Rad Power Bikes RadRover 6 Plus Review
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 5 vs RadRover 6 Plus
|Rad Power Bikes||Brand||Rad Power Bikes|
|RadRover 6||Model||RadRover 5|
|Electric, Commuter, City, Hybrid||Type||Electric, Commuter, City, Hybrid|
|Urban, Light Trails, Commuting, Off-Road||Designed For||Urban, Light Trails, Commuting, Off-Road|
|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″|
|Class 2||E-Bike Class||Class 2|
|Up to 45||Range (mi)||Up to 45|
|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|
|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|
|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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
How much are Rad Power Bikes?
Rad Power Bikes price range from $999 – $1,999.
|RadCity 5 Plus||$1,799|
|RadRover 6 Plus||$1,999|
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.
- 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.