people.

User Reviews: Is RadRover Good or Bad?

Since RadRover is a pretty popular electric bicycle in the USA, there are a lot of user reviews and impressions available online. At the moment, there are close to 2,500 reviews available on Rad’s website!

That’s good news if you’re thinking about buying this bike because you can see what other people think about it first-hand, without any marketing noise.

So let’s look at a few positive and negative reviews that people have left on Rad Power’s official website. Though, you can find many more on other websites and social media platforms like. YouTube, Reddit, etc.

As you can see, there are many people who like RadRover after buying it. Our impression is that people are mostly happy because of the freedom that the bike has given them. It has allowed them to spend more time outside, regardless of where they live or the weather outside.

Most folks praise the motor and the battery but mention that the weight of the bike surprised them, among a few other things:

Apparently, there are both good and not-so-good things to say about RadRover 5.

If you purchase the bike, some things that you can expect to give you headaches include the brakes, a few electronic parts, and customer support.

But it’s important to note that out of close to 3,700 reviews, so it seems that most people are quite happy with their RadRovers.

Should You Buy RadRover 5 E-Bike or Not?

If you want a powerful and capable electric bike, you should definitely buy the RadRover. You’ll not regret it once and it will provide you with hours of fun on forest and gravel roads. For 1,600, this bike is a bargain considering the looks, the electronics, the practicality, and the off-road capabilities.

However, if you need an urban commuter, an everyday city bike, or a cargo bike, RadRover is not the best option. In that case, you can check out other Rad Power models that might meet your requirements better.

  • RadMission — This is a simple city/hybrid bike with a 500W motor and minimal accessories. It’s Rad Power’s cheapest model that is excellent for urban commutes and leisure rides.
  • RadRunner ( Plus model) (Our In-depth review)— A compact cargo electric bike that can be completely transformed by attaching different accessories. The bike is quite small, with 20″ wheels, which makes it suitable for city commutes. The Plus model comes with more accessories out of the box and better components.
  • RadWagon (Our in-depth review)— A heavy-duty cargo bike that can haul up to 350 lbs of weight. It has an oversized integrated rear rack that can take two kids, a passenger, or bags and baskets to carry cargo.
  • RadMini ( Step-Thru) — A compact folding electric bike that has a step-over and a step-thru frame design. It has the same power and battery capacity as all other Rad bikes. It folds down small, so it’s excellent for urban dwellers and travelers.
  • RadCity 5 Plus ( Step-Thru) — A straightforward hybrid or city electric bike that’s an excellent choice for city commutes or fitness and leisure rides. It’s very powerful and very practical, especially as it’s available with either a step-over or a step-thru frame.
  • Overall review of Rad Power Bikes…

FAQs

Are Rad Power bikes any good?

Rad Power makes some of the best budget electric bicycle money can buy.

They’re very popular and well-known in the USA, Canada, and Europe. Rad’s bikes are characterized by excellent money to value ratio reflected in the quality build and durable components. All of their bikes are Class 2 e-bikes with pedal-assist and throttle functions and a FOCUS on style and practicality.

Is RadRover a good electric fat bike?

Yes, RadRover is a very good electric fat bike. This is a budget fat bike equipped with mid-range and entry-level components, which is why it has an affordable price. It can be ridden both on and off-road thanks to its wide tires, front suspension, and powerful motor. With 750W of power and 80 Nm of torque, RadRover is a splendid choice for overweight riders as well.

How fast does the RadRover 5 go?

RadRover 5 has a maximum speed of 20 mph when using the pedal-assist or throttle mode. Of course, you can go faster than that if you use the power of your legs and pedal.

Why are Rad Power bikes so cheap?

Rad Power bikes are cheap because the company has a Direct-to-Consumer business model which means they manufacture, advertise, and sell the bike. By buying the bike directly from the company, you avoid paying the retail markup which makes the total price of the product lower. Rad Power also lowers the price by using entry-level components where possible.

How can I make RadRover faster?

There are two ways to make RadRover faster. You can either make it lighter by removing some of the accessories that are not necessary for you, or you can increase its top speed. The top speed can be increased in the settings menu on the LCD controller, but make sure your bike is still road-legal after that according to your local laws.

How fast can a 750W Rad Power bike go?

All Rad Power bikes have a maximum assisted speed of 20 mph. On a flat road, you will easily develop that speed in seconds. However, if the terrain is very steep, you might have to go a bit slower, especially if the road is unpaved.

Are Rad Power bikes made in China?

