While some people like their ebikes to be sleek, simple and spartan, others like to really load them up with stuff. Rad Power Bikes’ just-announced “car-replacing” RadRunner 3 Plus should definitely appeal to folks in the latter crowd.
The RadRunner 3 Plus is essentially a fancier version of the company’s previously released RadRunner Plus. A little confusingly, there is no base-version RadRunner 3 although there is a base RadRunner 2, which sits lower in the hierarchy than the RadRunner Plus.
So, what sets the 3 Plus apart from the Plus?
For one thing, it reportedly offers a “sturdier, more stable ride” thanks to a redesigned step-through aluminum frame. That frame also sports a higher 350-lb (159-kg) rider/cargo capacity (as opposed to the Plus’ 300 lb/136 kg), a longer rear rack for a passenger or extra cargo, plus a pannier-mounting rail and new accessory mounting points for more storage placement options.
The 3 Plus’ 750-watt custom rear hub motor has also been tweaked, allowing the ebike to climb hills a claimed 10% faster than the Plus. Additionally, the 3 Plus is the first Rad Power bike to offer the option of adding a second battery – doing so will double its range, which sits at 25 to 45 miles (40 to 72 km) per charge of its 672-Wh removable lithium battery. The top motor-assisted speed is 20 mph (32 km/h).
Finally, the 3 Plus’ handlebar display – which provides data such as speed, distance travelled, pedal assist level (there are five) and battery charge – is said to now be more intuitive and simpler to use.
Other features which aren’t necessarily new include Tekro hydraulic disc brakes; a Shimano Altus 1 x 7 drivetrain; an auto-on headlight and tail light; an RST suspension fork with 60 mm of travel; and Kenda K905 20 x 3.3-inch tires. The whole bike reportedly tips the scales at 75.5 lb (34.2 kg).
Pricing for the RadRunner 3 Plus starts at US$2,499. Its praises are sung in the video below. Debuting along with the ebike is the new Rad Trailer, which can be fitted with a pet-carrying insert and a cargo bin – pricing for it starts at $299.
RadRunner 3 Plus Tech Overview | Electric Utility Bike | Rad Power Bikes
Source: Rad Power Bikes