Velowave Spirit RAD3

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Facts

Gender
Release Year
Brand
Charge Time
3 Hours
Maximum Range
30 Miles
Top Speed
15 Mph
Watts
250 W
Torque
45 Nm
Volts and Amp Hours
36V 6.4Ah
Class
Drive
Wheel Size
Number of Gears
Weight
37.5 lbs
Suspension
Brake Type
Frame Material

Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Velowave Spirit RAD3. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

9 reasons to buy

  • The Spirit RAD3 rocks a sleek frame, hidden battery and internal cabling.
  • A 30-mile range can be eked out of the RAD3’s 230.4Wh Samsung battery.
  • Owners say assembly takes 10 to 25 minutes. Necessary tools are provided.
  • The RAD3 comes in a range of colors, from lurid orange to demure olive.
  • At 37.5lb, the Spirit RAD3 is light enough to carry up stairs.
  • Larger riders are easily propelled up steep hills by the RAD3’s Bafang motor.
  • At this budget price, the Spirit RAD3 is seen as a great value.
  • Owners say the Spirit RAD3 operates quietly.
  • When parts are faulty or missing, Velowave’s customer service seems responsive.

5 reasons not to buy

  • The Spirit RAD3 is not equipped with a throttle.
  • Riders report considerable drag from the RAD3’s motor when riding without assist.
  • One buyer received their Spirit RAD3 with their rear wheel deeply out of true.
  • The Spirit RAD3 is only available in one size.
  • Some owners find the Spirit RAD3’s mechanical discs lacking.

Bottom line

Velowave’s Spirit RAD3 is a streamlined, flat-bar electric road bike. It uses a 36-volt, 250-watt Bafang motor to reach a purported 15mph top speed. At 37.5lb, it does weigh a chunk more than the higher-end, brand-name, featherweight e-road bikes it resembles. That said, it is light enough for apartment-dwellers to carry up and down flights of stairs. With a 30-mile maximum range, the Spirit RAD3 did an adequate job of ferrying owners to and from work or school on their daily commute. It’s one-size-fits-all. Even though the brakes are mechanical and the throttle is non-existent, the price is low.

Expert Reviews

0/100 based on 0 rated expert reviews

User Ratings

91/100 based on 24 ratings
  • 5 star
    63%
  • 4 star
    29%
  • 3 star
    8%
  • 2 star
    0%
  • 1 star
    0%

Rankings

Compared to other bikes
#79 Best Electric
Bottom 30%
#115 Best Commuter
Bottom 40%
#3 Best Velowave Bike
Bottom 30%
#283 Best of All Bikes
Bottom 40%

Comparison

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