Yes, Rad Power bikes, including the RadRover, are made in China. Rad Power designs and develops their bikes in Seattle, but the product is manufactured in China and then shipped worldwide.

How long does the battery last on RadRover 5 electric bike?

RadRover 5 has a 672 Wh battery that will give you a range of 25–45 miles, depending on what level of assist you mostly use. The battery is rated for 800 charge cycles so it can potentially last for years. Just remember not to store it in direct sunlight because that can affect the battery’s lifetime.

Final Thoughts and Conclusions About Rad Power RadRover 5

To bring this lengthy review to a conclusion, RadRover is not the ideal bike for everyone out there, but anyone who rides it is bound to have fun doing so.

Sure, it’s a budget electric fat bike that uses some entry-level components, but as long as you ride it recreationally you will get years and thousands of miles out of it.

RadRover 5 comes with a step-over or a step-thru frame with a reasonably low 1,699 price tag.

Off the beaten track, RadRover feels powerful and fills you with confidence to explore and ride routes that you avoided before. On paved roads, the fat tires feel a bit sluggish, but that’s not what you buy this bike for.

So if you want a well-built and affordable electric bike and you don’t mind the hefty weight or the big build, RadRover is the right choice for you.

Rad Rover 6 e-Bike Review

Does it stand up to these promises, or does it fall short?

Specifications: components and metrics

Before I dive into the review, let’s see its technical specifications

  • Class 2 (pedal assist and throttle on demand).
  • 750 watts (nominal).
  • Max speed: 34 km/hr (21 mph) on both classes.
  • 672watts/hr, 48v, 14Ah.
  • It charges in 3.7 hrs from drained.
  • Approx. Range: 34 km (21 miles) to 85 km (53 miles).
  • The locking system is integrated into the frame.
  • Five (5) pedal-assisted modes (PAS 1-5).
  • Key-Disp LCD controller (left handlebar).
  • The main display is in the middle.
  • Kenda 26″ x 4″ fat front and rear tires.
  • Puncture resistant.
  • Allow rims.
  • 60 mm travel front suspension with lockout.
  • Integrated kickstand.
  • Front and rear lights.
  • Front and rear fenders.
  • Two (2) controllers.

Riding The Rad Rover 6: Overall View

This is a Class 2 e-bike that cuts out the pedal assist at 24mph (39 km/h) to stay within legal limits.

This range is legal in most US, EU, and Australian regions. Still, it doesn’t hurt to check with your local laws so that you don’t break any when commuting with this unit.

That said, this Rad Power e-cycle feels well put together by the company and offers great aesthetic appeal on top.

The structure doesn’t feel like a combination of parts but a single unit that works well.

How well does it compare in terms of speed, handling, ease of use, safety, and overall usage?

Battery and motor power

Batteries are essential for e-bikes, and this one ship with a 48V, 14Ah battery. What does that mean for you?

You can get the battery up to full charge in an average of 5 hours (3-7 hours is usually reported). This battery charge/drain ratio is one of the best I’ve seen so far from bikes of this class and style.

Situated on the down tube, the battery is out of your way when riding. It is also finely positioned to prevent water splashes when riding in the rain or through puddles of water.

This 48V battery is paired with a massive 750W planetary hub motor that supplies all the necessary power. This combination offers you a more extended range and leisurely rides with each charge compared to lesser-powered models.

Speed and mileage

The best gauge for the battery-motor combination is what speed and the mileage you can get on an electric bicycle.

Being class 2, the Rover 6 did impress with how quickly it got up to top speed.

You can expect up to 25 miles (40 km) on the highest pedal assist level (PAS 5).

In the PAS 5 level, the motor can sustain an average of 21 mph (34 km/h) average speed for a little over one (1) hour before the battery is fully drained.

If you want the ultimate range, choose the lower pedal assist level (PAS 1 – which gets you as much as 53 miles (85 km)).

You’d have to go slower at an average speed of 13mph (20 km/h), but you get as much as 4 hours and 15 minutes of ride time.

The numbers above assume that the battery is fully charged before setting out.

The brand does a good overall job of making each PAS level unique. In some other e-bicycles, you won’t observe so clearly the differences between the PAS levels.

The table below shows the average top speed to expect per PAS level:

PAS Level Avg. Top Speed
1 12 mph
2 14 mph
3 16 mph
4 21 mph
5 24 mph

The first big jump in speed is noticed between the PAS 2 – PAS 3, with other levels offering similar quality.

