Electric bikes are great. They can run reasonably fast, zip through traffic very well, and park just as easily on any bike rack. For folks with short commutes, they can be more convenient than taking the car. However, you’ll probably still buy a car, so you don’t want to pay too much for the e-bike. Problem is, most e-bikes retail in the four figures and there are many who aren’t willing to pay that much for a secondary ride. The Rad Power Bikes RadMission offers an e-bike for the budget-conscious among us.
Billed as an “electric metro bike,” it’s a motorized fixie that combines the simplicity of the single-speed bicycle to the much faster pedal-assist speeds of a contemporary e-bike. Whether you’re looking for an e-bike to take to work, do quick grocery runs, or explore the town during the weekends, this thing gives you a viable option at a three-digit price point you rarely see from today’s crop of pedal-assist rides.
The Rad Power Bikes RadMission is an erstwhile standard fixed-gear bicycle, so your legs will be busy the whole time even when you engage the motor, as there’s no freewheel mechanism to let you cruise without applying any power. We know, fixies aren’t for everyone (some folks like to be able to cruise and rest their legs), but the simplicity of these bicycles is exactly why this thing is much cheaper than your usual e-bike option. Fixies also tend to be more low maintenance, so if you want an e-bike that’s as hassle-free as it gets, this should offer one of the better options out there.
It’s powered by a 500-watt geared hub motor that provides 50Nm of torque, which is enough to get you moving at a decent pace of 20 mph. The outfit claims, this power output makes for a smooth and capable ride, such that you should be able to easily run through hilly streets without putting a whole lot of effort. It pairs that motor with a 10.5Ah battery that can last you up to 45 miles, so you should be able to easily ride to work and get back home between charges, eliminating the need to plug it in at work. In case you want to charge it, the battery can be removed from its lockable downtube storage.
The Rad Power Bikes RadMission has a control panel on the handlebars that you can use to turn on the motor, change pedal assistance setting, and control the lights, all while having LED indicators for showing the battery level. The amount of power provided by the motor can be adjusted using the twist throttle on the right grip. According to the outfit, the whole thing weighs under 50 pounds, making it at least 15 pounds lighter than any of their other e-bikes (though not quite as light as Specialized’s 33-pound wonder). Other features include 40-lux headlight, LED taillights, water-resistant wiring and connectors, steel fork, 6061 aluminum frame, Tektro Aries brake calipers, and 27.5-inch Kenda Kontact tires.
The Rad Power Bikes RadMission is available now, priced at $999.