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.
Expert Reviews80/100 based on 2 rated expert reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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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