Ease of riding and handling

This is a heavy model that weighs 74 lbs (34 kg). I want to mention this because, even though you don’t feel the weight when riding in pedal-assisted mode, you will feel it when riding without any power.

This tells you that you can ride it without power, but it is not the best riding experience, I’d say.

If that is not a major dealbreaker for you (it shouldn’t be), you’ll enjoy how the handlebars, knobby fat tires, and suspension fork come together to make for an easy ride.

The tires

The 26″ by 4″ Juggernaut fat tires are specially made for the Rover 6, tuned to specifications, and puncture-proof. This gives extra points since they have fine-tuned this aspect to improve the ease of riding.

I also like how the bigger tires dampen cracks and unevenness on the roads, giving you a chatter-free riding experience.

The suspension

You’ll notice the 80mm suspension fork on the front of the bike. What you might not see outright is that this suspension system is adjustable.

You get the freedom to customize how much shock absorption you want on your rides, depending on your preferred riding style.

The adjustable suspension fork and the fat tires also make this bike suitable for off-road riding. Since the suspension absorbs that, you get less feedback in your arms and minimal vibrations through your body (or the bike’s).

Bike riding comfort

Similar to the Super 73 S2 fat tire ebike, comfort is a big plus for this fat tire electric bike, which shows across all levels of engineering.

I have already discussed the adjustable suspension fork so I won’t stress that here anymore. What I didn’t mention earlier are the comfortable, ergonomic grips designed to put less strain on your palm and hands during the ride.

The grips are a little bigger than what I’m used to, but I bet you wouldn’t notice after a few rides. They are also plush to the touch and almost feel like they’re made of full leather.

It ships with a nicely-padded seat and an almost-leather finishing. You can gently press into the cushioned seat, and you’d feel how comfortable they can be.

Finally, the 750W hub motor increases the comfort level when riding it; you’ll notice this even more when climbing hills. When climbing hills, I have found it to be generally better in performance than most similar models (such as the TurboAnt Thunder T1 Fat Tire).

Bike controls and intuitiveness

The brand played differently with the use of two (2) displays: one on the left side of the handlebar (controller) and one in the middle (primary display).

The controller will be the unit where you can make all the desired adjustments for the ride. Also, it will display the “no so often” metrics cyclists usually need to read, such as the PAS.

On the other hand, having the main display in the central area makes the essential information easier to glance at when in motion.

The LCD gives you feedback on:

– Bike battery power level; and

An impressive addition from the company is the battery wattage on the display. This is the first time I have seen such on an e-Bicycle.

Not entirely sure the reason, but I guess it allows you to keep an eye on how your battery is performing.

On the right handlebar is the standard 7-speed Shimano gear system. I would have preferred that they brought the gear thumb shifters a little lower down, but with some adjustments, you’ll get used to its current position.

The left handlebar is home to the simple control console, which contains three (3) buttons.

How Safe Is the RadRover 6?

The company ships this unit with mechanical disk brakes carrying 180mm rotors for improved stopping distances.

They also allow you to tweak the performance of the brakes so that it stops faster and slower; anyhow, you want some time to test the brakes to determine what configuration is suitable for you.

If unsure, the out-of-the-box configuration works well too.

On the right handlebar is the grip throttle, separated from the other elements, so you don’t mistakenly pull it when riding. This is probably one of the reasons they went for slightly bigger throttle controls here.

You’ll notice the front and rear lights, which are both connected to the battery. They get activated when you use the brakes, while the front lights can be toggled for better visibility in low-light conditions.

While the front lights are bright enough, I’d recommend investing in aftermarket headlights if you do a lot of night riding. This one might not be powerful and sufficient in all cases.

Barring that, the bike has a puncture-free fat tire, suspension fork, and geometrical build that helps it perform well in multiple terrains. You’d always feel confident when doing city riding, going on long commutes, or running off-road.

Is It Worth Buying It?

It’s rare to find one of these models that ticks all the boxes.

While it does not tick all the boxes, it does register well in many aspects.

From riding comfort to ease of use and handling, it is in a league of its own.

The motor is plenty powerful, showing no signs of strain when you put it to the test. That is another testament to the quality of parts used for this build.

Pair that with premium, custom-tuned fat tires, excellent brakes, impressive seats, comfortable handle grips, an intuitive display, and great mileage, and we have a clear winner here.

If you want a powerful class 2 eBike that handles different terrains like a champ, you can’t go wrong with the RadRover 6.

