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Old 08-19-2019, 05:54 PM   #1
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Last year I got the electric bike bug and purchased a Rad Rover fat tire E bike.

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My objective was to get something that I could get to and from my stands at my lease outside Christoval. After one year Iím still very impressed with the bike. It actually gets me to the stand quicker than either my old Jeep XJ or my Tundra truck. The bike handles the rough rocky roads very well and so far no issues with the bike at all. The battery charge lasts me all day and easily charges over night. Iíve added a front and rear rack to carry a small soft cooler and misc other stuff. Also added a holder for my iPhone and can enjoy tunes while riding. When hunting, I strap my bow onto my backpack and off I go.

The front suspension is tunable and the 4Ē fat tires really give you good traction. I really like that I can pedal and have some assist from the motor or just use the motor with no pedaling. The bike handles the rocky and hilly west Texas terrain with no problems.

While I have had no falls at the lease, I did have a pretty good one this spring where I went over the bars after hitting a rut. The bike took it well, me not so much....two black eyes, knocked out a filling and probably a small concussion.

Overall, Iím very happy with the bike, itís performance and durability. If your interested in an E bike, you wonít be disappointed in a rad rover. But do wear a helmet

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Old 08-19-2019, 06:04 PM   #2
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Cool post.

I've thought about getting one just for riding around here. The hills kill my knees when I ride my bike. A buddy of mine told me about the eBike and said you can set it up to just assists mode. So, when you're struggling to get up hills, the motor kicks in and can assist at the level you set it.

He had to get one to keep up with his kiddo's bike high school bike Team. He said it made a big difference.
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Old 08-19-2019, 06:31 PM   #3
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How well does it do in sand?
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Thanks for the update Jeff. You said you strap your bow on your backpack - is there room on the handlebars for the clamp-on bow/gun rack like you put on an ATV?
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Thanks for the update Jeff. You said you strap your bow on your backpack - is there room on the handlebars for the clamp-on bow/gun rack like you put on an ATV?
Not with the iPhone holder on mine, but I bet you could rig one up though.
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How well does it do in sand?
Iíve not ridden it in sand yet. Our lease is hard packed dirt, gravel and rock. Iíd think the 4Ē tires would help a lot in sand.
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Falls? Humpy, you sound like you have the same results I do on "two wheels" . But I still get back in the saddle, just like riding a horse.


Been thinking about one of these a few months ago. Then I started riding "one of my bikes" again back in June. Still might get an E-bike some day though.
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Do you have to go up any decent hills? We have a pretty good hill to climb out of camp.
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Do you have to go up any decent hills? We have a pretty good hill to climb out of camp.
I have about 100 ft of elevation change but no real tough hills. I can make all of the little hills without any pedaling. With pedaling and the motor engaged, you should be able to take most inclines without a problem.
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Old 08-19-2019, 08:59 PM   #10
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I like it. Opening gates would be much easier, other than bump gates. Lol

I think it will make a big difference in your deer movement.
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I like it. Opening gates would be much easier, other than bump gates. Lol

I think it will make a big difference in your deer movement.
Lucky for me, no bump gates on the place.

The bike lets you get to your area in stealth mode and the only noise you hear is the crunch of the tire on the road gravel.
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Old 08-20-2019, 07:58 AM   #12
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Interested in one as well. nice and quiet.
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Old 08-20-2019, 10:27 AM   #13
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I have the same bike and absolutely love it. Last year when it was so wet I was the only person that could get to certain stands, all our trucks and the jeep were getting stuck. I would drive the low land then when I hit the 3 foot deep mud puddles I walked the bike around them I have two small issues that I was able to overcome. One the headlight is really narrow so I purchased a wide lens headlamp that I were when riding back in the dark, I would ride without a light on but their are skunks everywhere where I hunt. Issue two, I had two flat tires on the first three rides even with the green slime in them. I ended up using green slime in conjunction with the Mr. Tuffy Bike tire liners and they stopped the mesquite and other prickers so far. It's been over a year since I did that and no flats yet. I really like mine because I can ride it right up to my tripod and lay it down under it and cover it with camo burlap, I've seen noticeably more deer since using it, I think it's because I'm not blowing them out of the area on the drive in.
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I have the same bike and absolutely love it. Last year when it was so wet I was the only person that could get to certain stands, all our trucks and the jeep were getting stuck. I would drive the low land then when I hit the 3 foot deep mud puddles I walked the bike around them I have two small issues that I was able to overcome. One the headlight is really narrow so I purchased a wide lens headlamp that I were when riding back in the dark, I would ride without a light on but their are skunks everywhere where I hunt. Issue two, I had two flat tires on the first three rides even with the green slime in them. I ended up using green slime in conjunction with the Mr. Tuffy Bike tire liners and they stopped the mesquite and other prickers so far. It's been over a year since I did that and no flats yet. I really like mine because I can ride it right up to my tripod and lay it down under it and cover it with camo burlap, I've seen noticeably more deer since using it, I think it's because I'm not blowing them out of the area on the drive in.
I havenít had any flats yet. I was looking at a tubeless setup but will look at the liners.
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Thank you ! I need a electic tricycle for me.
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I opened this thread and clicked on the link.

