The RadMission electrical bicycle from Rad Energy Bikes is without doubt one of the firm’s most attention-grabbing e-bikes so far. Whereas it makes a number of modest compromises to hit its spectacular $1,099 price point (and is on sale as a bundle for $200 off proper now by Black Friday), it scores massive wins in most classes, making this an extremely excessive bang-for-your-buck e-bike.

RadMission e-bike tech specs

  • Motor: 500W rear hub motor
  • Battery: 48V 10.5Ah (504 Wh)
  • High pace: 20 mph (32 km/h)
  • Vary: 20-45 miles (32-72 km)
  • Weight: 47.5 lb (21.5 kg)
  • Body: Aluminum
  • Load capability: 275 lb (125 kg)
  • Brakes: 180mm mechanical disc brakes
  • Tires: 27.5×1.95″ Kenda Kontact tires
  • Value: $1,099 with free shipping 
  • Extras: LED show for battery meter and pedal help selector, LED headlight/tail mild, half-twist throttle, mounting hardpoints for Rad Energy Bikes equipment

RadMission electrical bike video evaluate

Click on play under to look at my RadMission video evaluate and see the bike in all of its glory. Then hold studying for my full, detailed evaluate!

RadMission: backside line up entrance

I feel the RadMission is without doubt one of the coolest e-bikes Rad Energy Bikes has made, due largely to its bang-for-your-buck worth.

However there’s additionally a number of issues to bear in mind right here. The bike is nice, however some small sacrifices have been made to cut back the value from Rad’s customary stage of round $1,500 for most of their e-bikes.

The primary trade-offs are that you just lose your gears and your LCD show in favor of a smaller LED show (that means no odometer or pace readout). You get a bit smaller battery (504 Wh as an alternative of 674 Wh) and a bit smaller motor (500 W as an alternative of 750 W). There are additionally some slight high quality tradeoffs, like plastic pedals as an alternative of steel. And also you don’t get a few of the equipment included within the worth, akin to fenders or a kickstand.

So sure, there are compromises. However I’m greater than prepared to look previous these preliminary trade-offs as a result of the bike rides simply in addition to any Rad Energy Bike I’ve ever examined and did I point out the bike solely prices $1,099?!

radmission electric bicycle
I obtained a bit excited when the bike arrived…

Why is that vital?

The vital factor to comprehend right here is that Rad Power Bikes isn’t a “funds e-bike firm” like Ancheer or MacWheel or different ultra-cheap brands. As an alternative, Rad is what I choose to name a “worth e-bike firm”.

They make good high quality e-bikes at cheap costs to supply excessive worth. They’re neither the very best high quality nor the bottom high quality e-bikes on the market. These are the e-bikes that Goldilocks would select.

So to get that stage of high quality at a worth far under Rad’s regular worth vary is a severe service to the trade. And Rad Energy Bikes has knocked it out of the park on this one.

What sort of driving is it for?

The corporate calls the RadMission a “metro bike”. It’s a metropolis e-bike that’s optimized for city driving. There’s no suspension, which is par for the course for commuter e-bikes. This e-bike isn’t designed to be comfy off-road; it’s designed to be comfy on respectable roads.

I personally discovered the RadMission to trip nice on my roads, however these of you whose streets appear like a lunar touchdown website may wish to put money into a seat put up shock. I purchased this cheap one (you want the 27.2mm measurement for the RadMission).

It hasn’t arrived but, so I don’t know if its good or not, however I hope it can add a bit extra cushion once I do issues like trip throughout grass. I additionally plan on testing the RadMission as a cheap gravel e-bike, so it could be good there as effectively.

With a single-speed, the RadMission additionally isn’t designed for essentially the most excessive of hilly terrain, since there isn’t a decrease gear to shift into.

That being mentioned, the bike is completely effective on reasonable hills and may even deal with heavy hills so long as you don’t thoughts pedaling as effectively to assist it. The one time I struggled on a reasonable hill was when the battery was almost empty, and at that time I had been driving for a pair days with out charging and the battery simply didn’t have sufficient juice left for full energy.