RadRover 6 Review: The Next Generation of the World’s Best-Selling Fat Tire eBike

RadRover 6 Review: The RadRover 6 is the latest, greatest fat tire ebike from Rad Power Bikes. It’s the next generation of the world’s best-selling fat tire eBike, but is it a worthy upgrade? In this review, we’ll explain. The Rad Rover 6 has some pretty big shoes to fill – its predecessor was a huge success, and set the standard for what an ebike should be. But does Rad Power Bikes deliver with their latest offering? Let’s find out!

The flagship RadRover gets a massive upgrade. From a brand new frame to the dual-screen Rad User Interface, this bike keeps the spirit of previous RadRovers and but innovates in all the right places.

The RadRover 6, technically the Rad Power Bikes RadRover 6 Plus is the latest advancement Rad Power Bike’s flagship fat tire model. They’ve upgraded a ton of of the bike features, inlcuding:

  • Custom Geared-hub motor
  • Better Stopping Power thanks to new hydraulic disc breaks
  • A Streamlined battery
  • Overall comfort improvements
  • New Display system (finally!)

Rad Power Bikes says it is the biggest evolution in RadRover history. Read our full Rad Power Bikes Review.

A true Rad Power Bikes RadRover, for a change

I have to be honest with you – we review a lot of eBikes on this website. There are only so many different types of wheels, batteries, displays, and the like that you can coble together to make an eBike.

See how the RadRover 6 Plus stands up in our best fat tire electric bike guide.

Previous Rad Power Bikes

Previous generations of Rad Power Bikes were great – but they felt like they were a combination of the best parts they could find.

For the first time, in our reviewing eBikes – this feels like a true Rad Power Bike. A bike that only Rad Power Bikes could design. We’ve never seen this display before, or the battery design before. Rad Power Bikes also claims this is a custom-tuned motor, just for the RadRover 6 Plus.

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In many ways, this feels like the first true RadRover, and it’s fantastic.

Be sure to check out the best eBike accessories, too.

My Daily Ride for the Past Year: The RadRover 5

The Rad Power Bikes RadRover 5 is what started my crazy habit of collecting and reviewing eBikes. I’ve put several hundred miles on my RadRover, which isn’t a lot, but I’ve also reviewed 10 other eBikes in the same time period. I have to share the love a little bit.

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But I kept going back to the RadRover 5. Why?

First of all, it just looks awesome. It other countries, it’s called the RadRhino – which is about how I feel riding this bike. It takes anything I throw at it.

I’ve tested other bikes, like the KBO Breeze, which you think would be similar. And, to be honest, you could ride a KBO Breeze and think it was the best bike in the world – if you didn’t have something to compare it to.

But little things like the extra torque available to send extra power to the motor when climbing hills, just makes this bike a blast to ride. It’s like a big, hulking Rhino of an ebike – but has the grace of a gazelle (albeit a slightly large gazelle) when you need it.

The only thing I didn’t love was the size. The RadRover 5 is large eBike. It’s not the heaviest or tallest eBike we’ve tested, it just feels big. You’ll notice it the most when you try and park it in a bike rack at the grocery store.

Fat Tires Rule

Some of the best-selling eBikes are fat tire bikes, including the previous RadRover 5 (read our full RadRover 5 review).

Why fat tires? Fat tires are good because they have a lot of surface area. Rad Power Bikes says fat tires are added precisely for this purpose. Cruiser e-bikes incorporate fat tires because they just provide a better grip on the sand, which is why RadRover has them too.

This perk really stems from the larger surface area that fat bikes have – twice as wide as mountain bike tire and nearly four times the width of road bike tire.

Hydraulic Brakes

To be honest with you, I had no idea what hydraulic brakes were before jumping into the world of eBikes.

What are Hydraulic Disc Brakes?

Hydraulic disc brakes are a type of brake that uses a sealed fluid system to transfer the braking force from the brake lever to the caliper. This force is then transferred to pistons inside the brake caliper (ceramic brake pads) which push the brake pads into the disc rotor – thus slowing the rotation of the rotor and the wheel with the ceramic brake pads hitting the disc rotor.

Hydraulics provide a superior level of performance and efficiency due to their lack of mechanical cables that are prone to wear, especially if they’re exposed to the elements. The fluid system also has been proven more reliable than steel wire-based systems because there’s no cut or hole necessary on housing which can be easy despite being off-road during hundreds of miles journeys where mud may sneak inside.

