How Heavy Do Rad Power Ebikes And Are There Weight Limits?

By Electric Ride Lab Team


How Heavy Do Rad Power Ebikes And Are There Weight Limits? 1

Most people's objection to purchasing electric bikes is based on an understanding that e-bikes are too heavy. The truth is, electric bikes are bulky and in some cases you'll find that they have larger frames than regular bikes.

However, when you dive deeper into the subject, you'll find that not all electric bikes are as heavy as you may think. This post will cover the issue of ebikes weight and how it affects a popular e-bike manufacturer; Rad Power Bikes.

Rad Power Bikes has been manufacturing high-performance electric bikes since 2015. The brand has maintained a standard of delivering highly-efficient, durable, and affordable electric bicycles to customers across the globe.

Still, some cyclists believe their e-bikes are too heavy. In a few moments we'll be giving an in-depth explanation into why electric bikes are heavier than regular bikes and what is a good weight to look out for when purchasing an electric bike. 

How Much Do Rad Power Bikes Weigh

Rad Power electric bikes typically weigh between 65 lbs and 75 lbs (29.5 Kg and 34 Kg). However, these numbers vary per model.

For example, all Radcity models weigh considerably less than the Radwagon. This is because they (the Radcity 3, 4, and 5) are commuter e-bikes while the Radwagon is a cargo e-bike. 

How Much Do Rad Power Bikes Weigh

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E-bike Weight Comparison

Rad Power e-bike Name

E-bike Weight

Radcity 5 Plus

65 lbs (29.5 kg)

Radcity 5 Plus (step-through)

64 lbs (29.03 kg)

Radrover 6 Plus

73.4 lbs (33.3 kg)

Radrover 6 Plus (step-through)

72.5 lbs (32.9 kg)

Radwagon 4

76.7 lbs (34.8 kg)

Radrunner 1

65 lbs (29.5 kg)

Radrunner Plus

74.3 lbs (33.7 kg)

Radmission 1

47.5 lbs (21.5 kg)

Radcity 4

64 lbs (29.0 kg)

Radcity 3

65 lbs (29.5 kg)

Radmini 4

67 lbs (30.4 kg)

Radmini 2

69 lbs (31.3 kg)

Radrover 1

71 lbs (32.2 kg)

Radrover 5

69 lbs (31.3 kg)

What Is a Good Weight for an Electric Bike

Electric bikes weigh about 40 - 50 pounds. However, as you might have established from the previous paragraph, design has a lot to do with how much or how little an ebike weighs.

There are different types of e-bikes, each of which is designed to meet a certain requirement. Road e-bikes, otherwise called speed e-bikes, are designed for racing. 

All of their components — frames, tires, handlebars, etc — are adapted to reducing the bike's drag and overcoming as much resistant forces as possible. This is why you'll find that road e-bikes are the lightest (they weigh about 25 to 40 lbs) and are the fastest type of electric bike.

What Is a Good Weight for an Electric Bike

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Cargo e-bikes on the other hand are built to transport heavy loads. Their frames are cast from stronger, more durable materials than those used in manufacturing road e-bike frames.  

They also have wider rims and can weigh anywhere between 65 and 75 pounds. Yes, that's a lot of weight, but the fact doesn't change that heavy-duty tasks require even heavier-duty vehicles.

So, finding the optimal weight for electric bikes really depends on your needs as a rider. There is no standard weight for all types of e-bikes. A good range for each type sounds better and more realistic. 

What Is a Good Weight for an Electric Bike

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Why Do Electric Rad Power E-bikes Weigh So Much

Electric bikes generally weigh more than regular bikes. This is because they are made up of more components than conventional bicycles. They have electric motors fitted into their wheels, as well as batteries attached to their frames. design flaw 

Now back to the topic; Rad Power bikes is a brand best known for manufacturing high-performance electric bikes. Most of their e-bikes are equipped with 750-Watt motors which are heavier and more powerful than motors with power ratings below that benchmark.

So, Rad Power e-bikes are heavier than regular bikes and entry-level e-bikes because they are more powerful. If their frames were cast from materials with higher strength-to-weight ratios, they might weigh less.

 However, these materials aren't cheap and, as we see with premium e-bikes like the Specialized Turbo Creo that cost over $10,000, will just inflate the price of the e-bike. 

Why Do Electric Rad Power E-bikes Weigh So Much

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What Are the Lightest Rad Power E-bikes

1) Radmission 1

RadMission 1

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Rad Power Bikes's lightest electric bike; the Radmission 1. This e-bike weighs 48 lbs (22 kg) and has a maximum payload capacity of 275 lbs (125 kg). 

It is equipped with a 500W geared hub-motor and a 48V 10.5Ah battery that powers it to cover up to 50 miles on a single charge. The Radmission 1 is a Class 2 electric bike and can only reach speeds of 20 miles per hour. 

RadMission 1

Main Features:

  • Payload Capacity
    275 lb
  • Miles per Charge
    Up to 45+
  • Geared Hub Motor
    500W

2) Radrunner 1

Radrunner 1

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This 65-pound electric bike can act as a beach cruiser, a cargo e-bike, a commuter e-bike, etc. It is equipped with 3.3" fat tires, a 750-Watt geared hub-motor, a LED control panel, front and rear lights, and an integrated rear rack with a rated capacity of 120 lbs (54.4 kg)

Priced at just $1299, this utility e-bike comes with a lot of cool features.