10 minutes later a RAD bikes ad appears on my Facebook.
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Old 08-20-2019, 11:31 AM   #17
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Sounds like a great bike, only draw back that I see is how would you get your animal back out?
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Old 08-20-2019, 11:34 AM   #18
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Sounds like a great bike, only draw back that I see is how would you get your animal back out?
I have to go back to grab the jeep or the wheeler, although their is a cart that rambo makes that can attach to bike to carry a deer or a kayak or whatever

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Old 08-20-2019, 11:35 AM   #19
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Sounds like a great bike, only draw back that I see is how would you get your animal back out?
I would imagine he would still have a truck, or another lease member would have a truck. You can always go back to camp and bring a truck back in.
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I would imagine he would still have a truck, or another lease member would have a truck. You can always go back to camp and bring a truck back in.
This....I usually have my truck at the lease.
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Old 02-12-2020, 11:07 AM   #21
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How did the electric bikes do during the 2019 year? I'm interested in one.
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Old 02-12-2020, 11:25 AM   #22
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Yes, more RAD story time please. Still holding a decent charge and what not?
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Old 02-12-2020, 11:36 AM   #23
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Bike did great this past season. Battery still performs as it did on day 1. Since I brought it back home, I've added a set of fenders.

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Bike did great this past season. Battery still performs as it did on day 1. Since I brought it back home, I've added a set of fenders.



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Old 02-12-2020, 12:29 PM   #25
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I get about 20 miles on a charge and that's without pedaling and not too many hills. If you pedal and use the motor to assist you can get more range.
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Thanks for posting this... Iíve had this bike on the brain for a while now. I wonder though how many guys still use it after a few years, or when itís 25 degrees in the morning. I really want to get one, but I worry that Iíd be selling it in a year or two. Whatís your take on the long term use at the ranch? Thanks again!


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Old 07-24-2020, 02:50 AM   #27
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Thanks for posting this... Iíve had this bike on the brain for a while now. I wonder though how many guys still use it after a few years, or when itís 25 degrees in the morning. I really want to get one, but I worry that Iíd be selling it in a year or two. Whatís your take on the long term use at the ranch? Thanks again!


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I bought a sondors ebike from a TBH member last year to use in Kansas. It's not near as strong a bike as the radrover (36v vs 48v) but it worked great!
A 10 minute sweaty walk to a stand went to 2 minutes and no sweat.
Deer totally ignored it laying by my blinds or stands. I use it at the house checking cams and sneaking up on pigs at my cell cam feeder. I usually ride to within 50-75 yds of the pigs and they don't have a clue!
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Thanks for posting this... Iíve had this bike on the brain for a while now. I wonder though how many guys still use it after a few years, or when itís 25 degrees in the morning. I really want to get one, but I worry that Iíd be selling it in a year or two. Whatís your take on the long term use at the ranch? Thanks again!


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This will be season three for me coming up. As I get older, Iím hoping that the bike will help keep me active. I just need to focus on not crashing


You might want to move on this soon. Rad rover announced a price hike coming very soon.
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Thank you both!


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I bought me a Rambo ebike this year to try out. I hunt a lot of public land in Arkansas and class 1 ebikes are allowed this year. I have a trailer that I pull with my bike to get deer and other items to and from my stand sites. If you ever ride one you will want one I promise. I will also use at my lease for going to my stand and it will be great for Turkey season next year. I have a bow rack on order that will mount on my front basket.


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Old 07-24-2020, 01:53 PM   #31
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I bought me a Rambo ebike this year to try out. I hunt a lot of public land in Arkansas and class 1 ebikes are allowed this year. I have a trailer that I pull with my bike to get deer and other items to and from my stand sites. If you ever ride one you will want one I promise. I will also use at my lease for going to my stand and it will be great for Turkey season next year. I have a bow rack on order that will mount on my front basket.


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Ok I just ordered two RadRovers... man Iím excited!

Once their front rack is back in stock Iíll use that with two Kolpin Ratcheting Rhino mounts to carry my bow.


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What's the wattage output on your bikes?
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durn Jeffy, I'm impressed that an old rickety fella like you can keep your balance on that thing
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What's the wattage output on your bikes?

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durn Jeffy, I'm impressed that an old rickety fella like you can keep your balance on that thing
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Old 08-01-2020, 05:42 PM   #37
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Got one that I use in Kansas works great in and out quiet
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[QUOTE=wdtorque;15007033]Looking good. What type of and how are you connecting a bow rack? Thanks,


I'm going to attach Koplin bow holders to my front rack. They should arrive sometime this week.
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Old 08-02-2020, 04:13 PM   #40
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Not for me. Tried it. Had a bad spill in the dark at 4:30am. Hit a chunk rock about the size of a softball the wrong way. Full pack and a. 308 on my back all went flying. Fortunately I got away with only a mouth full of central Texas dirt, busted lip and badly bruised shoulder. Yall do what you want but it broke me of suckin eggs! Too old for such nonsense!

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Old 08-08-2020, 09:52 AM   #41
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I'm going to add an E-kit to my bike. I'm torn between the mid drive & rear hub. I have some elevation but not too much. Mostly trails through the woods and muddy roads when it rains. I want to be able to pull an aluminum cart for deer and gear. In the pictures above; the Red Rover being a rear hub & the Rambo being a mid hub. Any information that would help me decide would be awesome! Wanting to make a purchase soon.
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