Gear Shifting System Information

Gear Shifting Information

All of our bikes, except for the RadRunner, use a Shimano 7-speed gearing system and thumb shifter.

This means there are 7 cogs (or gears) on the cassette on the rear hub of the bike. The shifter on the right side of the handle bar controls the rear derailleur, which shifts the chain from cog to cog, changing the gears.

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The RadRunner is a single speed ebike and is designed to work best for most riders. The bike uses a chain tensioner in place of the derailleur you would see on our other models. Click HERE to learn more about RadRunner features.


Shifting Gears

Shifting down into lower gears when slowing or coming to a stop can make starting to pedal again and accelerating easier. Shifting into higher gears when getting up to speed can help a rider propel the bike farther and faster with each pedal stroke and maintain pedal authority at top speeds. It is useful to have gears for riders who like to pedal, extend their ebike's range, and those who travel over hilly terrain

Riding uphill: Shifting into the smallest gear (gear 1, or first gear) when heading uphill will make climbing easier.

Riding downhill: Shifting into the highest gear (gear 7, or 7th gear) will help maintain pedal authority. 

The combination of gearing, the 5 levels of variable pedal assistance, and the twist throttle assistance from the motor means you can always find the most efficient gear, pedal level, and power to go the distance!

If you are having trouble with your gear shifting system, check out this article HERE for some help.


Questions or comments? Contact us!

Email: info@radpowerbikes.com

Phone: (800) 939-0310 x 1