RadRover 6 Plus Review

Jordan Grimez
2022-02-25
eBicycles score
9.3/10

Rad Power Bikes’ RadRover 6 Plus is the new and improved model of the company’s best-selling flagship e-bike.

This 2022 release features improvements across the board, demonstrating Rad Power Bikes’ commitment to developing, innovating, and improving their bikes in this highly competitive electric bicycle market.

The 6 Plus has taken and already popular RadRover 5 to the next level. The key improvements come in the geometry, the motor, brakes, and wheelset.

Because of these changes, the bike has had a slight price increase of $300 compared to the previous model. However, these changes mean a smoother, more efficient, more comfortable, and intuitive ride.

In this RadRover review, we will carry out a detailed comparison of the RadRover 6 Plus and its predecessor and highlight some of the essential accessories to be considered you purchase yours.

 

radrover 6 electric bike

MSRP: $1,999

> RadRover 6 Plus

> RadRover 6 Plus Step-Thru


 

Table of Contents

RadRover 5 vs RadRover 6

RadRover 6 Upgrades

RadRover 6 Accessories

Conclusion + FAQs


 

RadRover 5 vs RadRover 6

radrover 5 vs radrover 6

Full Specs

Rad Power Bikes Brand Rad Power Bikes
RadRover 6 Model RadRover 5
Electric, Commuter, City, Hybrid Type Electric, Commuter, City, Hybrid
2021 Model Year 2020
Urban, Light Trails, Commuting, Off-Road Designed For Urban, Light Trails, Commuting, Off-Road
1,999 Price (USD) 1,699
Standard / Step-Through Frame Types Standard / Step-Through
Standard: 17″ / ST: 14.8″ Frame Sizes Standard: 18″ / ST: 18″
Standard: 5’4″ – 6’2 / ST: 5’2″ – 6’2″ Recommended Height Standard: 5’4″ – 6’2 / ST: 5’4″ – 6’2″
26″ Wheel Size 26″
Class 2 E-Bike Class Class 2
20mph Max Speed 20mph
Up to 45 Range (mi) Up to 45
750W Motor 750W
Brushless Geared Rear Hub Motor Type Brushless Geared Rear Hub
48V 14Ah (672Wh) Lithium NMC Samsung/Panasonic Battery 48V 14Ah (672Wh) Lithium NMC Samsung
48V, 750W, Frame Integrated Controller 48V, 750W
48V, 2 Amp Charger 48V, 2 Amp
Optional, Sold Separately USB Ports 5V, 1 Amp
Half-Twist Throttle Half-Twist
Backlit LCD Display Backlit LCD
5 Pedal-Assist Levels Modes 5 Pedal-Assist Levels
1×7-Speed Shimano Altus Derailleur 1×7-Speed Shimano Acera
Water-Resistant Connectors and Wiring Harness Wiring Water-Resistant Connectors and Wiring Harness
6061 Aluminum Alloy Frame Material 6061 Aluminum Alloy
RST Spring Fork, 60mm Travel Front Suspension Spring Fork, 80mm Travel
Nutt Hydraulic Brakes Tektro Aries MD-M300 Mechanical
180 Rotors (mm) 180
26″ x 4″ Puncture Resistant Kenda Juggernaut Tires 26″ x 4″ Puncture Resistant Kenda Juggernaut
4.5″ Max tire width 4″
Ergonomic Seat with Lifting Handle Saddle Plush with Lifting Handle
Ergonomic, Durable Imitation Leather Grips Ergonomic, Durable Imitation Leather
Standard: 73.4 / Step-Thru: 72.5 Weight (lbs) Standard: 69 / Step-Thru: 71
275 Max weight (lbs) 275
14 Day Free Trial / 1-Year Warranty Warranty 14 Day Free Trial / 1-Year Warranty

RadRover 6 Upgrades

  • Hydraulic Disc Brakes + Ceramic Brake Pads
  • New Battery Placement
  • 10 LED Charge Indicator vs 4 LED On RadRover 5
  • 25% Faster Hill Climbing Than Previous Model
  • Automatic Lights
  • Better Geometry
  • 4’5″ Max Tire Width vs 4′ On the Last Model
  • Better UX On Control Panel
  • 60mm Travel vs 80mm On the Last Model

Related: RadRover 5 Review

Hydro Brakes

Hydraulic brakes of RadRover electric bike

The RadRover 6 swaps the mechanical disc brakes of the previous model for premium hydraulic discs with ceramic brake pads.

This change significantly increases stopping power, durability, and wet weather performance, meaning more confidence and control for the rider.

