What would have been the RadMini 5 brings a slew of upgrades and improvements, to the point where Rad Power decided a new name would be in order. Enter the RadExpand 5, dubbed this way because it’s “designed to expand your adventures, your possibilities, and your everyday travels.”
A full review of the previous-gen RadMini 4 is available at the link. The previous folding model was already a pretty neat offering in terms of a viable solution for urban mobility, but the upgraded one brings improved ergonomics, a different frame, and more stability. The RadExpand is even more suitable for city life but can also handle better outside of it.
Upgrades include the step-through frame of the second-generation RadMini, which makes it suitable for riders of all heights. Taller riders are also taken into account, but they have to purchase a higher seatpost. The high-rise handlebars are now adjustable, allowing for better ergonomics and increased comfort during rides.
The RadExpand 5 rides on wider tires than its predecessor: the new four-inch wide ones are well suited to “take you from city commutes to trail riding adventures in no time,” according to the company. A high-quality rear rack is now offered as a standard feature, and given its carrying capacity of 55 pounds (25kg), it’s enough to hold adventure gear or a week’s worth of groceries.
The 7-speed RadExpand 5 comes with the same motor and battery as the predecessor, meaning a 750 W hub motor and a 672 Wh battery pack, good for an estimated range of 25 – 45 miles (40 – 72.5 km), depending on total payload, weather and road conditions, and riding style. The European version, which will become available in April this year, will be underpowered by comparison, with a 250 W motor.
The RadExpand 5 folds down in a matter of seconds and can easily fit into a small city apartment for storage, an RV, or even the trunk of a passenger car. It’s also 5 pounds (2.2 kg) lighter than the previous model, which might not seem like much, but, as Rad Power Bikes Chief Product Officer Redwood Stephens puts it, “It’s a lot of little things that add up to a big difference.”
RadExpand 5 is priced affordably at $1,299 for the U.S. and $1,599 for Canada, and pre-orders are underway. Pricing for Europe is yet to be announced.