Using the Brakes

The mechanical disc brakes, which come on all bikes by Rad Power Bikes, are one of the most important components for riding safely as they allow for slowing and stopping the bike when needed.

Before each ride and after every 25-24 miles, ensure the front and rear brakes are working correctly, all braking system components are free from damage, and components are properly secured. Perform the following safety checks to ensure your brakes are operating correctly and will perform as designed when needed:

  • Ensure neither the front or rear brake levers touch the handlebar when you fully squeeze the brake levers.
  • Check brake pads for wear and ensure they are not over-worn.
  • Ensure brake pads are correctly positioned in relation to the brake rotor.
  • Ensure brake control cables are correctly adjusted and display no obvious wear.
  • Ensure brake control levers are lubricated and tightly secured to the handlebars.
  • Test that brake, motor cutoff functions, and brake light (on 2019 models only) are functioning properly when the brake levers are squeezed.

Take your bike to a certified, reputable bike mechanic to have the brakes repaired if you find a problem. 

When operating the bike, always apply both brakes by depressing both brake levers evenly when slowing.

 Do not use the front brake by itself. Use both brakes for all braking operations. Braking with only the front brake can cause excessive stress on components, damage to the bike and parts, and/or loss of control.

For more information on how to adjust brakes, check out our Disc Brake Adjustment article, and for information on replacing worn brake pads, see our Brake Pad Replacement article.

 If you do not have the experience, skill, and tools to complete maintenance and adjustment of your brakes, Rad Power Bikes highly recommends having a certified, reputable bike mechanic maintain, tune, and ensure the bike is safe to ride. 

For questions, contact Rad Power Bikes Product Support by email to or by phone to (800) 939-0310 x 2.