For the previous couple of years, the RadWagon has set the benchmark for reasonably priced, succesful electrical cargo bikes. However that didn’t cease Rad Energy Bikes from rolling out a series of upgrades this year to make the brand new RadWagon 4 higher than ever.
We’ve beforehand mentioned how useful electric cargo bikes can be, with each customers and companies displaying increased charges of e-cargo bike adoption.
Many households are discovering that an electrical cargo bike can exchange the necessity for a second automotive (or their first automotive in some cities!) whereas many companies have been capable of reduce costs by switching to delivery via electric bicycles much like the RadWagon 4.
The RadWagon 4 and its newest updates to the favored RadWagon platform may very properly be the brand new commonplace by which budget-friendly electrical cargo bikes are judged.
Try my video evaluate of the RadWagon 4 under, then maintain studying for my detailed experiences on the bike.
RadWagon 4 electrical cargo bike video evaluate
RadWagon 4 tech specs
- Motor: 750 W geared rear hub motor
- Prime velocity: 32 km/h (20 mph)
- Vary: 45-72 km (25-45 mi) relying on person enter
- Battery: 48 V 14 Ah (672 Wh)
- Cost time: 6 hours
- Weight: 34.8 kg (76.7 lb)
- Max load: 159 kg (350 lb)
- Body: 6061 aluminum
- Brakes: Tektro Aires mechanical disc brakes
- Tires: Customized 22″x3.0″ Rad Energy Bikes tires
- Extras: Sturdy heart kickstand, LCD show with speedometer, wattmeter, battery gauge, PAS stage indicator, odometer, tripmeter, mild standing indicator, entrance and rear LED lights, 5 velocity settings, half-twist throttle, USB charging port, mounting for wide selection of entrance and rear racks/equipment
What’s new on the Rad Energy Bikes RadWagon 4?
Rad Energy Bikes made some huge modifications on the RadWagon 4.
The obvious change is a redesigned body with smaller wheels. The wheels are each smaller diameter and wider, that means the bike doesn’t sit fairly as excessive and the tires have bigger air quantity to soak up extra highway shock or enhance dealing with on less-than-ideal terrain.
The brand new wheel dimension contributes to the only largest change within the really feel of the bike. Whereas driving, the bike feels noticeably extra like a conventional bike and fewer like a stretched cargo bike. A giant a part of that’s as a result of decrease journey top. The beforehand taller axles and bigger wheels meant the entire bike needed to sit increased, together with the rear rack and cargo. With the brand new smaller diameter wheels, the bike rides extra comfortably even with the rear rack loaded down with cargo or youngsters (extra on that in a second).
The one draw back to the brand new tire dimension is that you’re now locked into Rad Energy Bikes as your single tire and tube provider. This isn’t as huge of a difficulty on the subject of tires as some nitpickers will make it out to be. Most individuals don’t undergo multiple pair of tires in a season. Nevertheless, you’ll need to decide up just a few spare tubes once you purchase the RadWagon 4 since your native bike store seemingly received’t inventory this 22″ diameter dimension. And punctured tubes have a behavior of popping up once we least anticipate them. So be ready and seize some tubes prematurely.
Whereas the body and wheel redesign are the obvious modifications to the RadWagon 4, there are different smaller modifications that enhance the efficiency and utility of the bike.
The brand new geared hub motor replaces the earlier direct-drive motor. Each present 750 W, however the brand new motor is torquier but smaller. It’s going to seemingly run extra effectively and be a boon on hill climbing, although it does take away the beforehand accessible regenerative braking function.
As we’ve discussed in the past though, regenerative braking on electrical bikes solely provides a small quantity of effectivity, and its bigger profit is often growing the lifetime of brake pads as a substitute of considerably growing vary.
The RadWagon 4 additionally obtained a brand new telescoping seat put up. Paired with the decrease body, it presents a variety of heights to suit riders between 5’1″ to six’4″ (155 to 198 cm). I’m comfortably in the midst of that vary and was joyful as a clam. A brand new adjustable handlebar stem additionally helps riders of various heights and arm lengths alter the bike for the right match.
How does it journey?
As I discussed, the journey is best than ever due to the smaller wheels and redesigned body. The earlier RadWagon was already a fairly good journey, however may really feel a bit gangly when the excessive rear rack was loaded down with an adult-sized passenger or numerous cargo.
I discovered that whereas driving the RadWagon 4 with out cargo on it, it principally felt like a typical e-bike throughout just about all situations outdoors of low-speed maneuvering. There’s no hiding that the bike is lengthy, particularly when wheeling it round your storage.
You also needs to notice that there’s no suspension on the RadWagon 4. I barely observed the shortage of suspension although, even whereas driving on grass. The balloon-ish tires are nice for highway driving and I even took some grassy shortcuts that the bike dealt with simply wonderful.
Whereas testing with just a few youngsters on the again, the brand new decrease design carried out properly and stored me feeling tremendous steady. I additionally opted for the working boards (which are actually an adjunct) and the deck pads to verify my nephews had a pleasant and cozy seat. There are additionally footpeg equipment if you happen to don’t need the added bulk of wood working boards.
In truth, there may be a really wide range of accessories that can be utilized to utterly customise the RadWagon 4 and switch it into the right utility or cargo bike in your wants, from grocery purchasing to neighborhood carpool responsibility.
What concerning the electrical facet?
The RadWagon 4 continues to make use of largely the identical tried-and-true electronics discovered on different Rad Energy Bikes. The 672 Wh battery is bigger than the business common and will internet you between 25-45 miles (40-75 km) of vary relying on whether or not you go full throttle or wish to take it simple with modest pedal help.
In truth, the pretty commonplace battery throughout most of Rad Energy Bike’s lineup presents a pleasant benefit if you happen to occur to have a number of bikes. My brother-in-law rides a RadRunner and if I used to be planning a very lengthy journey, I may swing by his place and “borrow” his battery for a bit, doubling my vary. Rad additionally carries spare batteries, however what’s household for if you happen to can’t steal their stuff?
The motor is a lot highly effective and will get me as much as 20 mph (32 km/h) in much less time than I’d anticipate, particularly for an enormous bike like this. The torquey geared motor mixed with the upper torque from a smaller diameter wheel means the bike can speed up swiftly and make fast work of hills.
Last ideas on the RadWagon 4
Rad had just a few years to work on upgrades to the favored RadWagon platform and it looks as if they actually nailed it.
Just a few compromises had been made in shifting to a proprietary wheel dimension and disposing of regenerative braking, however the small tradeoffs are vastly offset by the improved utility and rideability of the RadWagon 4.
At just $1,599, the RadWagon is a fully-capable electrical cargo bike that prices lower than some non-electric cargo bikes. I nonetheless don’t perceive how Rad Energy Bikes can construct such good e-bikes for such affordable costs, however I’m glad they’ve one way or the other discovered the magic system.
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