May 17, 2022

350lachine

Automotive pure lust

The folding fat tire electric bike you need in your life

The Rad Power Bikes RadMini is the Swiss Army knife of the fat tire e-bike world. It offers all of the diverse riding advantages of fat tire e-bikes while providing surprising portability to take it just about anywhere.

Whether on grass, dirt, or asphalt, the RadMini can do just about anything most e-bike riders could ever need.

RadMini tech specs

  • Motor: 750W geared rear hub motor
  • Top speed: 32 km/h (20 mph)
  • Range: 45-72 km (25-45 mi)
  • Battery: 48V 14Ah (672 Wh)
  • Max load: 125 kg (275 lb)
  • Frame: 6061 aluminum, easy to mount
  • Suspension: 80 mm travel spring suspension fork with preload adjustment and lockout
  • Brakes: Tektro mechanical disc brakes with 180 mm rotors
  • Extras: LCD display with speedometer, wattmeter, battery gauge, PAS level indicator, odometer, tripmeter, light status indicator, front and rear LED lights, 5 speed settings, half-twist throttle, USB charging port, bell, mounting for front and rear racks, fenders included standard

RadMini video review

Make sure to check out my video review of the RadMini below to see it action, and then keep reading for my full detailed review.

Rad Power Bikes RadMini

If you’re familiar with Rad’s larger fat tire e-bike, the RadRover, then you can consider the RadMini to be a similar e-bike on a diet.

You still get those wide tires, the front suspension, the 7-speed Shimano drivetrain, and pretty much everything else you’d expect on a Rad Power Bike.

But it comes wrapped in a more manageable package, especially for people like me who don’t have a lot of extra garage space (or any garage at all).

Like most of Rad’s lineup, you’re getting the standard 750 W rear hub motor and 624 Wh battery pack. Together, they offer plenty of power and range for most riders and most terrains. Go easy and you’ll break 40 miles (64 km) on pedal assist. Ride it harder and 30 miles (48 km) is reasonable.

The steepest of hills benefit from a bit of pedal help, but throttle-only riding is zippy and powerful.

Where the RadMini really shines is its sheer versatility. Not only can it ride just about anywhere, but it folds so you can take it just about anywhere.

No, this isn’t a Brompton, so it’s not going to fold down to something the size of a lunch box. But with the typical folding bars and mid-frame hinge, it still becomes a nice compact package.

That means it fits great in a car trunk, backseat, or tucked in the corner of an RV. I’ve even heard of pilots keeping one in their light plane to have a convenient e-bike on hand once they land.

Folding fat tire bikes solve the only main problem with fat tire bikes, that they tend to be so colossal. But with smaller 20″ wheels and the origami design, it just isn’t an issue on the RadMini.

You still get the go-anywhere utility of a fat tire bike, but without the bulk.