May 28

Juiced Bikes vs Rad Power Bikes Comparison

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Deciding to invest in an electric bike is always a good idea. Riding an electric bike is not only great - it’s eco-friendly and cheaper in the long run!

E-bikes may cost a lot initially, but the “juice” for them is less than a few bucks on your electric bill. Also, you can charge your bike for free in so many places!

So, there are two market leaders in the electric biking world - a company called Juiced Bikes and a company called Rad Power. These two have a lot of e-bikes and e-bike accessories in their product range.

However, if you’re new in the world of electric biking, it could be very difficult to pick a bike for yourself. To help you out, we are going to compare products from both companies and see what they are all about!

For the best comparison of Juiced Bikes VS. Rad Power bikes, continue reading our article!

About The Companies

About The Companies

In reality, Juiced Bikes and Rad Power are similar companies, offering similar products. They are both based in California, and they specialize in manufacturing affordable but high-quality products.

Juiced Bikes was founded in 2009 by Tora Harris, a Princeton graduate. Juiced Bikes was initially an importer of Lithium-ion batteries, but they went on to make electric bikes - which was perhaps the best idea, given their popularity today. 

Juiced Bikes launched their first electric bike in 2010, and they have been producing them ever since. Now, they offer a lot of different bikes - the prices and the specs vary a lot. 

Rad Power was founded in 2015 when the founder Mike Radenbaugh and the co-founder Ty Collins came together to make eco-friendly bikes. Mike Radenbaugh made his first electric bike in 2007.

He needed an efficient way to get from point A to point B, which is how the idea to make an electric bike was made. His idea was a great success, and the first product they launched was the Rad Power fat tire bike. 

Nowadays, the Rad Power company offers many different bikes. They even have various price ranges and types of bikes, to suit everyone’s needs - but the bikes are overall affordable, with some models falling in the medium price range.

Generally, the two companies are very similar in the product range they are offering. However, we should take our time to compare the products and see what bikes are better!

Comparison Of Juiced Bikes VS. Rad Power

Comparison Of Juiced Bikes VS. Rad Power

Here, we picked out the best four bikes from Juiced Bikes and the four best Rad Power bikes. Both companies offer a lot of different bikes, so it was no picnic picking out the very best. 

We feel that comparison tables show the facts the best, so we are going to put all the specs in there! Let’s check it out:

Product

Speed

Colors

price

Battery Range

Battery Specs

MOTOR SPECS

Pedal Assist

GEARS

TRANSMISSION

Juiced Bikes CrossCurrent S2

28 MPH

Black

$1,899

55+ miles

52V, 13.0Ah

750W Geared Hub Motor

Torque and Cadence Assist

9 speed

Shimano 9 Speed Cassette Drivetrain

Rad Power RadCity Step-Thru 3

20 MPH

Black

$1,499

45+ miles

48V, 14Ah

750W Direct Drive Motor

Torque and Cadence Assist

7 speed

Shimano SL-TX50-7R thumb shifter

Juiced Bikes CrossCurrent X

28 MPH

Red, black, silver

$2,299

80+ miles

52V, 19.2 Ah

750W Geared Hub Motor

Torque and Cadence Assist

9 speed

Shimano 9 Speed Cassette Drivetrain

Rad Power RadMission 1

20 MPH

Gray, black, red, silver, blue, white

$1,099

45+ miles

48V, 10,5Ah

500W Geared Hub Motor

Torque and Cadence Assist

7 speed

Shimano SL-TX50-7R thumb shifter

Juiced Bikes HyperScorpion Express

30+ MPH

Yellow

$2,599

70+ miles

52V, 19.2 Ah

1000W Retroblade Motor

Torque and Cadence Assist

8 speed

Shimano 8 Speed Freewheel

Rad Power RadWagon 4

20 MPH

Orange, white

$1,699

45+ miles

48V, 14Ah

750W Direct Drive Motor

Torque and Cadence Assist

7 speed

Shimano thumb shifter, 7-speed

Juiced Bikes RipCurrent S

28 MPH

Red, black, silver

$2,499

70+ miles

52V, 19.2 Ah

750W Geared Hub Motor

Torque and Cadence Assist

9 speed

Shimano 9 Speed Cassette Drivetrain

Rad Power Rad Rover 5

20 MPH

Black, green

$1,599

45+ miles

48V, 14Ah

750W Geared Hub Motor

Torque and Cadence Assist

7 speed

Shimano SL-TX50-7R thumb shifter

Comparison Of City Bikes: Juiced Bikes CrossCurrent S2 And Rad Power RadCity Step-Thru 3

In the table, we can see that these two city bikes are pretty similar, but they are not the same. The two bikes vary in price, with the Juiced Bike being a few hundred dollars more expensive.

