Rad Power RadCity 3 Step-Thru

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Facts

Gender
Release Year
Charge Time
6 Hours
Maximum Range
45 Miles
Top Speed
20 Mph
Watts
750 W
Torque
40 Nm
Volts and Amp Hours
48V 14Ah
Class
Drive
Wheel Size
Number of Gears
Weight
65.0 lbs
Suspension
Brake Type
Frame Material

Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Rad Power RadCity 3 Step-Thru. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

21 reasons to buy

  • The RadCity 3’s step-through design makes for easy mounting and dismounting.
  • With 7 gears, a throttle and pedal-assist, the RadCity 3 climbs hills well.
  • The Rad Power RadCity Step-Thru 3 is an affordable option for beginners.
  • Reviewers are impressed with the bike’s 45-mile maximum range.
  • Regenerative braking helps to reclaim battery power upon slowing.
  • Testers enjoy this bike’s comfortable and upright ride position.
  • A 100mm suspension fork reduces bump discomfort on rough pavement.
  • With an adjustable stem & handlebar, this bike adjusts to fit most riders.
  • The RadCity 3’s battery is removable for security or off-bike charging.
  • Reviewers are delighted by Rad Power’s use of Samsung battery cells.
  • RadCity 3 riders have access to an independent throttle.
  • A backlit display shows speed, trip distance, remaining charge and wattage.
  • Reviewers complimented the quiet operation of the RadCity Step-Thru 3’s motor.
  • Riders can recharge devices using the USB port on the bike’s display.
  • A Velo Plush saddle is comfortable and features a handle to assist lifting.
  • The RadCity 3 is available in either black or white.
  • An integrated rear rack carries up to 60lb of cargo.
  • The RadCity Step-Thru 3 comes equipped with front and rear fenders.
  • An integrated headlight and taillight/brake-light are both included.
  • Step-Thru 3 owners are provided with a solid kickstand.
  • The RadCity 3 does feature bosses to attach a water bottle cage.

11 reasons not to buy

  • At 65lb, this e-bike is lighter than some competing models but is still heavy to lift.
  • A mechanic sees this bike’s derailleur, tires and pedals as low-end and ‘cheap’.
  • The bike's geared drivetrain and mechanical brakes require regular maintenance.
  • Some reviewers say the RadCity 3 doesn’t climb well with its ungeared motor.
  • The RadCity 3’s proprietary parts may be difficult to find replacements for.
  • A low-cost suspension fork adds significant weight to the RadCity 3.
  • Thumb-shifters aren’t the easiest to use when changing gears.
  • One mechanic is disappointed that the bike is fitted with mechanical brakes.
  • The RadCity 3 Step-Thru’s weight is centered toward the rear of the bike.
  • An owner’s bike reacted erratically after plugging a phone into the USB port.
  • The bike’s hub motor creates some ‘magnetic drag’ whilst freewheeling.

Bottom line

This is the step-through version of the third generation of Rad Power’s RadCity urban/commuter bike. The newest step-through RadRover features hydraulic brakes and massive ‘float-anywhere’ tires, but the RadCity 3 sticks to moderate tires, mechanical disc brakes and a more accessible price bracket. While braking and gearing components are mid-range (at best), they can be more easily maintained by owners than hydraulic brakes and internal hub options. It seems to be heavy for many owners to lift by themselves. But otherwise, owners are pleased with the price, seating position, power and range of the RadCity Step-Thru 3.

Expert Reviews

64/100 based on 1 rated expert review

RadCity 3 Step-Through Review

This definitely makes for a good commuting e-bike. On universality, it scored 10/10. This bike is built for pretty much any rider, with its low-sweep Step-Thru 3 frame.

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Electric Bike Review

Rad Power Bikes RadCity Step-Thru 3 Review

A feature-complete, approachable step-thru, comfort-oriented, hybrid electric bicycle with regenerative braking. Only available in one size and the frame isn’t as stiff as the high-step, but it does come in two colors!

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Electric Bike Report

Rad Power Bikes RadCity Step-Thru 3 Electric Bike Review Part 2: Ride & Range Test

Overall, the Rad Power Bikes RadCity is a fun and easy-going step-thru eBike that is well equipped for the daily commute and weekend rides.

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Best Electric Bikes

Rad Power RadCity Step-Thru Electric Bike Review

This is a fun, easy bike to ride. Riders of all ages and abilities can enjoy the RadCity, especially the step-thru design. It doesn’t feature some of the high-end components, but it does combine quality and function for a solid feel and awesome price point. This is a great starter bike.

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Trespass My Eyes

2019 RadCity Step-Thru – 700+ Mile Review

I think I did around 200 miles, the derailleur came apart… Overall, the bike’s been really good.

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User Ratings

87/100 based on 6 ratings
  • 5 star
    67%
  • 4 star
    0%
  • 3 star
    33%
  • 2 star
    0%
  • 1 star
    0%

Rankings

Compared to other bikes
#124 Best Electric
Bottom 10%
#183 Best Commuter
Bottom 20%
#9 Best Rad Power Bikes Bike
Bottom 30%
#442 Best of All Bikes
Bottom 10%

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