So, if Hydraulic Brakes are better in so many ways, how come more eBikes don’t come with them? The answer is pretty simple:

  • They are more expensive
  • They are harder to service if you need them serviced (even though they are more reliable)

As Rad Power Bikes, and most eBike companies, are direct to the consumer, servicing hydraulic brakes if something goes wrong can be a big, giant pain.

I don’t know this for a fact, but since Rad has upgraded their service offerings (partnering with Velofix and local bike shop partners), I would venture to say they are more comfortable with hydraulic disc brakes.

I heard horror stories from people that bought early versions of the Himiway Escape (read our full Himiway Escape Review, which did include Hydraulic Brakes. They had some shipping problems and hydraulic fluid leaked in the boxes.

Since then, Himiway has gone back to mechanical disc brakes.

In summary, Rad Power Bikes has listened to the people asking for hydraulic brakes and upgraded the RadRover this time around… finally!

What this means for you is that if you buy a RadRover 6 Plus, it’s going to have an awesome, well-tuned, and efficient braking system. That works. That’s the most important part.

The hydraulic brakes are also adjustable, to keep the ride super-ergonomic.

The RadRover 6 has superior performance and efficiency due to its hydraulic brake system. This system is more reliable than traditional cable-based systems, and is easier to adjust for a perfect fit.

The New Dual Screens Display – the “Rad User Interface”

I’ve always been annoyed by the screens on eBikes. Seriously, no other eBike that I’ve tested has had a simple clock on the LCD Display. I know we all have Smart Phones these days, but seriously?! Just give me a clock.

The RadRover 6 gives you not only 1 new display, but they give you two. Where the RadRover 5 display looked like a relic from the world of fax machines, the RadRover 6 has two simple, super-functional displays.

One display shows you everything you need to know about Pedal Assist level and battery. I like how they went with a very graphical pedal assist view on the left side, near the controls for pedal assist.

The other display shows everything related to your current trip. This is a super nice upgrade that I’m glad Rad Power Bikes finally got out of the Stone Age and upgraded.

Some other eBikes do integrate with an app, but frankly, I just want to get on my bike and ride – not wait to connect to an app.

Custom Designed Geared Hub Motor

While the new motor in the RadPower Bikes RadRover isn’t more powerful, it is definitely more finely tuned. What do I mean by that?

The RadRover 6 still has 5 levels of pedal assist and the same half twist throttle.

Where you’ll notice the new motor is when utilizing one of the pedal assist settings. To be honest, other eBikes feel a bit “touchy” – especially on the highest pedal assist setting. In other eBikes, you could barely turn the wheels and the bike would take off.

While that’s fun, it can be a bit difficult to navigate at slower speeds and difficult terrain.

The best way to describe the new rear hub motor, especially when pedaling, is that it feels like it’s not even there. It feels like a mid-drive motor than a rear hub motor – and that’s a very good thing.

Headed up steep hills? This new motor is even better prepared to take whatever you give it. The Rad engineering team has fine-tuned this bike for all the ways you Ride Rad.

They’ve developed a new, custom 750 W geared hub motor that provides more power, more efficiently. The result is the ability to climb hills faster, get up to speed quicker, and enjoy more confidence throughout your entire ride.

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Improved battery design

The new semi integrated battery design is actually one of the first things I noticed about this ebike when the e bike launched. The old design of the Rad Power Bikes Battery just seemed prehistoric and dated from the beginning.

It just looked like a giant eyesore on an otherwise beautiful bike. Other electric bikes have fully integrated batteries, however, we recommend you get one that can be removed.

A removable battery can be more easily serviced and replaced.

The RadRover’s semi-integrated design still provides all of the benefits of a fully integrated battery, but with a much cleaner look. The proprietary 14 ah, 48V (672 watt-hour) battery houses directly in the frame, which gives your bike a sleeker look and enhances the overall user experience.

With a practical grip, it’s easier to pop in and pop out with one hand. When it’s time to charge, the simplified, ten LED readout (vs the RadRover 5’s 4 LED read-out) gives you reliable information on how much power you have left at any given time.

Even the wire on the charging block is Rad Power Bikes orange – it’s little improvements that make this bike a big improvement over the previous generation.

Ergonomics, Ergonomics, Ergonomics

The RadRover 5 left some ergonomics to be desired, let’s be honest.

So, the Rad Power Bikes engineers went back to the drawing board. They designed an all-new frame that better accommodates riders at the bottom end of their height recommendation range. The RadRover’s enhanced ergonomics and improved handling promise a smoother, more confident ride, based on a wider range of heights.

Assembly: A Plethora of Options

It used to be that Rad Power Bikes would ship and ugly box to your house and you’d be stuck putting together the eBike all by your lonesome. No more!

