CleanTechnica Examined: The Rad Energy Bikes RadTrike

The RadTrike is designed to be a steady e-bike to allow individuals who on the lookout for an e-bike with a extra steady base than two wheeled cycles. It’s additionally an important choice for people on the lookout for an a motorcycle with tons of cargo hauling capability. We unpacked the RadTrike when it was first introduced, and have been desperate to spend some face time with the brand new bike after they began delivery out to prospects.

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The RadTrike with Rad Energy Bike’s elective giant basket put in. Picture credit score: Kyle Discipline, CleanTechnica

Its 3-wheel base is inherently extra steady than a bicycle because it sits flat on the three wheels with out help from a kickstand. Which means you may comfortably sit atop the RadTrike with out having to fret about having one foot on the bottom or balancing on two wheels. Being steady when stopped comes on the expense of much less mobility when transferring. The three-wheeled design takes some getting used to as turns must be taken slower because the trike can rise up on two wheels or flip over if you happen to’re not cautious.

Unboxing The RadTrike

With its bigger bodily footprint, we have been curious how the RadTrike would arrive and if it might be a problem to assemble. When it arrived, it was fastidiously wrapped in a compact field that was simpler to maneuver round that the packing containers most e-bikes ship in. Opening the field, we discovered the RadTrike to be fastidiously packaged and effectively designed for each delivery and ease of meeting. The key sauce is the break up body of the bike that splits the load in half whereas additionally making it a breeze to assemble.

Rad Power Bikes RadTrike

Picture credit score: Kyle Discipline, CleanTechnica

Hand threading the underside two of the 4 bolts that maintain the 2 halves of the body made it simple to fit the opposite half of the body into place. From there, it was a easy matter of adjusting the place of each halves of the body to permit the 2 remaining bolts to string into place. It was one of many simpler assemblies we’ve seen and we now have carried out far more than our justifiable share of e-bike meeting.

Rad Power Bikes RadTrike

Picture credit score: Kyle Discipline, CleanTechnica

Past that, it’s a easy matter of following Rad Energy Bikes’ assembly instructions in the Owner’s Manual or following together with the assembly video. With the seat popped on and the short addition of the elective Rad Energy Bikes giant basket to the rear, we have been off to the races. We now have constructed up the behavior of doing a “tuning experience” across the proverbial block to see if any apparent issues must be adjusted on a brand new bike and the apply has served us effectively. On the RadTrike, we discovered that one of many fenders wanted to be adjusted barely, however aside from that, it was able to go.

Decorate The RadTrike

The design of the RadTrike makes it the final word swiss military knife of e-bikes, able to hauling people and all kinds of drugs in a variety of various configurations. We sometimes see trikes kitted out with a big rear basket and smaller entrance basket, however as a result of it comes with a built-in rear rack and is suitable with Rad Energy Bikes’ expansive line of present equipment, it might do absolutely anything.

Wish to haul tons of drugs? Throw just a few baskets on it or one among Rad Energy Bikes’ platforms. Wish to do supply runs with it? Nice! Strap on some supply luggage and get rolling. Pets? Yeah, no downside. There’s a pet provider choice for smaller bow-wows or you may add your individual provider for bigger diggers to one among Rad Energy Bikes’ platforms or baskets. Simply need to head right down to the seaside with some towels and a picnic? No downside.

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The RadTrike kitted out with an elective giant basket. Picture credit score: Kyle Discipline

To play with this, we dropped one among Rad Power Bikes’ large baskets on the again. Including a basket transforms the bike right into a cargo hauler and allow us to drop three or 4 luggage of groceries or comparable quantity of dense cargo onto the bike with ease. Add a cargo bungee internet to the highest to maintain every thing in place, and it’s good to go. The rear rack appears strong sufficient however for some motive solely has a weight capability of 60 lb, which appears low given the bike’s 415 lb hauling capability and the extra reinforcement constructed into the rack.

The built-in rear rack on the RadTrike is huge, so for these trying to maximize rear hauling quantity, it’s possible you’ll need to take a look at Rad’s large platform or comparable accent. Up entrance, the RadTrike has Rad Energy Bikes’ customary mounts for one among their front racks with a capability of 30 kilos.

Using The RadTrike

Due to its 3-wheeled base, the RadTrike is bigger and tougher to get right into a automobile to take it someplace for a experience. To offset this, Rad Energy Bikes designed the bike with folding handlebars that fold simply on the prime of the body, and a seat with an outsized tube. Folding the handlebars down and eradicating the seat tube lowers the vertical profile of the bike and makes it attainable to roll it into the again of nearly any customary SUV, or perhaps a compact SUV, for that matter.

Rad Power Bikes RadTrike

Picture credit score: Kyle Discipline

For the brakes on the RadTrike, Rad Energy Bikes went with a distinct configuration than customary brakes. The RadTrike ditches the precise deal with brake for the rear brakes in favor of a coaster brake. That is the kind of brakes sometimes discovered on children bikes, the place you pedal backwards to have interaction the brakes. This makes it tremendous easy to make use of, however is a deviation from what we sometimes see on full-sized bikes.

