Rad Power RadRover Step-Thru 1

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Release Year
Charge Time
6 Hours
Maximum Range
45 Miles
Top Speed
20 mph
750 W
80 Nm
Volts and Amp Hours
48V 14Ah
Wheel Size
Number of Gears
Gearing Type
71.4 lb
Brake Type
Frame Material

Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Rad Power RadRover Step-Thru 1. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

17 reasons to buy

  • The Step-Thru’s frame is easily accessible for shorter and less able riders.
  • The Step-Thru is built to fit riders from 5’0” to 6’2” in height.
  • The RadRover Step-Thru 1 places riders in a comfortable, upright riding position.
  • Reviewers felt that the Step-Thru is a good value offered at a low price.
  • The Step-Thru’s fat 4” tires ride well in soft sand and mud at low pressures.
  • A number of custom-made cargo accessories are available for the Step-Thru.
  • There are many mounting points for front and rear racks, on the Step-Thru.
  • A ‘walk mode’ makes it easy to push the loaded Step-Thru up a steep driveway.
  • The RadRover Step-Thru 1 comes with a one-year, comprehensive warranty.
  • A throttle-only control allows for cruising without pedal-assist kicking in.
  • The Step-Thru proved versatile across pavement, dirt, gravel, grass, mud and snow.
  • Testers reported a smooth ride, even acceleration and fluid engagement of pedal-assist.
  • The Step-Thru’s 80mm travel fork features a lockout and adjustable preload.
  • A maximum weight rating of 275 lb allows for carrying ample rider and cargo weight.
  • The Step-Thru arrives with integrated lights, including an 80-lumen headlight.
  • Fenders are included with the RadRover Step-Thru 1.
  • The Step-Thru’s front fork uses a 9mm skewer, not a modern thru-axle.

8 reasons not to buy

  • At 71.4 lb, the Step-Thru is even heavier than the 69.6 lb RadRover 5.
  • The RadRover Step-Thru 1 is only offered in one frame size.
  • Some reviewers would have preferred under-bar, thumb-operated gear shifters.
  • Mechanical disc brakes are not as powerful or easy to actuate as hydraulic options.
  • The Step-Thru’s display can not be removed for protection from weather or theft.
  • A tester said the Step-Thru frame exhibits more flex than the step-over frame, especially under load.
  • The Step-Thru’s two amp battery charger takes six hours to charge from flat.
  • A test rider found that the Step-Thru’s large tires have a sluggish feel, especially on turns.

Bottom line

The RadRover Step-Thru 1 brings the technology of the RadRover 5 to shorter and less flexible riders, from 5’0” in height. Standover height has been reduced by ten full inches. The Step-Thru offers the same versatility and balance between quality and affordability, as the RadRover 5. Reviewers found it comfortable across pavement, gravel, grass, mud, snow and gentle dirt roads. In order to reinforce the less-rigid design, the Step-Thru has gained almost two pounds, making it quite weighty.

Expert Reviews

80/100 based on 2 rated expert reviews
Mountain Culture Group

Honest Review: Rad Power Bikes RadRover Step-Thru Electric Fat Bike

The RST front suspension fork feels like it might implode if I ever took it on one of the singletrack trails around here. But, of course, that’s not what this e-bike is made for: it’s a good all-rounder that’ll take you comfortably from easy gravel terrain to easier pavement.

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Digital Trends

Rad Power Bikes Radrover Step-Thru Review: Carry All the Things

If you’re looking for a solidly constructed e-bike to use as an all-purpose ride in various settings, the RadRover Step-Thru won’t disappoint.

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Electric Bike Review

Rad Power Bikes RadRover Step-Thru 1 Review

An approachable step-thru version of the renowned RadRover full-sized fat tire electric bike… Solid one-year comprehensive warranty, great price point… Only available in one frame size… Fairly heavy at 71.4lbs, more frame flex than the high-step RadRover.

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2020 Radrover Step-Thru Review: Rad Power Bikes’ Upgrades Are Better Than Ever

In a word, the RadRover Step-Thru is simply “awesome.” It’s a big, powerful, fun-loving e-bike that can go anywhere. It’s not perfect, but it’s still a great bike for so many applications.

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Electric Bike Report

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

Overall the Rad Power Bikes RadRover Step-Thru is a very easy-going and comfortable eBike with a lot of on and off-road capabilities.

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Cycle Volta

Rad Power Bikes RadRover Step-Thru 1 Ebike Review

The RadRover Step-Thru 1 balances quality with affordability, which results in some trade-offs when it comes to spec, such as the selection of a hub motor and mechanical disc brakes versus a higher-powered mid-drive motor and hydraulic brakes. On the whole, it’s a sturdy and willing adventure partner that delivers a beefy ride.

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Van Board Bike

Radrover Step-Thru eBike Real World Review

Overall I really like the RadRover Step-Thru… I would probably buy the regular Rover based on looks alone buuuuut I would be tempted to buy the RadRover Step-Thru because my wife could ride it if needed and it would be easier for me to let other people try (especially people with injuries, disabilities etc).

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2020 RadRover Step-Thru E-Bike Review

I liked my first RadRover enough to buy a second one. It’s great for my needs, especially in the desert. If I lived in an urban area, I might consider one of Rad’s city models without the fat tires. If the Rad is what fits your budget, then it’s a good option. You definitely get a good value for what you pay.

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User Ratings

93/100 based on 3 ratings
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