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Rad Power Bikes releases an upgraded version of its best electric bike

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Final yr, Rad Energy Bikes launched the RadRunner, a fat-tire electrical utility bike with a beguiling look, a simplified-but-not-underpowered drivetrain, and an reasonably priced price ticket. The response was so nice that the Seattle-based firm wished to construct on the excitement with an upgraded model, which it dubbed the RadRunner Plus. And it appears to be like nice.

The unique RadRunner was the corporate’s most reasonably priced mannequin (solely $1,299) as a result of Rad Energy Bikes neglected most of the options that sometimes make for a dearer price ticket. Now, with the RadRunner Plus, a lot of these options have been added again in to make for a extra comfy, adaptable, and costly expertise.

To begin with, the RadRunner Plus (which is able to solely have a restricted run) will retail for $1,699. That makes it Rad Energy Bikes’ costliest mannequin, nevertheless it’s nonetheless extra reasonably priced than numerous e-bikes in the marketplace right now. What do you get for that further $400? A seven-gear shifter, entrance suspension fork, LCD show, entrance and rear fender, and a entrance LED rock-resistant halo mild. The Plus will even come commonplace with the equipment for a rear passenger seat, together with a padded seat, rear pegs, and skirt guard. (These price further with the unique RadRunner.)

There’s additionally a brand new silver paint job and leather-based “espresso”-colored handlebar grips and seat. However the core look and motor stay the identical. The RadRunner Plus is on the market for preorder within the US, Canada, and Europe beginning on March 26th, although deliveries gained’t begin till July for North America and August for Europe. Within the meantime, the corporate says it is going to decrease the value of the unique RadRunner for North American prospects to $1,199.

The RadRunner Plus can “cross numerous use circumstances and buyer classes,” Rad Energy Bikes CEO Mike Radenbaugh instructed The Verge. He recalled that the purchasers that come to choose up their bikes at his firm’s retail outlets arrive in all kinds of automobiles, from costly Ford F-350s and Teslas to 30-year-old Subarus with 1,000,000 bumper stickers to Uber and Lyft automobiles. The RadRunner Plus is a motorbike that “touches everybody,” he mentioned.

Radenbaugh says he envisions the RadRunner — and now, the RadRunner Plus — as the final word e-bike for city-dwellers. It’s lighter weight than the corporate’s different fashions, with a drop-frame and rear rack that make it extra versatile. And whereas the corporate is pulling again on a few of its growth plans in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Rad Energy Bikes’ services have been deemed “important companies” and can stay open to reply to buyer orders for the length.

“Individuals wish to get out of the home,” he mentioned. “They should social distance, too.”

In different phrases: there’s no higher time to purchase an e-bike.

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