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Re: Anyone into electric cycling? Electric Bicycles

Wed Aug 21, 2019 5:04 pm

LeftieBiker wrote:
Tue Aug 20, 2019 9:42 pm
I should have gotten a Rad Power bike, instead of the crappy Magnum Metro I got - and which now has a loud motor that will likely fail in the coming year.
Your Magnum Metro isn't living up to expectations? I looked at the Rad Power bike website and it looks like tomorrow(8-22) they will be releasing information on their latest ebike, a $1299 model(their other ebikes seem to start at $1499 so I guess it's not a huge savings but it will be interesting to see what one gets for $1299).
https://www.radpowerbikes.com/?utm_sour ... gI4NfD_BwE
I personally like the RadWagon, $1499 for:
Min 25 miles range, 20mph top speed, 750w direct-drive hub motor, 48v 14ah battery that will charge from either 120v or 230v(although no mention if 230v gets you any faster charging than the somewhat paltry 5-6 hrs :( ) 350lb total capacity(120lbs cargo rear, 40lbs/side cargo front racks) , puncture-resistant tires(hopefully not the crap Chinese bubble gum rubber I purchased locally for replacement tires on a couple of my bikes and after only 2-3yrs they cracking like crazy :evil: )
Anyway, I think I'll check back tomorrow to see what they have to say.
I was also looking at a couple of bikes at Costco made by Genze. Their motor was only 350w and battery was only 36v 9.6Ah and I believe the price was around $1200?? so the Rad bikes seem to have it beat on all but price.....
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Re: Anyone into electric cycling? Electric Bicycles

Wed Aug 21, 2019 5:30 pm

Rad was the brand I almost got, and wish I had. At the time it was $1500 for most of their bikes, but that was with no fenders or other basics that were expensive add-ons. The Metro had more features for more $$ but the bike just isn't worth the money because of the shoddy motor and other flaws like no assist speed below 12MPH, charge port in the path of the pedal crank, water bottle bosses in the Metro that, if used, negate the step-through frame, no hardwired taillight (it doesn't even flash!), etc. I'll likely replace the rear wheel with a direct drive aftermarket drive wheel and controller. The Rad Power people are also responsive over email, while the Magnum people are terrible.
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jjeff
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Re: Anyone into electric cycling? Electric Bicycles

Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:11 pm

Well their $1299 RadRunner ebike is now live! Check it out 2 posts before this one where I have a link. A few points I'll note:
20mph top speed, similar to the other Rad ebikes.
25 miles min range, same as other Rad ebikes.
750w motor, again same as other Rad ebikes.
48v 14ah battery, again same as other Rad ebikes.
65lbs total weight, less than the 73lbs of the Radwagon I was looking at but basically the same as other Rad ebikes.
300lbs payload capacity, which is more than the 275lbs of most of the other Rad ebikes but less than the 350lbs of the Radwagon.

The RadRunner has the advantage of being 2 passenger(although with the 300lb payload they'd both have to be smallish) and while the price starts $200 cheaper than the other Rad ebikes, by the time I'd add a couple options I'd probably want, it would be the same $1499 as say the Radwagon. The RadRunner does have wider tires for those wanting that feature and has a lower step in height(both ebikes say they accommodate up to a 6'2" person so I'm good there).
A couple different options and while some may think ~$1500 for a bike/ebike is high, I've seen many others well over $2k.
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Re: Anyone into electric cycling? Electric Bicycles

Thu Aug 22, 2019 5:06 pm

IMO, E-bike prices are "high" if they are over $2k with delivery.
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