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RadWagon 4 is an electric utility bike with space for your groceries, cargo and kids [Under Review]

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RadWagon 4 has room for all your kids and parcels.
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Under Review on The CultCast: Rad Wagon 4 electric utility bike

After a year on the road and almost 600 miles, I’ve gotten to know the RadWagon 4. And no joke, this electric cargo bike played a part in my family deciding to sell our second vehicle.

For the power, price, versatility and build quality, I don’t think there’s a bike on the road that beats the RadWagon. This is the bike I recommend to everyone who wants a way to scoot around without a car, with enough space to carry cargo, one or two kids, packages, groceries or anything in between.

RadWagon 4 Electric Utility Bike review

This is the fourth version of the RadWagon. And Seattle-based manufacturer Rad Power Bikes really streamlined the design for this model, both practically and visually. I find the visual design to be one of the most pleasing of any electric bike out there. I have the all-black model, and it’s a beautiful bike.

RadWagons are longer than normal bikes. But with that extra space, you gain capacity to carry two kids on the back. Or you can add a huge basket to tote around cargo.

RadWagon is somewhat modular, which proves useful. Rad Power Bikes offers a wide variety of accessories that can be added to the bike, like baskets, handlebars (for the kids in the back), running boards, seat cushions and a full-on “caboose” that wraps around your kids in the back, giving them extra grips to hang on or rest their arms.

Modular design to carry kids and/or cargo

Rad Power Bikes RadWagon review: There's plenty of room in the back for your kids, parcels, and cargo.
There’s plenty of room in the back for your kids, parcels and cargo.
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The bike capacity is 350 pounds. Even fully loaded, its 750w motor — paired with the seven-speed gears — make it a breeze to push this bike up to 20 mph, and easy to get up even moderately steep hills.

Being on the heavier side at nearly 77 pounds (without all the accessories), the RadWagon has a super-smooth roll. Yet it’s still surprisingly easy to get moving, thanks to its ability to amplify your leg movement with power from the battery. Given the ability to adjust speed and the level of battery assistance, it’s easy to dial in exactly the amount of leg resistance you want.

Electric assist when you need it

Rad Wagon hands-on: It's easy to adjust the battery power on the Rad Wagon, even with gloves on.
It’s easy to adjust the battery power on the RadWagon, even with gloves on.
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The bike also can be propelled with a throttle on the handlebar if you feel like not pedaling at all, although gunning it everywhere you go is going to drain the battery a lot faster than pedaling with occasional power assistance.

Since the bike is electrified, the headlight and rear taillight are built-in and run directly off the battery. It’s a nice touch.

RadWagon 4 shifter: Rad Wagon comes equipped with 7 speeds.
RadWagon comes equipped with seven speeds.
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The RadWagon’s onboard computer is basic, but shows you everything you need to know, like the level of battery assistance (which is adjustable), the total or trip mileage, and the remaining battery power. There’s also a USB-A port on the bottom of the computer where you can plug in and charge your iPhone.

You juice up the RadWagon’s 672 Wh battery with the included smart charger, which plugs into 100V-240V AC power outlets. Charging time totally varies depending on how much juice the battery needs. For a fully drained battery, expect around six hours to recharge. But charging after each use (which Rad Power Bikes recommends) usually takes between one and three hours.

Now, you might be wondering about range. Well, Rad Power Bikes says the RadWagon “gets up to 45 miles per charge.”  But my average has been less — probably between 30 and 35 miles. But it can vary so much, it’s hard to calculate.

If you’re riding in warm weather on a totally flat surface, I think you probably could get 45 miles on a charge. However, hills and cold weather zap the battery big time. So, as the old saying goes, your mileage may vary.

Rad Wagon review: It isn't fancy, but Rad Wagon's computer shows you everything you need to see. It has a backlight, too.
It isn’t fancy, but RadWagon’s computer shows you everything you need to see. It comes with a backlight, too.
Photo: Erfon Elijah/Cult of Mac

This electric bike is a blast to ride

Specs aside, this is one of the most fun bikes I’d ridden, and my kids absolutely love it. It’s been a long time since I was a kid, but hearing them laugh and laugh on the back of the bike while I pedal them through Seattle’s network of bike trails has created more than a few truly memorable dad moments.

One of my favorite parts is that you can mix and match kid seats on the back. You can add two deck pads, or one pad and one bike seat, or two bike seats. This means you can haul kids from big to small.

Plenty of options

A built-in kickstand makes it easy to keep Rad Wagon upright when you're not rolling down the road.
RadWagon running boards are an essential option if you’ll be carting around your kids. And a built-in kickstand makes it easy to keep RadWagon upright when you’re not rolling down the road.
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The RadWagon 4 costs $2,000 for the base model, but I’d opt for the $2,500 model with the rear deckpad, caboose, extra basket and running boards. I’d probably also pick up a basket for the front. Then you can carry two kids and your groceries.

No matter which model you get, Rad includes a free bike bell. And that’s good, because you’ll need it to alert the huge-calved cycle bros that you’ll be casually passing “on your left!” with your groceries, packages and kids.

Price: Starts at $1,999

Buy from: Rad Power Bikes

Under Review is a recurring feature on The CultCast, the official podcast of Cult of Mac. The segment gives us a chance to talk about products we’re using on a daily basis. Rad Power Bikes provided a sample for this review.