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Supplier Breakdown of the Rad Power RadRover & featuring the top 5 vehicles of the week
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The observation of the week is a Supplier Breakdown of the Rad Power RadRover 6 Plus. This week’s featured vehicles are three commuters, a compact folding urban bike, and a bakfiets/front cargo bike.
Observation of the Week
Suppliers to the Rad Power RadRover 6 Plus
As an extension to Flywheel now cataloging and tracking micromobility vehicle suppliers and components, I’m excited to introduce Supplier Breakdowns as a new series to Flywheel. Inspired by Automotive News's Car Cutaways, each breakdown identifies the suppliers that manufacture each component on a vehicle and traces the origins of a vehicle’s supply chain. Information is pulled from retailer spec sheets, conversations with industry insiders, etc. If you find any discrepancies or have any supplier/parts details to contribute, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org! All Supplier Breakdowns will be viewable on a model’s profile page on the Flywheel Vehicle Values database.
Kicking off the series is the workhorse of ebikes and the most popular ebike in the secondary market, the Rad Power RadRover 6 Plus:
Thanks to Reilly Brennan for suggesting this new series.
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Featured Vehicles of the Week
The Stromer ST2 is a high-performance class-3 ebike from the Swiss brand synonymous with luxury, Stromer. Its powertrain features a custom 42Nm Stromer hub motor and an 814Wh battery pack, and is paired with a Gates carbon belt drive and a 5-speed internally geared hub transmission to provide riders with a hassle-free and silky-smooth ride. In fact, the ST2 is actually the first of the Stromer lineup to feature the Gates carbon belt drive, a component which has fast become an expectation on high-end ebikes. Additionally, Stromer is also one of the few high-end brands that deviates from the premium ebike norm of equipping them with mid-drive motors. While this may seem counter-intuitive at first, hub motors require significantly less maintenance than mid-drive motors and place much less strain on the drivetrain. While they are not as smooth mid-drive motors, the decision to opt for a hub motor is an interesting choice by Stromer that is an indicator of their desire to build a high-utility, daily-use ebike. Lastly, rounding out the ST2 is an impressive software and electronics package, featuring a sophisticated lighting system (i.e. low-beam and high-beam headlights and a brake light), over-the-air updates, and GPS tracking. The ST2 being loaded with premium componentry does come at a price. In addition to the steep cost of the vehicle, its 65lbs weight is heavier than most other commuters. That being said, the seller of this listing astutely points out that “It feels very safe and planted on the nyc roads, which is part of the reason I prefer this over a featherweight high quality road bike.” This listing has a Flywheel estimated mileage of 524.46mi and has always been stored indoors. Listing can be found here.
The Raleigh Redux IE is a sporty class-3 urban commuter. Its powertrain features a 90Nm Brose Drive TF motor and a 500Wh battery pack. While this battery is small compared to that of most other class-3 ebikes, the lower capacity battery leads to a lower weight of 48lbs. This, in addition to its rigid aluminum frame and front fork, gives the Redux IE an incredibly nimble and agile handling that has made it highly popular among avid road cyclists seeking an electric alternative that doesn’t feel too different from the pedal bikes they already ride. Raleigh also offers a newer version of the Redux IE that is equipped with Bosch’s powerful Performance Line motor and an even stiffer suspension. While the latest version is great for those looking for an extra sporty vehicle, it’s overkill for everyday commuting needs. This listing has a Flywheel estimated mileage of 520mi and comes with an additional battery and carrier. Listing can be found here.
The Riese & Müller Tinker Vario is a class-1 folding ebike that is a comfortable commuter with excellent portability. Its powertrain features Bosch's 85Nm Performance CX motor and a 500Wh Bosch battery pack, and is paired with 20" wheels, an Enviolo continuously variable transmission, a Gates carbon belt drive, and a front fork suspension to make it remarkably performant yet smooth. The Tinker Vario’s compact dimensions make it convenient to stow in a car trunk or bring alongside you on public transit. Additionally, the Tinker’s steering stem also folds to make it completely flat. This listing is virtually brand new: it has a mileage of less than 75mi, has always been stored in a garage, and comes with a proof of purchase. For those looking to get a mini commuter with the high-performance componentry and build quality that Riese & Müller is famous for, this is a perfect option. Listing can be found here.
The RideScoozy Torque 1 is a budget class-1 single-speed commuter and one of the cheapest ebikes with a torque sensor availalbe on the market. Torque sensors offer a smoother and more intuitive “extension of the legs” type pedal assist, but they’re often only found on more expensive vehicles. The Torque 1 offers a torque sensor at an affordable price point, aiming to deliver the elegance of a torque sensor to new riders that may not yet be ready to shell out thousands for their ebike. Its powertrain features a 35Nm rear hub motor and a 378Wh battery pack that is sleekly integrated into the frame, both of which make it hard to even tell that the Torque 1 is an ebike. Additionally, the Torque 1’s mechanical disc brakes, single-speed transmission, narrow tires, and 33lbs, further its messenger bike-esque look and feel. The Torque 1’s powertrain and included parts are fairly modest compared to those of other commuters, but the ~$1K MSRP for a torque sensor is extremely hard to beat. Co-op’s CTY e1.1 and Generation e1.1 are the only ones that come close. This listing is less than a year old and comes with ~$200 worth of upgrades. Listing can be found here.
The Standard Box Bike is a class-1 bakfiet/front cargo bike by local Santa Cruz brand Box Bike Collective. Bakfiets are the F-150 equivalent of ebikes; they are “a good kid and dog hauler, a great Costco runner, lumber hauler, surfboard hauler, or kiteboard hauler.” The Standard Box Bike’s powertrain features a 52Nm 8Fun (an alternative name Bafang uses in some markets) front geared hub motor and a 288Wh battery pack, and is paired with a 9-speed Shimano transmission. Box Bike Collective also thoughtfully designed the chassis to have 20” wheels and a 96” long frame, which help with stability, maneuverability, and keeping the center-of-gravity low. The steel frame has a bit more flex than that of other bakfiets like the Urban Arrows. Although this makes the vehicle a bit less responsive, it also helps dampen vibrations and makes the ride more comfortable. The Standard Box Bike has a 350lbs payload capacity, and the front cargo box comes equipped with a child bench seat and safety belts. Lastly, the vehicle has hydaraulic disc brakes to give it ample stopping power. The Standard Box Bike was launched in 2015, so some of its parts aren’t as performant as those of modern-day bakfiets. That being said, $1,900 for a garage stored bakfiet with a Flywheel estimated mileage of 524.07mi is still a compelling option. Listing can be found here.
That’s it for this edition. Thanks again for joining, see you next week!
- Puneeth Meruva
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