Since Rad Power Bikes introduced a folding electric bike in 2016 in the USA, ebiking has evolved from a niche industry to a main player in outdoor recreation. Now, in 2022, Rad Power Bikes is a community of 400,000+ riders, all getting outside on various models of electric bikes. Many of that community are riding Rad on one of our folding bikes.
How has our folding ebike evolved over the years? We take a look to see all the ways Rad continues to engineer user-friendly, affordable folding ebikes.
The Original (USA model)
Our 2016 RadMini burst onto the scene with an ebike that could fold in for storage and out for play. It made it easier to get up and go with a throttle, and up to 32 km/h of motor-assisted speed that took one up to 64km of assisted distance. Riders couldn’t believe how compact a powerful ebike could get.
In 2018, we introduced our second version of the RadMini. The ebike came rolling onto the scene with a suspension fork with lockout, improved front-rack design, and a newer, sturdier frame. It was already making waves as the space-saving ebike that held up to 125kg, and its low price point with improved features brought additional value. Even better? The RadMini Step-Thru frame was introduced (in the USA), offering the folding technology in a low-step model.
Good Things Come in Threes
RadMini 3 shined a light on innovation: Rad engineers incorporated front-and-rear lights that powered on with the new model. It also offered knobbier tires that included sidewall striping, technical innovations that made for a smoother ride and easier hauling, and a new estimated mileage range of 72km or more. Its sibling - the RadMini Step-Thru 2 - was rolled out with the same technology but low-step frame in the USA.
Four Means More
2020 was a big year for a lot of reasons, including the fourth iteration of the RadMini. The previous models’ integrated headlight was upgraded to LED, focused beam technology, new tires, and an additional fine-tuning of details that included an upgraded Twist Power Assist. What’s more, the RadMini 3 Step-Thru (only available in the USA and Canada) was also launched with the same great features. It allowed the RadMini to go out on a high note, as Rad Power Bikes has renamed its folding bike line to the RadExpand.
Meet the RadExpand
A folding bike so innovative that it needs a new name - the fifth generation of Rad Power Bikes’ folding ebikes is now the RadExpand. This new model is 2 kilos (~5 pounds) lighter than the RadMini 4, has an upgraded frame that improves handling, wider tires for a variety of terrain, and a high quality, installed rear rack. And as if that wasn’t enough, the RadExpand comes in at a lower price than the RadMini 4. And for the first time ever, the low mount, step through frame is coming to Europe. This model, available in black (and white in the future) makes getting started with riding Rad even easier.
Value, quality, and a massive bang for your buck? Get to know (and order) the all-new RadExpand 5.