Radrunner 1

Main Features:

  • Payload Capacity
    300 lb
  • Miles per Charge
    Up to 45+
  • Geared Hub Motor
    750W

3) Radcity 4 

Radcity 4

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The Radcity 4 is equipped with a 750W direct drive motor that has regenerative braking. This feature extends the e-bike's range by converting energy from braking into battery power.

It's a great commuter e-bike with multiple riding modes - five different levels of pedal-assist and a throttle-assist function. Rad Power Bikes also included USB ports so riders can charge their smart devices on the go. 

Radcity 4

Main Features:

  • Payload Capacity
    275 lb
  • Miles per Charge
    Up to 45+
  • Direct Drive Hub Motor
    750W

Is There a Weight Limit on Rad Power Electric Bikes

All Rad Power electric bikes have weight limits. Sticking to the manufacturer's recommended capacity will maintain your e-bike's parts and ensure it continues to operate at optimal performance. 

Below is a table showing each Rad Power electric bike next to its maximum load capacity.

Electric Bike Model

Maximum Payload Capacity

Radcity 3

275 lbs (124.7 kg)

Radcity 4

275 lbs (124.7 kg)

Radcity 5 plus

275 lbs (124.7 kg)

Radcity 5 plus (step-through)

275 lbs (124.7 kg)

Radrover 1

275 lbs (124.7 kg)

Radrover 5

275 lbs (124.7 kg)

Radrover 6 plus

275 lbs (124.7 kg)

Radrover 6 plus (step-through)

275 lbs (124.7 kg)

Radmini 2

275 lbs (124.7 kg)

Radmini 4

275 lbs (124.7 kg)

Radmission 1

275 lbs (124.7 kg)

Radrunner 1

300 lbs (136 kg)

Radrunner Plus

300 lbs (136 kg)

Radwagon 4

350 lbs (159 kg)

Which Rad Power E-bikes Are Good for Heavy Riders

1) Radrunner 1

Radrunner 1

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This utility e-bike comes with a 750-Watt engine powerful enough to propel 300 pounds of weight. But that's not all. The Radrunner 1 is equipped with wider rims, making it better suited to heavy-duty riding than regular e-bikes.

 Another feature that makes the Radrunner 1 durable enough for heavy riders is its frame. The Radrunner 1's frame is cast from what is 6061 aluminum; an aluminum alloy with a tensile strength of 42,000 PSI. 

Radrunner 1

Main Features:

  • Payload Capacity
    300 lb
  • Miles per Charge
    Up to 45+
  • Geared Hub Motor
    750W

2) Radrunner Plus

Radrunner Plus

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This model is very similar to the Radrunner 1. The major difference between the two is, the Radrunner Plus is a 7-speed electric bike while the Radrunner 1 is limited to just one speed.

This gives riders more versatility as they can easily switch between gear ratios to meet different riding needs. If you're a heavy rider looking for a good off-road ebike, the Radrunner Plus might be a good option for you.

Radrunner Plus

Main Features:

  • Payload Capacity
    300 lb
  • Miles per Charge
    Up to 45+
  • Geared Hub Motor
    750W

3) The Radwagon 4

The Radwagon 4

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Chances are, no matter how heavy you think you are, you'll never be too heavy for the Radwagon. This cargo electric bike is built to haul a**. 

It has a maximum weight capacity of 350 lbs (159 kg) and comes with an integrated rear rack. A 750W geared hub-motor makes climbing steep hills and transporting heavy cargo easy and convenient.

The Radwagon 4

Main Features:

  • Payload Capacity
    300 lb
  • Miles per Charge
    Up to 45+
  • Geared Hub Motor
    750W

What Is the Maximum Weight a Rad Power Bike Can Take

In general, E-bikes from Rad Power Bikes can handle up to 275 lbs (124.7 kg). However, this does not apply to all models.

The Radwagon 4 has a maximum payload capacity of 350 lbs (159 kg). It is the only bike in Rad Power's line that can support that much weight.

Rad Power Bikes

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What Happens if You Exceed the Weight Limit on the Ebike

In most cases, overloading an electric bike will not destroy it immediately. It'll just cause the e-bike's components to wear faster.

Let's assume John, a 300-pound construction worker, purchases a Radmission 1. He cycles to work every day with his 20-pound toolkit, totaling a payload of about 320 pounds (which is 45 lbs above the Radmission's max load capacity).

Now, John's bike isn't going to fall apart the moment he tries to mount it. In fact, the e-bike will still hold him and his toolbox's weight up and transport them, albeit slowly, to their destination.

However, John will find himself replacing and repairing parts of his e-bike frequently. This is due to John exceeding the weight limit and therefore putting more strain on his e-bike's components.

About the author 

Electric Ride Lab Team

When it comes to electric personal transportation, we’re the avid performance thrill-seekers. Pioneering great and well-reviewed mobility products for e-ride lovers is all we want. Well, yes! That’s purely obvious from our team.