Like the new RadCity 5 Plus and the high-step sibling of this bike, the most striking feature of the new RadRover 6 step-though is its new look. It’s obviously missing the top tube, but the rest of this frame is much more angular and grown up looking than the previous generation of the Rover.
We’ve reviewed a handful of Rad’s new generation of e-bikes, and every time I’m always a little smitten with the new looks. Rad’s been working hard over the past year to move out of the shadow of some of the larger, more traditional bike companies and I think this lineup of e-bikes is the first sign they’re succeeding.
But looks are not the only thing changed on the new Rover, Rad also gave it a redesigned motor. It’s a 750W rear hub motor that’s been specially tuned by Rad to make more low end grunt, meaning it should tackle hills easier and accelerate faster. Like its sibling bikes also equipped with the retooled 750W motor, Rad claims this new motor climbs 40 percent faster than its predecessor — though we’ll get more into this bike’s climbing performance in the hill test section.
In addition to the new motor, the 48V, 14Ah (672Wh) battery is now partially hidden inside the frame, adding another aesthetic improvement to the new RadRover. But aesthetics aren’t the only thing changed about the battery. Rad also says the battery has been redone to last longer and be more efficient, another claim we put to the test.
Also new on the new RadRover are the NUTT hydraulic disk brakes, a lesser-known brake manufacturer we’ve been seeing often on Rad’s new bikes. These dual-piston brakes clamp down on 180mm rotors front and rear that, according to our testing, give the bike really solid braking performance that far outperforms the old RadRover 5.
Our review model of the RadRover 6 Plus Step-Through came with a mixed 7-speed Shimano drivetrain made of a Tourney shifter and a 7-speed Altus derailleur. This is Shimano’s workhorse affordable groupset we see often on bikes similar to the RadRover, but note this may not be the drivetrain you get if you were to order a RadRover today.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made bike parts — especially Shimano drivetrain components — tough to get, so Rad has been forced to make some substitutions lately. Take the Rad Power Bikes RadCity 5 Plus Step-Through we recently reviewed, which arrived with a 7-speed MicroSHIFT Mezzu groupset. Like the RadRover, we typically see that bike shipping with a mixed Shimano 7-speed drivetrain, but we found the substituted MicroSHIFT drivetrain to be a roughly equal substitution.