The outsized left brake lever engages the entrance brake and supplies a reassuring quantity of braking from the entrance tire. On a conventional bike, round 70% of the stopping pressure comes from the entrance, so it’s good to have the usual entrance brake lever within the regular location. The left entrance brake deal with additionally has a parking brake characteristic, which is very nice. When stopped on the trike, you merely pull the entrance brake lever and slide the small orange parking brake tab into place to have interaction the parking brake. That is handy whenever you need to sit on the bike and discuss, when parking the bike at house, or parking it on an incline.

All of Rad Energy Bikes’ different client grade e-bikes have the motor within the rear hub of the bike. This makes it simple so as to add a throttle, which isn’t attainable on mid-drive e-bikes. For the RadTrike, Rad Energy Bikes put the motor within the entrance hub of the bike. This retains the drivetrain so simple as attainable and makes it tremendous simple to vary out flat tires on both of the rear tires. The truth is, they are often modified with out even pulling the wheel off the bike, which is wonderful. Professional tip: we extremely suggest placing tire sealant within the tubes and tire liners in all tires to stop flats.

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Picture credit score: Kyle Discipline, CleanTechnica

This does make altering a tire on the entrance a bit extra difficult than regular, however utterly eliminates the necessity to mess with the chain in any respect when altering tires and fixing flats. That’s an enormous win for riders. It does make the entrance wheel a bit heavier, which is noticeable when using. It’s not the top of the world, particularly on a motorcycle that ideas the scales at 82 kilos general.

The entrance motor configuration additionally makes it simpler to lose traction on the drive wheel. When heading uphill or on gentle surfaces, the entrance tire can simply break traction. This makes it vital to consider your physique place when using the trike. In our check rides, we stopped on grass for a chat and when beginning again up once more, the entrance tire spun on the grass. It wasn’t the top of the world however it took a bit little bit of adjustment to get the bike rolling once more, whereas a conventional e-bike with the motor within the rear would haven’t any issues getting transferring.

On a conventional bike with two wheels, your physique robotically units the bike in a vertical place, permitting you to sit down on a flat seat, nearly whatever the terrain. On a trike, the three wheels observe the terrain, which adjustments the way in which you sit on the bike. For those who’re using alongside a road that leans to the precise to permit drainage of water, the RadTrike will lean to the precise and thus the seat leans to the precise. It’s a minor distinction and one thing that applies to all trikes, however it was noticeable in our check rides.

The seating place is sweet and upright. With the swept-back handlebars that modify entrance to again, it’s simple to set the bike up ready the place you may maintain your backbone straight and experience in a really pure place. Rad Energy Bikes additionally added a rear help to the seat that may modify up and down for a distinct physique kinds. They did an important job of placing the steadiness between including help and nonetheless permitting for comfy pedaling.

Rad Power Bikes RadTrike

Picture credit score: Kyle Discipline, CleanTechnica

Most electrical bikes have 7 or 8 speeds, permitting you to pedal and modify the mechanical issue of pedaling with the quantity of electrical help the motor supplies. The RadTrike takes a distinct strategy to this state of affairs and meshes a singlespeed mechanical drivetrain with Rad Energy Bikes’ five-speed pedal help system. The only mechanical gear makes it more durable to pedal at greater speeds, however that’s proper in step with the safety-first design of the bike.

To maximise security, Rad Energy Bikes set a 14 mile-per-hour pace cap on the RadTrike. This retains the bike working on the most secure speeds whereas nonetheless providing the elevated utility that three-wheeled bikes provide.


The RadTrike really units the bar and defines what options, high quality, and geometry prospects will anticipate from electrical trikes transferring ahead. It opens up a very new kind of electrical automobile with elevated hauling capability for patrons. This is applicable equally for patrons who the additional stability that comes with a trike, need to haul round a dozen pizzas, few luggage of cement, or some tenting chairs in tennis balls right down to the park.

Rad Energy Bikes delivered a major variety of significant improvements within the RadTrike just like the parking brake, the folding design that permits it to suit into the again of an SUV, the entrance motor configuration, the rear tires that may be serviced with none instruments, and a body design that lets it to ship and assemble simply.

Rad Power Bikes RadTrike

Picture credit score: Kyle Discipline, CleanTechnica

With any new kind issue, it should take riders a bit to get used to the brand new geometry if they aren’t used to using on three wheels. That is primarily associated to steering and the pace at which corners could be taken, but additionally interprets to being aware of the broader width of the rear tires when passing folks and different objects. Its acquainted format invitations riders to leap on and provides it a strive, which is certainly one thing Rad Energy Bikes needs potential homeowners to do at their rising variety of retail shops.

If that’s not an choice, nonetheless, the RadTrike remains to be an choice. We advise new homeowners to take it sluggish and to offer themselves time to be taught their new bike. Some riders will really feel relaxed straight away, whereas others may have just a few rides to make sure they’re conversant in all of the options of the bike and the way it handles.

For extra details about the RadTrike or to buy one for your self, head over to its online home on Rad Power Bikes site.

Disclaimer: Rad Energy Bikes offered the RadTrike to the writer for the needs of this evaluation.


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