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Rad Power Bikes targets first-time buyers with its lowest-priced e-bike

SEATTLE (BRAIN) — Rad Power Bikes’ eighth and newest e-bike is its lowest-priced and aimed at the first-time buyer.

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“We built the RadRunner to be effective and fun at a price point that will introduce more people to e-bikes, likely for the first time,” said Rad Power Bikes founder and CEO Mike Radenbaugh. 

Billed as an electric utility bike, the RadRunner retails for $1,299. It has four-levels of power assistance from the Class 2 hub motor and a load capacity of 300 pounds — including 120 pounds on the rear rack. The rear rack can convert to a scooter-styled seat, and a passenger package is available that includes a rear seat, retractable foot pegs and wheelskirt.

The company also has created a new center console accessory that adds storage space, phone mount and cup holder. The passenger package and center console are sold separately for $99 each.

“The rear seat is elevated to give the passenger visibility around the driver, bringing them into the action like never before,” Radenbaugh said. “The driver can position the seat low to seamlessly integrate with the rear seat or raise it up for full leg extension when riding solo.”

The e-bike rolls on 20-inch wheels, with exclusive 3.3-inch wide Kenda tires that have a higher load rating and built-in liner. A single-speed drivetrain is utilized to have fewer moving components and less maintenance.

In the U.S., the RadRunner sports a 750-watt motor with a 48-volt 14 Ah lithium-ion battery. It gets 25-45 miles on a charge.

The RadRunner will be available in September through Rad Power Bikes’ website and retail stores in Seattle; Vancouver, British Columbia; and the Netherlands.

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