The Rad Rover 6 electric bike carries enough power to run with the throttle feature, brings fat tires for comfort, and promises one of the smoothest riding experiences.
Does it stand up to these promises, or does it fall short?
Specifications: components and metrics
Before I dive into the review, let’s see its technical specifications
|MOTOR & TOP SPEED
|BATTERY & RANGE
|CONTROLLER & RIDING MODES
|OVERALL WEIGHT & CARRYING CAPACITY
|TIRES AND SUSPENSION
Riding The Rad Rover 6: Overall View
This is a Class 2 e-bike that cuts out the pedal assist at 24mph (39 km/h) to stay within legal limits.
This range is legal in most US, EU, and Australian regions. Still, it doesn’t hurt to check with your local laws so that you don’t break any when commuting with this unit.
That said, this Rad Power e-cycle feels well put together by the company and offers great aesthetic appeal on top.
The structure doesn’t feel like a combination of parts but a single unit that works well.
How well does it compare in terms of speed, handling, ease of use, safety, and overall usage?
Battery and motor power
Batteries are essential for e-bikes, and this one ship with a 48V, 14Ah battery. What does that mean for you?
You can get the battery up to full charge in an average of 5 hours (3-7 hours is usually reported). This battery charge/drain ratio is one of the best I’ve seen so far from bikes of this class and style.
Situated on the down tube, the battery is out of your way when riding. It is also finely positioned to prevent water splashes when riding in the rain or through puddles of water.
This 48V battery is paired with a massive 750W planetary hub motor that supplies all the necessary power. This combination offers you a more extended range and leisurely rides with each charge compared to lesser-powered models.
Speed and mileage
The best gauge for the battery-motor combination is what speed and the mileage you can get on an electric bicycle.
Being class 2, the Rover 6 did impress with how quickly it got up to top speed.
You can expect up to 25 miles (40 km) on the highest pedal assist level (PAS 5).
In the PAS 5 level, the motor can sustain an average of 21 mph (34 km/h) average speed for a little over one (1) hour before the battery is fully drained.
If you want the ultimate range, choose the lower pedal assist level (PAS 1 – which gets you as much as 53 miles (85 km)).
You’d have to go slower at an average speed of 13mph (20 km/h), but you get as much as 4 hours and 15 minutes of ride time.
The numbers above assume that the battery is fully charged before setting out.
The brand does a good overall job of making each PAS level unique. In some other e-bicycles, you won’t observe so clearly the differences between the PAS levels.
The table below shows the average top speed to expect per PAS level:
|PAS Level||Avg. Top Speed|
The first big jump in speed is noticed between the PAS 2 – PAS 3, with other levels offering similar quality.
Ease of riding and handling
This is a heavy model that weighs 74 lbs (34 kg). I want to mention this because, even though you don’t feel the weight when riding in pedal-assisted mode, you will feel it when riding without any power.
This tells you that you can ride it without power, but it is not the best riding experience, I’d say.
If that is not a major dealbreaker for you (it shouldn’t be), you’ll enjoy how the handlebars, knobby fat tires, and suspension fork come together to make for an easy ride.
The 26″ by 4″ Juggernaut fat tires are specially made for the Rover 6, tuned to specifications, and puncture-proof. This gives extra points since they have fine-tuned this aspect to improve the ease of riding.
I also like how the bigger tires dampen cracks and unevenness on the roads, giving you a chatter-free riding experience.
You’ll notice the 80mm suspension fork on the front of the bike. What you might not see outright is that this suspension system is adjustable.
You get the freedom to customize how much shock absorption you want on your rides, depending on your preferred riding style.
The adjustable suspension fork and the fat tires also make this bike suitable for off-road riding. Since the suspension absorbs that, you get less feedback in your arms and minimal vibrations through your body (or the bike’s).
Bike riding comfort
Similar to the Super 73 S2 fat tire ebike, comfort is a big plus for this fat tire electric bike, which shows across all levels of engineering.
I have already discussed the adjustable suspension fork so I won’t stress that here anymore. What I didn’t mention earlier are the comfortable, ergonomic grips designed to put less strain on your palm and hands during the ride.
The grips are a little bigger than what I’m used to, but I bet you wouldn’t notice after a few rides. They are also plush to the touch and almost feel like they’re made of full leather.
It ships with a nicely-padded seat and an almost-leather finishing. You can gently press into the cushioned seat, and you’d feel how comfortable they can be.
Finally, the 750W hub motor increases the comfort level when riding it; you’ll notice this even more when climbing hills. When climbing hills, I have found it to be generally better in performance than most similar models (such as the TurboAnt Thunder T1 Fat Tire).
Bike controls and intuitiveness
The brand played differently with the use of two (2) displays: one on the left side of the handlebar (controller) and one in the middle (primary display).
The controller will be the unit where you can make all the desired adjustments for the ride. Also, it will display the “no so often” metrics cyclists usually need to read, such as the PAS.
On the other hand, having the main display in the central area makes the essential information easier to glance at when in motion.
The LCD gives you feedback on:
– Current speed;
– Bike battery power level; and
– Overall mileage.
An impressive addition from the company is the battery wattage on the display. This is the first time I have seen such on an e-Bicycle.
Not entirely sure the reason, but I guess it allows you to keep an eye on how your battery is performing.
On the right handlebar is the standard 7-speed Shimano gear system. I would have preferred that they brought the gear thumb shifters a little lower down, but with some adjustments, you’ll get used to its current position.
The left handlebar is home to the simple control console, which contains three (3) buttons.
How Safe Is the RadRover 6?
The company ships this unit with mechanical disk brakes carrying 180mm rotors for improved stopping distances.
They also allow you to tweak the performance of the brakes so that it stops faster and slower; anyhow, you want some time to test the brakes to determine what configuration is suitable for you.
If unsure, the out-of-the-box configuration works well too.
On the right handlebar is the grip throttle, separated from the other elements, so you don’t mistakenly pull it when riding. This is probably one of the reasons they went for slightly bigger throttle controls here.
You’ll notice the front and rear lights, which are both connected to the battery. They get activated when you use the brakes, while the front lights can be toggled for better visibility in low-light conditions.
While the front lights are bright enough, I’d recommend investing in aftermarket headlights if you do a lot of night riding. This one might not be powerful and sufficient in all cases.
Barring that, the bike has a puncture-free fat tire, suspension fork, and geometrical build that helps it perform well in multiple terrains. You’d always feel confident when doing city riding, going on long commutes, or running off-road.
Is It Worth Buying It?
It’s rare to find one of these models that ticks all the boxes.
While it does not tick all the boxes, it does register well in many aspects.
From riding comfort to ease of use and handling, it is in a league of its own.
The motor is plenty powerful, showing no signs of strain when you put it to the test. That is another testament to the quality of parts used for this build.
Pair that with premium, custom-tuned fat tires, excellent brakes, impressive seats, comfortable handle grips, an intuitive display, and great mileage, and we have a clear winner here.
If you want a powerful class 2 eBike that handles different terrains like a champ, you can’t go wrong with the RadRover 6.
Images courtesy of RadPowerBikes
Rad Rover 6
Frame & Components Quality4.5/5
Speed & Torque (motor)4.3/5
Controller & Assistance4.3/5
Portability & Maneuverability4.0/5
What we like
- ✅ The motor offers high power, which is great for climbing hills and reaching good speed.
- ✅ The battery range is impressive, even when using PAS 5.
- ✅ Fat tires combined with the front suspension brings excellent comfort for long rides.
What we do not like
- It is too heavy to carry (34 kg).
- Its use may be restricted in some countries.
- One size frame available.