This New E-Bike Is Insanely Affordable and Practical
Recently, Specialized revealed an e-road bike that’s as svelte as can be and proves that electric is the future of the bicycle, and not just for commuting either. Meanwhile, in New York City, a company called Revel unleashed a fleet of rent-from-your-phone mopeds for urbanites to use as an alternative to the city’s subway, buses, taxis, etc. Seemingly disconnected, the two events share a critical conclusion: the future of transportation appears to be two-wheeled — and electric. And in that realm, the new RadRunner from Rad Power Bikes is a model for what might become the most common type of e-bike in the years to come.
The RadRunner has two significant points of appeal: it’s affordable, and it’s practical. Now, $1,299 isn’t nothing, but it should be noted that it’s the brand’s most affordable model to date (the Specialized machine mentioned above, the Turbo Creo, starts at $9,000). The RadRunner is explicitly utilitarian, too; its modular construction allows for the addition of a range of accessories, such as a center console storage compartment or a rear bin. There’s also a passenger seat option that turns the bike into a would-be moped.
The RadRunner includes 3.3-inch semi-fat Kenda tires that’ll take on bumps and potholes with ease, fenders, a rear rack and a 750-watt motor that’ll crank a rider up to 20 miles per hour. With those bones and the functionality available through accessories, the RadRunner promises to be an excellent option for the growing hordes trying bike life with a motor for the first time.