More Efficient Motor

Custom geared hub motor of redrover step thru

The RadRover electric fat bike’s hub motor received considerable improvement and has been fine-tuned for more power output and smoother transfer on steep gradients

These changes mean greater efficiency, the ability to get up to speed faster, and an overall stronger ride, even at lower speeds.

New Geometry

rad power ebike

This model of the RadRover fat bike has a few distinct changes to the geometry. These include greater adjustability for smaller riders, meaning better handling and a smoother feel across the height range.

In addition, the geometry is now more comfortable, efficient for climbing, and the bike handles better. This effect compounds with the addition of powerful hydraulic disc brakes.

RadRover 6 Plus Size Recommendations
Step-Over: 5’4″ – 6’2″
Step-Thru: 5’2″ – 6’2″

Shorter Travel On Suspension Fork

fat tire specific suspension system

Fat Tire Bike Specific Suspension Fork

The change from a 60mm to an 80mm travel suspension fork improves this bike’s performance on urban roads. Additionally, this fork allows the spring’s stiffness to be adjusted and has a lock-out lever for when you don’t need suspension.

Fat tires already provide lots of shock absorption when going off-road, so this more urban-focused suspension makes sense given the RadRover’s popularity as a city hybrid or commuter.


 

RadRover Accessories

RadRover 6 electric fat bike with accessories on

Rad Power Bikes has a wide array of accessories that you can use to customize your RadRover 6 Plus for the exact job you need, available at their online store. In addition, you can buy spare or replacement parts for your bike. 

When you navigate to the store, choose the model of bike you have and the compatible accessories will show up.

Racks

rad rover bike rack

You can use a carrying rack with your RadRover 6 Plus to get the most from the powerful motor and battery and turn it into the ultimate commuter machine.

By combining an aluminum front and rear rack, you can carry an extra 85lbs (30+55) for all of your cargo. Additionally, these racks are lightweight and very stable, thanks to purpose-built mounts.

Baskets and Bags

 

Rad Power Bikes also sell a variety of baskets and bags with different sizes, shapes, and capacities available depending on your needs. All of these components are compatible with the rear rack and front platform.

The baskets are made from lightweight aluminum, and the bags use tough waterproof coated ripstop fabric with an inside pocket that helps keep all valuables safe from the elements.

Battery Travel Case

Battery case, battery and rad power bike charger

The Battery Travel Case is ideal for protecting the battery when you’re not using your bike, such as on a road trip or when you arrive at work on your daily commute.

It is made with a zippered polyester outer material and has protective EVA foam on the inside to safely house the battery. In addition, there is a sealable pocket on the inside where you can store the spare key and charger.

> All RadRover 6 Accessories

RadPowerBikes.com


 

Conclusion – Is RadRover 6 Worth the Extra $300?

A careful look at the new RadRover 6 Plus leaves excellent first impressions. This model is far enough ahead of the RadPower 5 that $300 extra seems reasonable.

Considering the level of components and the $2000 price tag, the 6 Plus will surely be a significant competitor in its price category.

The upgrades to comfort, power, efficiency, handling, and the stylish new semi-integrated look are all welcome changes. So don’t miss out on the RadRover 6 Plus for an affordable and versatile fat-tire e-bike.


 

FAQs

Where are Rad Power Bikes made?

All of the company’s manufacturing is in two different factories in China. As with most US-based bicycle brands, they maintain their headquarters and development domestically and outsource the production.

Are Rad Power Bikes sold in stores?

Rad Electric Bike dealers Seattle

The storefront of Rad Power Bikes Seattle

Rad Power Bikes are only available for purchase online. However, there are three ways you can test or see their bikes in person.

This includes showrooms, rental shops that have a Rad fleet, and a free mobile test ride that can be organized through the link below.

Read more about showrooms and test riding.

How much are Rad Power Bikes?

Rad Power Bikes price range from $999 – $1,999.

Model Price
RadMission $999
RadRunner $1,299
RadMini $1,299
RadCity $1,599
RadRover 5 $1,699
RadRunner Plus $1,799
RadCity 5 Plus $1,799
RadWagon $1,899
RadRover 6 Plus $1,999

 

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Facts

Gender
Suspension
Number of gears
Wheel size
26"
Motor
Battery
Price
1999$

Features

  • Class 2 eBike
  • 750W Rear Hub Motor
  • 672Wh Battery
  • Range: Up to 45 miles
  • Hydraulic Disc Brakes
  • 1×7-Speed Shimano Altus
  • 26″ x 4″ Fat Tires
  • High-Step & Step-Thru Frame Design
  • Front & Rear Fenders
  • Front & Rear Lights with Auto Turn On.



How it stacks against others

#2 Best Class 2
#3 Best e-Fat
#3 Best e-Hybrid
#5 Best of All bikes