Comfortable to ride, the RadExpand 5 is a beefy folding electric bike you can carry in your car trunk or RV on holiday.
The 4” fat tires allow increased comfort on the road and will do rough tracks or off-road stretches very well. If you want to take the bike out to hunt smaller animals or go fishing in a remote spot on a lake or river, this folding electric bike with the fat tire configuration could well be the thing.
Controlled by throttle or four levels of pedal assist, this is an electric bike you can sit back on and enjoy the ride home after a tiring day or evening. Just be aware that on throttle only, the 45-mile max range is considerably reduced to closer to 25 miles.
Reasons to Buy
We love the big unfolded dimensions of this folding electric bike — it makes you feel confident on nearly any trail. Its 750W motor will get you where you want to go quickly.
With its 4” tires, big saddle and large frame, the bike has a real presence on the road, giving you the feeling of sitting within as opposed to on it. Other features we like are the ergonomic grips and adjustable handlebars. Where it comes to riding, the seven-speed gears allow you to ride it economically, with the LCD display telling you just how much juice you have left in the battery.
Finally, almost unique among folding electric bikes is the pannier rack that comes standard. This allows you to ride it like a normal urban/commuter bike, perhaps with a pannier bag carrying your laptop or shopping. Optional extras include a front basket for more gear, a bottle holder, and a smartphone holder — little things that make riding an e-bike really work.
Things to Consider
The first weak point is rider size. Let’s face it, the maximum rider height of 5’10” is not exactly a big guy or gal, though you could be broad-shouldered and it will still carry your weight with a maximum payload of 275 lbs.
The next weak point is its own weight. In an ideal world, folding electric bikes should be lightweight to carry, for example between the train and train station entrance. At over 60 lbs, you will need to be a pretty big guy or gal to do that.