Innovations for e-bikes are endless. Year after year, newer bikes come featuring amazing designs and functions. For bike enthusiasts, this can be bad or good at the same time. Bad because they’ll have to fight the urge of buying a new bike, and good because options never run out.
For your next e-bike purchase, you might want to get the Rad Mini Step-Thru 2 or the Scorpion. This article provides a brief description of each. Read on to know about their size, weight, speed, weight capacity, and special features
The Rad Mini Step-Thru 2 comes as the second variation of the Rad Mini-Series from Rad Power Bikes. It allows for a comfortable riding experience by using an ergonomic bike frame that’s very friendly on the back. At the moment, it only comes in an exclusive 35.56-centimeter frame. The main color for the frame is white and comes with orange accents and provides the bike with a very bucolic look.
Though weighing at 69 pounds due to its heavy yet durable Aluminum frame, the Rad Mini Step Thru-2 is foldable. Therefore, it’s as portable as any other low profile electric bike in the market despite its weight.
Riders of different sizes may ride Rad Mini Step-Thru 2. The seat post and handlebar are adjustable to cater to the comfort of a specific rider. In connection, an adjustable fork suspension that has preload and workout allows for stable riding, which doesn’t mind the terrain.
On the rear is the Bafang Rad Mini Specific Geared Hub Motor with 12 magnet cadence sensor. This allows you to ride via cadence sensing pedal assist or twist throttle. The maximum torque is 80-newton meters which are more than what you need for uphill terrains. It’s designed also allows for a germane pedal-assist function and aids the feet in case you want to pedal while the motor is working.
By legal standards, the Bafang Geared Hub Motor categorizes Rad Mini Step-Thru 2 as an e-bike that anyone can drive without any license. That being said, this bike is great for those looking for a quality e-bike that’s safe to ride without formal registration.
Providing power to the motor is Samsung 18650 3500mah battery. Its maximum charging time is 6 hours. However, it allows the motor to run for 72 kilometers thus reversing such downside. In connection, the Samsung battery is tightly enclosed in a compartment to avoid wetting whenever you’re riding in wet conditions.
The JuicedBikes’ Scorpion is a 67” fat tire e-bike with a retro moped-style design. This ebike follows the design of traditional mopeds of the 1950s. Classy yet having the functions of a modern e-bike, the Scorpion won’t fall short of your riding needs.
Scorpion has a very sturdy frame. It has well rounded thick seat post, handlebar post, top tube, and downtube. Aluminum alloy material makes up its composition. Due to this material, Scorpion weighs about 46 kilograms, and you might find it significantly heavy. The frame, available in 53-centimeter or 59-centimeter sizes. uses a black finish. Blue color is available also.
Even so, weight isn’t an issue because this e-bike can carry up to two persons at once. With the tail seats installed, another passenger can comfortably seat on the rear. This is useful too for installing additional accessories such as pet carriers. With the seat padding removed, the tail seat can act as a rack for carrying goods.
Manufacturers didn’t fail to recognize your safety while riding. On the front of Scorpion is a circular 2000 lumen headlight that’s energy-efficient and doesn’t degrade easily. Manufacturers also added a rear light and signal lights for additional visibility.
Scorpion uses a Bafang Rear-Mounted Geared Hub Motor. Its maximum power output is 80 newtons. However, it might be more powerful than what the manufacturer disclosed. Riding modes are twist throttle, cadence sensing pedal assist, and torque-sensing pedal assist. The fastest speed the motor provides is 28 mph which exceeds the speed of other e-bikes in the market. However, other reviewers have noted the Scorpion doesn’t quite reach that speed.
Regardless, Scorpion categorizes it as a Class 3 e-bike. With that being said, it serves as a reliable vehicle for long-distance tours. However, consider checking the local legislation for this e-bike to avoid infringing any traffic laws.
The battery that provides power to the motor can be LG, Panasonic, or Samsung batteries that may weigh 5.39 kilograms. Nevertheless, you can use other lighter batteries weighing 4 kilos. The maximum charging duration is set at 6 hours and 30 minutes. At full charge, Scorpion can traverse up to 45+ miles (72.4 kilometers).