Rad has upped their game by allowing several different options for assembly:

  • You can do it all by yourself.
  • You can have it built by a Rad Local Bike Shop Partner.
  • You can have it Pro Built and Delivered by Velofix.

Of course, there are pros and cons to each option.

Build it yourself

Of course building it yourself is free and the electric fat bike ships within two business days (shipping typically take about 5 or so days). Pretty slick. It took me about 45 minutes or so to put it together by myself. If you don’t have the confidence to put it together, like I was lacking the first couple of electric bikes I assembled, you can always have a mechanic come to your home to review you handy (or not so handy work).

The only issue I consistency have is installing the front tire to align perfectly with the new hydraulic disc brakes (or the mechanical disc brakes in other bikes).

Built by a Rad Local Bike Shop Partner

This costs 199 and will be ready in as early as 12 days for the RadRover 6 Plus in Fort Collins, CO (at the time of writing this). That’s really not too shabby at all. In my small city, there are two bike shops within a couple miles of here. That’s pretty sweet.

Get front and rear racks? They will also mount them for an additional fee.

Pro Built Delivered by Velofix

The of Velofix as Uber meets bike repair shop. A mobile bike shop comes to your home and can give you the bike fully assembled, or can simply check over your work. For 249, they will assemble AND deliver the electric bike to you in about 15 days from ordering. Pretty sweet.

Do you order front and rear racks? They will also add them for an extra charge.

Both the Rad Local Bike Shop Partner and Velofix is perfect for assembling the bike, especially if you’ve never done it before. I strongly recommend you at least get your assembly checked by a professional, you want to make sure you’re not only ridding rad, but riding safe.

Let’s talk about the overall ride experience

The best way to describe the overall ride experience is simply: effortless. You don’t feel like you are riding an eBike, you feel like you are riding a regular fat tire eBike, but you simply have super human capabilities.

A lot of people are instantly worried about the range of their electric bike. Most eBike have a range of about 40 miles. The RadRover 6 Plus officially lists the range as 45 miles, however, that’s dependent on a lot of different variables:

  • What pedal assist level you are using
  • How much pedaling you are doing
  • Your overall weight – you any cargo
  • Hills
  • Going with or against the wind
  • A lot more!

Technically the range of this electric bike is unlimited, since you can always pedal. We wouldn’t recommend it, as it is still heavy. However, you can easily count on 30 miles on this bike, no matter what the conditions. In our first test run, we went about 10 miles and it only took off 2 of the 10 bars on the battery display.

The RadRover also comes standard with a Samsung battery (or Panasonic 35E cells, rated for 800 charge cycles) – which is one of the best in the business. We haven’t had any issues with degradation or anything like that, even after months of riding and testing.

We simply didn’t care for the overall look of the previous design of the battery and this is a huge area that Rad Power Bikes improved with this design.

Battery Life Concerns? Not for me.

Battery life has never been a huge concern for me, especially with the Rad Battery Pack. I rarely need to go on a trip over 20 miles. If I’m at all worried, I simply lay off the twist throttle and pedal more.

I also think it’s a big reason this bike FEELS lighter. But more on that in just a second.

The Front Fork

I never thought I’d notice the front suspension on a bike, until I tried one without a front suspension. Some say that the front suspension is overkill on a bike with fat tires, but I tend to disagree.

The front suspension features a preload adjustment and lock out that allows you to control how much “give” the front suspension has. I like to let this loose a bit for a more comfortable ride. Bumpy terrain? It doesn’t matter if it’s a paved surface, a gravel surface or off road, this bike will handle it all.

Rad Power Bikes RadRover 6 Plus Review: What we didn’t like

While all in all, the RadRover 6 is an incredible, extremely versatile bike, there are a couple of small shortcomings we encountered.

Rear Rack: not included

Many fat tire eBikes these days come with a rear rack included. The Rad Power Bikes branded rear rack is only 89, which is a fair price. We just wish it was included.

The bike is still super heavy

This bike still weighs 73. lb, which is about four pounds more than RadRover’s predecessor. For some reason, it doesn’t feel any heavier at all. In fact, it feels lighter.

I have no logical idea on how Rad Power Bikes did it. I think part of the way it feels lighter, even though it’s not – is the way the battery is semi-integrated. The previous generation had a big, bulky battery that was not as long as the current generation’s battery. I think that’s how they shaved a bit of weight.

