RadCity 5 Plus Step-Thru E-Bike Review - climbing

Rad claims the retooled 750W motor on the new RadCity 5 Plus climbs 40 percent quicker than its predecessor. We can’t check that claim, but we can confirm the bike performed well in our hill test.

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The RadCity 5 Plus Step-Thru’s seat.

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A close-up of the twist-style throttle and NUTT hydraulic brake levers.

Brakes and Handling

Stopping the RadCity 5 Plus Step-Thru is a set of NUTT hydraulic disk brakes with 180mm rotors front and rear.

Nutt is a company we’ve grown increasingly familiar with during the pandemic since so many brands have been subbing them for more well known brake brands. So far they’ve performed well, with an identical set on the RadRover 6 coming to a stop in a respectable 15 feet.

On the lighter and more nimble RadCity 5 Plus, the NUTT brakes outperformed their previous result with an average stopping distance of 12-feet 7-inches. We get this brake result by taking the average of five full-power stops from 20 mph. That places the RadCity 5 Plus in the upper echelon on the quickest braking e-bikes we’ve ever reviewed at Electric Bike Report, a really impressive feat considering NUTT is outperforming many e-bikes fitted with better known braking systems.

But good braking can’t be entirely credited to the brakes themselves; it’s really an ensemble of the brakes, tires and geometry conducive to good stopping technique — three things the RadCity 5 Plus both has in spades. The bike’s overall handling feels very balanced and nimble.


Ride Comfort, Geometry and Extras

An adjustable stem, gently sweeping bars and a step-thru frame — what’s not to love?

The RadCity 5 Plus Step-Thru’s handling is very predictable and stable, as a good Dutch-inspired commuter should be. The 50 mm suspension fork is rightfully short — keeping the front end stiff while having enough travel to take the edge off pavement bumps. There’s an adjustable stem so the front end can be adjusted for your liking, and the handlebars have a gentle back sweep the helps keep the rider in a more upright position.

It’s a tech-heavy e-bike cockpit with two displays, but I think the execution is well done. The center-mounted display is buttonless and gives you data ranging from speed, to trip time to distance traveled, while the left-most display has battery life and PAS level. My one complaint is that the left-hand display is tough to read in direct sunlight, leaving you guessing which PAS setting you’re in and your battery life.

The RadCity 5 Plus also comes with a stout rear rack rated for 59.5 lbs, integrated front and rear lights and full-coverage fenders.

While I’m impressed with the RadCity’s overall fit and finish, I do have one complaint about the frame specific to taller people like myself: It’s only built to accommodate people up to 6-feet tall, according to Rad. In reality, I’d wager people taller than 5-foot 10-inches would have a tough time fitting on the RadCity 5 Plus Step-Thru.

This isn’t terribly surprising considering step-thru bicycles are often built specifically with shorter riders in mind, I’d bet there are plenty of people my height (Im 6-foot 1-inch tall) and taller who could benefit from a step-thru e-bike. But Rad has become something of an industry leader, so we’d love to see their e-bikes accessible to the broadest range of ability level and body shapes imaginable.

The high-step version of the bike is rated for people up to 6-foot 5-inches, but it is going to be tougher to get on and off of. Rad also suggests measuring your inseam to determine if you’d fit the bike, which I’d highly recommend.

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The integrated rear rack is rated for up to 59.5 lbs of cargo and is compatible with lots of accessories.

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The main display — one of two — is buttonless and shows your typical riding metrics like speed, distance and time.

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There’s something satisfying and cool about the integrated headlight’s halo light.

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The integrated taillight.

Rad Power Bikes RadCity 5 Plus Step-Thru Review: Summary / Where to Buy

The Rad Power Bikes RadCity 5 Plus Step-Thru is a beautifully redesigned bike with a look and feel that’s much more grown up than its predecessor.

The motor feels nice, and aside from a few minor gripes about frame sizing and display readability, we think this is a stellar option for anyone looking for a dependable daily commuter e-bike. It put up solid numbers in our hill test, proving the bike can go up just about anything, and had a good showing in our range test. We’re also incredibly impressed with how well it did in the brake test, putting up a result that rivals some of the quickest braking e-bikes we’ve tested.

You can buy the Rad Power Bikes RadCity 5 Plus Step-Thru online by clicking the link below, and Rad will ship the bike directly to you. The bikes come mostly assembled, but for a small fee you can also have the bike shipped to a Rad Power Bikes partner bike shop to be professionally assembled — a service I’d highly suggest.

Right now Rad Power Bikes is offering $100 off all e-bikes (excluding the RadExpand 5) from 5/12 – 5/24/2022 when you use the promo code: OurBike. Click the button below to redeem the offer.

‘Happy Riding, make sure to let us know if you have any questions down in our comments section or if you think we left anything out in this review of the RadCity 5 Plus Step-Thru E-Bike


Reader Interactions


  1. I just replaced my RadCity with the RadCity 5 Plus Step-Thru. I unboxed it and took it for a spin yesterday. At my age I really appreciate the added safety that the step-tru provides me. In my opinion, the improvements noted in the article are well worth the cost increase. My wife has the earlier version of the step-thu and both of us really like the extra space available with the new battery placement on the 5 plus. Sadly, my suspension fork needs warranty work. Even with max pre-load, my 190 pound weight made the fork bottom out when going over any surmountable curbs. With no forks in stock at RadPower I estimate that I will be riding with the suspension locked for 3 to 6 months before I can get a new fork.

  2. I purchased a Rad City S/T in 2019. It is a great bike, but does lack enough torque to do any serious hills. The specs for torque on my bike is 40NM. What is torque rating on City 5? Thanks

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