RadPower Bikes draws a new electric bike that seeks to combine practicality, a high level of customization and a relatively contained price: here is the RadPower Radrunner 3 Plus.
Founded in 2007, the Californian manufacturer RadPower Bikes has since made its merry way in the world of electric bikes. Its catalog is now made up of urban, mountain bike and compact cargo models. And it is precisely this last category of cycle that has just been reinforced.
In an official press release, the American brand lifted the veil on the RadPower Radrunner 3 Plus, an improved version of the RadRunner 3, which has since disappeared from the offer. Here, the idea is to offer a practical and relatively economical transport solution compared to other more expensive cargo ships.
Soon a range extender
Radrunner 3 Plus offers a total loading capacity of 159 kg, slightly lower than more conventional longtails – which generally offer around 200 kg. At the rear, its slightly elongated luggage rack can support up to 54 kg: enough for equipment or transporting a child, for example.
Its removable 672 Wh battery oscillates between a range of 40 to 72 kilometres, depending on the assistance modes – 5 in number – that you use. Inevitably, the load and the weight you carry will have an impact on the final range of the cycle. But RadPower is looking to go further with a range extender.
This “unique feature unique to the RadRunner 3 Plusis still under development, we can read. But with this option, the range could increase to 160 km, assures the brand. A good omen for the future, even if this beautiful promise will have to be verified during a complete test.
A practical start-up aid
Placed on the hub of the rear wheel, the motor is associated with a starting aid propelling you up to 6 km/h. It’s a handy little addition for jumping off from a standstill, while maintaining good stability in the event of a heavy load at the front or rear. This is a system that is also found on the Decathlon R500 Elec, for example.
To boost the comfort of its cycle, RadPower has added a 60 mm travel RST spring fork, combined with wide 20-inch Kenda K905 tires, puncture-proof and decked out with a reflective strip for better visibility. in the night. A padded saddle is also required.
On the other hand, the Shimano Altus 7-speed transmission is a bit of a stain, which is considered an entry-level system. On a bike sold for 2499 euros, we could clearly have hoped for better, like a Deore transmission at the very least.
On the other hand, we take comfort in the presence of Tektro Hydraulic HD-E350 hydraulic disc brakes, but also standard mudguards and a central screen capable of displaying the distance traveled, the time, the duration of the trip or even the remaining level of autonomy.
Lots of optional accessories
Only sold in charcoal, the RadPower Radrunner 3 Plus is launched in Europe in compliance with legal standards (maximum power of 250 W, maximum speed of 25 km/h with assistance) at a price of 2499 euros. The official website indicates a delivery time of 15 working days from your order.
A gaggle of accessories is also available as an option: from the front luggage rack (80 euros) to the rear-view mirror (15 euros) via the saddle bag (15 euros), to the comfort handles (25 euros) or even to the mittens handlebars (40 euros).
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