Have you ever stumbled upon an online deal that appears too good to be true?
Perhaps it’s an all-inclusive trip around the globe or a miraculous weight-loss pill. Maybe it’s an affordable electric bike.
It might even be an ebike that bears a striking resemblance to one that we manufacture. In fact, it’s almost as if they took a picture of it from our online store and digitally erased all the Rad Power Bikes logos. Bizarre, isn’t it?
Your instincts are spot on. These deals are indeed too good to be true. It turns out that there are numerous dubious companies out there producing counterfeit versions of our award-winning electric bikes.
Certainly, imitation can be seen as a form of flattery, but being stuck with a subpar knockoff has the potential to permanently deter someone from ever considering an electric bike.
Here are a few reasons why that unbelievably cheap bike isn’t the bargain you might perceive it to be.
1. It may resemble a Rad Power Bikes ebike, but it is not one.
Occasionally, third-party sellers may falsely claim that these knockoffs are crafted by the same people who manufacture our bikes. But that couldn’t be further from the truth.
All of our models are meticulously designed in-house by our engineering and design teams. They are then manufactured under strict agreements that prohibit the utilization of Rad specifications by anyone other than ourselves. We take pride in our proprietary designs, many of which are currently being patented.
We have never resorted to buying pre-made bikes and merely slapping our logos on them, nor do we allow the resale of our bikes. The only entity authorized to sell our bikes is us.
2. Our Bikes are Unmatched in Replicability.
But what if a random factory managed to obtain one of our bikes and attempted to painstakingly replicate it? You would assume that they could at least come close by reverse engineering the bike, right?
We consulted our product team, and it turns out that such a feat is simply not possible.
Whenever we introduce a new component to our bikes, they are exclusively produced using Rad-owned tooling. Our bikes are meticulously fine-tuned systems, with each component carefully adjusted by our engineers in Seattle to harmonize perfectly with other parts of the system. For instance, our motors, speed controllers, and batteries maintain a dynamic tension with one another, making it impossible to swap out a component without adversely affecting the entire system. Every component is manufactured to adhere to our meticulous specifications.
This meticulous process continues until the bike achieves the optimal balance of speed, comfort, and maneuverability. Once the final components are selected and subjected to rigorous testing, they are manufactured exclusively for us, making it impossible for anyone else to duplicate the unique combination that our team has achieved.
“The companies producing these knockoff bikes lack the years of refinement and enhancement processes that we possess,” shared Redwood Stephens, Rad’s Director of Product. “Even if it appears similar to one of our bikes, it will never ride or endure like one of our bikes.”
3. Counterfeit electric bikes detriment the entire industry.
As the leading ebike company in North America, we constantly find ourselves being imitated by others. When these copycats cross the line, our in-house legal team swiftly intervenes to safeguard Rad’s intellectual property.
However, knockoff companies also have a negative impact on the ebike industry as a whole. This stems from their inability to replicate the same product quality and post-sales support found in an established and reputable brand.
While others may attempt to mimic our design, they cannot match our infrastructure, proven track record, rigorous quality inspection and testing processes, commitment to our customers, and ongoing investments in supporting our riders.
By taking advantage of an ebike, you are positioning yourself on the cutting edge of a truly remarkable era in the annals of transportation. Why not savor this experience with a bike that instills absolute confidence?