But, that’s just speculation on my part. All I know is that Rad Power Bikes somehow managed to make this bike even better and yet, still keep the weight feel less. It’s pretty amazing when you think about it.

The limited heights this works for

This bike is still large, as we mentioned. It doesn’t feel as big as a monster as the RadRover 5, but it’s still only suitable for height 5’4″ – 6’2″ – but this bike is a great fit for larger riders.

The step through version of the eBike is suitable for heights 5’2″ – 6’2″, which is an improvement. However, I’m not sure my wife would feel comfortable riding the step through version, even though she is 5’2″ – it’s still a lot of bike.

The RadRover 6: Checking all the standard boxes

Of course the RR 6 checks all the typical boxes of an eBike, especially one inching toward more premium territory:

  • Shimano Altus derailleur and cassette
  • LED front light and rear light (these are actually automatically turned on when it gets dark – you can also manually turn them on)
  • Adjustable suspension fork
  • 6061 aluminum alloy frame
  • 7-speed gears
  • Class 2 eBike with a top speed of 20 MPH
  • Fat tires with puncture protection and reflective sidewalls

Also, be sure to check out our top Rad Power Bike Accessories, too.

RadRover 6 Plus Review: The Final Verdict

The flagship RadRover gets a massive upgrade. From a brand new frame to the dual-screen Rad User Interface, this bike keeps the spirit of previous RadRovers and but innovates in all the right places.

In many ways, the RadRover 6 is the first eBike from Rad Power Bikes that actually feels like it’s one of its own. From the custom frame to the battery upgrades to even the orange wire on the battery charger, this bike feels like it is 100% conceived from the DNA of Rad Power Bikes – not the best collection of the same components used by other eBike companies.

That’s an incredibly good thing.

There’s not much bad to say about this incredibly capable fat tire eBike. Even the price is reasonable: 1,999. I could argue that maybe it’s a couple of hundred dollars more than other eBikes in a similar category (look at our HJM Toury eBike Review, for example) – but you’re paying for more than just the eBike your butt sits on for hundreds of miles.

You’re really paying for the peace of mind that if something goes wrong with your eBike, there are real people in United State – and maybe even in your city through the Rad Local Bike Bike Shop Partners that can help.

If you’re looking to spend about 2,000 on a great, all purpose eBike, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better, more capable and reliable solution.

We are proud to give this eBike the WeTriedIt seal of approval.

How fast does the RadRover 6 Plus go?

The RadRover 6 Plus is a Class 2 eBike, which means it goes up to 20 MPH assisted – either through pedal-assist or pure throttle. Physics won’t stop the bike from going any faster (pedaling harder or going downhill), but the motor stops providing power at 20 MPH.

What class is the RadRover 6?

The RadRover 6 Plus is a Class 2 eBike, which translates to a top speed of 20 mph assisted by the motor – either pedal-assist or pure throttle. The motor does not provide power beyond 20 mph, but physics (going downhill or pedaling harder) will not stop the bike from going faster than 20 MPH.

How fast is the RadRover 6?

The RadRover 6 Plus has a top assisted speed of 20 mph – either pedal-assist or pure throttle. The motor does not provide power beyond 20 mph, but physics (going downhill or pedaling harder) will not stop the bike from going faster than 20 MPH.

What is the range of the RadRover 6 Plus?

25 – 45 Miles – all dependent on a variety of variables: wind, use of throttle and pedal assist, terrain, payload, etc. We consistently get about 35 miles on a full range – using pedal assist liberally.

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Credit: Rad Power Bikes

As you can see from the image above, this e-bike might look similar to that trusty old bicycle in your garage, pedals and all. But that’s where many of the similarities end once you power it on.

A general rule for how e-bikes work is that the motor turns on when you start pedaling — the harder you pedal, the more power is provided based on the setting you’re using. Or you can twist the throttle on the handlebar for power without any pedaling.

Here’s what you should know about the RadRover 6 Plus electric fat bike:

  • Backlit LCD Rad Display real-time stats include charge indicator, speedometer, pedal assist level, mileage, power output and more
  • Removable 48V, 14 Ah Lithium-ion battery
  • Up to 45 miles per charge with a top speed of 20 mph
  • 5-level pedal assist with half twist throttle
  • Custom 750W geared-hub motor for more uphill capabilities
  • High-performance hydraulic disc brakes
  • 26″ x 4″ puncture-resistant fat tires with reflective sidewalls
  • Includes headlight, tail light and brake light that activate automatically
  • Relatively easy to assemble, compared to other models
  • Weighs approximately 75 pounds with a 275-pound capacity
  • Retails for 1,999

No doubt 2,000 is a lot of money, but this is on par with similar e-bikes. Just know that other brands and models can go much, much higher.

