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Rad Power launches a lightweight e-bike for $999

Less weight, less cost.
Rachel England,
June 23, 2020
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The way we get from A to B is changing. With the climate crisis looming and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic making public transit less appealing, traditional methods of transport are becoming increasingly unsustainable. Enter e-bikes, designed to make getting around quick, cheap and easy. As demand has slowly but surely increased, we’ve seen all kinds of innovations in e-bikes in recent times — now, Rad Power Bikes has launched a model that tackles some of the biggest barriers to uptake.

大赢家体育the radmission electric metro bike is a stripped back e-bike designed for commuters. it doesn’t come with any fancy add-ons or wild innovations, but it does pack in a punchy 500w geared hub motor, a top speed of 20mph and a battery smaller than, but just as powerful as, previous rad power bikes’ iterations. and it costs just $999.

At such a shockingly low price, many e-bike enthusiasts would rightly be suspicious of the RadMission. Other e-bike companies that have carved a niche in affordable models have entry points much higher – VanMoof’s S3 e-bike starts at $1,998 for example. But Rad Power Bikes has already established a solid reputation for itself, predominantly in the utility and cargo sector, although it’s been making commuter-style models for a while.

The pared-back design (and accompanying price) has created another USP for the bike: it’s a lot lighter than previous models, weighing in at just under 50lbs, or 15lb less than the company’s standard e-bike weight. This, the company says, makes the model more appealing to city residents living in walk-up apartments — no-one wants to be lugging a heavy bike up and down stairs all the time. Of course, it’s still heavier than your regular analog bike, but the reduced weight does demonstrate that e-bike makers are aware of pain points in adoption, and that things can be done to mitigate them.

in a , rad power bikes co-founder ty collins explains that the bike is a homage to the “no-frills bike culture i saw while living in san francisco’s mission district in my early 20s.” ceo mike radenbaugh, meanwhile, says that the radmission has been designed as an entryway to e-bikes. “i’m really hoping that this is the first e-bike for people who are just waking up to the fact that they don’t need a car to survive anymore. bikes like these can get you from point a to point b, cut down on emissions, save money on gas, and ultimately change the entire transportation game.”

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