Both bikes pack a lot of power in their shared 750W motor - the Juiced Bikes has a geared hub motor, and the RadCity Step-Thru 3 has a direct drive motor. The top speeds are quite different -  the CrossCurrent packs a lot of power with a 28 mph top speed, while the RadCity has a top speed of 20 mph.

That is a significant difference since the Juiced Bike’s speed falls in the industry average, and the RadCity is below that. The battery specs are different - all Juiced Bikes pack a 52V battery, as well as CrossCurrent. Rad Power bikes usually have a 48V battery, and the RadCity does, too. They both come in only one color: black.

The battery range is where the CrossCurrent excels with the 55+ mile range, while the RadCity has a range of 45+ mile range. The transmission is a little different, too - the CrossCurrent comes with a Shimano 9 Speed Cassette Drivetrain, and the RadCity has a Shimano SL-TX50-7R thumb shifter. The RadCity packs 7 speeds, and its counterpart has 9 speeds.

Overall, we feel that the Juiced Bikes CrossCurrent S2 offers more than the RadCity Step-Thru 3. It is a bit more expensive, but it packs a better top speed and a larger mile range. We feel that both have a lot to offer, but CrossCurrent has our vote!

Comparison Of Commuter Bikes: Juiced Bikes CrossCurrent X And Rad Power RadMission 1

Comparison Of Commuter Bikes: Juiced Bikes CrossCurrent X And Rad Power RadMission 1

Commuter bikes are essential in the electric biking world - since many e-bikes are designed for this specific purpose. Commuting with an electric bike is super efficient: you don’t have to stroll the streets for parking, the costs are significantly lower than paying for gas.

So, the best commuter bikes from these two companies - the Juiced Bikes’ CrossCurrent X and the Rad Power’s RadMission 1. Thankfully, both of these bikes come in a variety of colors to choose from, so you can pick one that looks more elegant, or a bold color that stands out in a crowd.

The bikes pack a different battery, though - the CrossCurrent X packs a 52V, 19.2Ah battery with an astonishing range of 80+ miles. On the other hand, the RadMission 1 packs a 48V, 10.5Ah battery, which offers a smaller range of 45+ miles, so it offers around half the range of its counterpart. 

The CrossCurrent X, as well as the RadMission 1, have the 750W geared hub motor, but despite that fact, they pack a different top speed. The RadMission packs 20 miles per hour, while the CrossCurrent X has way more - 28 miles per hour.

The CrossCurrent excels at another category - the gears. It has 9 speeds, two more than the RadMission 1. That is due to the transmission - the RadMission 1 has a Shimano SL-TX50-7R thumb shifter, opposed to the CrossCurrent X with the Shimano 9 Speed Cassette Drivetrain. A 7-speed transmission is a common deal for Rad Power electric bikes. 

To conclude, CrossCurrent X takes the lead in the commuter category of electric bikes. Howver, the X costs more than double the price of the RadMission bike, so it’s only expected that it goes over the top specs-wise.

Comparison Of Cargo Bikes: Juiced Bikes HyperScorpion Express And Rad Rover RadWagon 4

Cargo bikes are usually bought due to a certain need, rather than anything else. Cargo bikes are commonly used as delivery vehicles since they are more convenient than cars. Bikes are less affected by rush hour, and electric bikes cost less power-wise!

So, it’s only natural that both Juiced Bikes and Rad Power created a vehicle for this exact need. These bikes between themselves are pretty different, despite their shared purpose. The first thing that comes to mind is the price, as the HyperScorpion costs almost a thousand dollars more.