Unboxing the RadRover

When Rad Power Bikes shipped out this e-bike for review, I had some reservations. I haven’t constructed too many bicycles over the past few years, let alone one with high-tech upgrades, so I didn’t know exactly what to expect when breaking open the box.

It didn’t look too bad upon initial inspection, so I carefully began unpacking it. Some parts were loose, while others were zip-tied together and there was plenty of padding with a mix of cardboard and styrofoam.

It was nice to see that the bike was mostly constructed, but it still took some time to get the rest put together. I fully suggest reading the assembly instructions first and watching the companion video as well.

Something to keep in mind — Rad Power Bikes suggests you have a certified bike mechanic assemble and tune the bike. If planning to DIY, the company recommends having your work checked.

I decided to do it myself, especially after seeing the difficulty level on Rad’s site was closer to the “Anyone Can Do It” side of things. A nice touch was the included tool kit. I’m not going to detail every part of the process, but the key components needing to be added to the bike include the handlebar, front wheel, pedals and headlight.

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It took a couple of hours and it definitely helped having a second person for help on a few steps along the way. Rad Power Bikes also provided a couple of optional accessories to install, like a rear cargo rack, straps and a rearview mirror.

Hitting the road

Before my first ride, I fully charged the battery (using the included wall mount) and then double-checked my work to make sure all the parts were tight, properly aligned and that the massive tires were aired up. As this was my first experience with any e-bike, there was a bit of a learning curve.

First, I familiarized myself with the two LCD displays. The one that’s front and center shows speed, charge level and other stats. The display on the left side of the handlebar has controls to increase and decrease the pedal assist levels. Let me just say having two separate displays is a super convenient way to get the info you need without trying to navigate everything through a single, tiny screen.

On the right side of the handlebar is the Shimano 7-speed thumb shifter, and the right side grip is the throttle. Power on the bike through the main display and it also turns on the headlight and taillight.

I started out with pedal assist set to 0, and took off like I would on any regular bicycle. Once on a straightaway in the neighborhood, I cranked it up to one, then two and notice how little effort I was having to put into actually pedaling. Twist the throttle and there’s another boost.

The RadRover 6 Plus is a Class II bike, meaning it has a top speed of 20 mph. That doesn’t seem very fast until you’re trying to associate the feeling with being on a bicycle. It takes a little getting used to, but thankfully the braking system is extremely responsive. Engaging the brakes also deactivates pedal assist.

Take the bike off-road, and that’s where you’ll appreciate the 4-inch thick fat tires — specifically their ability to handle gravel and dirt. I was a little more cautious using the pedal-assist system at first until I knew I wouldn’t spin out. It is a relatively heavy bike, after all. By the way, going uphill was an absolute breeze.

Taking it out a few times, I never even came close to depleting the battery. You’ll get about 45 miles on flat terrain with minimal pedal assist and throttle use. Even on hilly terrain with heavy motor use, you’re supposed to get 25 miles.

The good and the bad

Here’s what I really liked about the RadRover 6 Plus:

  • Comfortable to ride
  • Smooth acceleration and braking
  • Versatile for both urban commuters and off-road adventurers
  • Two separate LCD displays
  • A variety of accessories available for multiple scenarios
  • Locking battery compartment (comes with two keys)

This is what could be better:

  • Displays are a little hard to read in direct sunlight
  • Pricey when compared to some other e-bikes

Verdict: Is the RadRover 6 Plus worth it?

It might look like a lot to handle but each of my household family members, ranging in height from just under 5-feet to just under 6-feet tall, were able to easily ride the RadRover Plus 6. And it’s just fun.

Yes, you have to take the price into account and whether you want the “Plus” features that come along with this bike — like ceramic brakes and other more premium options. Rad’s entry-level e-bike, the 999 RadMission 1 is a single-speed bike meant for city riders so it lacks a lot of the heavy-duty hardware.

But if you’re looking for a more versatile bike, one for city streets and trails, the 1,999 RadRover 6 Plus checks the boxes from features to durability. For the same price, there’s also the RadRover 6 Plus Step-Thru that doesn’t have the top tube running from the handlebar stem to the seat tube. That makes it easier to get on and off the bike.

Whichever you choose, my first experience with an e-bike was a very positive one across the board and I very much recommend this latest entry from Rad Power Bikes.

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