When we announced that the RadMission electric metro bike would be the most affordable model in our lineup to date, many people reached out to us with some pressing questions: Would it handle hills as easily as our other ebikes? Can it hit the same impressive mile range on a single charge? Are we sacrificing quality to get the price under $1,000?
Questions like that are why we launched Test Ride Tuesday, a new series that gives riders a taste of what our electric bikes can do in real-world situations.
In short, we uphold the Rad standard in everything we do, from aesthetics to power. Sure, we can say that, but we’d rather to give you a chance to see that for yourself. That’s why we decided to take both the RadMission and the RadCity electric commuter bike for a quick spin around the neighborhood. Here’s how they stack up!
The RadMission provides a fun, streamlined ride that's on par with anything else in our lineup -- even if it doesn't have all the same bells and whistles.
One of the biggest differences is that the RadMission comes with a 500W motor (North America, 250W in EU). In contrast, our other models have a 750W motor (500W in Canada, 250W in EU).
But while the motor may have less wattage, it feels just as capable. That's because the bike features a geared hub motor paired with narrower tires to cut down on rolling resistance, a lightweight battery with an up to 45-plus mile range, and a riding position that naturally allows you to provide more power when you pedal. Unlike the RadCity, the RadMission has no regenerative braking, but also none of the magnetic resistance from the direct drive motor.
You'll also notice that at under 50 pounds, it's 30 percent lighter than our other models. Yes, this helps you carry the bike up the steps in your walk-up apartment, but it also makes it easier for the bike to conquer hills and get up to 20 mph -- especially when you rely on its four levels of pedal assist and twist-grip throttle.
It's not just a high-quality starter ebike, it’s a high-quality ebike, period. And you can experience it as low as $35 USD a month.*
* For example, a $999 purchase might cost $34.74/mo for 36 months at 15.23% APR. Your rate will be 0% APR or 10-30% APR based on credit. Subject to credit check and approval, and a down payment may be required. Payment options depend on your purchase amount. Payment options through Affirm are provided by these lending partners: affirm.com/lenders. Visit affirm.com/help for more info.