Furthermore, the HyperScorpion Express packs more power with the 1000W retro blade motor, opposed to the 750 Watts of power in the RadWagon 4. Of course, this affects the top speed as well, as the RadWagon 4 has a top speed of 20 mph, much less than the HyperScorpion. Its counterpart can go over 30 mph!

As for the battery, this is also a place where the two bikes are different, as well. A 48V battery is a classic for Rad Power’s vehicles, as is the 52V for the Juiced Bikes. However, the HyperScoprion packs 19.2Ah, which enables its 70+ mile range. The RadWagon 4 packs 14Ah, which results in it having a 45+ mile range, significantly lower than the HyperScorpion Express.

The HyperScoprion packs an extra speed in its gears, thanks to its Shimano 8 Speed Freewheel transmission. So, the RadWagon has 7 speeds in its Shimano thumb shifter.

The general feeling is that both cargo e-bikes have a lot to bring to the table. The HyperScorpion Express is more powerful and it has a better range, but it’s a very expensive bike. If your main goal is to find an affordable cargo electric bike, you won’t make a mistake by investing in the RadWagon 4.

Comparison Of Fat Tire Bikes: Juiced Bikes RipCurrent S And Rad Power RadRover 5

Fat tire bikes are all the rage for going on off-road adventures, be that electric or fossil-fueled bikes. Fat tire bikes offer a more comfortable ride, and they are suitable for all kinds of terrain. For adventure types, the only bike that will suffice is a fat tire electric bike!

The best picks from these two companies are the Juiced Bikes’ RipCurrent S and the Rad Power’s RadRover 5 electric bike. The RipCurrent S comes in a variety of colors - red, black, and silver. What we liked about the RadRover 5 is that it comes in two colors - black and green, so you can choose between an elegant and a color that makes you stand out.

When were talking about the battery, this is where these two are the same as their cargo counterparts. The RipCurrent S has a 70+ mile range thanks to its 19.2Ah battery, and the RadRover 5 has 45+ miles - way less because of the 14Ah battery.

The bikes share the motor specs - they both have the 750W geared hub motor. The RipCurrent has a top speed of 28 mph, an industry average, and the RadRover 5 has a top speed of 20 mph. 

The transmission on the RipCurrent S is a Shimano 9 Speed Cassette Drivetrain, which is the reason why it has 9 gears. The RadRover 5 has 7 speeds thanks to its Shimano SL-TX50-7R thumb shifter transmission.

Naturally, the higher price of the RipCurrent S means that it packs more power than its counterpart. However, that doesn’t make the RadRover 5 a poor choice for an e-bike, just a more budget-friendly one.


Bottom Line

Bottom Line

To conclude, we can say that both Juiced Bikes and Rad Power offer fantastic bikes. We’ve thoroughly reviewed and compared their top picks in four categories.

The general feeling is that Juiced Bikes make more powerful bikes with better specs. On the other hand, we must take into account the price, because Juiced Bikes are usually more expensive - with some models costing double the money.

So, if you are looking for the best value for money, you will find that Rad Power suits your needs perfectly. If you need your bike to be a little over the average, Juiced Bikes offer the bike best suited for your needs!


About the author

Emma was born and raised in the UK, studied in Amsterdam (where she discovered her passion for biking), and is currently living in Ohio. Her main passion is cycling, that's why she is always looking for an amazing new e-bike to make her journey even more unforgettable!


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  1. Hi Emma,

    Thanks for your review. I am trying to decide on which ebike I should purchase . The Aventon Level or the Juiced crosscurrent CX . Please advise.

    Kind regards,

    Mike

  2. I understand that Juiced offers more power and range but what was not mentioned is that many states now regulate classification of ebikes. The bikes that exceed 20 mph are not allowed on bike paths. In a location that regulates that or has the potential to regulate ebike class 1, 2, or 3 and where they can be ridden the top speed of 20 mph can be something to be considered. Also the use of resistance charging during braking is a feature that may be investigated. I am definitely interested in both bikes but I actually live in an area with lots of dedicated bike paths so I have to consider the class of ebike and if it is worth having the extra speed and risk the cities starting to enforce access. I can use streets but utilize bike paths to avoid heavy traffic.

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