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Carrying cargo: payload capacity and accessories

All ebikes by Rad Power Bikes have a maximum weight limit that must not be exceeded to maintain safety and comfort.

The total maximum weight limit, or payload capacity, includes the weight of the rider as well as clothing, riding gear, cargo, etc.—everything but the bike itself.

An optional front rack can be added to any of our bikes. The payload capacity of the front rack is 30 lb (14 kg).

Click a heading below to see the payload capacity and cargo capabilities for each model. Note that the most authoritative source of information for weight capacity is your bike's Owner's Manual, or the instructions that came with a particular accessory. 

Payload Capacity by Model
Ebike model(s) Maximum
payload capacity
Integrated or optional
rear rack limit

RadRunner 2
RadRunner Plus

300 lb (136 kg) Integrated rear rack
120 lb (54 kg)
RadRunner 3 Plus 350 lb (158 kg) Integrated rear rack
120 lb (54 kg)
RadRover 6 Plus
RadRover 6 Plus Step-Thru
RadRover 5
RadRover Step-Thru 1
275 lb (125 kg) Optional rear rack
55 lb (25 kg)
RadWagon 350 lb (158 kg) Integrated rear rack
120 lb (54 kg)
RadCity 5 Plus
RadCity 5 Plus Step-Thru
RadCity 4
RadCity Step-Thru 3
275 lb (125 kg) Integrated rear rack
60 lb (27 kg)
RadExpand 5 275 lb (125 kg) Integrated rear rack
55 lb (25 kg)
RadTrike 415 lb (188 kg) Integrated rear rack
60 lb (27 kg)
RadMini 4
RadMini Step-Thru 2
275 lb (125 kg) Optional rear rack
55 lb (25 kg)
RadMission 1 275 lb (125 kg) Optional rear rack
40 lb (18 kg)
Bags & Storage

We have designed several types of cargo bags that can be installed on the front or rear rack of your ebike. Some models come with an integrated rear rack, but others will require the installation of a front or rear rack before attempting to install a bag.

Check out our Accessories page to see the cargo and storage options we have available for your bike.


RadCity

All RadCity models are designed to accommodate the Fremont Pannier Bag, Hardshell Locking Pannier, and Hardshell Locking Box which connects directly and securely to the robust integrated rear rack.

The RadCity has a traditional high-step frame and is designed to accommodate the Top Tube Bag. The RadCity Step-Thru is not compatible with the Top Tube Bag at this time.


RadExpand

The RadExpand 5 is designed to accommodate the Fremont Pannier Bag, Hardshell Locking Pannier, and Hardshell Locking Box which connects directly and securely to the robust integrated rear rack.


RadMini

The RadMini and RadMini Step-Thru can accommodate the Fremont Pannier Bag, Hardshell Locking Pannier, and Hardshell Locking Box with the additional purchase and installation of the RadMini Rear Rack.


RadRunner

All RadRunner models can accommodate the Fremont Pannier Bag, Hardshell Locking Pannier, and Hardshell Locking Box which connects directly and securely to the robust integrated rear rack. The RadRunner 3 Plus has an even longer rear rack that can accommodate the larger Ballard Pannier Bag.

The RadRunners are also designed to carry cargo with the purchase and installation of the RadRunner 2 Console or RadRunner 3 Console.


RadRover

The RadRover and RadRover Step-Thru models can accommodate the Fremont Pannier Bag, Hardshell Locking Pannier, and Hardshell Locking Box with the additional purchase and installation of the RadRover Rear Rack.

The RadRover is also compatible with the Top Tube Bag. The RadRover Step-Thru is not compatible with the Top Tube Bag at this time.


RadTrike

The RadTrike was not designed to accommodate pannier bags, but the following storage accessories can be mounted on the integrated rear rack:

With the addition of a Small Basket and/or a Large Basket mounted on the front of the bike or the rear rack, the RadTrike can also accommodate the following accessories:


RadWagon

All RadWagon cargo bike models are designed to accommodate the following bags by connecting them directly and securely to the robust rear rack:

The RadWagon can accommodate the following accessories with the additional purchase of the Small Basket, mounted on the rear cargo deck, or on the Front Rack accessory (not compatible with the 2017 RadWagon), mounted on the front of the bike:

For larger cargo, the RadWagon can accommodate the following accessories with the additional purchase of the Large Basket, mounted on the rear cargo deck, or the Front Rack accessory (not compatible with the 2017 RadWagon), mounted on the front of the bike.


Click HERE to check out our selection of bags and storage options, as well as rear and front racks to ensure your accessory is installed securely.

The installation of third-party accessories or accessories from Rad Power Bikes not explicitly recommended for your bike model is at your own risk. Using aftermarket accessories or components that have not been tested by Rad Power Bikes for safety and compatibility may void your warranty, create an unsafe riding condition, damage your bike by Rad Power Bikes, or result in serious injury and/or death.

Passenger Options

Some ebike models have also been designed to carry passengers with an approved child seat or passenger package. Click HERE to check out our selection of passenger seating accessories approved for your ebike.

RadCity

The RadCity is designed to carry one adult with the option to transport one additional small child in the Thule Yepp Maxi child seat, mounted on the rear rack, which is integrated into the frame of all RadCity models, provided the rider, child, and accessories do not exceed the total payload capacity. 
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RadRover

The RadRover is designed to carry one adult with the option to transport one additional small child in the Thule Yepp Maxi child seat, mounted on the RadRover rear rack that must be purchased and installed, provided the rider, child, and accessories do not exceed the total payload capacity, 275 lb.


RadWagon

The RadWagon is designed to carry one adult with the option to transport up to two additional small children in two separate Thule Yepp Maxi child seats, mounted on the rear rack, which is integrated into the frame, provided the rider, child, and accessories do not exceed the total payload capacity. The Yepp Maxi child seat can also be mounted to the Caboose accessory. The RadWagon is also designed to carry cargo using a deck pad.

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RadRunner

The RadRunner is designed to carry one adult with the option to transport one additional small child in the Thule Yepp Maxi Child Seat, mounted on the rear rack, which is integrated into the frame, provided the rider, child, and accessories do not exceed the total payload capacity. The RadRunner can also carry an adult passenger with the additional purchase and installation of the RadRunner Passenger Package.

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The use of certified and approved child seating and equipment, including a rear rack, is required whenever carrying children. Never leave the bike unattended with children on the bike. Ensure children are removed from the bike before you look away or walk away from the bike, otherwise the bike could tip over and cause serious injury to your most precious cargo. Ensure that a rider and any child passenger are wearing a properly fitted and approved bicycle helmet.

It is always the user’s responsibility to ensure that cargo or a passenger loaded on an ebike does not interfere or impact the user’s ability to safely operate the ebike. Serious injury or death can occur if cargo or a passenger impacts the user’s ability to safely operate the ebike by Rad Power Bikes.

For more information and model specific recommendations and instructions, check out the Rad Power Bikes Owner's Manual sections pertaining to carrying cargo and passengers.

Carrying cargo involves additional risks, which require special attention and care to mitigate and manage. Braking, acceleration, and balancing are all significantly affected by cargo weight. Become accustomed to the braking, steering, and operational adjustments required before riding with cargo. Practice riding on a flat and open area with light cargo before attempting to carry heavier loads. 

Hold onto the bike when cargo is being loaded, in place, or attached to the bike. The kickstand is not designed to be used for loading cargo.

Rad Power Bikes recommends consulting a local, certified, and reputable bike mechanic to install and adjust the child seat on your bike.

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