Radio Flyer L885 Review – Kid & Cargo Electric Bike for Families!

Today we’re taking a look at the new Radio Flyer   L885, a longtail cargo eBike from Radio 
Flyer’s newest lineup of electric bikes. You probably already know of Radio Flyer, 
they invented the original red wagon   100 years ago– and have become a well known 
brand for generations of families and kids   in the US and around the world. They even make 
tech toys like the mini electric Tesla for kids,   and recently announced an electric 
Tesla Cyberquad for kids and teens. Looking at the eBikes, the L885 model is 
a longtail bike, which means it has a long   rear section that’s integrated into the 
frame and designed to be multi-purpose,   so you can load cargo, or have up to 
2 kids when using the Kid carrier. The L885 is available directly from Radio Flyer’s 
website and starts at $1,999. But there’s some   deals and coupons available, so be sure to check 
the description at the bottom of this video. When ordering, you can choose from 4 different 
colors and customize many different accessories   including a front basket, small rear basket, large 
rear storage basket, or the Kid & Cargo Carrier.

For delivery and assembly, you can either select 
free shipping and assemble the bike yourself,   or pay $200 to have a local bike shop 
receive and build the bike for you so you   can pick it up fully assembled. They even have 
a mobile service available in certain cities,   and they partnered up with VeloFix, that will 
deliver the bike fully assembled for $250. For our eBike, we chose the free 
shipping and assemble it ourselves.   It ships in a large box, well 
packaged inside and neatly protected. It also comes with a user manual 
and assembly instructions,   the front light and reflectors, battery 
charger, pedals, and a set of tools. Assembling the bike, there’s just a few 
steps. First, you install the front wheel,   then mount the handlebars, and set up the 
front fender and light.

On the rear section,   the wooden top seats and side steps easily mount 
to the brackets with the included hardware. We also got the Cargo & Kid 
carrier, which is quick to assemble.   First, you assemble the basket using 
the hardware. Mounting it on the bike,   it replaces the wooden top section 
with the included padded foam seat. The Cargo carrier is designed 
to be multi-functional. So,   you can use it in cargo mode to carry a bunch 
of groceries, and the basket is extra large and   tall.

The liner is made of a high quality 
fabric that's durable and easy to clean.   It also has a front zipper so you can put 
small items like your keys or cell phone. Converting it to Kid mode, all you have to do 
is unzip each side and fold down the fabric,   which wraps under the side rails and 
clips in to hold. It’s a well designed   accessory that's super functional. We 
also like the front and back fenders,   and the fender in the rear gives full 
protection even on both sides of the wheel. The carrier is rated for children 
between the ages of 5 and 10 years old,   and you can also get a booster seat that’s made by 
Thule (Two-lee) for kids as young as 9 months old.

We tested it with 2 kids that are 
3 ½ and 1 ½ years old. Safe to say,   they fell in love with the bike at first sight. 
Loading the kiddos on the carrier, you can either   lift them up to place them in… or let them 
crawl their way up and down all on their own. The Kickstand is a dual leg and it’s very sturdy,   so you can feel confident it won’t tip 
over when the kids are loading themselves   on and off the bike. Because the kickstand 
is spring loaded, it can be a little tricky   to lift it up and down, but with a little 
bit of practice you quickly get used to it. Riding around with the kids, it feels well 
balanced and easy to maneuver. This is due   to the fact that the rear wheel is 20 inches, 
which is smaller than the 26 inch front wheel.   The smaller rear wheel creates a lower center of 
gravity for better stability, while also being   more efficient for the motor.

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Meanwhile, the tires 
are both 3 inch wide and also puncture resistant. Trying out the basket for cargo, it’s 
perfect for lugging around all your gear.   It has a weight capacity of 130 lbs, and because 
of the wide size and height of it, you can easily   fit your groceries or other items without needing 
to use a net or bungee cord to secure it down. Looking at the motor, it’s a 500 watt hub motor 
in the rear wheel that gets you going up to 20mph.   You have the option of using the 
twist throttle for acceleration,   or the 5 different pedal assist modes. 
There’s also a 7 speed derailleur   and Shimano shifter so you can 
change the manual gears of the bike. You control the pedal assist settings using 
the small LCD display on the left hand side.   It shows you the current pedal assist mode 
you’re in, speed, odometer and battery life.   While the display is small compared to other 
eBikes, it’s also simple and does the job.

The battery is a 48v, 15 amp hour pack that 
fits nicely within the frame of the bike.   You can easily remove the battery, using the 
key lock, so you can bring it inside the charge. For range, Radio Flyer advertises between 
30-50 miles, and your range will depend   on how much cargo or kids you’re lugging 
around. And if you want to go even further,   the L885 has a dual battery mounting bracket 
and plug for a 2nd battery that you can buy,   which will add another 50+ miles for 
those really adventurous families.

Looking at lights, the L885 
features both front and rear   LED lights that can be turned on and off, while 
the rear light also functions as a brake light. For braking, the eBike features front and rear 
disc brakes. While they aren’t hydraulic brakes,   we found that they still do a good job 
considering the weight of the bike. One downside is that there isn’t 
any suspension in the front or back,   so you’ll feel bumps and 
potholes if you encounter them. But given the price tag, we’re pleased with 
the build quality and components of this eBike.   The aluminum frame is well constructed, with the 
quality you can expect from a great brand like   Radio Flyer. And they back it up with a 1 year 
warranty on the eBike and all the components. They   even have a 15 day return policy if you decide 
you don’t like the bike for whatever reason. Overall, the L885 should be a top choice 
eBike that the whole family can enjoy,   whether it’s going out for biking adventures, or 
using it to do errands and even commuting to work.

Alright, that’s it for now. Let us know 
in the comments below what you think,   and if you have any questions 
about the Radio Flyer ebikes! If you found this review helpful 
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