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Rad Power Bikes announces RadRunner 3 Plus electric utility bike
New features and accessories make it more fun than a car
2022 was the year of the folding ebike for me on ZDNET and so far it looks like 2023 is the year of the cargo ebike. We saw Lectric eBikes reveal the XPedition last week (stay tuned for a review of that one) and now Rad Power Bikes launched its latest model electric utility bike with the RadRunner 3 Plus.
Six years ago I tested, and then purchased, my first ebike and have been riding one ever since as part of my daily commute. That bike was the RadCity and it was my primary ebike for a couple of years. However, I haven’t tried a Rad Power Bikes model since then and there have been several new models released in the last six years.
Rad Power Bikes sells the most ebikes in North America and in addition to the new RadRunner 3 Plus it is launching new cargo-focused accessories so that you truly can replace your automobile with an electric bike.
RadRunner 3 Plus
Looking at the RadRunner 2 and comparing to the RadRunner 3 Plus, it’s clear the bike has a more refined look and feel with a sleek integrated battery, dual-screen interface, and front suspension fork. It has an increased 350 pound payload and will eventually support a dual battery option for extended range so you can potentially ride over 100 miles on a single charge.
The RadRunner 3 Plus features hydraulic disc brakes with adjustable brake levers, full fenders, high visibility lights, 20 mph Class 2 speed with five level pedal assist and throttle, and performance that helps you climb hills 10% faster than the last model.
The new bike looks great and is available for $2,499. The accessory options really push the limits of what the bike can do for you with these options:
Hardshell locking box: Carry valuables securely with the bike. ($149)
Hardshell locking pannier: Who needs a Harley with cargo compartments when you have these locking panniers? ($199)
Rad Trailer: Carry miscellaneous gear behind you ($299)
Rad Trailer Pet Insert: Custom designed carrier to take your pet with you ($229)
Rad Fat Tire Wheel Lock: One of the biggest challenges I have with using my ebike for everything is locking it up securely at the store. This cool fat tire wheel lock will also work with past Rad Power fat tire bikes. Shipping in the spring.
I honestly never thought much about taking my dog on a bike ride, but seeing the photos of small dogs in that pet trailer makes me think my Pomeranian, Wendy, would love to go for a bike ride and explore the world around her.
Since Rad Power Bikes is here in the Seattle area, I plan to make a trip over and check out the new RadRunner 3 Plus in the near future.
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