In an update of its flagship ebike, Seattle’s Rad Power Bikes unveiled the new RadRover 6 Plus today. The new entry gets a solid update, from increased hill-climbing capability with a re-tuned 750W motor to a step-through frame option. The head unit interface, designed for easier operation, is also brand new.
“Rad Power Bikes is on a mission to radically challenge the ebike status quo,” said Redwood Stephens, Chief Product Officer at Rad Power Bikes. “Over the last seven years we have made incremental improvements, but this is the first top-to-bottom redesign. The end result is a completely next-level riding experience that screams, ‘I am an electric bike and proud of it’.”
Here’s what to expect from the brand new RadRover 6 Plus.
Recharged: Power and Performance Updates
The 6 Plus builds on the success of the company’s flagship fat tire series. The series has a reputation that links quality with affordability, with users typically reporting easygoing rides.
Rad Power ratchets up performance on the new ebike, with hydraulic disc brakes and an upgraded hub motor that climbs hills 25 percent faster than the previous RadRover 5. Through re-engineering the 750W motor, the brand also promises peppier acceleration.
The 6 Plus is the company’s first ebike to feature hydraulic disc brakes, which should give it an edge in stopping power over the previous mechanical setup. And it adds resiliency to the system with “ceramic” brake pads.
RadRover 6 Plus User Experience
Rad Power paints its new bike as a versatile workhorse: “Whether you’re commuting to work, hauling groceries, or headed on a weekend adventure, the RadRover 6 Plus is your durable, rugged, comfortable and—most importantly fun—everyday ebike.” said founder and CEO Mike Radenbaugh.
To broaden the 6 Plus’s user utility, the company builds it in step-through and step-over frame styles, updates the user interface, and introduces a few new accessories.
The step-through frame differentiates the ebike from its own predecessors, but not necessarily the field. However, it does expand possible ridership by increasing accessibility. The step-through frame makes it easier for a wider range of people to get on. Also, the new lower-profile battery design keeps the battery out of the way and eases its removal and replacement.
Similarly, Rad Power designs the new head unit interface for intuitive use across experience levels. The simplistic display shows all the usual stats like wattage, trip mileage, charge, and speed. But it adds an intelligent battery charge display system to give riders more accurate, confidence-inspiring charge information.
Finally, the company expands its “ecosystem” of accessories for the Plus 6. New accessories designed to increase commuter utility include a rear rack, battery terminal cover and case, and a USB Charger.
MSRP and Ordering
Rad Power launches the redesigned RadRover 6 Plus today at MSRP US $2000, CA $2400. It’s available now on preorder, with delivery estimated by September 30. Check out Rad Power’s range of ebikes, including the brand new 6 Plus, here.